Friday, July 03, 2009

We began the day by sightseeing in downtown Seattle.

Nine "children" climbing to Pikes Market.

Throwing Fish....


Josiah stands next to a cut out of the world's tallest man...and learns what it is like to feel short. ::snort::


Imagine photos of Space Needle. Frankly, I don't have time for the 4 extra steps it takes on PB to get vertical photos ready for viewing...oh and imagine a lot of ferry and boat photos too. ::snort::

Ah HA - here's a photo of the 5 older children and Nolan in front of WATER and just over Josiah's head in the far distance is the Space Needle....we WERE in Seattle 3 July...but had nothing to do with the data center of geocaching going down.

The GPS said we had 15 extra minutes to make it out to Tim and Kathy's. We headed out. WOW...the traffic leaving Seattle for fun on the 4th. ::snort:: We did note LEE driving the same direction. ::snort::

Tim and Kathy are long time Internet friends. It was a joy to finally meet their family. Beth and Lee are also long time Internet friends. Thanks so much for opening your home to all of us E family. It was fun to have a spot for families to relax and meet each other. Kathy prepared a great sandwich buffet, Tim ran the smoothie station, Joshua {?} had prepared a cooler of water balloons, Rachel and Sarah graciously loaned their toys to Stacia for the afternoon, Dan has the sweetest smile I've enjoyed in a long time.

My photos aren't great...I'd left the Nikon at the hotel and suffered from Nikon envy all afternoon. I'll post more photos that I lift from Beth and Kathy as they post.... ::snort:: My poor little Cannon Powershot simply wasn't flashing well...and the delay is getting really long the more times it's dropped. ::snort:: You KNOW bloggers take lots of photos....

Group Photo - Mike/I left, compilation of kids, Tim/Kathy to Josiah's shoulder, Aaron/Beth far right - Lee took this photo.

Alas, this photo shows me sporting a wet t-shirt look...but it's the best I have....Beth, myself, Lee and Kathy (NEVER say I don't post unflattering photos of moi).

Wet t-shirt? Yeah. The kids were having a giant waterfight. Stacia needed help getting a balloon. I went to help. One enterprising young man got me. I decided to stay and enjoy the fun.....At a later point I believe two of my sons dumped a cooler of water on the young man....all in great fun. I have no photos as I was busy enjoying the day. ::snort::

Mike shares his vast interest in geocaching with Tim.

Mike, Tim and Aaron - Homeschooling Heroes (Seriously, men, what a great thing you do by sacrificing to allow your wives to be at home schooling their children....and all the daily support.....true manly men if y'all want my opinion).

Beth and Lee had to leave early. We stayed longer. The kids all played Mafia. I told them it looked like a giant prayer meeting.

Kathy, Tim, Mike and I had couple sharing time. It was at least as beneficial for us as I hope it was for them....and I pray I set Tim straight on the glories of unrefined flour. ::snort::

We met my parents at the hotel and had dinner. We spent more time in the pool. Krista keeps trying to transfer CD's to mp3 files...and I tried to download some stuff....I did....but we can't get it on to the mp3 player...hmmm.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...


Cynthia said...

So glad you were able to meet everyone! I wish I could have been there! Looks like everyone had a great time.

When you get settled in Japan, you'll have to let me tell you an easier way to rotate your files... it's much faster to do them BEFORE uploading to PB. If I happen to forget I don't even try anymore because it's such a nuisance to do it after the fact...

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

I DO ROTATE MY FILES BEFORE I LOAD THEM TO was working fine for 2 years and then a few months ago went bonkers!

Kristine said...

I am reading this with a great big smile on my face. Thank you for taking the time to share this as you have a zillion other things going on. Praying for your family through this move.

Becki said...

Seattle-my hometown-homesick.....LOL Praying you all have a safe trip.

Debbie said...

De'Etta, thanks so much for sharing. What a fun time you all had. I know I've said this before, but I am enjoying this journey of yours. I appreciate that you are willing to post it all for us.