Saturday, August 30, 2008

Cape Cod....AHHHHH!

This is Hailey's "Cape" design in the sand....can you read it? We were soooooo lucky to get a last minute invitation to spend the week on the Cape. A surprise gift to get away and celebrate our 12th Anniversary!
The Murphy clan posing outside of the Cape Cod "Cottage" in Falmouth, MA. An awesome friend owns this amazing place on the Cape and called us up on Tues. the 19th and said it was suddenly available until that Friday for us to enjoy if we wanted to. SURE! We quickly packed our bags and headed for some fun in the sun! The house was AMAZING and decorated to the T inside, only 3 houses away from the beatiful beach, and the weather was spectacular! We were in HEAVEN! The water was over 70 degrees which is unusual for Mass. and the sand was so white and pretty. We caught some baby jellyfish, boogey boarded, found seashells, and dug in the sand. What a perfect last hurrah before school starts! THANK YOU Nancy!

Cute daddy catching a break from playing with the kids in the water!

Beach babes ready for fun in the sun! Aren't they adorable!

Megan proudly displays her lovely shell. There were so many around on the beach!

Hailey and Daddy trying to boogey board on the small surf:)

Hailey and Megan buried in the sand! They had so much fun burying each other in this beautiful white sand so we got a picture of them both buried. We tried to draw mermaid tails but you can't really tell. They were so cute!

Mama Jen catches some rays and rubs the belly........ahhhhhhh! How many more weeks? It's the final count down! Now if it wasn't so uncomfortable to sleep.................

Monday, August 18, 2008

Happy Birthday, Daddy!


Hailey and daddy posing with his presents from Hailey. Hailey and mommy made a "daddy" keychain out of Beadkins. Hailey picked out all of the bead colors and we put our heads together to figure out how to make a boy shape. (He thinks it looks like Elvis:) Hailey made a birthday card and decorated it with buttons. She was so excited to have him open his presents....she couldn't wait until after we sang "Happy Birthday" and cut the cake! She helped her little sister Megan with the creation of her presents and gave the OK when the decorations were just right:)
Megan drew a picture of her and daddy on his birthday card and she made a picture frame displaying a picture of them swimming together. She was sooo proud!

Ryan, blowing out all 5 of his birthday candles......well, we didn't want to start a fire! :)

Happy Birthday, Daddy! Ryan turned 37 yesterday on August 17th. The girls were soooo excited. We made a birthday cake, decorated our apartment with streamers and birthday banners and then surprised him when he got home from playing the organ at St. Malachys. Here's daddy and Megan making funny faces for the camera (Hailey took this picture).

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Life is Good!

Hailey and cousin, Emery showing off their "tatoos" for the Life is Good Festival where we saw SteveSongs perform.

SteveSongs at Boston Common

We love SteveSongs ....he's now so popular he's on PBS doing a 10 sec. cameo at 8:57 or something every morning. Go Steve! We knew him when.......;)

Cousins cooling off in Frog Pond!

Eltons Visit Boston- Day 1

My (Jen's) sister, Melissa, made the trek East to Boston with her family to visit us. We were soooo excited! This was a first since we usually travel West to Oregon to see them.

The first full day we took them on the "T" (train) downtown to the Boston Common to see our favorite kid's singer SteveSongs, but the weather was HOT! and we were melting:) It was a long day as we tried to do too many things with young children on a hot day. But, luckily we brought the kids' swimsuits to take a dip in the Frog Pond in the Commons! We missed the Duck Tours which was our main goal of the day. SOLD OUT. ARGHHHH! Get them early, we advise!

We went indoors to cool off and watch WALL-E which I thought was strange and a blaring commentary on environmental issues. The kids seemed to enjoy it, though.....well, those that stayed awake;) Then we took them to Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall and got dinner and ice-cream. OK, so it was my idea b/c I was starving and everyone grudgingly went along. I think all of the walking and heat did us in! Boston by fire! (well, they really didn't get to see much of Boston....sorry guys).