Friday, August 11, 2017

Leavenworth Camping Trip

 Kicking the trip off right.
We spent 4 days camping in Leavenworth with the Stacy's. It was fun to get out of town and relax a little. We hiked, fished, swam in the pool at the campsite, floated the river and enjoyed being together.
 All 6 of the kids!
Colt (10), Jax (8), Kendall (7), Case (6), Zak (4.5) Colbi (3.5).
 Dave showing the kids how to fish in the river.

 On the shuttle bus to float the river.
 Everyone carried their tubes except for Zak and Colbi. I think one more year and we will have almost total independence from carrying stuff for our kids.

 The river float was a favorite for everyone. We stopped on a sandy beach and spent a few hours playing in the river and diving for rocks.

 Colt helping Kendall swim down the current.
 My kiddos.

 Case and Zak.

Summer is winding down and I am not ready to send these kids back to school (even if the fighting is driving me to drink nightly!).

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Brownlee Reservoir 2017

We spent a week at my sisters' cabin on Brownlee Reservoir.  This is one of our very favorite places to go as a family. While it was a lot of work to get ready to go and get everything organized and packed and food prepped it was worth it once we got there. I am always so grumpy about getting everybody packed up and kind of dread vacations but every time we come here I immediately can feel myself just relax and smile. It truly is a magical place and my kids had the best time. Dave's cousin Tim and his son Harry met us there and we got to do a lot of fishing on Tim's boat which was perfect. We spent the week fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking, laughing and having fun. I can't wait for next year!

Colt won for most fish caught and biggest fish caught this weekend. The kid can fish!
 Found a rattlesnake outside our cabin one morning. This was after Dave had cut the head off but the kids loved playing with this dead snake. I didn't get a picture of Colbi but she had it wrapped around her neck and was flinging it around.

 Dave and Tim. Cousins but more like brothers.

 Colbi and Zak. Our friends the Stacy's stopped by at the end of their road trip and spent a day and night with us.
 Case and Kendall.
 Shane fishing while Case paddles him around.
 The boys headed out to fish.

 Ending our last night with a campfire and smores.
Cleaning up and heading home.