Thursday, July 24, 2014

Another camping trip

We have been crazy busy. I feel like we are hardly home...we go from one thing to the next. And anyone who knows me knows that I LIKE to be home. I might be getting a little homesick!

Last weekend we had planned to go to Wenatchee with John's family, but our plans were altered by wildfires. We ended up near Snoqualmie Pass, near a little lake. Unfortunately, while the forecast was in the low 100's in Wenatchee, it was only in the low 70's where we were. I had envisioned a weekend of paddleboarding and playing by the lake, but I didn't quite get my way. 

Either way, we still managed a short paddleboard trip, the boys got to try out Archer's inflatable raft that he got for his birthday, and Ender got to take her first swim in the lake. 
Smoky sky


And he's 5.

My baby turns 5 today. FIVE! Such a big number. The magic "starting school in the Fall" number. (No, I'm not ready for that!)

We are currently in Sun Valley tagging along on a dental conference with John, so we did Arch's big birthday celebration a while ago, but of course we have to make today special too!

We started the morning with a breakfast of chocolate milk, bacon, kix, sweet potato bars, and raspberries. All requested by the 5 year old. 

We are kinda holed up in the condo currently, since it's a bit too cold for a swim and there's not a whole lot of other things to do besides outdoor things. The boys have played a few games, read a book or two, played with Arch's new police car (present from Grandma that he brought along), and they are now watching Daniel Tiger. They are starting to act a bit cooped up though, so we're going swimming after lunch whether it's warm or not!

Archer, at 5:
Still mommy's boy.
Loves loves LOVES the puppy.
Is majorly into police officer stuff. He wants to be a police officer and a dentist when he grows up.
Is opinionated about pretty much everything.
Gets hurt multiple times per day. He's a rough and tough boy! There is no middle ground with this child...he goes 100% until he crashes. 
He is NOT a sleeper. Never has been, but I thought this might change at some point. It hasn't yet! He consistently gets less sleep than both of his brothers. Truthfully, he needs more, but he doesn't like to sleep. When he is well-rested, he has a slightly less intense temperament. :)
Loves water, dirt, worms, animals, cars...boy stuff!
He's still a hugger and cuddler! 


Monday, July 14, 2014

Celebrating

Yesterday we celebrated Archer's 5th birthday. His actual birthday isn't until the 24tg, but we have a crazy schedule for the next few weeks, so we decided to go for an early celebration. 

We started the day off with presents and a special breakfast for the boy (French Toast!). This kid is seriously into police stuff and his most requested item was a REAL police car. Ya know, one that drives and has lights and a siren. Thank goodness for craigslist! I had been looking off and on for months and finally one popped up and we snagged it. Between that, a new police shirt, and an inflatable raft from momma & poppa, the kid was in heaven! 

We BBQ'd with friends last night - the adults chatted in the shade while the kids played in the pool. Archer loved his police car cake (not one of my better creations, unfortunately), and we had popsicles. It was the perfect way to celebrate our youngest little guy. More about ARCHER on his actual birthday, but let's just say I'm having a hard time accepting that my baby is going to be 5!


And just a quick pic from today of the boys enjoying the pool and the pup on guard:


Saturday, July 12, 2014

So much to do...

...so little time to blog about it!

We have been camping, going to the beach, bike riding, golfing, gardening, playing in the sprinklers, enjoying the outdoors, going to the park, going to Silverwood...and so much more. Summer has been crazy busy! I've been snapping pictures when I get a chance (how did I ever take pictures before iPhones??), but not as often as I wish I would!

Yummy garden bounty! Our peas are finally ending, the strawberries are just about done, and the blueberries and raspberries are just getting started. We've picked a handful of cherry tomatoes, but not many yet. We enjoyed our first beautiful head of broccoli, and we're anxiously awaiting green beans! I'm going to try a Fall garden this year, so we're getting ready to plant that.
We are fortunate to have a neighbor who gets us free tickets to lots of events at the fairgrounds. We get to go to way more events than we would otherwise...like Monster Trucks!

Selfie by the 4-yr-old

Poor B! He was walking Ender and had a little issue!

We went camping over the 4th. Not my pick of times to camp, but it wasn't too crowded and most of us had a good time. (I was kinda cranky and not feeling like camping.)

After we got back from camping, we did a little fireworks celebration in our backyard.

Ender LOVES the sprinkler. In fact, we've been turning it on just for her, even if the boys don't want to play. She will run through it as long as it's on!

This kid is working his way through a big summer reading list

Silverwood!

Oh, yuba. We LOVE the yuba. It has enabled bike rides that might not be possible otherwise.

And take a look at our weather forecast! I'm envisioning lots of ripe tomatoes in our near future!
High 90's! Thunderstorms! Sunshine! Lows in the 60's! This is why I insist on only taking vacations in the winter/Spring. Who wants to leave this???

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The Cousins Visit

I have been terrible at keeping this thing up-to-date, but we are fully immersed in summer...which means 3 boys to keep busy, a garden to tend, plus this crazy thing called self-employment that seems to be eating up way more "extra" time than I actually have!

But I have lots of pictures that must be blogged, or they will disappear! Last week my brother and his kids came to visit. We had F-U-N! The kids play so well together, and we were all sad to see them go. But we managed to pack quite a bit of fun into the time they were here, and we have plans for an end-of-summer camping trip with them, so it's okay!

First off was a trip to downtown CDA for dinner and a little playtime at the new park!


That night, the kids and dads pitched tents outside for a backyard camp out. It started out fine, but by about 4:00 am 3 of the 5 kids were inside. And of course I woke up each time another kid came inside, while the other adults slept peacefully outside!
Archer and Anni having a tea party in the tent

Next...Silverwood! It was supposed to be questionable weather, but it turned out to be warm enough for the water park PLUS it was completely uncrowded. Everyone got to go on all the rides they wanted to go on, plus water slides, wave pool, lazy river... We left totally exhausted! 
Preston (in back, avoiding the camera), and Jackson
The big kids and dads going on a roller coaster
I took the little kids on the kiddie rides...definitely more my speed!
All of us soaked from the raft ride

Next up was Hayden Lake. We were totally worn out from our day at Silverwood the day before, but we were kinda afraid that the nice weather wasn't going to last!

And just a few random "in between" pictures...
Thank goodness for $1 movies when the weather was bad!
Cowgirl at the shooting range!

Another day was spent at Lake Coeur d'Alene/Tubbs Hill:
The kids LOVED this little family of ducks! 5 ducklings and their mom & dad. So sweet, and super friendly!


And that pretty much sums up the visit, although we did fit in a trip to the Dino park too, and some other little fun adventures (like backyard bird hunting!).

Definitely looking forward to our August camping trip!