Thursday, July 23, 2009

The 4th of July a Month Late!

I know the 4th was almost a month ago, so I apologize for the delay. The day itself was very busy. We came back into town the night before around midnight and so we were all exhausted. The morning started off early. We headed into Melba for the parade. The kids loved getting all the candy!
After the parade, we had lunch with my family and then we went to their house and went swimming. My mom filled up a ton of water balloons and the little boys tried to throw them at the big boys. Unfortunately, they couldn't throw them hard enough to get them to pop, but the big boys could!
From my parents, we headed over to Caleb's parents house. Trevor and Christina were there with their kids and so was Aunty. We had a great time visiting and eating. I tried to get some pics of all the kids with the flags and you can see how well all that turned out!
From there we headed back to Melba for the amazing fireworks show. It was a great end to a great day!
I can't figure out how to get the pictures in order, so I apologize for the random order.

This was the best pic I could get!

Addison loved following Jaydon around on the bike. Jaydon was so patient with her!

This was at my parents house. The big boys were playing chicken. Notice there is no one else in the pool!

Mom playing water balloons with the big boys

Everyone waiting patiently for the parade.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July and enjoyed their family and friends as much as we did!

A Fire for Father's Day

After having a wonderful morning at church, while we were waiting for our Father's Day dinner, Caleb decided to burn the burn pile. Caleb burns a couple of times a year, and every time, I question him about whether he should really do it and make sure that he is careful. This time I was slacking on my motherly duties, and I didn't verify with him that he was prepared.
I look outside and I see Caleb panicking to get the hose and I quickly see why. The fire has gotten out of control and Caleb is trying to contain it. Before I know it, Caleb is yelling at me to call the fire department. I knew we were in trouble, Caleb never asks for outside assistance!
It took the fire department a little while to get out to the house, and once they did, they had trouble getting to the fire. It had passed through our field and was taking over the neighbors field. They finally found access to the fire and quickly put it out.
It was a great Father's Day for all!

This is what it looked like after the fire.

There was so much smoke, I couldn't get a picture of any of the flames.

Caleb was trying to help out by using the hose

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bolander Family Reunion

Every year, my dad's side of the family has a family reunion. Most everyone is here locally and so they usually have it at a park or church nearby. This year, it was carnival themed. They had a chili cook off, pie eating contest, bounce house, carnival games, cake walks, cotton candy, bubble blowing contest, and I am sure I am missing some. It was so much fun and the weather was perfect! The kids were entertained the whole time and we just had fun watching them. There were some adult involved games that we were sure to participate in!

The boys each won a goldfish and were so excited to bring them home. Unfortunately, they both died while we were on vacation :(

My dad, Caleb and Addison

Gavin relaxing after all the fun

Trenton trying to be adventurous!

They had the boys vs. the girls on this and each couple competed against each other to see who could get the farthest. Caleb, of course, completely demolished me! It was fun though!

They had a pie eating contest. Caleb didn't want to do it, so I decided to take his place. I was the only girl!

My first and only bite of the pie. It was so sweet and hard to eat very fast. By the time I had eaten a bite, the other guys were practically done with their pies.

Getting ready for the contest!

They had a cake walk and of course everyone won one. I think the boys had more sweets that day then they have in a normal week!

Meridian Dairy Days

I am only about a month behind on my posting! The third week in June, we always go to the Meridian Dairy Days parade. I remember going when I was little and I always loved getting the icecream and chocolate milk. Since Caleb and I have been married, we have tried to continue this and we have gone to the parade almost every year. This year, it was rainy and cold. We went and ate before the parade and it was just pouring rain. We were happy to be in the restuarant and not out waiting! After we got done eating, we headed over to the spots we had saved. It was perfect and there was plenty of room for everybody. Christy came with us and then we met up with James and Chelsea, Trevor and Christina, and Steve and J.J. The rain stopped just in time and it we all had a lot of fun watching the parade and collecting all the milk, cheese, and t-shirts!