"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ohme Gardens - Wenatchee, WA

On our little road trip we stopped in Wenatchee, a beautiful city in central Washington. The city is divided by the Columbia River and at the bottom of a canyon. There are orchards EVERYWHERE. There will be a house or two, then an orchard, another house, and then another orchard... Apparently it's the apple capital of America. Lots of cherries and pears too.

We had a little time to burn in Wenatchee, and the kids were antsy from being in the car for hours and hours. My father-in-law took us to these cool gardens that someone told him about. They are called the Ohme gardens. At first, we didn't know what to expect. They give you walking sticks at the front gate, which the kids loved. There is a map to follow around if you wish. And they did wish, in case you were wondering. My kids are somewhat obsessed with maps.

Walking sticks + maps + cool rock staircases + hidden pools of water = Mason and Ellorie in adventure heaven. They were captivated for hours.

There were these awesome rock staircases everywhere. Talk about a workout. I think I hiked several miles.

Averie was deathly afraid of the bees that were everywhere. She was having a tough time at first, but eventually calmed down about them. The shadowy side of the garden had fewer bees.

Here's a map of the place:

And some scenic shots from the website:

Ellorie's walking stick also doubled at a water-skeeter catcher. Go figure.

The wishing well was a big hit.

Beautiful flowers everywhere.

Mason was a big helper with Rylan. He was a bit of a handful on all those uneven surfaces. His favorite part was running down the grassy hills.

It was a great place to visit. I highly recommend going if you have the chance.

Leavenworth, Washington

We just returned home from a week-long road trip to Washington State. We went to visit Brandon's family, but we took a little road trip one day to Wenatchee and Leavenworth.

Leavenworth is a really cool Bavarian village nestled in a little canyon. It was very cool. The architecture was awesome. We walked around down town and visited all the little shops. Chocolate, candy shops, saltwater taffee, cheese, cool antiques and collectibles. Mostly window shopping. We had brunch at a waffle house that was pretty tasty. It was on Averie's actual birthday, so she had star treatment.

It was sprinkling rain off and on, so I didn't get many pictures. It was a pretty cool place.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Dear Averie!

My sweet Averie girl turned 4 years old on Monday.

Unfortunately, we were traveling on her actual birthday, so she sort of got ripped off on the whole birthday thing. She doesn't know that though. We were in Washington at Brandon's parents house on Sunday, so we celebrated her birthday a day early with all the family and cousins that were there.

It was somewhat of an impromptu party, complete with a really interesting Cake Wrecks-worthy cake.

She wanted a friendly looking dragon? {By the way, cake decorating? Not my talent.} The frosting was mixed with lemon pudding and was tasty, but really runny. It looked "cute" for all of two minutes before it started running off the sides. Oh well. Birthday cake is over-rated anyway.

Averie had lots and lots of help from siblings and cousins opening her presents. They also had a giant wrestling match with "uncle Brandon" after the festivities. The best kind of pandemonium. We were not short for entertainment.

Averie got to spend her (sort of) birthday with lots of awesome aunts, uncles, and cousins that we don't get to see very often. Hooray for family!

Grandma Allen

Aunt Sharee, Case and Miles (also Mason).

Darren, Tessa, Kloee, and Uncle Mills

Grandpa Allen, hiding from the camera, but we caught him...

Uncle Chad was really sneaky and managed to avoid having his picture taken. Cousins Sydney, Brooklyn, Trevor, and Audrie came too. Great-Grandpa Allen and Ellen came to visit as well.

Grandpa and Ellen got a kick out of the kids rough-housing. It was pretty tumultuous.

And Averie wanted me to take a picture of her favorite new sandals from Grandma Gina. She got a lot of cute new clothes and a few toys too. I think she had a really fun (sort of) birthday.

Happy Birthday Darlin'. We sure love you!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Who's Afraid?

Of the Big Bad Wolf?

Ellorie's class put on a cute little play today. Guess who she was? No dragons, snakes, or lizards in this one, so that only left...

The Wolf. She was delighted!

I wish I could have gone to see her in action, but Mason was feeling sick and stayed home. She got all dressed up this morning as the wolf, and even insisted on GREY fingernail polish for her "claws". I'll bet she was a great wolf.

Schoooolzzz Out For Summmmer...

Summer break already? Tomorrow is the last day of school. And it's only a half-day.
Can you believe it? I'm struggling with the idea myself. Especially since it's cold, windy, and nasty outside. Isn't the last day of school supposed to be warm and beautiful?

Well, we decided to celebrate anyway. The kids got some free bowling passes, so last night we loaded up and took the fam bowling. (although the "FREE" bowling was technically a rip-off as it cost more to rent the mandatory shoes than it actually cost to bowl. Oh well. Suckers!)

The kids had a blast. We were the only people bowling in the entire place. Mason beat everyone, even Brandon. He was pretty pleased about that. Averie rolled two strikes, much to her delight. Ellorie rolled a bunch of spares. And Rylan was just fascinated watching the balls. I don't know why we don't do things like this more often. It was a really fun evening.

After bowling we went out for ice cream and played "I Spy with my Little Eye". I just love my family.

Painting with Dandelions

Ellorie and her friend picked ALL the dandelions in our entire acre yard. It's true.

I'll hire them out to you for a price... However, they only pick the flower, not the plant.
I caught them trying to steal all the neighbor's dandelions as well. WHY? I asked them. They needed them for paint. Oh. Okay. Look at how many they picked:

And here is what they were using the dandelions for:

Yes, they were attempting to paint all the large rocks in the yard - yellow.

So if you also need yellow rocks for all your landscaping needs, come on over.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blogging Slump

I've been a bit of a blog slacker as of late. I seem to be lacking in motivation, because I have plenty of things to blog about.

I could have blogged about Ellorie's cute school program, fieldtrip to the zoo, or how she lost her second tooth and asked the tooth fairy for a Bakugan in lieu of money. I could have bragged about Mason's stunning reading achievements in school this year or reviewed one or more of the seven books I read in the past few weeks. I could have and should have gushed about the wonderful Mother's day I had and about the wonderful mothers I have in my life. I could have recorded Rylan dancing to the music or Averie pushing him in the stroller as we went for walks around the block every day this week. I could have blogged about the gorgeous weather, my garden I just planted, my little starts that are beginning to take over the basement. Oh yeah, I could also tell you about all the work that Brandon is doing on the basement. He's been working really hard on the basement and the yard. I even could have told about the great young women activities I've been in charge of lately. Cooking pizza, household olympics, family history, etc. Or about my painting in the art museum show that opened this week. Or even the paper mache birds I made with Ellorie's first grade class. If I were to be at a total loss for what to blog about, I could have even done one of those "all about me" kind of posts or scoured blogworld for a sweet design project. Nope. Didn't. But here are a couple of pictures I managed to take:

I'm not going to apologize, but I am going to be looking for that motivation....

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rylan's Haircut

Rylan had a sort of hair cut once. Just to remove the mullet. But this is the first real haircut for him. It wasn't really that long, just sort of... bushy.

Okay, quite bushy. It had to go.

He was really wiggly, so it was tricky to get it semi-straight. I let him stand on the bathroom counter and play with all the things he's usually not allowed to touch, so he was pretty good. I actually cut off more hair than I thought! Check out this little ponytail I collected:

Much better now, don't you think?

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wonder Horse

I had one of these when I was little and loved it. Mine was red.

My mom found this baby and Papa delivered it for the kids. They are in horsie heaven. It is an antique, but in pristine condition. I don't think it has ever used. Yay! Thank you Gramma Gina and Papa!!