S: Murray Family Memories 2010
FC: 2010 | Murray Family
1: January 2010 | Let it Snow!
2: Rockwood Park
3: When you have thirteen inches of snow in Richmond, VA--church is canceled! So, we headed to the park for a little family... | Winter Walk!
4: Wyndham went to the Inaugural Ball for Governor McDonnell. Here he is all dressed up ready to go... ...In the LIMOSINE with a few other "Wheat" boys! | January
5: Winter 2010 | The first grade classes put on a great "Weather" musical this winter. Ethan was fantastic! | Some cute brothers I know holding hands in the mall
6: 2010 Ownby Valentine | Ownby valentine 2010
7: TruMan's class | ethan's Class
8: Easter 2010 | The Murray Boys
9: Spring Break | For | this year we decided to get season passes to...
10: Busch Gardens
12: We went to the park several times that spring break week. Ethan was our dare devil and wanted to try all the rides!! | He was only tall enough for one of the roller coasters--the LOCK-NESS MONSTER (the yellow one you see behind him). | So, we rode it over and over!
13: Spring Music Recital May 2010 | I had so many piano and flute students this spring that we had to move our recital from the house to the church building. Everyone did a wonderful job and played beautifully! | Truman and Eliie played a duet together. We had thirteen piano students and two flute students | Back row: Matthew Armantrout, Sarah Dyckman, Jazlynn Ostler, Soohwan Lee, Haeeun Lee, Hyeonbin Gil. Middle row: Truman Murray, Ethan Murray, Ellie Schwab, Hyeonseo Gil. Front row: Porter Blake, Mitchell Schwab, Eunseo Gil, Mackelle Blake, Abbie Blake | Erin Blake made these cute music cookies
14: Ethan's Soccer Team | Post-season party at Angelo's
15: Ethan played soccer this spring! | They had a fun season. Especially fun was that Daddy got to be Ethan's assistant coach!
16: Ownby Family Reunion | After four years, it was time for another reunion! In June we all gathered back "home" in Missouri for a | fabulous week long gathering. We arrived on Saturday, and spent Sunday at the Rolla Ward. It was such fun to reunite with siblings and cousins again! | The E. Ownbys | The Murrays
17: June 2010 | The Thomases The P. Ownbys | The Cloves | The Kellys | The only cousins absent were Katie and Alex Kelly | The Thorntons
18: There's nothing like 26 cousins, seven siblings, seven spouses and a grandma and grandpa all | talking, jumping, swinging, hugging, dancing, | playing, laughing,
19: Eight Burgher Drive! | singing, and eating at good old... | Then, Sunday afternoon we drove to...
21: Lodge | Missouri June 2010
22: The Lodge quickly became our meeting place as we all gathered three times a day to the cafeteria | where we had great meals prepared for us! It was so great not to have to do any cooking!! | Thomas tickle time!
23: Dillon entertained us all week with his harmonica, and Truman played a few tunes on his recorder. | Cannon and Ethan wrestling
24: The kids each got to go fishing off the dock. I think the biggest "fish" moment though, | was when Benjamin pulled this dead fish out of the water... | STINKY!!
25: At the beginning of the week, we all got together to decide which activities each person in our families | would like to sign up for on each day. It was actually quite the planning production! What to do, what to do?
26: For | Family Night | on Monday evening, | each of the families prepared a short little skit or song. The Murrays sang a short little ditty about our reunion, set to the music | Karaoke time!
27: of "Ode to Joy," accompanied by Truman on the recorder. | Although the cabins didn't have TVs, laptops provided for "movie times!"
28: What's better on a HOT Missouri day, than cooling off in a COLD | Missouri Spring! | Playing in the creek!
29: Wow, that water's cold!!
30: Rock Climbing | Truman and Mitchell raced to the top! | Go Ethan, go!!!
31: The Zip Line Crew | (Before) | (and After) | Hail, the conquering heroes!
32: Horseback Rides
33: A | r | c | h | e | r | y
34: Swimming in | Trout Lake
35: The Water Slide | There was a great swim area in the lake, as well as all kinds of boats and rafts, a water slide, and rope swing! | Loads of water fun!
36: Riflery | Truman tried his hands at a little | The Shooting Crew
37: This was an exciting activity-- we loaded up in teams | onto two | Pontoon Boats, | and headed to the middle of the lake for a big | Water Cannon Fight!!
38: The Alpine Swing | Truman was a little nervous about this adventure initially, but warmed "up" to the idea of dangling from a gigantic swing high up in the air!
39: While one person was taking their turn, the rest of the crew pulled them up to height by being the "runners" of the rope. Then, when ready, the swinger released the clip. As you see, Dillon swung out in lotus position! | Mini Golf with Grandma
40: One day during the week we took a day trip to...
41: Hugging a stalagmite
42: Inside the amazing | Onondaga Cave
43: Rocket Launching | (Following rocket building, of course) | Back at the Trout Lodge
44: Cannon's 4th Birthday!
45: Time to celebrate!
46: This was the Murray, Thornton, and Grandparents cabin. | On our last night, there was a | Fireworks | great | display! | Luke was a bit scared of the loud noises, so I covered his ears the whole time.
47: After leaving Trout Lodge we headed to... | Elephant Rocks State Park
48: It was great fun climbing over all those GIANT rocks!
49: We picnicked there, and then headed to... | Johnson's Shut-ins | I didn't actually bring my camera so I don't have many pictures, but we had a great time!
50: When we finally made it | back to Grandma and Grandpa's | house, the rain came | and the kids | enjoyed one of my favorite childhood memories... | Playing in the Gutters! | Later, Grandpa helped the kids make these awesome airplanes out of foam plates!
51: One afternoon, Grandpa took some of | the kids to see this solar | car built by some university students. | And then, Connor, Benjamin and Ethan got to go up in | Grandpa's Airplane!
52: I even got to see some old friends before heading back to Virginia just in time for | Daddy's Birthday! | Leslie Easter Alderfer | Abbi Withouse Plummer
53: Silly blanket-cuddling boys! | Ethan and Luke got their faces painted at | Stephen Wheat's birthday party. | July 2010
54: In July we went | Camping | with some friends at
55: Bear Creek Lake State Park | Luke was so cute in the lake, and kept going underwater, holding his | hands up in "I love yous!" | We had a yummy, hot campfire meal that night, and then cold cereal in the morning!
56: Luke's 4th Birthday! | Our Thornton cousins got to come up from North Carolina to celebrate with us!
57: Happy | Birthday, | Luke!
58: Luke LOVED this cake! He still talks about his green birthday cake with chocolate chips! | As you see, he couldn't wait to jump right into the eating--before we even cut it!
59: One day this summer I took the kids Bowling! Ethan got especially into it, and we had a good time. | Luke got to use this little "helper" to bowl.
60: August 2010 Outer Banks, North Carolina
61: In August Milly, Mindy, and Bron came, and we all drove down to Nags Head for a long weekend at the beach! | Sand messages by Truman
62: On the sound side of the ocean, there is a sandbar that goes so far out you can walk and walk! It | makes for a great swimming place for the kids! | Ethan practiced his rock and shell skipping, cheered on by Dad. Aunt B waded as far as she could (and beyond) in her clothes!
63: Kite | Flying! | Luke was our #1 Kite Flier!
64: At the Beach | Truman is holding a jellyfish in his hand! | Ethan--Buried Alive!
65: Before the end of the summer and the beginning of school, we made one last trip to Busch Gardens! | Anywhere's a good place for tree climbing! | Here are Ethan and Daddy on the ride "Escape from Pompeii!" See them on the very back row?!
66: Summer-time | Summer Fun!
67: The Murray Family
68: We love all the animals, animal shows, and | the beautiful gardens here!
70: First Day of School September 2010 | Ethan starting 2nd grade | Truman starting 5th grade | Luke starting Pre-K
71: This was Luke's first time on the... | Big Yellow School Bus! | Truman and Ethan sat with Luke on his first ride!
72: In September, Wyndham was able to fly out to California for Grandpa Boyce's 90th Birthday! | While there, he was able to drive down to Malibu | where his Grandma Murray used to live.
73: Also that weekend was the baptism of his cousin Ingrid's son, Billy. He was able to spend some good time with his Boyce cousins | Young Billy with his Dad, Billy | This is the car Wyndham rented while in California. | Ingrid, Erika, Aaron, and Wyndham
74: Before leaving California, Wyndham met this cousin, Kevin Large, who found Wyndham several years ago through genealogy work. | He got back in time to celebrate | Aunt B's Birthday!
75: The very next week, Scott Horchler asked me to make | the SAME cake and ice-cream for | his birthday! | Wheat Systems was a sponsor at this event, so we went to show | our support. The kids favorite part was the dunking booth!
76: One day off school we went... | Biking on
77: Belle Island | with the Horchlers.
78: Here we are at the annual Midlothian Fall Parade! | Ethan, our... | Copperhead Killer!
79: Daddy wrestles with the boys waiting for the parade. | The boys got to climb into the driver's seat of this real, live | Fire Engine!
80: Luke's field trip to | The Pumpkin Patch!
81: Mrs. Johnson's and Ms. Linegar's Pre-K Class
82: Halloween 2010 | All the usual delights: Pumpkin Carving, Trick-or-Treating with the Schwabs, and Costume Parties! | Batman Luke | Skeleton Ethan | Ninja Truman
83: Trick-or-treating at the | Armantrout haunted house!
84: Ethan's 8th Birthday | Ethan had a few friends over to help him celebrate his 8th birthday!
86: The Murray Boys Winter 2010
87: Truman Age 11 | Ethan Age 8 | Luke Age 4
88: Luke was playing down by the rope swing one afternoon when the wooden swing hit him right in the mouth! As soon as I saw it I knew he was going to need... | Stitches! | He was such a brave kid in the Emergency | Room, and didn't even cry! He was thrilled afterwards when he got popsicles!
89: We went to Ohio for Thanksgiving, and can you believe this is the only picture I took?! | Christmas Tree Hunting | (at the grocery store!) | After trying out almost every one--we finally found the Perfect Murray Tree!
90: December 2010 | Although just a little dusting, if you can form a snowball | and make a snow angel--it counts!
91: Christmas Piano Recital | Camden Ostler, Truman, Ethan, Jazlynn Ostler, Porter Blake, Ellie Schwab, Matthew Armantrout, Mitchell Schwab, Stebbie Franco, Emily Polk, Abbie Blake | We think this is the very owl that snatched Ethan's toy bat right out | from under Ethan's nose when he was out playing in the backyard this fall! Much to Ethan's dismay, the owl took off with the bat in his clutches. A few minutes later, with the help of Dad, Ethan was able to retrieve the toy, with only a few battle scars, out of the owl's nest!
92: Luke's Pre-K Class went on a field trip this December to see a Christmas play at | Swift Creek Mill Theatre After the show, the | kids had lunch down in the dining room, and the cast came down to meet and greet! | Luke also met Santa at our ward Christmas party
93: A large box came and Ethan enjoyed playing with the packaging! | Tickle time with Grandpa! | There wasn't quite enough snow for a | traditional snowman, so Truman | improvised!
94: On Christmas Eve we went to the | Miracle of Christmas | live nati-vity at the zoo. | We took a long detour | on the way home to see a few of the | amazing houses and Christmas lights on the Tacky Lights Tour.
95: Christmas Morning | 2010 | Santa came to our house!
96: Lots of Surprises! | Opening presents...
97: Grandma Boyce and Aunt B were with us on Christmas morning. Grandma got Luke this | Christ-mas sweater which he looked | so handsome in! Luke and Truman test out the new Wii! | Christmas afternoon, we had the joy of welcoming...
98: Grandma and Grandpa Ownby | who drove up from North | Carol-ina (where they were visiting the Thorntons.) | Ethan and Grandma made this Christmas bananagram!
99: Truman's 11th Birthday! | December 28, 2010