Sunday, March 4, 2018

june 2017 misc.

And to finish off June we have ... 

Mae bakes some more (some more)!

Porter joins the kayaking obsession ...

With his dad!

JA Biztown for Brooks & Mom!!
Quite the handsome little CEO:-).

Joining the world of Pickleball;). 

Mae's photography experiments. 
Joseph was a very willing model!

Family fun at the park!

One of our favorites.

Grandma & Grandpa visit for G's ballet performance!!
Isn't family the best??!!

P & J scoping out potential Eagle Scout projects.
(while looking cool in the sunshine;)

Mae's 2nd paid baking job--HS grad cupcakes!!!

Joseph Kindergarten moving on ceremony--can I just say waaa:(!!

P & J head off to Especially for Youth (EFY) Tacoma!!

A week in the dorms without Mom and Dad?? Yes please!

Moving on!!!

girls camp + dad (june 2017)

Mae's first year at church Girls Camp was definitely a huge hit! She had awesome youth leaders and a great group of girls to be with. PLUS her Dad got to attend with her, so what can be better than that ;-)?!!

Pre-camp overnighter!

Kevin getting his sleeping arrangements worked out. 
I'm sure he's not having any fun with this;).

Although I think it's safe to say this little guy had plenty of fun helping test things out.

The big arrival.

Definitely some excitement going on.

Fantastic camp leaders!!

The camp theme this year was holidays, and our group got Christmas (in case that's not obvious).

Fun times around camp.

The final product ...

Looks like Kevin was having fun at camp with his friends as well:-). 
Definitely a pretty fantastic group of men here.

Visit from The Dad.

Taking out the trash!!

Getting some grub.

Rifle range!

Waking up with Christmas PJs & good friends:)

Race the Priesthood leaders ... 

While they're blindfolded!! 
Wish I could have been there to see this one;)

Evenings at Firebowl!!

Silly skits:).

Color Run!!!!

Waiting for horseback rides.

And that's a wrap folks. 
Time to head home for an overdue shower and a full week of sleep!

So much work goes into creating this amazing experience for the girls. I couldn't state enough how grateful I am for those who make it possible!!!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

james 8th grade celebration (June 2017)

Somehow my kids just won't stop growing up. It's incredibly exciting and depressing at the same time. In 2017 James finished up middle school and rounded the corner towards high school, and his last few years at home:(.

I was able to help out with decorations for the 8th Grade Celebration and Moving-On Ceremony. 
And this cute girl got to leave classes early to assist me!!

It's amazing what dollar store wrapping paper and cloth weed block can do for very little time and expense--especially when the weed block has been sitting in your garage for about 10 years:-)!!

James' big moment;). 

Does he look happy to be done with this stage of his life??

I definitely think so!! 
And glad his G-ma got to come celebrate with him as well.

Now if he could just make the next few years go a bit slower!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

hiking mason lake (june 2017)

To welcome the arrival of our amazing summertime weather, we went on a family hike to Mason Lake (Ira Spring Trail). Located in the Snoqualmie area, this hike is about 6.5 miles round trip with a 2420 ft. elevation gain. A pretty good match for our family: definitely a challenge for Joseph, but good enough to break a sweat for Kevin and P&J (if I remember right they may have jogged it for a good part of the time, which likely helped with the intensity level;). 

The Washington Trails Association describes the hike this way ...

"Sun-drenched ridgelines, blooming trillium, and sparkling alpine waters define this fitting tribute to one of Washington’s greatest trail advocates. An ode to lifelong nature photographer and conservationist Ira Spring, this highly popular summer trail traverses steep pitches and open meadows en route to Mason Lake, a popular weekend camping destination in its own right"

I don't think we noticed any campers (maybe too early in the season), but it did seem to be a well-used trail; although, not overcrowded in this very early part of June. 

Getting geared up to hike!

Joseph may have started off a little tired:-).

I liked the variation of scenery on this trail, including this cool bridge/river/waterfall crossing pretty early on. 

Gotta take advantage of a nice spot of shade ...

Because about the second half of the trail is pretty much straight sunshine, as it opens up to the giant rock field. 

Can't beat an amazing day with Mt. Rainier popping out in the background. 

As well as all this other beautiful scenery!

And before too long we were up at the top relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying a beautiful view of the crisp lake. 

As it was early June, and not quite hot enough yet to brave the icy mountain water, we just enjoyed the lake from a nice spacious rock at the water's edge. 

It's possible we may have seen one or two crazy hikers out in the lake, but for the most part, everyone was keeping dry. 

After some of our group went off a ways to explore around the water, and others (definitely me) attempted a quick lakeside nap, we gathered everyone back together. 

And made sure we had a couple of good decent family pictures ...

... before heading back down the mountain. 

Good times! And many more hikes to come this summer, I'm sure!!!