Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gramma Camp for Cache

The first of the Gramma Camps was held this weekend.  Cache is 9, going into 4th grade this fall, so he will be studying Idaho history.  So, our camp had an Idaho theme!  We began at the capitol; explored top to bottom!  We worked up the courage to enter the reception area of the Governor's office (which wasn't necessary...we were warmly welcomed), the secretary gave Cache a packet of information especially for kids, and told us to go right on into the Governor's office.  Only in Idaho!! 

                               Future Governor?  Cache was reluctant to actually sit in the Governor's chair...
            The Great Seal of the State of Idaho was visible in many places throughout the Capitol...this one "felt cool!" 

 Next stop was the Boise River...I had taken my class on a field trip to this spot in September...um, the water was much shallower and slower-moving.  The whole class went all the way across!  Not now, not us, uh uh.

                      Oh well, Cache found this delightful frog and lots and lots of tadpoles.
                            For dinner, we went to Cache's favorite restaurant, fondly known as "Chuckyourgramma"
                        Then we took in a Boise Hawks baseball game...minor league Chicago Cubs affiliate
               Saturday morning we explored the Oregon Trail as it wends its way through Boise
                  We went out to Celebration Park, to see petroglyphs, and throw the atl atls...
                 Guess who hit the target and killed the wooly mammoth?   This was Idaho's ANCIENT history!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

SEASIDE, OREGON

We finished the vacation part of our trip in Seaside.  We have been coming here for 30 years.  WOW!  Now our kids bring their kids here too.  This is the ultimate tourist beach town!
                                          So, here's the beach...
                              We went out early, at low tide, searching for sand dollars...Reed found one...then we walked to the other end of the beach,  and found the motherlode!  We had to stop ourselves from filling our shopping bag!  We gave some to the daughter of a Chinese tourist couple, and pointed out our "spot" to another family of seekers.  I don't know why it's such a thrill, but we love to collect sand dollars...there aren't very many other types of shells at Seaside.  Just sand dollars!

THE BEACH

From Seattle, we drove down to Long Beach, Washington...we love it there...sometimes we are the only ones on the beach.  It's never crowded and is our favorite place to relax. 
                                          There's the ocean!
                                          Looking back at The Breakers, where we stay.
                                          It's usually chilly, but the water seemed warm...
                        Look what the tide brought in...a metal grate loaded with wiggly, live things!
                                     We took an 8 mile bike ride on the path parallel to the beach.
                            Lewis and Clark's arrival at the "real ocian" is commemorated here.

Happy Fourth of July

We drove to Ellensburg, WA on July 3, because we had to work on the way to Seattle on the morning of the 4th.  When we arrived in Woodinville, our next task was to find the indoor soccer facility at which the reunion festivities were to begin.  After driving around back roads, Google-mapping, stopping strangers who looked like soccer moms, we ended up at the first place we had disregarded because we didn't see the sign.
                                        Bailey and Mia, before the competition began...
                                       the Seattle Bates families are SOCCER PLAYERS!!
                                         Then it was time to enjoy the FOOD!
                                       Aunt Velda, 91 years old and sharp as a tack, was able to join us.
                                       Jerry and Carol's backyard...reunion central
                                         Mia and I decided to take a bounce on the trampoline...
                                        Super fun...haven't done that since about 9th grade!
                                       Little kids had a blast...didn't get pics of the ensuing water gun battle!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Family Business Venture

Dallin is the man with the plan...I am the "money"...Missy is the manager...we opened Below Zero in Middleton, ID.   It is a shaved ice stand, and yesterday was opening day.  Other than giving back a $20 and a $5 in change for a $20, everything went smoothly!  (Honest lady returned the $20!!)

We LOVE The Strike!

Friday night was such a treat for us...Reed's cousin's son: Myles Lawrence performs in a band called The Strike ( Based in Provo, UT; they won a national contest last year to perform with Kelly Clarkson at Stadium of Fire on the Fourth of July. ) and they appeared in Boise at the Linen Building.  You can see them on YouTube, but in person is  a whole other experience!!  Great music, superb performers!! 
                                          Dallin and Myles...cousins...am I photobombing?
                                         Eden and Myles...cousins...
                                           Myles plays saxophone, sings backup...
                                           rocks the house!!  So much fun!!! 
                                         I looked around and realized I was the oldest woman in the room, but I can still rock when I want to!

Brooklyn's Showcase

Brooklyn and her partner danced a "showcase" number to "Happy"...I have no idea how to get the video onto this blog, so these are stills I took before the performance.  They danced a jive, and the showcase had a tropical theme, thus, the dress with a floral pattern, and the hair in "victory rolls" which Eden achieved using toilet paper rolls! 
                                        Oops, don't know how man on left got in the picture!
                                          Intermission free dance...a little warm-up

Summer's Here

McKena's softball season is in full swing  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

McKena is 12!

Finally, it was her turn to reach the great age of 12...we took the party to the park...
                                             the spinning pods...
                                         were enjoyed by all...

                                        gifts galore...
                                        a future marine biologist...
                                         Uncle Dalllin led the volleyball challenge!

Baseball Champs!

It has been a while since we celebrated a baseball championship around here!  Cache is starting the next phase of our tradition...their season wasn't spectacular...several losses, but when the tournament started, his team rallied!  At the championship game, the other team took a 4-2 lead after 2 innings.  The "Rangers" rallied again and prevailed. 
                                        Cache at the plate...
                                      talkin' strategy...
                                           yea team!
                                          yea Cache!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

School's Out

At least for 4 of the grands, the 2014 school year is over...2 are still working and counting the days!  End of year events included:  South Middle School academic awards night, dance recital, and piano recital.
                        Brooklyn receiving her recognition of academic excellence plus one "achievement"

                                After the performance, Brooklyn posed with her bouquet.


                                 Bailey performs for the FIRST time at the piano recital...
                                She always plays for us at home, but never felt ready to perform in public.  She was wonderful!!