Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Table Rock Hike

We try to make it to the top of Table Rock once a year or so - and I think this was our best hike up there yet! 

Chase rode in the pack for a little while, but was a trooper and hiked up the rest of the way, without complaint! 

We made it to the top!

Enjoying the view!

Showing Daddy a flower:

 And this is what she looks like when she's screaming at me to hold her hand! Girlfriend knows what she wants. 
 On our way down - an amazing hike with amazing people!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Bigfoot Trap Hike

Every year I search for new adventures for our family, and every year I think we've done them all... but we never run out of fun new things to do around here! 

Our latest find was a fun little hike to an old Bigfoot trap - yes, really!  Apparently the person who built the trap truly believed it would catch Bigfoot! Well, we didn't spy Bigfoot but the hike was lovely - shaded, easy enough for the kids to hike the whole way, and lots of creeks, bridges, and climbing for the boys!
 This little guy just had the best attitude! "I YUV DIS HIKE, MAMA! IT'S SO FUN!"

 We found it!

 Snack break!

 And this wee one walked the whole way back!  "WHOA!!" she'd exclaim every time she lost her balance. It was adorable. 
 My favorites:
Love going on adventures with my family! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Musical Baby

Isla loves to sing, and I often hear her singing this little tune... a few weeks ago I realized she's singing "The Greatest Show"!!!  I love it and I could watch it over and over and over again!

The "real" version:

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

An End of an Era

On Easter Sunday, Cole corned me while Chase was in the hall and whispered:

"Mama, did the Easter Bunny bring my Easter basket or was it you?"

I've been anticipating this question for a while.  His questions have become progressively more probing and curious about "magical" things.  I've always said something along the lines of "Well, what do you think?"... but I knew I never wanted to lie.  And my personal belief system with kids is that if they're old enough to ask the question, they are old enough to receive a direct and honest answer.

I whispered back, "It was me, sweetie."

"Was it you just this time or all the times?" he whispered, still conscious of Chase.

"All of the times."

He looked at me, grinned a big smile, and wrapped his arms around me tightly. "Then thank you for all those baskets, Mom!"

This boy.  His loving, thoughtful, generous heart.  In all the years I've pictured this conversation, I never imagined it ending up like this.  He exceeds all my expectations.  I just can't believe I get to be his mama!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday, March 11, 2018


Random things Chase has asked me to take pictures of the past month:

These flowers while we were picking Cole up from school:

This bird outside the window:

This yellow line at Cole's basketball practice:

This piece of toast shaped like... something? I can't remember.

A Lego creation:


Another Lego creation:

Posing with his lightsaber toothbrush and panther:

Another Lego creation:

Three Cheerios stacked on the end table:

A Star Wars shirt:

Yet another Lego creation:

I love seeing what's important and interesting to my little guy!

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