Wednesday, September 1, 2010

AUGUST - Month to see how many things you can do before school starts!

Busy, Busy, Busy! We kept ourselves very busy the last few weeks before school started. We took the kids camping up past Idaho City, we floated the Boise River, and I performed at the National Night Out. Uncle Cody stopped by to visit. We drove to Salem, Oregon to visit my grandfather where we were spoiled rotten and had a great time. On our way there we stopped at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery and Multnomah Falls. Once there Grandpa took the kids to the Kroc Center to go swimming, out for an evening of pizza and arcade games, to the A. C. Gilbert Discovery Center where the kids explored, climbed and learned a lot, and a ride on a hand craved & painted wooden carousel. Since we were so close to the ocean we had to take a trip to Newport to the Aquarium, we played on the beach, saw Sea Lions on the bay, went the the Riley's Believe it or not museum & Wax Works, stopped in the Butterfly Exhibit and enjoyed the Undersea Garden. We couldn't leave before flying kites on the beach. On our way back home we stopped at the Oregon Zoo for a train ride and to see the Dinosaur Exhibit. The day after we got home the kids started school, Alysha started 7th grade, Ashley started 2nd and Owen started Kindergarten. Their first day went great and we are trying to get back to our routine. We got a surprise visit from Aunt Shelley and cousin Sarah to wrap up August. It was great to see them. Mike took Sarah on a ride on his motorcycle and we celebrated James birthday and Sarah's early.

While camping Mike made the kids whistles so we always knew where they were.

We did some exploring.

The kids learned that you can start a fire with a magnify glass.

The girls painted me a pretty mug and flower pot.

We decided to float the Boise River for the first time.

Uncle Cody stopped by on his way through town to say hi.

Alysha and Amanda enjoyed the National Night Out while I performed.

Stacy performing the ROM

Kids at a rest stop on our way to the Oregon coast.

Alysha stopping to smell the flowers.

We went to the Bonneville Fish Hatchery.

We went to Multnomah Fall and hiked all the way to the top for the first time.

Kroc Center in Salem, Oregon

Pizza and Prizes with Great Grandpa

A. C. Gilbert Museum

We made squished pennies everywhere we went.

Ash & Owen on the carousel

Alysha on the carousel.

Kids at the Newport Aquarium

Hanging out on the beach

Owen on the beach infront of our hotel.

Ashley with a jelly fish

We saw Sea Lions on the bay.

Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Butterfly Exhibit.

The Hardy's in Newport.

The Wax Works.

Undersea Garden

Kite flying on the beach.

The Hardy's with Great Grandpa Richard :)

The Hardy's on the train at the Oregon Zoo.

Dinosaurs at the Oregon Zoo

Alysha's 1st day of 7th grade.

Ashley and Owen ready for 2nd grade and Kindergarten.

Mike and Sarah ready to ride.

Mike playing hacky

Kids at the park

Celebrating James and Sarah's birthdays

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