Sunday, July 31, 2016

Summer Fun : July

July has been filled with odd weather and hot days have been a rarity around here. Usually July means 100 degree days but most of our July was filled with temps in the 80's or lower. On a few of the warmer days we spent time at the Milton Freewater pool with friends.

Jax and his best buddy Joel.
Jax's highlight of the month was getting to go to the drive-in with his buddy Joel and then his first sleepover!
We hiked the Whitman Mission one day.
My dad took all the kids to ice cream and a movie while I worked at State Farm one afternoon.
My mama and I.
Checking out the new road at our property! We have spent the last 7 months planning and gettin permits to finally have the road and bridge put in out at our property. I am excited to see the finished project and then start on our house hopefully in the spring!
These kiddos make summer more fun!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lake Jubilee Camping

 With Dave being gone all summer I was missing not doing as much with the kids. I asked my parents if they wanted to take an overnight camping trip with us to Lake Jubilee and they agreed so off we went.
 My dad and I setting up our tents.
 Getting ready to go fish.

My parents brought both their pontoon boats and these were a big hit with the kids. They spent a lot of time rowing around in them and Colt got good at rowing it himself.
Case and Colbi with DiDi.

After a day of swimming and fishing we headed back to camp for dinner. We had hotdogs and then roasted marshmallows.

The next morning we took a hike around the lake. They had a rope swing that all the boys and I did together which was fun. Colt got really brave on it and was going so high and waiting to drop until he was all the way out into the lake.

We headed home late that afternoon in time for Colt to play in his football game that night. It was a quick trip but nice to get out of the heat of Walla Walla and just enjoy time together.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Fire Academy graduation

For the last 3 months Dave has been in North Bend, WA going through the firefighter academy. We have missed him but have been so proud of how hard he has worked to achieve a dream and goal that he started working towards 5 years ago. On April 12 he started his dream job with the City of Richland Fire Department. In the last 5 years he has gone back to school to earn his Fire Science degree, volunteered for 2 years at District 4 here in Walla Walla, became certified as an EMT, and received certification in Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Hazmat Operations. He has spent countless hours working towards this dream and as his wife I have been amazed and so very proud at how hard he has worked to make this happen.
The kids and I got to go up to North Bend for family day and watch him in action.

Today he graduated from the academy and will go back to Richland to start working as a firefighter.
Dave's parents, my parents and all of us came to support him.

I got the honor of pinning him.
We are so proud of him!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Pemberton family vacation : Long Beach, WA

We spent a week in Long Beach, WA with Dave's family. I drove over with the kids on Thursday and met Dave in Olympia where we stayed with our friends from college.  Jess and I were roommates and played on the volleyball team at Central together and Dave and Dale met through us and became friends. We had not seen them in 4 years so it was fun to catch up and our kiddos had a blast.
 The crew; Wyatt, Gavin, Jax, Colbi, Sydney, Case and Colt.
 Jax was excited to see Bigfoot there. He has taken a big interest in Sasquatches this year and spends a lot of time reading books about them.
 On Friday we took all the kids to the Children's Museum since we didn't need to leave until later in the afternoon for the beach. This was a great activity for all the kids, all of them were entertained and they got to run around and explore.
Then we started the final leg of our trip to meet up at Long Beach with Dave's family.
Ready to swim. Really all these kids wanted to do was swim in the pool. Everyday it was about 58 degrees outside but they still wanted to swim in the outdoor pool. It was heated and had a nice hot tub but none of them seemed to mind the cold.
The beach was fun but so cold!
Jax and Case digging around in the sand.
Dave burying Colbi.
We went on a bike/rollerblade/walk one night with all the kiddos. Pretty comical. There are 9 kids ages 9,9,7,6,5,3,3,2 & 1
Memah and Popee had VBS with the kids every morning. This was a fun part of the trip, the kids still talk about it and Colt and Jax both still remember all 3 of their verses that they learned.
This was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We took a horseback ride on the beach and even got to gallop a bit on the horses. All the kids had so much fun. Colt and Jax even got to ride by themselves and loved it.

Memah and Case rode together.
Katie and Nora.

Jax and his horse Amigo.

More beach. We spent 90% of our time at the beach or pool.

Colt got buried up to his neck one day.

Since Dave couldn't come Uncle Taylor stayed in our condo with us. He was such a HUGE help. He kept the kids entertained, patiently answered all their questions and read to them every night before bed.
We ended our trip with a hike at Cape Disappointment State Park. I wish we would have had more time because I could have spent an entire day hiking around here. So pretty and a nice change from the beach/pool.  We had such a nice time, we missed Dave a lot but the kids were troopers and we had fun.