Thursday, April 30, 2009

A beach day

Friday was the last day of sailing school.  We went out to watch Brennan sail and to spend some time at the beach.  

We ate lunch at Reggae.

Mmmmm.... fry sauce.

We saw the monkey.  And the pig.  And the goat.

Then the kids spent some time kayaking.  About 8 feet from the shore.  

We can relax for now because Damon is content to watch from the sidelines.  

And gets his enjoyment from bringing us little piles of sand.  

Saturday, April 25, 2009

You are right

Adrian thought it was humorous to take extremely close-up pictures of Wilbert, the 700 lb., six year-old island pig that I have posted about before.  The picture doesn't really do him justice, but this animal weighs more than our entire family, plus some.  

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sailing school and Spring Break

We are on Spring Break for two weeks.  For his birthday, Brennan got a week of half-day sailing school.  Adrian went with him the first day and clicked away on the camera the whole 3 hours.  

The 4 children in the class were listening so intently when all of the sudden....

a monkey jumped on top of Brennan's head!

And then jumped over to another unsuspecting girl's head.  

Don't be fooled by the smiling face.  When we collected Brennan after the first day, he broke down about how awful sailing school is and it is too scary and he doesn't want to go back.  

Here he sat, stewing over the traumatic experience we had just put him through.  Damon tried to be of some comfort, as you can see from the concerned look he has on his face for his fellow man.  

In the end, we convinced Brennan to give it one more shot.  He reluctantly went back the second day, and the teacher changed his sailing partner from his 7-year-old friend to a 9-year-old girl who has been sailing for years, and after day 2, he LOVES it and wants to take everyone we know out sailing, including all of our visitors that we are patiently waiting to come see us.  

Happy Birthday Brennan

Friday was Brennan's 7th birthday, and we spent much of the day at the swimming pool.  In the evening we had 3 friends over for pizza and a few hours of play.  

While the kids waited for the pizza, they decided to jump around on the top bunk of the bed. 

Damon sat on the floor watching all the big kids.  

Brennan got a remote controlled truck with flashing red and blue lights, so we went outside to test it.  It was a hit with all the kids running around chasing the truck (Adrian got some interesting pictures with a friend's camera that we were borrowing).

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Keeping himself in business

And keeping the housekeeper (me) in business for another day because of sticky hands!  You would never guess that Elder Blackham is a dentist with all the candy he hands out to the kids at church.  Elder and Sister Blackham were over for dinner recently and his new trick is to fill the kids up with the aerosol whipping cream before dinner.  Of course the kids love him....

Pretty in pink

Payton goes to a little dance class on Saturday mornings.  Twice a month they learn ballet and twice a month they practice a hip-hop and a Caribbean dance.  Wouldn't it be awesome to be in California at my sister-in-law Gretchen's dance school (I bet they have mirrors and a real bar attached to the wall instead of plastic lawn chairs in the Red Cross building), but for now this is what we have and it is a fun weekly activity.  The little girls in their pink outfits are just as cute wherever you are, I'm sure.  

According to Charles Dickens....

"There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast."

(Or it could have something to do with the high-fructose-corn-syrup-filled plastic eggs).