Saturday, July 25, 2009

2009 Forest Grove Stake Pioneer Day Service Project at the Tillamook Forest Center

The younger boys and I spent a great day with our stake at the Tillamook Forest Center doing clean up of their facility. It was hot. The boys weren't too keen on getting sweaty and poked by thistles and blackberry thorns. Overall - they had a good experience and enjoyed working with others from our stake.
Before the work started.
This was after we had worked for a little over an hour. The boys were hot and sweaty and getting hungry.
Nephi taking a break.

Michael taking a break and then informing me he was done working. He had had enough.

The boys and I. Yes...we helped make all those lovely piles of scotch broom. Our crew was on removal for invasive plants and weeds such as the scotch broom. Lucky for us - they had already flowered and were just pods. Those that suffer from hayfever and other outdoor allergies appreciated that fact. A lot.

At the lunchtime BBQ. The food was yummy! Nephi will demonstrate what a chocolate chip cookie can look like when it misses your mouth.

After lunch there were games in the meadow behind the center itself. Michael wanted nothing to do with the games. I think he was getting pretty tired by this point.

Nephi was all for racing. We did the three legged race. Then he was off to race gunney sacks.

There were a lot of kids - all ages.
So Nephi was very discouraged when he came in next to last and didn't win a ribbon.

But no fear! There was a heat for boys ages 11 and under. Only three boys entered so his chances of winning 1st, 2nd or 3rd were amazingly high!

He's in second!
And so excited! All he wanted was the ribbon. :)
Next was the pie eating contest. I really didn't think Nephi would participate. He did. His pie of choice was pumpkin. There were several primary kids who entered this round.

Getting ready for the judge to say start.

Don't look at the kid next to you! Keep eating. :)

He didn't get a ribbon on this one. I don't think he was too disappointed. He did come in 4th or 5th though.

Next was the watermelon eating contest. Nephi was too full from pie. But surprisingly Michael was game! The rule was the kids had to eat 2 slices of watermelon.

Again - there were a lot of primary kids lined up for this one.

Go Michael!
He has his hand raised because that's how the judge knows the kids are done. She can either tell them yes - or no - keep working on the melon.

Michael was good to go and won 3rd place!
According to Nephi - they are now the "brethern" since they both won awards today.

1 comment:

Erica said...

We had a great time doing the service project! The games and activities looked like a lot of fun! We headed home for naps--the kiddos were tuckered right out from pulling weeds! Glad we could participate in a great service. Way to go Nephi and Micheal on the ribbons!

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!