Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A New Baby!!!

Amanda had her beautiful, healthy baby girl this morning at 5:33 am. She weighed 6 lbs 2 oz and is absolutely gorgeous!!! We are all so excited about the new addition to the family. We think the name is Rory Alexis Mason (Amanda and Jed say they are trying it out). Congratulations Amanda and Jed, we are so proud of you....and Happy Birthday Rory!!! Isn't she beautiful??? More pictures to come later today!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Trip to Gold Beach

On our way to Gold Beach we had a little car sickness issue (this may just be because of the clip that our driver was taking the curves, but of course he blames it on Dairy Queen). We've never had this problem and let me just say from now on we will be traveling with buckets! About 10pm on Thursday night we were driving south on the winding Highway 101. Charlie said he felt a little sick and within 10 seconds was throwing up all over the back of the car. David pulled into the first parking lot he saw and we all jumped out and immediately started cleaning up Charlie, the car, and the poor little girls that were in the vicinity at the time of all the action. Keep in mind it is completely dark, except for the little lights coming from inside the car. All of a sudden we heard a huge "ROOOOOOAR!" It sounded like two cougars fighting. David and I looked up at each other and quickly said, "What was that?" About 2 seconds later, David said, "Look where we are!" As I looked up we were at the West Coast Game Park Safari. There was a huge painting of a leopard. And behind the fence we were just in front of there actually were lions, leopards, and tigers. Moral of the careful where you pull over in the dark!
We had a wonderful weekend in Gold Beach with our friends, the Elder's. They know just what places to take us for a great time. We hiked up to a cool little tree for this family picture. Here's one of our only pictures of all the kids. It's quite difficult to have 8 kids happy and smiling all at the same time.

And rarely do I get a picture of Charlie. This is only because our friend Travis took the picture.

We played at the beach!

We got a little wet!

We had a blast and can't wait to go back. The kids were very upset that it was time to leave!