Saturday, April 25, 2015

Arizona in the Spring!

This spring I got the chance to travel to Arizona to see my mom and brother.  Nana was missing her grand baby (well, she was missing all of them, but Lucy isn't old enough to remember, so she needs more visits!), so she flew us down to stay with her.  I was nervous about taking a three and a half hour flight with a toddler, so we enlisted Ava to be my helper! She was over the moon (to put it mildly!).  She packed her schoolwork with her, and was a great help to me, and a playmate to Lucy.

Lucy was a champion flyer! She ate the entire time and climbed up and down off our laps.  Thankfully Ava is still little enough that Lucy could stand in front of her seat and get her wiggles out.  I don't suppose it was entirely correct, but I figured it was a vast improvement over walking the aisles.  I found out the key to a happy toddler on a plane was lots (and lots!) of snacks.  

On Sunday morning we went to church with Nana,  and Ava went to Sunday School with her pen pal friend Lancey.  They met the last time the Courys went to Arizona and they became fast friends.  After church Ava went to her house for the day and had a blast swimming, playing dolls, etc. while we had a great visit with my brother, Seth. 
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Uncle Seth showing Lucy how to really splash

I'd seen oranges on trees, but I'd never picked one right off the tree.  Mom saved a couple of oranges just so Ava and I could experience picking our own fruit and eating it.  They were at the very end of their season, but still really tasty.  And it's just SO COOL to pick your own orange! 

This was Ava's first time being away from mommy and daddy overnight (Four nights!) and she did really well. It helped that they Face-Timed every day, and got surprise notes from mommy each day.  She really missed having her best bud with her, though, and was constantly telling us about all the stuff she wished she could do with Noah. 

On day 4 she told me she thought she'd get one every day of her trip. :)

Ava made a valiant attempt to catch a lizard so she could bring a tail home to Noah.
I was secretly relieved each time she failed. I didn't want to break it to her that there was no way
we were putting a lizard tail in our luggage. I have my limits! 

Aside from church and a quick trip to the park, this was the only time this girl wore more than a diaper (if that!)
Sporting a homemade outfit
We were only in Arizona for three full days, but we filled them to the max. We went to church and the park, Ava had a playdate, we swam, we ate, we shopped, we laughed and talked and tried (and failed) to stay up late! 

Back and forth, up and down, repeat. 

Big tears when mommy wouldn't let her play in the street. 

Lucy loved the water, especially being on the swim step, which was only about 8 inches deep

Matching polka dot glasses! 
Someone got a kite stuck on mom's roof.  They managed to get the kite (not sure HOW), but left the string, so Nana sent Ava up to free the string so we could pull it down off the roof.  Clearly this little monkey has no fear of heights! 

Thanks for a wonderful whirlwind trip, Nana/Mom!  We love you! 

One last selfie

3 days of sun and playing hard will wear a girl out! She slept and rested the last half of the flight!

We had a blast in Arizona, but four nights away from the love of my life was more than enough for me.  Here's hoping our next trip to Arizona is longer and includes all of us!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Snoqualmie Falls

Isaac had never (NEVER!) been to Snoqualmie Falls despite being a native of Western Washington.  What?!  He felt we needed to get out today, so off to the Falls we went. :)

She takes after her daddy -- fearless!
MY stomach was continually doing somersaults!

The falls were just beautiful today, and the weather was incredibly accommodating for April!  It's been a crazy weather weekend -- sunny one minute, then windy with rain pelting us the next, and everything in between.  When I bent down to ask Lucy what she thought of the falls she signed "bath" -- yep, she's mine! I was once convinced that all waterfalls (even those that were actually fountains) were showers.  Mom knew I'd been away from civilization for too long! 

Climbing up, up, up! 

Look how high I climbed, daddy! 

Heartbroken that daddy wouldn't let her climb down the stairs

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

He is RISEN!  He is Risen INDEED!  Amen and Amen!

This year we had the joy of celebrating Christ's resurrection with my brother!!  It's not often he's in town for holidays.  We congregated at Lorne and Morgan's home after church to share the Seder meal and celebrate the HOPE that we have only because He lives.

These kids! 

All the kids

I couldn't help myself: a new Easter dress from a vintage pattern

He may look tough and gruff, but he's a total softy when it comes to his nieces

Starting the Seder

I can't believe he's old enough to read one of the questions!! 

No peeking during the hiding of the Afikomen! 

London & Lucy
Lucy decided to soak through all her clothes, so she's borrowing Gideon's shirt. I think she's pulling it off! ;)
These cousins are one month apart in age. 

Amelia being her cutest in hopes she'll get Uncle CJ to sneak her some candy

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Deception Pass with Uncle Seth

It's always a holiday of sorts when my big brother comes to town.  We all tend to drop whatever we're doing and make time to do whatever Northwesty things he most wants to do while he's here.  This time he wanted to go hiking at Deception Pass.

I had a hard time choosing which photos to share -- there were so many! It's the constant struggle of a photographer, especially when the subjects both landscape and human are so gorgeous!

Bowman Bay

Exploring pre-hike

Noah caught a tiny crab

Indiana Jones-style

Me and my hiking buddy! Want to make your hike more intense: put 23 wiggly pounds on your back


This is what Lucy thought of our hike! 

100% PNW Born and Raised

He's all mine! 

Lucy stealing the scene once again

Uncle Isaac teaching the kids about anemones while simultaneously keeping Noah from taking a dip

Impressing his uncles with a story

We like to pretend Lucy was SO happy in this picture

Rock Skipping Contest



Eating rocks on Uncle's watch

Dear Auntie, thank you for NOT letting my child eat rocks