Monday, August 17, 2009

First Day of School

Today was the boys' first day of school. Casey will be in second grade and Brett will be in fourth grade.

It was a rough morning--it started pouring right before the bus came.

I managed to get a few photos of them before the rain.

Casey and Brett



Bus stop friends
Josh, Casey, Suzanne, Carson and Brett

Water balloon fight

This summer, the boys have been playing with water balloons with some of their neighborhood friends.

To celebrate the end of summer, we decided to let them have a water balloon fight.

Blowing up and tying all the balloons wasn't much fun, but throwing the water balloons was a blast!

Casey throwing a water balloon at Brett

Suzanne getting Dan

Brett throwing one at Josh

Josh getting Brett back

Carson and Josh

Suzanne, Carson, Brett, Josh and Casey

Birthday brothers

Casey's eighth birthday was last Saturday, the 15th, so we bought him a Nintendo DSi, which was one of the things he really wanted. Since Brett's 10th birthday is Tuesday, Aug. 18, we bought him one as well and let them both open them.

I can't believe how old they are!

Brett and Casey, birthday brothers

The boys and their new toys

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fun on the lake

We met up with our friends, Todd and Trisha and their kids, and spent Friday on Table Rock Lake on their boat.

It was a blast! We explored the lake, swam, rode in a tube, fished--you name it. The kids even got to jump off some cliffs into the lake.

Walking to the marina

Todd and Kara


Leaving the dock

The kids in the front of the boat

Brett and Dan

Brett jumping in the lake



Casey swimming

Casey jumping off the rocks

Brett jumping

Riley and Brett in the tube
(Brett's hands are in the air)

We anchored just off a small island in the lake and let the kids fish and throw rocks.

Casey and Brett

Kara with one of the two fish she caught

Getting the fish off the hook

Todd showing Casey a crawfish he found

Casey and his new friend

Branson Landing

We spent one afternoon having lunch and walking around Branson Landing, a shopping area on the banks of Lake Taneycomo.

For you Wichitans, this is what our WaterWalk should be!

We had a great lunch at White River Fish House

Dan and the boys

Me and Casey

Shopping at Bass Pro Shop

Inside Bass Pro Shop

Branson Landing

The bank of Lake Taneycomo

Pirate mini golf

Brett had been begging us all week to take him mini-golfing. We picked a pirate-themed course and took the boys one night. I have to say it was hot out, but the course was really neat.

The boys in the stockade...where they belong!

Casey taking his turn

There were waterfalls throughout the course

Brett lining up his shot

White Water

We took the boys to White Water, a water park, on Tuesday. One of the rides was a three-story water slide that Casey went down twice. He was the only one!

Casey coming down the slide on the right

He made it!