Monday, September 15, 2008

best weekend ever **with pictures**

Okay, I can't say best weekend ever. I did have a really bad cold, lost my voice, and was busy beyond words. But I got to do something with my family that we will remember for a long time.
James' work had a "bring your family to work" day. Our family consisted of 14 people (James' side of the family was in town for the birthday party) We got to go out to see where James works and see what he does and how he trains (He works out at Hanford with the Hanford Patrol on their paramilitary team that helps protect the site from terrorist attacks and other bad guys as Gabe calls them) It was such a great experience and we all had so much fun!! We got to see the bomb dogs and see one of them show off how he searches for weapons. The kids got to play in the trucks and play with all the sirens and radios. We got to see the "shoot house", where the guys train. We got to watch some of the SRT team show off their skills (grenade launchers, machine guns, flash bangs, so on and so on) We got to actually shoot some of the guns that they use out there. I am pretty shy around guns, but it was a lot of fun to shoot the guns that James is always talking about (which by the way is an M4 rifle)

The highlight of the trip (not necessarily mine) is when James and some other family members got to go on a test run on the evoc course, which is where the guys practice defensive driving, I hear so many stories about it. It was driven by the best guy on the team, Becky was in front, James, Mike , and Matt were in the back (a good 700 pounds all together back there) Well, they did one round slowly then they took off! All I saw when he started driving through the cones was heads in the back window bouncing off the sides of the car and screeches going around the corners, at the end of the course is a sharp turn and the car didn't make it too well and ended up going off the road into sage brush and hit a post. James said that the guy was yelling "THERES TOO MUCH BEEF IN THE BACK, I CANT DO IT!", I guess they were all laughing historically. It was so funny to watch.

Thanks James for the great experience :) We all had so much fun.
**Rachel, I have like 100 pictures for you, I will email them to you this week.**
The grandkids on the way in
Gabe in one of the rooms in the shoot house
Out side one of the vehicles
The kids playing in the car
James showing Gabe some of the buttons
Papa with some of the kids waiting for the bomb dog
Becky, Kaiden, and Lauren waiting for the demonstration to start
All of us with our head gear on waiting for the shooting to begin, it was NOT easy to keep these things on the kids one bit.

Me with the M4

Isn't Judy so cute?

James showing us his stuff, you could tell he does this a lot

Here is a video of the car starting to go fast through the cones then another car speeding by

Another picture from my angle when they went to take off

After a long day, we all wanted one of these


Blogger Kritta22 said...

Oh my goodness! I'm still giggling at my comment. I really am sorry!
That's so cool that they let you guys see all that stuff. Once again, thanks for still being my blogger friend, oh SKINNY one!!

September 15, 2008 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger tharker said...

The picture of Judy shooting in her skirt gives new meaning to the term "Annie get your gun." LOVE IT!!!!

I also love the expression on Gabe's face as you're all waiting for the shooting to begin. He looks SOOO excited.

September 16, 2008 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

That looks like fun! I wanna shoot a big gun...

September 16, 2008 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Crystal said...

wish we could have come! that looks awesome! we are still waiting for you guys to come out here and visit!!! :) Love ya!

September 16, 2008 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

I love the title of your blog! It's so cute!

September 16, 2008 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

Wow, what a weekend! Glad you had fun!

September 17, 2008 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger sweet P said...

Sounds like fun - even though you had a cold. I'm sure the boys loved it! In fact my husband would love it. Do they have a "take a friend to work day?"

September 17, 2008 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Chavah Kinloch said...

Thank you so much for stopping by Kate! You have a gorgeous family, your weekend sounds so cool, I'd love something like that too!

September 17, 2008 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger emily johns said...

Wow that sounds like quite the adventure. And I just have to mention that the Transformer cake was incredible. My boys are totally into Transformers right now too, Connor has already told me that for his next birthday (in May!!) he wants a Transormer cake - either Optimus Prime or Bumble Bee. Aaah!! Miss you!!

September 20, 2008 at 7:24 PM  
Blogger Bethany said...

That looks like so much fun!

September 23, 2008 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles said...

Woo hoo! That looks like it was a blast. :)

September 24, 2008 at 9:28 PM  

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