Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Why God Made Moms

I know this is probably not new to you but I just got it in an email and it made me smile so I thought I would post it and create more smiles.

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad...

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Camping Finale

Here is how we set up our tent sites.....we have 3 side by side and put the tents and the kitchen on the gravel and then the kids can play on the grass.We walked up from the campground through town to the upper lake (boy was it a hike!). Then we sat on the dock for moral support until we were too frozen to talk......we decided that since all the boys were out on the lake and we couldn't even see them we would be just as supportive back at the camp by the fire. So we drove back to camp.
Poor Obbie was so cold on this night that he crawled into Ken's sleeping bag before we went to bed. It looks like we tucked him in but he did his own tucking!
Jacob found a lizard.....are you surprised after all his animal adventures when we first got here?
This is our knitting circle. Angie learned how to knit this year and I actually finished a whole dishrag in this trip. I learned last year but it took me all year to finish the dishrag I started last year.
Jacob had to go for one last ride in Tammy's new kayak. He sure can move in that thing!
Jacob caught a nice rainbow out of the lower lake.
This is the annual group photo.Here's the boys before Aaron and Marcus left on Friday. We stayed until Sunday so the boys were a bit sad to see their friends go home earlier than us.
Gene, the owner of Liar's Cove, even got in on the silly picture!

Once everyone left, we walked to town and got ice cream cones at the store.

The boys got to kayak with Averie - the granddaughter of the owners. They were helping around the campground so they earned free kayak rides. They went all the way across the lake and explored the irrigation dam and then raced back.

The boys got a raft from Uncle Scott and Aunt Val. Jacob took me out for the maiden voyage while Josh watched from the dock.
Obbie was exhausted since the boys and Averie took him on a walk to town Friday and Saturday.

We had a close encounter with a nice deer. Jacob and Grandpa were able to feed her.
Jacob even got an eye to eye look!
The kids were using the golf cart to help with picking up garbage and pinecones.
They were nice and gave Grandpa a ride up to his cabin.

One last trip to the upper lake to catch bass. It sure does taste good. Josh likes it cooked with butter and Johnny's seasoning. We like it deep fried with beer batter or panko crumbs. YUMMY!One final kayak ride Sunday morning before we left.
On the way home we stopped in Winthrop to get ice cream, caramel apples and caramel marshmallows. Josh has been wanting a gold pan so he found one there. He was very excited (don't mind the false smile - he is in a goofy stage when it comes to pictures right now).

Jacob and I played mini golf. We didn't keep score but we were both pretty even.

Day of fishing on the Columbia River

Each year we drive about 1 1/2 hours to the river to fish near the "pens". A company from Eugene, OR owns HUGE fish pens in which they raise tripiloids to sell to restaurants or whomever will buy them. The pens are just big nets in the water so when they get holes in them some fishies can swim out. The workers feed the fish each day so the fish that escape stay around the pens to get "free" food. We are able to fish right next to them and boy, have we seen some BIG fish!

Ken, Josh, Clint and Aaron were in our boat.

Tammy reading in Big Blue (Pops' boat - Tammy's dad)

The many poses of Jacob while fishing!The messy work of fishing!
Marcus is exhausted after a hard day of fishing.
He is sitting with Grani while Pops is driving us back to the boat launch.The cattle are open range around this area and have a trail down to the river to get water.
It's the first time I've seen cows lounging on the beach!
The boys examining their catches. The dads got skunked but between the boys we got 8 fish!

Josh caught the biggest one we have ever caught. It was 8 1/2 pounds. He had a great time bringing it in and had to work his muscles overtime! Even with his bum finger he was able to land the fish!

On Monday, July 6, we decided to go to Pizza Hut for the Lunch Buffet! Little did we know that was good planning because there was a HUGE storm that blew in for the 2 hours we were gone. The rain drops were the size of gumballs (according to Jacob). It rained and blew and then it was over and the sun came back out!

Fishin' Stories

The fishing was good! Ken cleaned the boys fish (he didn't want to end up in ER with a severed finger incident - Darren didn't have enough tape for that!). The boys really enjoy fishing for bass since they are always casting and reeling in. They get a bit bored still fishing for trout. Our friend Angie cleaned her own fish! What a gal! She even built the best campfires!!!