Sunday, June 27, 2010

Happy Be-Lated Father's Day!

See this cool guy putting on some serious dance moves?

That's my hubby. :)

And in regard to his one special day of the year called "Father's Day"... I have to say I kind of blew it this year.

Last Sunday was Father's Day and we were busy packing up our bags and loading our car and then travelling back home from our week-long vacation on the peninsula. I promised Will that we would do Father's Day the next Sunday instead so that he could have a proper day.

And yet, that would be today...and did I remember?

Nope.

I feel awful. I guess it is hard to carry out a "holiday" when you are the only one doing it so it's not as much of a reminder.

However, Will babe-a-licious, this Thursday is your birthday and Preston and I are planning on making it up to you. So you will get not only a wonderful birthday but a make-up Father's day as well. :)

In the mean time, I just had to let the world know what a wonderful husband and father you are. I'm not just saying that because I have to for the purpose of this blog. :) I watch you with Preston all of the time and it's actually one of my favorite things to do - to see you both interact. You are SUCH a great Dad to him. I think I got lucky in that department, because you never know what kind of a parent your spouse will end up being.

You are also more than what I could have dreamed of in a husband. You are always thinking of me before yourself and you always want me to be happy. I appreciate that so much. I love you!


Preston adores you, so do I. We love you so much. Thanks for being you.




By the way, Will is now officially a bike-to-work commuter. Friday was his first day riding in to work. He emailed me later that morning to tell me "I'm so out of shape! My butt hurts, my eyes are all swollen from allergies, and I didn't realize how much I would have to pedal! I didn't even get to coast."

Haha.

And this is coming from a guy who just ran a 100 mile trail race.

I guess we all can't be perfect. :) We love you Will. And don't worry, I'm sure after a week your butt will be in shape. :)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Destructive Toddlerism

Do you see this living room?

This is what a 2 year old can do to a room within 20 minutes.

Earlier today, I had it all cleaned up and vacuumed.

*sigh*

Sometimes I wonder why I even try to clean?

I'm going to let Papa clean this one up. Notice how most of the objects on the floor are Dad's toys anyway. :) Kayak paddle, running shoes, raquetball raquet, bike gloves...

Monday, June 21, 2010

The 2010 Thomas Family Reunion

I don't know which took me longer. Editing all of my photos, or uploading them to Blogger. Either way, that should tell you that there are lots of photos in this post so beware.

This last week was Will's Family Reunion!


(by the way, they've nicknamed it the "Tall Moose" reunion after the last one that was at Yellowstone Park. Thomas = rhymnes with Tall Moose, har har :)

For the past several years, we have all gotten together over Christmas time. For our little family, it involved a 28 hour round trip drive and lots of snow and cold weather. Although we have always loved the time with his family, we have dreaded the roadtrip and nasty ugly Idaho winter.

We were SO excited when this year, everyone decided to do a summer get-together instead.

And even better, it was in our own backyard - the Washington Olympic Peninsula.

So this time, our total driving time was a 5 hour roundtrip and there was no snow involved.

Hallelujiah.

There was lots of seafood to be had, both eating and catching...

There was also a special birthday for a special little boy...


And lots more. So get ready for the trip break down...


For those who don't know, Will has 9 siblings. With 10 kids in the family, you can imagine that there are a lot of people involved when they have family get-togethers.

Since most of them were travelling from out of state, we housed a few the night before we all drove over to the peninsula. We got to have Kristi (Will's sister) and her family of hubby + 3 kiddos. And we also got Laura (Will's sister) with her family of hubby + 2 kiddos.

Our house was definitely a party that night.



Some of the kiddos watching the movie "Cars"

Our destination was the Worldmark Vacation Condos at Discovery Bay. We had 3 townhomes split between everyone. We got together every night and ate dinner together, and spent the daytimes doing various activities.

Like...

Monday Night Family Home Evening

A Big Birthday Bash for all the Summer birthdays. There were 14 in all! Including everyone in our little family (Preston was June 13th, I'm June 23rd, and Will is July 1st).

Preston got to open all of his presents at home before we left on vacation, but we never had a "formal" celebration for him. So on Monday night, during the birthday party, he got his own special cupcake with the number 2 candle on it and had a special day all to himself.

Preston had never really figured out that when a camera is pointed at you, you smile. We've tried making funny faces, or singing, or making monkey noises but he just blankly stares at us like dude, what are my parents doing.

We finally figured out that he will respond to "Cheese!". As you can see below....he caught on quite quickly...ha ha ha.


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And here we all below are singing "Happy Birthday"...which when trying to name 14 people gets quite long and complicated!

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The resort had a beach right there and so everyone had a blast playing down by the water. Preston knows exactly what to do at the beach...

Words came out like...

Also...

"Crabs!"

"Sand!"

"Dock!"

"Boats!"




"Lighthouse!"


Will and I were in charge of the activities, so we made sure that we showed everyone the great things that we love about the Olympic Peninsula.

We went to Fort Warden and climbed all of the 19th century Navy "ruins"...


Left to right: Haini with little Elijah, Marley, Luke, Noah, Spencer, Jenn, Gwenevere, James, Elizabeth, Preston, Will, Jenni (me), Sitani, Mark, Tessha, Jace (you can barely see him in the orange jacket), Sandy, and half of Karly's face

Let's see how many places we can cram a toddler for a picture!


He got SO good at saying cheese whenever a camera was pointed at him.



And this beautiful creature below...

...Actually stayed with us for a few days before the reunion and wow, all I can say is THANK YOU Tessha. You were such a great help with Preston, housework...and all the other stuff that I've been too lazy (or pregnant) to want to do. You are the bestest!! Hope you can come help out again after we have the baby! Hee hee! :)

The following is what happens when your 2 year old discovers he can climb up a very steep dangerous cement wall out of the grasp of Papa's hands.

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On a side note, here was the littlest newest member of our family reunion: Anabelle (2 months old). She was so sweet. I don't think I heard her cry but one time the entire time she was there. I forgot how tiny these newborns are too!


Okay so here is something new Preston discovered that he loves!

Swimming!


He was really nervous about the pool at first, but by the end of the week Will had him jumping from the side of the pool into his arms. He even got dunked one time, though, not sure he enjoyed that too much. Haha - it took him a while to get back in after that.






Jaws movie music here please...




Here is Papa throwing Preston around and him loving it!


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Just another family dinner...



We brought our two sea kayaks and pretty much everyone got a turn to take them out for a ride.



On Wednesday, we took everyone up to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park.


You can be standing on the beach in Port Angeles, and 30 minutes later at the top of Hurricane Ridge a mile high from sea level.

It's beautiful and amazing!

Mr. Cool and his Mommy...

Here is Will with a few of his siblings. Everyone but one sibling (Daniel + Family) was able to make it to the reunion. And not even all are pictured here, obviously, because some are busy chasing their kids.



Will, Laura, Luke, Elizabeth, Grace, and Alisha

We tried to get a photo of all the kids, but...uh...as you can see getting a bunch of little ones to sit still didn't work for more than 5 seconds. And this wasn't even everyone....


Preston, Sitani, Spencer, Karly, Marley, Gwenevere, and Noah

Preston is such a funny kid. He loved having tons of cousins around, but always needed his personal space. I tried to get him to scoot over closer, but uh, this was as close as the little guy would get.




A little video from that photo shoot...

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After Hurricane Ridge, we convinced everyone that the needed to go to the Olympic Game Park.

Of course, upon hearing that, they all thought they were going to get to see a series of athletic events. How sooooooo not true.

The Olympic Game Park is an animal farm for retired moviestar animal actors. You get to drive your car through and all sorts of animals come up to you such as yaks, buffalos, deer, elk. And then they also have some really cool animals behind fences such as Zebra, Rhinosausarus, Bears, Tigers, Lions, Wolves, etc...




It was pretty fun to watch everyone's car get slimed by the animals, and sometimes get a window full of buffalo nasty breath and slobber as you feed them bread.

Buffalo breath stinks. In case you didn't know. Like bad.

Speaking of the buffalo, there was one point when in our car, we had 2 buffalo, one on each side. The one on the right side of our car actually put his head in front like a roadblock so we couldn't move our car, while the other one stuck his entire mouth/head into Will's window trying to get some bread. Will was trying to push on the gas while rolling up his window. The car just spun and it took him a bit to get that stupid buffalo's head out of our car.

Who knew that a buffalo could actually stop your car with just his head.

We also had the childlocks on the backseat windows (for Preston), but both Grace and Alisha rode with us through the animal farm. I kept reminding Will that he needed to be nice to his sisters, yet, everytime one of those elk or nasty stinky buffalos came around he would leave their windows down so they either got slimed or close to it. So mean.

By the end of the day, there were....

On Friday, we all decided to take a trip over to the Western side of the peninsula. This is where some of the more rugged beaches and terrain are.

We had to stop and get a picture of our "family tree".

Get this, Preston who just barely turned 2 last week was the same size as his cousin Noah who will be turning 3 in August. Craaaaaazy! Our kid is super tall.



We made it through the "Twilight" tour of Forks so that everyone could see Bella and Edward's hot spots. Then a few of us took off from the group and went over to La Push and Realto Beach. This is definitely one of my favorite beaches (it's the one in our blog header).

I was really craving some smoked salmon, and the best places to get fresh smoked salmon is from the Indians on the reservations. So we drove into La Push looking for smoked salmon. There was a big sign that said "Smoked Salmon" right as we got into La Push, and got a pound of really yummy salmon from a tiny shabby little smoke-shack on the side of the road. Last year we stopped at one of the Indian stands and got salmon too and it was the best smoked salmon I'd ever had. Kristi's hubby, Haini, also picked up a lot of crab, shrimp, and lobsters from the Indians while we were there. You just can't get stuff like that from the stores....it's all vacuum packed or frozen. And you can't necessarily catch it since it's not in season (at least shellfish), so thank heaven for those heavenly little stands all along the sides of the raods everywhere on the peninsula. :)

Preston was oh so good at giving directions...


And...saying cheese...hahaha.

Preston and Gwenevere were a total pair this entire trip. They played together so well, and would just make each other giggle. It was way way cute.

Gracie...standing on a huge log. She's leaving on her mission to Tampa, Florida in less than 10 days. We thought it was pretty cool that she got to come to the reunion right before she left for 18 months.

As you can see, since one year ago...our little family has grown.

Will tried to indocterinate Preston into the concept of huge waves, but he wasn't digging it....

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The reunion went until Sunday, the 20th, at which point we packed up and parted ways.

It was a really fun week. I have to say that while I was a little sad I didn't get to do a lot of the activities (being about 8 months pregnant), I did get a lot of joy out of watching Preston play with his Dad and cousins. He would wake up in the morning and say "Da Cuzins? The kids?" and he was always wondering where they were. It made me realize how excited I am to have a little brother for Preston here in another 7 weeks.

It was also really nice to not be online for a week and be disconnected from all of that. I don't think Will and I missed it at all. We came back feeling very refreshed and grateful for our family.


Here is just a sweet little video of Will and Preston walking down the dock at the resort....they were such twins.


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