Having Fun on Twin Lakes

This trip was kinda funny. We wanted to take our kids to do something fun but I was convinced it’d be horrible with Everett. I knew Everett would like the water but I worried about how he’d react to having to wear a life jacket and being on the boat. I almost didn’t want to go!

Once we got there I quickly changed my mind. It was going so smoothly and everyone was having a blast. We found a kinda horrible spot to stop and swim (it was jagged rocky) but were having fun anyway.

But after about three minutes it went bad. Everett decided that the floaty toy was super fun but more fun would be diving into the water without it. He spent the rest of the time we were there trying to climb out. And he could climb out! I was surprised by how easy it was for him to get his feet up out of the water and start climbing out of that thing.

We decided to go somewhere else with more of a shore. I took a group picture first. Notice Everett trying to climb out of the floaty?

The problem with Twin Lakes is most of the good shore was privately owned. We found many lovely beaches that would’ve been perfect but, they were all owend. Darn.

When we were motoring slowly the kids asked if they could hang over the side of the boat. We let them and they hung from the boat for a long time! Lots of kicking and splashing and laughing.

Payson is our goofiest kid. He is constantly doing the craziest faces and cracking us all up.

And then Allan caught this guy!!

Which didn’t impress Everett.

But the rest of us were impressed and excited!

We were all cheering and excited and surprised. No one, even Allan, expected him to catch a big largemouth while fishing with a crowd of people surrounding him!

Everett still not impressed.

Everett mellowing out with some booby.

Another fish!

Part of Everett’s problem is he wanted to be up by Allan and messing with all the fishing stuff. That’s not a good place for a destructive, wild toddler. I did let him walk around up there for a while, he didn’t want me to hold his hand at first but realizing it was the only way I’d let him up there, he eventually let me.

After searching unsuccessfully for a good shore we finally decided to just swim off the side of the boat.

After swimming and getting the kids bundled in towels Allan fished a little bit more before we headed home.

On a Saturday

Everett won’t let me put him down for one second today.

Finally somewhat happy when eating lunch.

Allan takes Sierra and Ember fishing. It was supposed to be Ember’s turn (Allan took Payson the week before) but we knew Ember alone on the boat probably wasn’t the best idea. She likes the boat but we knew she’d get bored just fishing so he brought her BFF, Sierra!

I was really tired that day and Everett was super clingy. I didn’t take pictures or do anything special. I did snap one last picture that day of Everett’s dinner mess. Annie’s gluten-free macaroni cheese is not something Everett likes. Can’t blame him, it tastes like crap.

The Hausens Go on a Mudgy and Millie Adventure!

Okay, so the coolest but simplest thing in Coeur d’Alene to do with kids has to be the Mudgy and Millie trail!

Does anyone know Wee Sing? I’ve had all kinds of Wee Sing products for my kids over the years. Turns out the co creator of Wee Sing, Susan Nipp, lives in Coeur d’Alene and loves Coeur d’Alene and came up with the idea for a cute children’s book while hiking through the forest overlooking the city.

This book is about a moose named Mudgy and a mouse named Millie. They are swimming in the lake and then they decide to play hide and seek. Mudgy Moose counts first. While he’s closing his eyes to count Millie Mouse climbs onto his antlers and hides there. Mudgy ends up walking all over Coeur d’Alene looking for Millie. He ends up back at the lake (but a different part of the lake) and goes for a drink of water. When he leans toward the water for a drink he sees his reflection, with Millie Mouse hanging from his antlers! Millie tumbles onto his nose and they look at each other and laugh and laugh.

It’s a super cute book, one I’d recommend even if you don’t live in Coeur d’Alene! My kids were smiling the entire time I read it. Especially Payson and Ember since it’s perfectly in their age range. Ember was just beaming with happiness through the story.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, aren’t I?

So I’d heard about Mudgy and Millie when we very first moved to Coeur d’Alene, when we still lived in the hotel actually. We’d gone on a walk at Tubb’s Hill by the lake our first week in Idaho and came across a statue of a moose and a mouse. We didn’t know Mudgy and Millie at the time but we thought the statue was cute.
Actually, here’s a photo from that first week:

Don’t judge the bad picture, it was almost totally dark when I took that with our point and shoot 😉

So I think I heard about the Mudgy and Millie book from the library the first time we went (also while still living in the hotel!) and made a mental note to do the trail as soon as I had my crap together in our new life. Turns out it took me three friggin’ months to get my crap together after moving here. haha!

So I forget who and when they decided to make the trail interactive with the book but they did by having Terry Lee make sculptures of Mudgy and Millie and put them around the city and near the lake in all the places Mudgy stopped when he was looking for Millie. At each sculpture there’s a big sign with information and a trail map and a page from the book! It’s just SO neat, you guys!!

And with ALL of that explanation over with, want to come on our journey with us? In photos anyway 🙂

We started at the library because we wanted to get a Mudgy and Millie book and they sell them there.

I told the kids the whole point of our adventure was to see all the cool things in Coeur d’Alene so any time they wanted a photo with something or to stop and spend time looking at something to just say so and we would. And they did 🙂
The first thing they stopped at was this statue of a construction worker. The plaque was a dedication and thank you to all the men, soldiers and construction workers and anyone else involved with building our great country. The kids took this very literally when we talked about it and even hugged the statue shouting, “Thank you so much for building this cool place for us!”

The first stop was where Mudgy Moose met some hikers finishing up the hike at the lake. This was the first statue we visited and the kids were super excited. They loved seeing a page out of the book printed on the sign and flipping the book open to find the same page!
Oh and as we were walking up I told them that I hoped Millie Mouse had a finger to her lips motioning, “Shhh!” because that’s what she did in the book when Mudgy talked to people and sure enough, she was and the kids were tickled!

Next we walked over to downtown Coeur d’Alene! We stopped for a photo by this cool wall because it was cool. haha

It was a beautiful day! We’d meant to leave earlier in the day so it was sorta cool out but with five kids we are always leaving at least an hour later than we planned. This day we left two hours later than we planned and it was a little warm by then. Not unbearable though. The highest temperature it got was only 79.

We stopped at a shop called Shenanigans when we saw their ice cream sign 🙂
It was really, really good ice cream! I got the kids a single scoop each for $3.25. Everett and I got baby cones for $1 each. One of my kids (who will remain nameless) wasn’t entirely happy in the shop when I wouldn’t let her/him get the bigger, more expensive cone.

Everett was in love with ice cream! It was the first time he’d had any and I was wondering how he’d react. I held the cone out to him and without a second of hesitation he took it and started slurping away. He LoVeD it! I asked him, “Do you like ice cream?” and he smiled huge and nodded cheerfully. SO CUTE!

He ate it in the funniest way! He held it upside down!

He’d been eating it like that for a couple minutes and wouldn’t you know that the very few seconds I take to snap some pictures this happens: (good timing!)

I put his ice cream back together, cleaned him up a bit, and gave it back to him and he was excited again and surprisingly to me he shared lovingly with Ember when she asked! It was just the very cutest.

The kids saw this dandelion sculpture on the way to the next stop and I told them to just look and not climb on it and guess what they did? We had to stop and have a talk about how kids who don’t listen to their mom will not get to do the rest of the trail 😉

The trail map says to walk around the marina and past the resort to get to the next place. So we did.

The kids were mesmorized by how deep the water under the docks were. I told them if they wanted to bend over for a look they needed to be sitting next to me. Legs and bums touching the ground.

Even with those rules, which they followed, it was nerve wracking looking back and forth between the older four who were free of the stroller (my kids are dare devils, I don’t trust them to not just randomly do some crazy action and fall in!) I said let’s move along after a few minutes.

There was this floating stage that my kids desperately wanted to walk and preform on. I told them they could walk calmly to the center and only the center. So they walked calmly out and then immediately one kid went straight to the opposite edge to look over. I had to yell from where I was, “Stop, stay in the center!” and the people eating on the deck above looked at us. Luckily they seemed far more interested in watching Ember’s poses than looking at me and my camera!

So I’m not entirely sure where we were supposed to go on that marina but we ended up at a dead end. An area gated off and locked. The trail map is extremely difficult to read (no street names or really any detailed information) so I just took us up and through the resort to get to the next spot. We stopped in the resort gift shop so I could buy an umbrella to cover Everett with. He wasn’t close to being sunburned but I don’t even like my babies to tan at all (and I didn’t have any of my organic sunscreen since I lost it in the move, need to buy more) so anyway, yeah. The resort.

We also bought some crackers and beef jerky at the gift shop (wait, is ice cream not a decent lunch?!) and ate those at the next Mudgy and Millie stop on Independence Point.

Independence Point is actually the last stop but we had already been there and I knew my kids would prefer our last stop to be City Park so they could spend time playing.

We were pretty darn sweaty by this time since we’d been out for 3 hours and 45 minutes (including our time in the library and stops around town) so we cooled off at the outdoor showers. (Don’t worry, we had lots of bottles of water I’d brought so we were hydrated!)

My kids were obsessed with all the sculptures around town. Next time we go downtown I’m going to sit them down before we leave the house and tell them that they can’t climb on the statues and sculptures! This particular sculpture was for sale. Only $45,000!

That ice cream shop we went to earlier in the day had toys as well. My kids of course found the stuffed animal section and begged, and begged, and begged, and BEGGED for toys. I answered the exact same each time any one of them asked if they could have a toy, “Of course. For Christmas.”
BUT Brooke’s birthday is in a week and a half so I did get her two small stuffed animals she wanted. She snuck them out of the bag to play with them a little bit while I took the picture of the other kids on the sculpture.

On the walk back to the library, where our car was parked, we took the route that goes through the downtown.

And when we spotted The Honeypeeps Sweet Shop we couldn’t resist going in to peek around. I told myself not to buy anything but we totally did.

And lucky we did take the route back to our car through the downtown because we finally found the Mudgy and Millie statue we’d been looking for. We had been very close to it the first time we walked downtown but had turned back around just before getting to where it is!

And finally we were back at the library!

The kids had spotted the Mudgy and Millie sculpture here when we first left the library and I’d asked them if they wanted to see this one first or last and they chose last. And I’m glad they did because this pretty grass area was a nice ending place 🙂

Here is the stuff we bought while on our adventure. I had planned on only spending money buying the Mudgy and Millie book. Ummmm, yeah, that didn’t happen.

We Went Hiking at Mineral Ridge!

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How does Allan do this?!  photo 372eresized_zps8qqydx43.jpg photo 377eresized_zpsahsboqsa.jpg photo 381eresized_zpsc0ju9ayg.jpg photo 383eresized_zpsrpivjyhu.jpg photo 385eresized_zpsfc98taim.jpg photo 386eresized_zpsmug9huc8.jpg photo 392eresized_zpscnzrz4zu.jpg photo 393eresized_zpsm5bgzpkn.jpg

Excuse the fifty picture post! It was just so pretty!  photo 396eresized_zpsa0y1tkbf.jpg photo 397eresized_zpsnfkssjel.jpg photo 400eresized_zpso27gmkeu.jpg photo 403e2resized_zpsopiklqgy.jpg photo 406eresized_zpsab2ow1qj.jpg photo 408eresized_zpstryonkvv.jpg photo 429eresized_zpsxh68lhif.jpg photo 432eresized_zpselngwoaf.jpg photo 434eresized_zpsgwd6d2lv.jpg photo 436eresized_zpsqfcwauxb.jpg photo 448eresized_zpsoxkluuig.jpg

There’s a nice view of Lake Coeur d’Alene from up there.  photo 454eresized_zpswpqcezdb.jpg photo 463eresized_zpsoyckuqyn.jpg photo 791eresized_zpsnuwf7gnk.jpg photo 793eresized_zps8nic0ia0.jpg photo 808eresized_zpshug4sj3u.jpg photo 809eresized_zpsfxthtlcx.jpg

Seriously, how does he do it?!  photo 812eresized_zpsymd8tfkr.jpg photo 815eresized_zpsovcw5d1x.jpg photo 821eresized_zpsjsda42be.jpg photo 822eresized_zps9mdobxj0.jpg photo 825eresized_zpsa8j77bc5.jpg photo 836eresized_zpss5uagd3g.jpg

We tell our little kids lots of times not to run down the path during hikes. But they do anyway and sometimes they go flying. Ember did such a huge fall that her shoes came off!  photo 839eresized_zpsoj6qb0ky.jpg photo 853eresized_zpskzu8avin.jpg

The sun started to set and was so beautiful!  photo 471eresized_zpsm9u8ynqk.jpg photo 486eresized_zpsylyoltrg.jpg photo 491eresized_zps5kfynrla.jpg photo 494eresized_zpswbwaiqyr.jpg photo 496eresized_zpsxna5kiii.jpg photo 500eresized_zpsedvm7gpy.jpg

Brooke took this of me and Allan 🙂  photo 504eresized_zpsipdkzazd.jpg photo 507eresized_zpsuzsg6o98.jpg photo 509eresized_zpsqit3oj5q.jpg photo 512eresized_zpslrdjt5gf.jpg photo 857eresized_zpsd6vsl0iw.jpg photo 862eresized_zpswlno1jyk.jpg photo 866eresized_zpsvxddqnct.jpg photo 875eresized_zpsfj8mpcrn.jpg

Allan Takes Us To See Crescent Mine!

We’ve lived in Idaho for about two weeks (or three?) and Allan takes us up to his work, a 45 minute drive, to see the building he works in and then to go up to a lake in the mountain there. Elsie Lake? Echo Lake? One of those names.  photo 083eresized_zpsviuklnv5.jpg photo 108eresized_zpsh4o8gpnc.jpg My kids don’t get lunchables practically ever so when they do they are pretty happy about it!  photo 120eresized_zps4e3poscy.jpg photo 121eresized_zpswyfc4pai.jpg

And even more rare is Allan to have a lunchable or Capri Sun! I got him a lunchable and he was not opposed 😉  photo 123eresized_zpszlyfn2mq.jpg photo 157e2resized_zpsxpjjjev2.jpg

After eating we went on a walk.  photo 172eresized_zpsxeulycyc.jpg photo 195e2resized_zpswlxbrxs9.jpg photo 216eresized_zpsjofqtsjr.jpg photo 221eresized_zpsvxpvqczf.jpg photo 260eresized_zpsuhzgucp3.jpg photo 266eresized_zpsx35ul2kh.jpg photo 276eresized_zpsjgbjhkoe.jpg

Payson begs me constantly if he can push Everett in the stroller. Problem is Payson is not gentle. Payson wants to brother his brother with energy. Remember Everett’s broken leg? Yeah, Payson might be sweet but gentle. No.
So I finally let him with strict instructions to be careful. Is he? Sorta. With reminding every ten or twenty seconds.  photo 289eresized_zpshi4byupk.jpg photo 297eresized_zpshozkgxcq.jpg

Allan has Ember on his shoulders. Ember farts on Allan.  photo 317eresized_zpsak5k6pzj.jpg photo 321eresized_zpsyvng81n0.jpg

And then dandelions steal the rest of our time.  photo 338eresized_zpsanigfn2c.jpg photo 361eresized_zpsatfrbwnq.jpg photo 363eresized_zpszjotnnzn.jpg photo 386eresized_zpsa0uwg5xe.jpg photo 388eresized_zpsdte9gwb9.jpg photo 420eresized_zpswzmyr6nv.jpg photo 434eresized_zpswrunspqx.jpg photo 449eresized_zpsxnshit57.jpg

Brooke Starts School!

Wednesday morning after dropping Brooke off at school we head over to check out a grocery store called Natural Grocers. I’ve never been there, though they had them in Colorado, but am feeling desperate to find organic options in this non-organic state. Our Wal-Mart, Target, and other grocery stores in the area, have so far shown to be fairly useless and I’m starting to panic about how to feed my family without buying crap food!!  photo 577eresized_zpsrhlsmn00.jpg

I check out the book section since it’s near the bathrooms and Sierra needed to pee. ha  photo 580eresized_zpswdegkcpg.jpg photo 582eresized_zpsgzg8yhsc.jpg

These are the two books I want to buy but I decide to wait until we’re in our house and my dishes are unpacked!  photo 584eresized_zpsh0gzk9u2.jpg photo 589eresized_zpsjgap5spz.jpg

Back to the hotel to spend the rest of the day. There are free lollipops in the hotel lobby and the kids beg for them. I give mine to Everett because he’s just beyond cranky and I can’t take one more second of being in a hotel holding a whining toddler! It works!  photo 1089eresized_zpsub8ydfge.jpg photo 1093eresized_zpsjwmt1lcl.jpg

Me and the kids play My Little Pony Monopoly.  photo 1096eresized_zpsvfzcvsq4.jpg photo 1097eresized_zpsrhiuzxlc.jpg

Allan gets home and we have dinner in the hotel.  photo 612eresized_zpsdja9lsiw.jpg photo 1102eresized_zpsfjtn9dnp.jpg photo 1106eresized_zpsnhpktval.jpg photo 1109eresized_zps7oezf92r.jpg photo 1118eresized_zpslnuixfuf.jpg

Then we decide to go down and walk around Lake Coeur d’Alene. It’s only five minutes from our hotel 🙂  photo 620eresized_zpsjddafv8e.jpg photo 625eresized_zpsohdj5uiv.jpg photo 626eresized_zpsnaoarhbo.jpg photo 628eresized_zpsjffxk2iu.jpg

It was chilly but not too bad. It was just beautiful and a fun evening 🙂  photo 631eresized_zpsggcguguy.jpg photo 633eresized_zpsio1rf0uj.jpg

Easter 2015!

We’d told the kids ahead of time that Easter 2015 was road trip themed and that they could eat and play with some of the stuff but that the rest we’re saving for a little while later when we were moving.
They were super excited about their stuff. Later on we took them on a little hike to go hide the Easter eggs up on a hill/mountain thing. Spruce Canyon? Bruce Canyon? Something like that. I’ll ask Allan and add the name later. haha

So yeah, Easter.  photo 246eresized_zpsuz3gtlco.jpg photo 249eresized_zps2q6te6jf.jpg photo 251eresized_zpsl4cyfcct.jpg photo 252eresized_zpsftbufjrv.jpg photo 255eresized_zpsezxyvub2.jpg photo 260eresized_zpsvuyk7fpo.jpg photo 261eresized_zpsgkcqemwa.jpg

Instead of using their Easter baskets I put their stuff in these bags that I bought for their road trip stuff. They LOVED these.  photo 266eresized_zpsfr8zrw0y.jpg

I had in mind these draw string bags and was lucky enough to find some at Hobby Lobby for only $1 each! They were on clearance and those were the only four colors. And normally I don’t get stuff that says Jeses on it but that’s fine, too. These four colors are ironically my kids’ favorite colors these days! Brooke’s favorite color changes all the time but is mostly blue. Sometimes green. Payson’s has been red forever. Ember’s has been purple forever. Sierra’s was pink for all of her life up until a week before I bought those bags… she randomly decided to change her favorite color to orange and it was kinda crazy that there was no pink but was orange. Whew! It all worked out!  photo 268eresized_zps5wsri1ds.jpg photo 269eresized_zpslfc7xbyl.jpg photo 272eresized_zpsrkhhtssb.jpg

They all got new sandals for the upcoming summer, too.  photo 273eresized_zpshpf50v77.jpg

And of course some candy and little toys.  photo 275eresized_zpsmyvsjkvj.jpg

Wearing his bag.  photo 276eresized_zps12acsjnv.jpg photo 278eresized_zpsaj9g2bxh.jpg

Next was time for the hike. The kids really wanted to bring their new drawstring bags! It was difficult to convince them to leave all their Easter goodies at home, though! Luckily we brought all the Easter eggs to hide up on the mountain so that was exciting enough to have them abandon their other goodies back at home.  photo 283eresized_zpswlz1vyny.jpg photo 286eresized_zpsmlm70etn.jpg photo 289eresized_zpscmsunkqj.jpg photo 291eresized_zps1lmjfkoe.jpg photo 294eresized_zpshdgisprq.jpg photo 295eresized_zpsdekm9ic2.jpg

Allan wore Everett which I was so relieved about. Everett is getting heavy and kills my back.  photo 297eresized_zpsuxxm0mnx.jpg photo 299eresized_zpspedqs84i.jpg photo 304eresized_zpssqwr6bub.jpg photo 307eresized_zpsuwiubkfz.jpg photo 311eresized_zps3jasuue2.jpg

Up at the top the view was amazing!  photo 321eresized_zpsk3vktw1v.jpg photo 324eresized_zpskb5dihop.jpg photo 325eresized_zpsvcgxycdm.jpg

Payson spotted this boulder and claimed it right away. This of course made Ember want to sit on that boulder more than anything in the world and much fighting and arguing ensued. I finally took her away to another area with boulders and sat her up on her own so Payson could have his own.  photo 328eresized_zpsu2n3kuq4.jpg photo 341e2resized_zpsgquckred.jpg photo 338eresized_zpslfa8zzbk.jpg  photo 332eresized_zpsxtblbsse.jpg

Brooke and Sierra naturally gravitated to the most dangerous spot of all and climbed around on it as if there was no danger at all. We told them to sit down or climb down off of there. That annoyed the crap out of Brooke who started arguing about how safe she was being and how it was just fine and we were worrying for nothing. And then Sierra up on her freaking toes (she’s more clumsy than average because of her toes) is just prancing around up there right by the freaking edge that looks over a huge drop to certain death.
After telling them nicely to not discourage their free spirits and having them argue back at me I told them firmly, sit down right this second or get off and go stand by dad the rest of the time.  photo 343eresized_zps05cakrql.jpg photo 344eresized_zpsygxrcorp.jpg photo 347eresized_zpsher2cu8e.jpg photo 350eresized_zpsmukiictv.jpg

Next we walked further on to get away from the crowds (it was busy that day) to hide all the eggs! Allan hid the eggs while I told the kids a story to keep their attention on me and away from the temptation to peek at Allan hiding the eggs! haha

I swear I had a couple point and shoot pictures of the kids looking for their eggs but I can’t find any. Maybe I’m just thinking of the video I recorded! I recorded the whole egg hunt. It was cute. We sat on a bench and the kids opened up their eggs and ate the candy inside.  photo 376e2resized_zpsao3aacw0.jpg photo 381eresized_zpsrnwfjrnw.jpg photo 383eresized_zpsan73qmkr.jpg photo 384eresized_zpsdqwwqbep.jpg photo 387eresized_zpsv2yvl3tc.jpg photo 401eresized_zps7uvdv1mh.jpg photo 402eresized_zpst84murot.jpg photo 404eresized_zpseubvlzc6.jpg

Ember was very into sharing with me, Allan, and Everett since we didn’t have any.  photo 407eresized_zpsvwl40dgo.jpg photo 412eresized_zpsxvsgutqg.jpg photo 413eresized_zpsz1mbfdvk.jpg photo 416eresized_zpsypqrapj1.jpg photo 417eresized_zpsccyjkvxk.jpg photo 424eresized_zpsrwkg6w38.jpg photo 430eresized_zpsx8oehayr.jpg photo 433eresized_zpsir8lyk3k.jpg

After an hour or so we headed back down.  photo 439eresized_zpsecq3xhzh.jpg

After a snowy winter it was fun seeing all the signs of spring.  photo 450eresized_zpszewn777l.jpg photo 453eresized_zpsqfjqrjnp.jpg

I wore Everett on the way back down which was good because Ember wanted to be held a lot and Allan was able to hold her. I don’t know how he does it. I would’ve had a broken back holding her while hiking.  photo 462eresized_zpsrlxrnvbb.jpg photo 463eresized_zpsrotihw6p.jpg photo 467eresized_zpsmg3ougu3.jpg

I was taking pictures willy nilly and randomly snapped this one when Sierra held her egg up and the sun rays seemed to point right to the egg! Coincidental timing that she holds up her cross egg on Easter and the sun hits it just right as I take a picture! Seriously, unplanned and unposed!  photo 479eresized_zpsnzqnoowb.jpg photo 483eresized_zpsguodpzqw.jpg photo 489eresized_zps9teegaqw.jpg

One of my favorite pictures:  photo 514eresized_zpshppf4vf6.jpg

Almost back to the car.  photo 523eresized_zpss8hww8tz.jpg photo 528eresized_zpszndt2vzv.jpg photo 531eresized_zpsuoqytcgo.jpg

Allan was looking at the map and I told him to point to where we’d gone.  photo 545eresized_zpspl8t7huq.jpg

And then Payson wanted a picture up there.  photo 547rresized_zpstb2ckf6g.jpg

This baby had fallen asleep in the ergo.  photo 552eresized_zpsskx1c5px.jpg photo 555eresized_zpslgys2jue.jpg

Fox Run

We go for a family walk at Fox Run.  photo 238eresized_zpstt3elmar.jpg

Everett likes playing with pine needles and dirt.  photo 230eresized_zpspy7jebsz.jpg

Allan keeps the empty ergo on.  photo 235eresized_zpsefyjnxxa.jpg

The other kids spend the whole time building a clubhouse in the trees.  photo 247eresized_zpsv2mtuour.jpg photo 249eresized_zpsalx5w9qf.jpg

Allan and Everett are adorable together so I take a billion pictures.  photo 252eresized_zpsquoput3o.jpg photo 260eresized_zpseanx3dms.jpg photo 264eresized_zpsudgyoaju.jpg photo 269eresized_zpsa29l8lfp.jpg photo 273eresized_zps4pibgmmg.jpg

After letting the kids play for a half hour or so we continue our walk.  photo 277eresized_zpsulci4pbf.jpg photo 281eresized_zpsitvdj5vu.jpg

Near the end we find (Sierra finds!) a cool tree that’s perfect for climbing.  photo 296eresized_zpsshwbfrc7.jpg photo 302eresized_zpsfv0rg02h.jpg photo 306eresized_zpsheb0uvxc.jpg photo 321eresized_zpsxnfghwd7.jpg photo 323eresized_zpsde9znept.jpg photo 330eresized_zpsntbespsw.jpg photo 332e2resized_zpsmeex2afz.jpg photo 335eresized_zpsuh2m0cin.jpg

I rarely take this many photos at one time anymore but they were being adorable and begging me to take dozens of pictures! They loved being up in that tree. Oh and I should say that Allan was just out of frame behind them making sure they couldn’t/wouldn’t fall off the branch.  photo 337eresized_zpscbzzwoce.jpg photo 338eresized_zpstm6a0p5d.jpg photo 343eresized_zpsrescnpiw.jpg

Brooklyn and Everett were being cute together. Everett was crying a lot by then so it helped when she held him for a bit!  photo 349eresized_zpsa2mhpzl5.jpg photo 354eresized_zpsnu51gbte.jpg photo 370eresized_zpsqrtpgvva.jpg

For some reason he did not want me to put him down.  photo 389eresized_zpsbhfynjj9.jpg

I was so done with Everett’s crying and being begged for pictures by this time but Sierra wanted a turn in the tree and to have her pictures taken. I did take a dozen of her but only edited these two. The others were cute, don’t get me wrong, but these were by far my favorite!  photo 396eresized_zpsnt3bcik9.jpg
And then we went home!