Saturday, September 26, 2009

More fun with Kathi and the kids.....

On day two of my sister Kathi's visit, we slept in and laid around the house a bit. Then we packed a big picnic lunch and headed for the swimming holes. The first place we stopped was called "The Pipes" I have told you about this place before. It is so gorgeous! Here's the whole gang sitting on the bank having a wonderful picnic lunch. My husband Eric didn't come with us as he had other plans.
Grayson was being so funny while playing with his cousin, Garrett. He picked him up and put him over his shoulder and started walking into the river.
He kept going and going and as he got deeper in the water he lifted Garrett above his head!
Pretty soon all you could see was Garrett! He looked like he was floating. It was so funny!
They were having so much fun! Everyone was having a great time at this awesome swimming hole.
Who are those bathing beauties? LOL! It's Kathi and I cooling off a bit. What's funny is that is the furthest Kathi and I got in the water. I think our age is showing!
One of my pretty nieces, Victoria, exploring the river's edge.
We stayed at The Pipes for several hours and then we headed up to a brand new place called Brice Creek. We have never been there before. To get to the swimming hole he you have to cross this amazing bridge. Here's cute Kathi getting ready to cross.
Here's a picture I took from the bridge looking down into the water. Isn't it pretty!
We hiked about a mile until we came to this gorgeous setting! It makes me think of Africa with all the amazing rock formations!
As soon as we got there Grayson did a back flip into the water! The water is over 20 feet deep!
Hayden climbed to the top of this big cliff and........
.......he did a "gainer" off of it, which is kind of a frontwards flip.
Grayson and his girlfriend Rachelle, Victoria, Garrett and Jessica. Notice the beautiful rock formations in the background. This place is truly amazing!
Here's all the kids looking over the bridge as we were leaving. I cannot believe how blessed we are to live so close to so many neat swimming holes and they are all just miles from each other!
The last whole we went to is called "Wild Wood Falls." This is a beautiful water fall that has neat rock formations and a big deep swimming hole.
Is as if God created this place just for thrill seekers to jump into the water! Here's Harrison taking the 20 foot jump into the water!
Now you see him........... you don't!
Rachelle is so brave! She even jumped in! You go girl!
Hayden's thinking about it...........
........there he goes!!!
Victoria and Jessica decided to just watch this time! These girls are brave too though and they jumped off the rocks at the Pipes.
After we got home from a fun day of picnicking and swimming the kids all went to the movies and Kathi & Garrett came along with Eric & I to a really fun 50th birthday party of a friend of ours. They had swimming, fabulous food, a DJ, a fire pit and dancing. There was probably 100 people there. My friends were so great and so warm and just included Kathi and Garrett in all the fun just like family.

I am so thankful for both of my sisters, we all love each other so much. Kathi and I started spending the night at each other's homes about 16 years ago when she first moved back to Oregon from Texas. She was back in Oregon, but lived in a town that was about an hour away. We just started planning three or four day trips at each other's homes. Kathi and Kelli did the same thing, but I think because Kelli and I live in the same town we never did this (which in retrospect I wish we had). Any way, you can click here to see some pictures from the old days of our times together.

We had another great time this year and I am so thankful for my sister and her family and all the fun we always have together!

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:16-17

Love, Sharon


grey like snuffie said...

HOW MUCH FUN!!!! I must confess I think I am a bit jealous of all those wonderful waterfalls and such....thanks for sharing with we flat landers. :o)

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Sharon,
I always enjoy reading about both of your families! You all exemplify the Love of Christ, and It speaks volumes to us all here in blogland!

You all certainly chose a beautiful place to have all this fun! Thank you for sharing,

PJ said...

How wonderful to be so near family and be able to get together often!The picnic spots are all soooo gorgeous!

Jan Parrish said...

What wonderful memories you are all building together. Come on, Sharon, just jump in! LOL

Sondra said...

You and Kathi look so cute in the water :) Looks like you all had so much fun. That really is a beautiful place.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharon, thanks so much for responding to my email. Its so lovely to see these happy pictures of your lovely family, what fun times and lovely memories you make for them. Looks like you all had an awesome time. Stay happy, hugs Jackie UK x

Sharon said...

Hi Jackie! Thanks for writing. You are so sweet! I hope you have a lovely day!

Hugs, Sharon

Heather said...

those boys are so brave! you do have some beautiful places near you. how neat!

Kathi said...

Wow, that one back flip looks so dangerous and scary, but I know these kids do know what they are doing. We had so much fun with you. We are so blessed to have each other. I'm so thankful for you. Love, Kathi

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