Friday, July 24, 2015

Learning To Crawl

I came across these sweet photos while sifting through the endless amount I have to sift through lately.  These were taken when he was learning to scoot and crawl one Sunday after church and he was looking especially handsome (right around six months old).  Also, I'd been wanting pictures with him for the longest time so we ran out and snapped a few before the sun set completely.  I was a little ornery with the situation and didn't think we got any acceptable ones, but turns out I was wrong!  I have been a little upset with how fast he's growing up and I didn't really get any photos with he and I when he was I have been on a mission to get some before he gets any bigger.  And gosh he's getting big fast. 

I think it is so very important to be in pictures, both with and without your kids.  Time zips by ridiculously fast these days.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fourth of July Away From the Heat

Last year a friend took her kids' photos against this awesome flag wall and I wanted to for sure with my kids this year. So finally on the night of the 3rd of July as the sun was setting (and we had a spare moment), we pulled up and had the kids jump out for a few snaps. We barely barely had enough light and it was a chaotic, crazy time trying to get there in the first place. I was frazzled and frustrated trying to get everyone dressed and ready and willing to participate. Sheesh. We almost didn't make it but I'm glad we did. Frazzled or not. 

The next morning we decided to wake up at 4:30 am and head to Prescott for the cooler temps and a pancake breakfast and parade for the 4th.  The pancake breakfast was so fun especially because one of our favorite Curious George books is all about a pancake breakfast for charity. :) We got two pancakes, an egg patty (surprisingly delicious), sausage and orange juice. Next we found a good parade watching spot and set up camp!

Dennis loved all the cowboy stuff like the horses, whip cracking, tractors and buggies.  Q loved getting the candy and other handouts and waving at everyone.  Oh and he touched a giant yellow snake but still doesn't believe me that it was real! Also Mr. C was there but lately he is super camera shy.  Sigh...

After a hot, but superb parade, we stopped off in the woods for a picnic on our way back home and I taught the kiddies how to smell the Ponderosa Pine bark.  My dad always had us smell the trees when I was growing up to see if they smelled like vanilla, strawberry or chocolate.  People think I'm nuts, but seriously...go try it.  Some trees don't smell as sweet as others and it's usually better with bark that's really separated.  Also, go ahead and stick your nose right in one of the crevices...ahhhh it's the best.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Road Trip for 2015

This summer we got to go on the vacation we had planned for last summer.  Last summer I was too sick and pregnant and we had to postpone.  So we were so excited as we loaded up the van with everything under the sun and headed out for a Canadian adventure.  We drove up through Nevada, Oregon and Washington taking in the beautiful sights of the Northwest.  We made a quick stop at the Columbia River Gorge Hotel to take in the views of the Columbia River and enjoy the grounds while stretching our cramped legs.

Then we continued on to our hotel in Ocean Shores, WA.  It was RIGHT on the beach, so immediately after unloading, we found the beach access path which was magical in and of itself.  We desert-dwellers were giddy as we made our way through bushes taller than ourselves. I totally felt like we were walking through the wardrobe into Narnia.  Eventually, the bushes opened into sea grass blowing in the setting sun.  It was so perfect.  Miss B picked up every strange and wondrous thing she found and wanted to bring a wounded bird back to the hotel in her jacket.  She does love the outdoors, that girl.

The next morning, we continued through Forks to Port Angeles, stopping at a beach for snacks and a break.  The kids went crazy for the giant drift wood logs and spread out exploring and found a little cave/fort.  They didn't want to get back in the car at all.

Q got exceedingly upset because he wanted to be named the first finder of the cool fort they found. He didn't get over it easily.  Life is difficult when everyone claims to have found a fort and they all want to play in it and call it their very own.  It is really, really tough.

Next we visited a GIANT tree that had equally giant parts that had fallen off.  The kids had a good time using it as a playground.  Wes had a great time tasting the bark.  Then we hiked through The Hall of Mosses in a rain forest, saw beautiful Lake Crescent and a field of wild daisies, played in a stream and hiked to a waterfall.  And that baby backpack came in EXTRA handy!  We got a lot of double takes as people would walk by and see a backpack with a baby head poking out.  Ha! 

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