Thursday, June 25, 2015

Father's Day

Last weekend we celebrated Father's Day with John's choice of activities. We ended up doing an outdoor movie night (we got him a projector for his gift) and then taking a hike to a little mountain lake that we hadn't been to before. 

It was the perfect day for a hike. Not too hot, not too cold. The length of the hime was perfect too...about 4 miles round-trip. We have a tendency to pick hikes that are too difficult for the kids and it ends up being torturous, but this time it was just right! 

The lake was COLD, and it definitely wasn't HOT outside, but Archer insisted on going in the lake anyway, and John was able to be talked into it by these 2 went up to their knees (and then Archer fell and got himself and John wet!).

On our hike back we took a little side trail to a waterfall which the boys thought was pretty cool, even if we had to do a little bit of "off-reading" to get there!

All in all, I think it was a pretty good weekend! The boys love any and all holidays, so any excuse to celebrate is good enough for them...but even better when they get to celebrate their DAD who is pretty amazing! 

Now we get to spend this coming weekend in 100+ degree temperatures, which I'm excited about but I don't think anyone else is!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Beach & Pool Day

It has been HOT! We've been in the high 80's-90's since school got out! The boys have been spending their days in the water...hopefully our little easy set pool will last through another summer, but I'm doubtful with as rough as they are. 

We spent the morning at the beach today, and then (since we realized that all of our buckets and shovels had disappeared) we hit the dollar store for some summer toys. We are now stocked on pool noodles, squirt guns, water balloons, sand buckets, etc. Hopefully these boys will keep busy because they are already driving me just a little bit crazy! 

We came home and they hit the pool. They go in the pool, then jump out and dry off...and repeat...and repeat...and repeat...

We also have been picking strawberries like crazy! I love summer! I can go weeks without grocery shopping...and let me say, anything that keeps me from grocery shopping with all 3 boys is AMAZING!
The second pic gives better perspective to just how many berries we got that day! I love our little berry patch. 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mountain Biking Adventure

Preston and John got new mountain bikes, so of course they were itching to try them out on some real trails! We took the boys up to Farragut State Park because John claimed there were "easy trails" there. Yeah, not so easy. We ended up walking our bikes quite a bit, but we ended the adventure with some time in the lake so I guess that made up for it with the kids! Not me though. I'm holding a bit of a grudge!

1, 2, & 4

Their grades next year. I can't believe it. I'm not sure that I'm ready for 3 kids in school full time, but it's going to be here before I know it.

So excited to have an amazing summer with these crazy boys!! The pool is currently being filled, and I hear the basketball bouncing outside. I love it!

Last day of school!

And a before and after of my only cooperative photo subject this morning, wearing the same shirt even! Love this kid.

Fun Day at school. The kids LOVE this day...and who wouldn't? (Except those of us who don't particularly enjoy being around mobs of children running rampant, amped up on Popsicles.) But the fire truck is pretty cool!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Skipping School

The weather was SO beautiful today (80 and sunny!!) that we pulled the boys out of school at noon to go kayaking on Hayden Lake. We had so much fun! I can't believe how well the boys did. They shocked me! Even Archer took a turn on one of the kid kayaks, and the whole outing was surprisingly low stress. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Taste of Summer

North Idaho weather is so can be 80 degrees one day, and then freeze the next day. It's insane, and that is exactly why I refuse to believe summer is ACTUALLY here until ohhhhh...mid-July! 

But we have been having a taste of summer that seems to be lasting lately. The boys are consistently wearing shorts. We've been biking almost daily to school. Our (big) chicks are enjoying spending time outside. The garden is (mostly) planted. 

And around this time of year, I start to enjoy N. Idaho again. It's hard to beat the beauty here, and when the weather is cooperating and we're hanging out by the lake or the river, or just in our backyard, I'm loving living here again. It's not that I HATE it the rest of the year, but it gets seriously cold and I'm obviously not a cold-weather girl!

So we'll enjoy it while it lasts, because in a few short months, the cold will be returning and my summer-love-feelings will have to last me through the winter!

Unfortunately, some (most) of our family has been sick for the past few days, but John managed to get most of the garden sprinkler system installed, and it should hopefully get the finishing touches on it tomorrow! Yay!

Archer filling in the trenches

Archer took this of me, so even though you can see up my nose, I had to include it!

John had to climb this tree to retrieve a ball that was up there. He thought it was easier than getting the ladder out. Ha!

This was from maybe 2 weeks ago, but besides being slightly more overgrown with weeds, along with bigger plants, it's about the same!

And finally, our new babies! 4 barred rocks and 4 buff orpingtons (they are now 1 week old), bringing our grand total to lucky 13. Now, we're looking forward to eggs in a couple of months...although if they stayed this cute I'd be fine without eggs!


My baby graduated from kindergarten! So crazy that he is this old already. How did this happen??? 

His class put on an adorable program with lots of songs that he has been practicing A LOT. I could tell he was so excited that the day was finally here!

Dancing in the "Penguin Polka" song

Shaking hands with the principal

Getting his diploma :)

Throwing their caps

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...but I LOVE their school. All of the teachers are amazing, and despite being a public school, it has a "small school" atmosphere. I really wasn't sure how Archer would do at the beginning of the school year. He's a young kindergartener (birthday in July), and definitely a Mama's boy, but he has done awesome, and he's excited for first grade (except that he'll have to be gone full days...he's not sure about that yet!).