Monday, June 29, 2009

Relay for Life

I just want to share some of my pics from Relay for life. Most of these pictures were taken before I really started walking. I wish I would have gotten more pics of all of Ethan's rock star-ness but my camera was put away by then. This was an awesome experience. Here are the pics.

Addie hanging out in our little area.
A couple of my friends...Cyndi and Ina
The sun was out and Addie was just too cute not to take a million pics of her.
Emily and her sister Serry during the survivor's lap
Serry and family as they kept doing laps during the first hour
This my friend Gina. She is currently battling Lymphoma and yet she walked 22 miles.

Addie was ready to do some walking. Derek was able to come out for a little bit even though he was on call.
There was lots and lots of of fundraising on the field. Here were a few girls that were painting people's nails for a dollar. I couldn't resist getting Addie's nails painted. there was more paint on her fingers than her nails and I ended up doing a lot of the work but these girls were so cute trying to do their part to raise money for cancer.
The kids went crazy playing on the field during the walk.
Addie had an obsession with this grate of all things.
The kids wanted to walk a lot but would get tired. So we pushed them in a wheel chair and pulled them in a wagon some of the time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My very last post for today!!

So, after out skydiving trip we had to run home Sunday morning in time to go to my church's grand reopening after nearly a year of construction. I made Derek come with me and he didn't pout too much. They were giving out fresh cookies for everybody and Addie made a giant mess. Afterward we played a little bit for Father's Day, first with a BBQ place down the street. the food was awesome, the BBQ stunk, and they made beer. It wasn't crowded and it was just a nice lunch. Afterward we went up to a park in the area called Wonderwood Park. I had never been but I had heard about it from Laura, and Derek had found it a couple weeks before. So we walked around there with our friends Dave and Leanne and their little boy Adam. It was a great day. So here's some pics from Sunday.

Addie was trying hard to help Adam up, but I think he weighs as much as she does so she was having a rough time.
Addie loves to play with Daddy, especially when it involves throwing her around and spinning her in circles.
I love this!!
They have some great woodsy trails with lots of old trees and stuff.

Weekend at my parents' house

Here are some fun pictures from when we hung out at my parents' house this past weekend. Our skydive was in Snohomish so we thought we would do some Father's Day celebration while we were up there. We got up there Friday night and worked on emptying my dad's keg so that Derek could take the kegerator home with us. I was an awesome wife for Father's Day this year. Beer and skydiving. You can't beat that. So now the keg is empty so that Derek can put in some Fat Tire. We drank, hung out and played pool. Same as always. Then Saturday night Alisha made homemade tortillas, my mom made carne asada and I finished it off with homemade fried ice cream. I have to was all absolutely delicious. So here's some pics from the weekend.

Addie doesn't like to hit the balls, she likes to collect them.
I think my mom and dad still like each other after all this time.
Silly, Silly Addie Pat (By the way...she claims this as her name and will often correct you if you call her Addie. "No! Addie Pat!!")
Ethan was eavesdropping on Dan's conversation. He got caught just a few minutes later.
Addie was having a hard time making this work but kept trying. There are a few large bumps here in the driveway that are hard to get over.
This was pretty funny. Derek taught the kids about whip cream canisters so Addie had whip cream all over her mouth. So, I was trying to get a picture but Ethan wanted pics of him too. It became a real battle for the camera. I have such big hams for kids. I guess that is what happens when you take so many pics of your kids.
The kids didn't used to be allowed to play on the table but lately it has been allowed. It makes for some fun pics. Ethan is doing the robot in some of them. He's really good at it.


So, I finally have pictures of our skydiving adventure. I have already wrote the story of how things went, but now here are some pictures to go along with it. Once again, if you have never been, you should definitely go. I know the whole perfectly good airplane comments...but it was amazing and nothing like I expected it to be. Amazing is the only word that comes to mind to explain it.

Here is Ethan, so involved in coloring his planes black that he doesn't even care what else is going on.
Derek is just chilling while we wait to go. I had to drink a margarita to chill out but he was just calm and ready to go.
Addie and I were checking out this plane when the pilot invited us to go for a little ride. It wasn't a long ride or anything. Just a giant circle around snohomish. I thought Addie would freak out but she absolutely LOVED it. It was awesome and just what I needed to calm down.
Derek is all decked out in his space suit.
Stacy is getting all adjusted and ready to go.
I am so glad I got to do this with Derek.
Derek and Brian...the Muscle Men
I can't believe Stacy wasn't freaking out at all!! I could hardly speak.
Here's our crew...Stacy, Derek, Me, Jack and Brian
Never too nervous to act crazy!!
Alisha wanted me to strike a pose. And you think I'm crazy? That girl is crazier than me. Now I need to figure out how to get her to jump out of a plane.
Ethan has recently decided he needs to be "Cool!"
Here's Kelly. He is who I jumped with. I was friends with his brother Casey. I knew he would take care of me up there, and he definately did.
Here is the plane we went up in
And off we go
My mom and dad were just sitting and chillin' out.
Alisha and Niki anxiously awaiting out return
Here the kids are entertaining themselves it the waiting area. Once again Ethan is taking great care of his sis. I love watching them together.
I'm not totally sure who these pics are of. I think one of them is Derek and one is Stacy.
My blood was still rushing here. Amazing!!
Here is the whole group that was there to jump and watch.
After we got to the ground and I saw Ethan he said he wanted to go. I'm guessing I already have an 18th birthday planned. Maybe Derek will jump with him and I'll jump with Addie. We'll see. I've got a couple of dare devil kids.
These pics are out of order since they were from a different camera. This is where we took our arch class. We all had to lay on our bellies and arch, to show that we understood what we were supposed to do in the air. If people don't arch in the air, there is not a lot the instructor can do about it, except yell. They are used to this while new jumpers are full of adrenaline and therefore much stronger. So they teach us ahead of time what we are supposed to do so that our brains will hopefully click into working mode quickly.Here we are before getting into our space suits. Before our lives were changed forever. :)
I like this picture of us going onto the plane the best.Here is my edited photo of me with the parachute. I love my camera. This picture is a perfect example of how awesome it is. Thanks Alisha for taking pics. That girl loved my camera so much, she took over 300 pic. Gotta love digital and 8MB cards. Now I just need to get a faster card. Who knew of such things??
I know watching from the ground is not the same. But I do what I can to share. I hope you enjoyed the pics of our very exciting little adventure here.