Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Movie Night!


It's 'Movie Night' at the Dunn house!  I needed some down time this afternoon so I promised the kids if they all took a nap then we could rent movies and stay up late.  To my surprise they were all in their rooms asleep within minutes!  When they woke up we went to Blockbuster and rented some movies - as promised.

Playing tonight:  Nancy Drew and Snow Buddies


They love setting up the hide-a-bed and falling asleep to movies.  And it wouldn't be the perfect slumber party without the popcorn their favorite cuddle quilts (made by Auntie Linda)


Thursday, July 24, 2008

The Puppet Show...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fort Update..


Okay, so here's the update on the fort.  It's done - as done as it's gonna be this year.  Maybe next year we will add a canvas top but for now it is what it is.  The kids don't seem to mind a bit. They spend all day up there!  They draw, read, write and eat up in that fort.  I'm sure if we let them sleep up there, they would.


Today I decided to head up and see what all the excitement was.  I found that Ashlee is the ring leader - of course.  She has a schedule of what they will do daily.  She cracks me up.  


Nolan taking me and my camera for a tour of the clubhouse
Artwork they created for today's art show 


Their fort is equipped with a rope ladder, two chairs, a table, carpet, a clock, trash can, art supplies and a fake potted sunflower.  Let's not forget the dry-erase board with clubhouse rules, the agenda charts (by Ashlee) and a ton of beautiful artwork created by my ever so talented children!

Bye-Bye Binky!


We have been trying to find the right time to take away Haidyn's pacifier (a.k.a. Binky).  It has just never seemed like the right time - a vacation was coming, we had potty training going (which by the way we have pretty much accomplished! Hooray!) or there was something going on that required having Binky around to make things a little more "doable" for us (you binky moms know what I mean).  I really thought she would wean herself one day.  She weaned herself from nursing and she weaned herself from the bottle.  But no - Binky was staying!   

We just got back from camping on Sunday and we knew this was our last trip of the Summer - it was now or never!  We told Haidyn that we had left the binkies at the lake.  She was soooo sad!  She sobbed and cried the first day but after that she has been okay with it.  She knows now that binkies are for babies and she is now a "big girl".  A big girl that goes on the potty and sleeps without a binky!   I can't believe we did it!  Bye-Bye Binky!

Our baby girl is growing up.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

First Cut


Haidyn got her first hair cut this morning.  We needed to get rid of some of that tangly, brittle baby hair.  It had been 2 1/2 years and mommy was ready to say bye-bye.  We had not cut it before this, other than her bangs.  She was very excited for a hair cut - but squirmy!  I kept questioning her over and over again, "who cuts hair Haidyn?"  and she would answer, "Mommy do it."   "Does Haidyn cut hair?"  "NO, Mommy do it."   Hopefully she will only use scissors on paper.  Wish me luck on that one.  

BEFORE

AFTER
I cut about 4 inches off the back!
"Awe, I cute!"



Monday, July 14, 2008

A Sugary Sweet Day


Yesterday, we took the kids to the Jelly Belly Factory.  We took the factory tour and had to wear these awesome hats!  Ashlee and Nolan LOVED the sample station!  Haidyn fell in love with a little red Jelly Belly bear and insisted it was her baby.  We bought it for her and she has named him, Belly.  It was a fun day...







Our Favorite Jelly Belly
Ryan:  Root Beer
Kimberly:  Orange Sherbet
Ashlee:  Cotton Candy
Nolan:  Cinnamon
Haidyn:  Very Cherry


We must have worn them out because all three of them slept the whole way home - and so did I.




Friday, July 11, 2008

Happy Birthday Papa Jimmy!


Here's how we celebrated...
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and they were YUMMY!

Happy Birthday from Sacto to Vegas!


Our Family Reunion - We're Home!


We are home from Oregon - and it was loads of fun!  It was so good to see everyone and the weather was nicer than expected!  
Get ready for a ton of photos!

Family Photos...

The McCann Kids

The Grandkids (well, most of us) we missed you Tim, Craig & Jeff

The Great Grandkids


Our time on the beach...









  

Family Olympic Day...
Wheelbarrow races, piggy back races, crab walk race, sprints, water balloon toss, and bouncy balloon race.  The kids really had fun!




Everyone was a winner!


The Volleyball Tournament!  
Here are the teams...

TEAM #1

TEAM #2 - The Winners!  (the cheaters)


When the parents are tired and there's nothing left to do...
Play in the dirt!




The Game Room...and games!
The place where we stayed (Osprey Park) was equipped with a game room.  There were 2 pool tables, air hockey, arcade basketball, foosball and ping pong!


Our family likes to play games!  Scrabble, Poker, Pictionary and Cranium were among the favorites this trip.



Karaoke Night!



The Deep Sea Fishing Trip
Loretta, Nathan, Ryan, John, Scott, Jacob and Ray went on a deep sea fishing trip early Tuesday morning.  I was so upset to hear that NOONE brought their camera!  They had a blast though.  They all caught loads of fish and crab!  (Ling Cod and Sea bass)  They had the fish filleted so we couldn't take a picture when they returned either.  So here is a photo of Scott and Logan.  Logan wanted to help:  "Let me crack it dad!"



It was a great trip!  The place where we stayed was quiet and secluded and seemed spacious enough.  It only sleeps 24 but my Aunt and Uncle brought their trailer.  Nolan got to camp out in the trailer with his cousin Logan.  And Loretta brought her tent trailer and Ashlee got to camp with her and Robin.  Thanks for making it fun for my kiddos!  They were quite the happy campers!


I think history will repeat itself  - Summer 2011! 
Someplace a bit warmer hopefully!

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P.S.  Cousin John saves the day with cameraphone!
My cousin John just forwarded me the few pics that he took on the fishing trip with his phone!  I love technology.  Now there is proof that these guys didn't just pick up some tasty fillets at the market.


Here's Scotty pulling up his crab pot
The backs of Loretta, Ray and Ryan