Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The swimming hole...

The property next to us just sits there. The weeds are now over 6 feet tall. The owners haven't sent anyone to mow.

There are a couple trails like these in amongst the tall weeds. They all lead to...

the swimming hole. A wise son hung his towel on a tree limb.

Two more sons did the same.

You may be wondering what body of water this is. It's the Tillamook River. It's very shallow at this particular spot. The boys can go about half way out and it's up to their knees. The older boys could probably go all the way across. On the far side there is a bit of a current so the younger boys are definitely not allowed. Chris has his friend Brian S. over to play too. It's the perfect day. It's almost 80 degrees at our house with the smallest of breezes.

I had the boys move upstream just a little. I wasn't comfortable with where they were at.

Looks like loads of fun. Yesterday the boys were down here for 4 hours. I figure they will do the same today. We will only see them if they are hungry. Reminds me of my childhood. Go out and play all day without a care in the world.

Just around the corner is the river part of our property. It's a drop-off at our bank and therefore not accessible for the boys. I don't even know how deep it is behind our house. Welcome to the swimming hole.


Kim said...

If we ever get out west, can we come visit. It looks like loads of fun!

Candace said...

Of course you can come visit! Feel free to stay as long as you like. :)

Sharon said...

That is the way childhood should be - go and play, imagine, dream, create. You are such a good mommy!!!!

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!