We loved having Matt and Kristal up for a visit. We went to miniature golf, go-carts, batting cages, arcades, and yep, Bumper boats. We all got soaking wet and there was a slight breeze which kept things a little cool. SOOOOOO, we had some hot chocolate and justified that we were over halfway to Christmas!!!!!! Carters sure love their Christmas time!!!!
So last weekend Russ went to Chicago for a convention that he attends each year. While he was there, Transformers 3 was being filmed down the street from his hotel. No he did not see Shia LeBouf (or however it's spelled). Don't worry Olivia, I don't think Megan Fox is in the third Transformers.
He did get a couple of views of different things, but only had his phone for a camera so you only get to see shots of things that were close up, like bumpers of different cars. Enjoy the limited view photos and watch for them when the movie comes out.
This one may or may not be in the movie. It was just sitting there, so easy to capture which almost makes one think it wasn't a part of the movie, but who knows.
Russ went to an M's game yesterday thanks to his birthday gift from his wonderful in-laws. Unfortunately, Em and Mirian weren't able to attend. Felix pitched a complete game and only gave up one run and Jose Lopez hit a grand slam. Great Game!!!!!
However, Russ brought home Mirian's first Mariners hat, and boy does she look cute!!!
We had tons o' fun at the Lake Tahoe Relay this year. It was sunny with a good breeze which was great for the runners, but the timers were cold early on in the day. The race allows for 120 teams, and this year there were 119, so as you can imagine, we were pretty busy. You can catch a full run down of the success of the race at their website.
Most importantly, we have the cutest, sweetest little girl in the world. Here are some pictures of her from the race.
As you can see from her knees, she crawled around everywhere.
Over the 4th of July weekend we had a Carlson Brothers Family Reunion. Not everyone could make it and we missed them, but those who were able to come had a blast. We went to Tri-Cities on Friday night and checked into our hotel. We had pizza and soda and played games. The 6 brothers that we there and our nephew Matt stayed up until midnight playing Liar (some know it as BS). We had lots of laughs (it was obviously past bed time for a few of us). On Saturday, some family members went on a hike up Badger Mountain. Overall, it was only about an hour hike but there are great views from the top. After hiking, the group went to the local farmer's market in Pasco. The goal was to find ingredients for a salad for lunch time. There was a competition, but no one knew the rules, it was fun deciding on ingredients while trying to figure out how to win a game and not know the rules.
After the farmer's market we went to Columbia Point Park (right on the Columbia River) and rented jet skiis. It was a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We jet skied all day long.
We had a picnic where Emily and our sister-in-law Rachel's combined effort salad won the competition. The only rule was to have the most items from the farmer's market. They had 9 ingredients from the market.
We got plenty of sun and had a great time!!!
Sunday we went to church and took a family photo before going in. Emily was sick Saturday night and Sunday and wasn't able to join us. Sunday afternoon we had another picnic, played games and then watched fireworks from the bank of the Columbia River (they lit the fireworks from a barge in the middle of the river). What a show!!!
Monday we had our final get together before everyone left. We had a lunch picnic and had the Carlson Family Olympics. We divided up in teams and competed in 3 events (frisbee golf, cherry seed spitting for distance, and Soap bubble blowing for distance). How creative!!! Way to go Mike!!!
We love to get together with Family and have a good laugh. Thanks everyone, let's do it again soon!!!