Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Day 1 of our vacation consisted of a little bit of a late start (despite allll the planning haha), 14 hrs on the road, lots of electronics for the kids, Hank the Cowdog book on CD, fast food and medium fast Qdoba, rest stop races, about 10 magazines for me, and a roadside Lincoln Memorial before everyone fell asleep. Whew.
Day 2 we woke up and the kids played at our hosts playground (we stayed 2 nights in the guest house of David's friend Brad.) They were honestly just as thrilled with the trampoline as they were with the fact they were on vacation :) We drove in to Jackson Hole and then on to Grand Teton. It felt great to hike around Jenny Lake and play in the water after all that driving. I also loved having a low key agenda. And being in such a different landscape than what they are used to was super fun. The kids oohed and ahhed over the mountains and all the details they were seeing. (AND 60 degree highs and NO humidity in August!) They had binoculars and water bottles and maps full of information, they took it all so seriously.
I love to see these kids out in nature, they are in their element. We decided kind of last minute to make this trip. Spurred on by a few things, one of them being our day in the nature sanctuary. They really enjoy being explorers, and the imagination and teamwork that happens in these kinds of places is amazing. We knew we wanted to do it on a much larger scale. Also, back in July we watched a documentary on Yellowstone. David was like, we are going. (he had never been) And I'm more, uh, that requires an insane amount of planning for a family our size. And him, what? no. easy. I'm gonna make it happen. So I agreed. Ha! If he would plan everything. And he totally did, down to roadside attractions and restaurants. Although, I'm sure those details were strictly to satisfy me. Honestly, it was just what our family needed, after years of working straight through the summer, it felt so good to end this summer with time together.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
This year, my parents were going to be out of town, so for the first time in (ever), we needed to make our own Independence Day plans. Very last minute we decided to have a little BBQ at our home. With some friends.
Fireworks always win. And all of the pictures look like this.
Which in the end, was kind of perfect. It was a happy 4th of July.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Oh my little Violet is 1! We celebrated with family. Grammie and Papa, the Reese family, Anna and LT, Kyle and Sarah, Grandma Sloan, and Sylvia all came to watch the baby eat her cake. I decorated in a Farmer's Market theme, and we ate pasta salad, caprese salad, homemade breads and a peach and raspberry trifle alongside the traditional 1st birthday carrot cake. Her sisters loved helping her open her gifts, and oohhhhed and aaaahhhed over her name plaque, new clothes and little mouse ride on toy. First birthday's are always super sentimental, and this time just as much if not more so. I kept thinking, have I really thrown five 1st birthday parties? I remember the details and excitement of each one so vividly. Violet is crawling like a speed demon, but I think it will be a bit longer before she ventures out on two legs! :) She is still crazy for her mama, and trust me, the feeling is mutual!