Monday, July 5, 2010

The Mercedes Files - Part 1

Becky - my sister - these are for yoU! :)
My niece Mercedes lives far away near the east coast. She came out with her paternal grandparents for a summer visit. We were able to have her with us for a week. The boys were super excited to see their cousin since it's been 2 years. This is part 1 of the "Mercedes Files."

Saturday we brought her home. One of the things the kids like to do at our house is play in what is left of the sand pile.
Mercedes was determined to make a volcano. Looks like she is getting somewhere!

Sunday was the 4th of July! Happy Birthday America! The kids all dressed and ready for church.
On Sundays we like to keep things low key and quiet around here. However - it's okay for the kids to be on the deck blowing bubbles.

At one point they were popping the bubbles with their mouths. Until I informed them they were eating soap. That ended really quick.

Taking a quiet reading break with Dr. Seuss.

Somewhere between 8 and 8:30 p.m. the kids went outside to do popits that Mercedes brought from Grandma T. The kids had fun with that. Mercedes couldn't throw hers hard enough at first to get them to pop. Certainly amusing to the boys! There were all kinds of knights in shining armor ready to help remedy the situation.

Russell has a scowl because these are handheld firecrackers - the ones with confetti or silly string inside. Chris says it was an accident but his went off right in front of Russell's face.

Mercedes was scared to pull hers.

"I'll stand right next to you so you won't be scared." says Uncle Russell. I love her facial expressions.
I wish I could have seen her face here! But heck - the leg action speaks volumes too!

Donovan and Christopher getting firecracker lighting instructions from dad.

I guess Mercedes thought Michael was some kind of protector. She was standing super close holding his arm.
When we moved on to the last 2 "big" firecrackers - she moved behind him. Maybe he was supposed to be the shield if something went wrong? lol
This year was actually the first year we went to town for the fireworks. Apparently the Blue Heron does them and they have quite the show. Last year it went on for about an hour. This year was only 30 minutes. We went to the big lot next to Papa Murphy's and it was a perfect view. The kids were waiting patiently.
I would have taken some of the actual fireworks but my fireworks picture taking skills are severely lacking.


Becky said...

Yay! She looks like she is having a blast with her cousins! All those boys to protect her... that is too funny.

Sheri said...

Looks like everyone is having a good time....except maybe Russ?

Kim said...

Fireworks are really hard to take pictures of. And I am jealous how long your town's fireworks lasted. The show we went to lasted 15 minutes.

How does your family like having a little girl in the house?

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!