Friday, January 13, 2017

Christmas evening

We came back to the house and the bows came out...
that's bows like in bow and arrow...
only there were no arrows, but darts instead.
Nerf darts
UJ and Thalia bought them for each of the big boys:  
Emerson, Benjamin, and William
They were the hit of Christmas!
As you may be able to tell from these pictures, 
the bow and darts were also a hit with the grown men in the group!


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Unfortunately, Mr. Walter did NOT get a bow.  
I think he was OK with it.
 


"Peace!"
We were getting ready for our dinner...
Ham, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, broccoli, squash casserole,
hot rolls...followed by a pumpkin and 2 chocolate pies.

I can't remember who was aiming at Joshua's head...
I don't think they hit the cup...
or Joshua!

Hi, Walt!
I think Donnie is in 'pie mode'...
Uh-oh... you better watch out, Joshua.
Gabe has the bow!


I think I would call this "Double Trouble."
Here comes Donnie with...it must be William's bow.  William looks like he wants it back.
I wonder if Donnie stole it from poor little William!

The ages listed on this bow was 8 yrs. old +.
William is 4...and he didn't have any trouble at all!
Walt felt like he needed to get the heck out of Dodge!

Ahhh...William sure did love Blu!
I think he needs a dog.
Walt may not have been able to maneuver the bow, but he did like playing with the darts!



In another room, there was a chess game going on between Emerson and Benjamin.  
I can't remember if Benjamin already knew how to play???
Emerson is in a chess club after his school..one day a week.

This must be the 'after dinner and dessert' photo.
Looks a bit...relaxed!
Typical Donnie picture!!
Typical Walt picture...
Not a typical William picture!
A sometimes typical Thalia picture...
and a sometimes typical Joshua picture...
and a typical Gabe picture!

What a fun day this was!
Merry Christmas, 2016

(Check back later for videos to be added.  For some reason, the videos usually won't load!  I'm not sure what's going on.)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Christmas afternoon

Christmas afternoon

It was a gorgeous day...like most days were,
so off to the pier/beach we went.
 We started off walking along the pier...



 Perfect for Christmas!
The Star of Bethlehem


 No need for this sign!
This guy absolutely does NOT look very friendly!
 The boys found these...are they a form of telescope?
They cost a quarter.  Benjamin was curious who got the money.
Interesting question.  We talked about who probably paid money to who.  The telescope people to the people who run the pier?  The people who run the pier to the city?  
I don't know, but great question.
 I was going to ask my little men what they could see...like how much did it zoom in...


 Walt was feeling left out.
 I got distracted from my question watching Emerson and Emily!
 Um?  I wonder if Emily said 'Cheese!'


 oops...someone is a little short to see...
 Emerson
 Benjamin and Emerson
 Benjamin, Emerson, and William
 I love this!
 From the pier, we walked along the beach and there was a play area.
 Some played, some sat...

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  Walt played!
 Emerson and Gabe started playing catch...

 Walt decided to join the game...well, at least walk through it.


 I love this one!
 Emily decided she best come watch the runner!

 He was very interested in going to the water.
Emily was very interested in him NOT going to the water.



 Donnie and William came down with another football to join in.


 Here comes Linz!
 and then we had the observers...

 and the sand-player...

 Emerson checked out a slide...
 while his dad gave him a push or two...
Papa loved this VW...he actually wanted me to take a picture of him next to it.
A few of us convinced him not to...so this was it.
We decided to head back home...and when we got to the steps, well, Walt came out of the stroller.  Actually, I don't think we had put him in it yet.  
No problem.
He just started right up...and went all the way to the top!
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Mr. Walter is a bullet!
Thalia led the way back to the car!

What a beautiful day at the beach!