Thursday, August 12, 2010

Meeting the newest Westra, part I

We've waited so long to meet this new little man of the Westra clan.  Cousin Ethan is already 9 months old and crawling and pulling up, so we were so thrilled to meet him finally.





Ethan with his mom Julie



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Mackenzie, Ethan's older sister, watching a movie with Colton.

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We spent a casual night hanging out and got up and left for Grandpa's and Grandma's at the lake.








I just knew when I first saw this field just a few miles from the lake, we'd be stopping.
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Rick's brother Matt, and his daughter Mackenzie.  Out of 30 pictures I attempted to take of her, I maybe got her 3 times to look at me... but I am posting these anyways.  She has to hold her own being the only granddaughter in a group of boys and that spunk in her is just the ticket.
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Uncle Matt tubing on the lake.  Despite Rick's attempt to dump him, he proved a worthy opponent and hung on the whole way.
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Rick's sister's boy, Gunnar.  Bravely getting back on a second time after a massive wipeout.   Where is that zoom lens when you need it?
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The crew preparing for a bonfire.  Even though there were tornado warnings sounding in the distance and unbelievably humid conditions, we wouldn't be denied our s'mores.
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The next morning, with more hot and sticky weather due for the day, we started off with a trip to the logging camp for breakfast.

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The logging camp is a summer tradition, nestled into a rustic setting that takes you back to the days that timber ruled the area.  The food is served family style and we actually polished off two of these huge platters.
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Almost a smile from Ethan... he was firmly attached to mommy's hip, even though we all attempted to snatch some snuggles with him.   If he wasn't so darn cute...
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Knowing we had maybe a minute before Ethan would realize he wasn't with mom or dad, we grabbed a quick photo of all 5 Westra grandchildren.
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Left to Right: Colton, Mackenzie, Nolan with Ethan, and Gunnar.


part II coming soon...

17 comments:

  1. Oh, how fun! I always love your lake photos because I'm convinced I can imagine myself right where you are. Love it. (and the breakfast didn't look bad either)

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  2. I have never seen Sunflowers like that!
    The kids are too cute!
    As always, great photos!

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  3. I love the pic of all the kids together!! We had a great time, thanks so much for everything. Love to you all!!

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  4. Gitz, if you only knew how much I think of you when I am at the lake :) I take you with me always... and yes, the breakfast was yummo...

    Missy, what? Really? Oh, you are missing out... thanks, I had great subjects to work with :)

    Julie, I will get you a copy of all the photos... Rick can burn a cd or we'll have copies printed of everything. We were so thrilled you came :) XOXO

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  5. The group photo of the grandchildren was extremely nice, Vicky. I could almost imagine faces on that field of sunflowers!

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  6. What great pics!!! The kids are SO sweet and the sunflowers -- WOW! God's creation is always amazing to me.

    Blessings!
    Melanie
    ~ melscoffeebreak.blogspot.com ~

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  7. I want to come visit you and be surrounded by all that happiness and beauty!!! Wonderful! The kids' picture is terrific :) You know that I love that sunflowers picture.

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  8. That was fun checking out thos photos.
    Beautiful family you have there, and what a great area you were gallivanting in.

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  9. What a beautiful family Vicky!! You and your husband have certainly given your boys an enriching childhood.

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  10. Fun family photos! The kids are so cute and everyone is smiling in that last photo.

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  11. Great photos!..Love the Camp breakfast!!..and I've never seen a sunflower field such as this...

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  12. Beautiful photos Vicky! Sunflowers are my favorite (and I say this as I drink my tea from my sunflower mug). That field is gorgeous!

    So glad you had a wonderful family time at the lake. Thanks for taking us along too! :0)

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  13. You guys make lots of pretty kiddos! Darling pics and Ethan is SUCH a CUTIE!

    Glad you got to have some fun and family and to see your dad in new faces. Who he is and was will lives on in your family and will continue to bless others.

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  14. wow....you guys sure know how to have a fun time....

    i love that you saw a sunflower field, too....aren't they just amazing ?

    but now i want to go tubing :)

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  15. Really enjoyed seeing all these pictures :) The latest entry is such an angel. Here's a cute little kiss for him :-x

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  16. You make a granddad so proud. You Westras have a great family..John

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  17. I've never seen better sunflower photos...and this little Ethan has stolen my heart...all of these cousins are so adorable.
    xoxo

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