now i'm in mission. i got here yesterday afternoon and the heat was oppressive. sarah and delanie were still at costco and a gaggle of kids were with josh out in the back yard on the tramp. i took the opportunity to change out of my fumfer cat shirt which had been victim of an unfortunate slippery burger accident while driving. basically i caught the fly away burger with my chest... that's what chests are for right?
i went for a walk around doug and del's neighbourhood looking for possible photoshoot sites. i didn't find anything but i did get hot and sweaty from walking up a steep hill. fortunately delanie had a very good place come to mind on her way home from costco. then there was the general frenzy of getting a large family ready for a shoot. delanie was a hot spicy tamale. we left later than i had hoped, because the sun was low and getting lower fast. douglas was not home yet. this made me noivous.
doug and del have a small green flowered couch and i suggested we take it with us and to my great excitement delanie agreed! josh and caleb helped me carry it out to the van and we found a plate under one of the pillows. this was blamed on the absent douglas.
anyways we went to this gorgeous place. there was this abbey high up on a windy road with beautiful rolling hills and a pond and trees... it was very picturesque. i mean, if i had the time, there were so many things i could have done there. it was idylic and the sun was making it even more perfect. while we waited for douglas i did shots of doug and del and individuals of the kids on the couch which josh and caleb toted down the hill for me. then just as we were told by a very tall black robed monk that they were closing the gate, that is when douglas arrived. huffed and puffed up the hill and begged the monk for 5 minutes. he gave it to me reluctantly. i hurried down the hill yelling for everyone to pile on the couch. what happened next was the fastest family shoot i ever did. and when i was done, i looked behind me to see the monk tall and black robed and imposing with his hands on his hips. he was a little put out with me. we got some talking to as we hiked up the hill, but caleb chatted him up all friendly like about the architecture and by the top of the hill he seemed a little softened towards us.
sarah and i left later that night to meet mom and dad who had amy. they had her and we wanted her. the deal sarah finangled with pops was to meet at the 264th street exit. when we were almost to the said exit we got a call. dad was back tracking on his deal. he wanted us to come to 232 street. we agreed reluctantly. we called dad what mom thought was 'frustration giver.' this was true enough. because right after 264 st we ran into traffic. one lane road construction traffic. still we made it to the arranged upon location, a 'service station'. and as we sat and waited we made a video of ourselves singing chasing cars. i sang an octive higher and sarah sang an octive higher than that. to be clear, a double octive higher. we sent the video to kyle. it was repleat with a burp, and rocking heads. after that mom and dad called, saying they missed the 232 exit. !!! frustration givers! so we got back into the bad traffic and met up with them at 264th afterall. when amy was safely in our clutches we unleashed the full force of our cabin fever on her.
amy and i slept on a bed in the hallway.
in the morning we did some ttap and del made us some super yummy shakes. then we all got ready and headed out to the cultus lake water slides. it was my first time. we had many a fun time. climbed many a stair. screamed many a scream. laughed lots. slipped and slid. jord and tracy and tracy's mom and brother (who incidently split his shorts hem to waist band and walked around like that, with them gaping open, very nonchalant like) were there too, and eryn and jeff joined us later. it was a fun fun fun day and my throat hurts from all the screaming.
now doug is blasting the music and adults and kids alike are shaking a leg in the living room. the dance party is tomorrow, but that doesn't mean people can't dance today.