Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mt. St. Helens

We spent last weekend on a camping trip to Mt. St. Helens and the pictures are worth sharing...
 The devastation left behind is unreal and to know that it happened over 30 years ago makes it even more amazing.
 The ride back to the campground...I turned around and saw this.  Jack likes it to be dark when he sleeps and this is his solution!  He also insisted on sitting in his sister's car seat and she finally gave in and let him.
 Sacked out!
 Playing at the campground
 We found a state park to play at and have a picnic.  They are dancing and doing karate all at the same time

 We are watching Jack's "performance"
 Avery discovered cool cook stoves at the park
 Then we found the swings and they wanted to do under-dogs
 Avery said, "Number 1 was scary, number 2 was a little scary and number 3 was fun!!"
 They won't sleep in their beds in the camper, they prefer the floor!
 bike riding around the campground
 Jack's ready to ride without training wheels but he took a few spills and felt more comfortable with them back on for now.  By the end of summer, I think he'll be riding without them!
 They were thrilled to see their kid-sized camp chairs, but there was some negotiation over which color belonged to which kid
 Swinging with Mum
 A game of Big Foot Croquet with super-sized mallets and soccer balls.  You can see one of the "goals" in the background.  We made up our own rules, and had lots of fun!

 Smiling at something Court said!
 This was Avery's dialogue...."and she gets ready to shoot!"
 "And she scores!!!!!"
 "And the crowd goes wild!!!"  (thus the hands in the air)
 Next, time to ham it up with the soccer ball.

 Jack re-injured his owie and had to come show me
 He was trying to be sad....
 But he just can't help but smile!!
 Little adventurers

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Graduation in Montana

It was a whirlwind trip to Montana, there and back in just a few days, but we got to spend a lot of time with family and we were able to be there for Kilian's graduation.  The kids had lots of fun at Uncle Lolo's and Auntie Brenda's house.  Lolo invited them for a ride on the forklift and they couldn't get out the door fast enough.  They were already climbing on by the time I got out there with the camera!!
I think Jack found his happy place!

 Avery is not so happy that Jack got to go first.
 She really enjoyed playing with the levers

 Avery and her BFF, Auntie Crystal!
 Hamming it up for the camera.  Where do they learn that?
 Handsome boy with his Auntie
 Father and Son (Kilian and Lloyd)
 On the way to the cemetery to pay our respects...
 Having some quiet time, watching a movie
 Graduation morning.  Court warned me that in Montana you can get snow on Memorial weekend or 80 degree weather.
 Court, her brother, and the graduate!
 Photo ops with the kids
 Hamming it up with Mum!
 I LOVE this picture!!
 This is pretty cute, too!
 At graduation, Jack just couldn't keep his eyes open.
 Sis wasn't far behind him....
 Congratulations, Kilian!
 Proud Mama with her youngest!

 The cousins.  Kegan was in Guatemala with Engineers Without Borders, so he was in the pictures in spirit via his graduation picture off the wall!!
 Friends brought their kids over in the afternoon and Jack and Avery were very interested in the littlest one, Scarlett.  I asked Avery what her name was and she said, "Her name is Charlotte's Web!" Somewhere Scarlett translated to Charlotte in her brain.
 Jack playing peek-a-boo with Scarlett.
And a little bit of movie time before the party ends!