Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Downtown Memphis

Today started with blueberry pancakes! Scott flipped them to be sure I didn't burn them:

Then there were some stickers:

And a little fort:

Then we headed dowtown. First up: the Peabody Ducks. It's been awhile since we have done this and I think it was Jillian's first time!

The Barbour family:

My little cutie-pie:

Went here for lunch:

Hooray for paper boats!

Some interesting sights:

And some funny instructions:

Next it was off to possibly the only activity one can do outdoors in Memphis in the hot summer: Mud Island River Park!

Jillian was steadier than I expected:

She and Ezra enjoyed splashing:

All the kids went under one of the bridges:

Including Jillian:

Out she comes:

Love this one:

Hanging near the fountain:

Snack break:

Me and the kids:

Back at home we enjoyed some homemade guacamole:

Later that evening, the kids watched Gnomeo and Juliet:

And after the kids went to bed I learned a new game (actually won the first hand!):

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Joys of Summer: Visits from Friends

Friends from Maryland visited us on their big round the country trip 2011. Thye have three children close in age to Ryan and Jillian, so it was big fun for two days!

Apparently, Zoe and Ketzel enjoy dressing up and putting on plays as much as Ryan does:

Jillian got into it too:

It's kind of our tradition to have barbecue at least one night that friends are in town! Ezra got his first taste of Memphis BBQ tonight:

More playing:

Stories beofre bed:

Slumber party in Ryan's room (flash back to New Year's Eve):

The Joys of Summer: Picking Blueberries

I thought we had missed prime blueberry picking while we were away in California, but they are still available! The Barbour family came to town today and joined us in Mississippi to pick blues!

The little ones liked them:

The big kids picked a bunch:

The Mommys did, too:

A fine harvest:

We made blueberry cobbler, pancakes, and milkshakes!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Leaving San Diego

Today we finished up our trip to California. We had a fantastic time with the Burgamy's and Canaris's and we are so thankful to them for their time and hospitality.

Aunt Sandy could't resist getting a picture of us and our lovely rental car (which we avioided driving most of the week except to the beach so we wouldn't get Aunt Sandy's car sandy), the Crown Vic!

We flew home through Salt Lake City, which means a new state all around, even if it is with an asterisk:

Back home we were met with a wall of heat and humidity right out of the airport. Home, sweet home!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Day Eight in San Diego: The Midway

Ryan started playing battleship this year and I thought it would be cool to show him what a real aircraft carrier was. Who better to ask than a retired naval commander (Uncle Kirk) to see if we could get aboard one. Turns out, anybody can get aboard the Midway, a retired aircraft carrier turned museum in San Diego's harbor.

We started our journey on the hanger deck:

And then journeyed into the ship. Uncle Kirk called these knee (or was it knee-cap) breakers. Apparently the sailors became very adept at running through the halls and hurdling these. Jillian had a little trouble:

She liked the bunks, though:

Uncle Kirk briefed us:

Doesn't Ryan look interested?

Scott and Jillian are ready for their dog fights!

Back on the hanger deck, there were lots of cockpits you could sit in:

Little boy, big ammunition:

Little girl, big stairwell/ladder:

And everyone got in the brig:

The kids worked hard on the ship:

And, finally, the flight deck:

Jillian drove some planes around:

She and Daddy checked out one helicopter:

And then another. This one was used to pick up capsules from the Apollo missions, including Apollo 13:

Too much excitement for little Jacob. He was a good sport to spend most of the day on the ship!

They take your picture on a green screen when you first get on. It's a nice momento:

Aunt Sandy got this one of us with the "island" in the background:

Scott and the USS Midway:

We had a fabulous lunch at the Fish Market afterwards and Aunt Sandy read to the kids: