Thursday, June 19, 2008

19 June 2008 - a very long post with lots of pictures!

Benji saw Nephi and Mercedes painting. I told him he couldn't paint - so he is coloring and having a great time.
Mercedes with her masterpiece. She is a multitasker. While she was painting she was telling Christopher he really should eat pancakes for breakfast so he can be strong. Chris hates pancakes but that's what was for breakfast today. Russell told him we weren't Burger King and he couldn't have it his way. lol
Today is a simply gorgeous, sunny, beautiful day! We took the little cousins to the beach. We went to Oceanside. We had a very busy morning as you will see. Here is Mercedes at the start of her seashell collection.
"Cheese!" Whenever the camera was out and Benji saw it - that's what he would say!
At Oceanside beach there is a tunnel that goes through cliff/mountain to more beach on the other side. It's kind of dark in there. Russell is holding Benji's hand. Mercedes jumped in front of the camera just as I took the picture.

Coming out of the tunnel on the other side! We haven't been over here much. Usually it's mostly underwater. Today - there were lots of people and we explored all kinds of stuff we haven't seen before! Great fun for everyone! We discovered really cool caves, tidal pools, rocks, seashells and took lots of pictures.

This is cave #1. Benji went right to the middle of it and plopped down. I noticed he is into throwing rocks - so had a steady supply at hand.

Michael and Mercedes in cave #1.

Nephi and Michael at top of a rock. They are showing off their seashell collection.

Donovan was actually high up. I zoomed in so we could at least see his face!

Here is Christopher. The hater of pancakes who got lectured by his 5 year old cousin. :)

Benji down by the water throwing rocks into the ocean.

One of my personal favorites. Cousins together for a picture. L-R we have Christopher, Donovan, Mercedes, Nephi, Benji and Michael.

Donovan took this picture of Russell and I. It turned out very well I must say.

The tide was really out today so got some really great pictures of these rocks. I just like looking at them!
A tidal pool. These have mussels - very tiny ones. Michael was very insistant that I knew what they were! lol
A fun picture just as the camera batteries died.


Millie said...

Great pictures! Mercedes and Benjamin are so cute! Are they being good for you? :)

Candace said...

They are being awesome. It's fun having a little girl for a change. It's been fun "doing" her hair. How many ways can you do a boy's head of hair? Only one really. At least at our house. lol Mercedes, Chris, Michael and Nephi proceeded to have a repeat of yesterday's episode so we did baths again. At least the laundry will be done for them. With the trip to the beach today the laundry pile has all of a sudden multiplied!

Eileen said...

I don't think they're any way possible for these kids to be cuter. You and your sis and spouses should hire them out as models now so that you don't have to scrimp and save for the college educations they're going to need later. - ellie

Candace said...

Thanks Ellie. Actually for our boys anyway - they are going to have to get scholarships and/or earn their way through college. We want it to mean something to them. It's what Russell had to do - while we've been married and it's not something I regret.

Meg said...

Awesomely cute! YAY

I just love this picture! The's the place to be!

I just love this picture!  The's the place to be!
I think this was in 2004. It was Nephi's first trip to the beach. The boys were all so little! My have they grown.

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace

Meet the Parents...Russell and Candace
It all started for us when Russell left for Cape Town South Africa on a mission. Candace felt inspired to write him - so she did! We wrote for 3 1/2 years. Candace came home from her mission to the Texas Houston East Mission and we dated for 5 months. We married in July 1994 and have been happy ever after!

Son 1...Donovan

Son 1...Donovan
Our 14 year old boy scouter, 50 miler bike rider, cartoon drawer, computer gamer, book reader, clarinet player, babysitter, 8th grader boy!

Son 2...Christopher

Son 2...Christopher
Our 13 year old, boy scouter, harry potter computer gamer, lego creator, imaginator, book reader, 6th grader boy!

Son 3...Michael

Son 3...Michael
Our 9 1/2 year old drama king, perfectionist (I wonder if he gets that from mom? lol), drawer of many things, 3rd grader boy!

Son 4...Nephi

Son 4...Nephi
Our8 year old keeper of surprises, leg breaker, book listener, lego creator, music enjoyer, 1st grader boy!