Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ohio--our second home



We spent Memorial Day in Ohio with cousins, and actually took pictures to document it!


 Cousin bonding...

Pictures are a bit out of order, but...
On Monday, we took the kids to the cousins' ward picnic right at the beach on Lake Erie. The kids played in the (freezing) water, got sunburned, and flew kites, while the Dads playing frisbee.

 On Sunday, we took a walk through a park near Lake Erie...such a gorgeous day!





 My dear girl who doesn't know how to look normal for pictures...



 We explored the gorgeous Cuyahoga Valley National Park with these awesome, huge rock formations.








One of my favorites things we did this trip was look back through old photos of weeks together through the years. Apparently, we've been visiting back and forth for a long time!

Roughhousing

 Christian loves to play with his kids, but sometimes the furniture isn't built to support it. This is the second time he broke the kids' bed by goofing around.

Thankfully, about a month later we took a trip to Ohio and came back with cousin Megan's bunkbed--and *bonus* this new arrangement seems to give the girls more space in their bedroom.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Happy Spring

Yeah, we're all pretty excited for Springtime.
Just a couple of pretty girls on a sunny day...

 We celebrated Rachel's 10th birthday a few weeks ago with a trip to the movies and Olive Garden with a few of Rachel's good friends.
 She also finally got her long-awaited pierced ears!



Lately, we have been spending a lot of time with the Sister Missionaries. On Sister Crockett's last day, she stopped by to get a photo and say good-bye and silliness ensued, including Hannah using a balloon for a head.

The youth from our ward, including scouts and Activity Days, got to go to a Pirates game and PNC park. My kids don't particularly love baseball, but I grew up loving the Mariners and going to games with my good friend, Denise, so I loved being in the stadium and sharing that experience with the kids.




 Also, Sister Hanseen wanted to show that her legs are the same length as Rachel's.
 Oh, and more beautiful birthday photos to finish up the post.


Our Family Invades the Nation's Capitol

Happy Spring Break to us! We took a quick trip south to DC to check out the places the kids saw when we lived in Baltimore (and they were too young to remember) and a few new places.

The Air and Space Museum...
 ...where we saw the Discovery Shuttle, which was pretty amazing and old looking.
 Then we headed into the city, where we walked miles upon miles to squeeze in as many sites as we could, like the Jefferson Memorial...

 ...and the MLK Memorial (We didn't get to see any of these when we lived here before, and they are all pretty cool!)
 And the Lincoln Memorial, which is always a favorite!
 The Washington Monument looks so close, but feels so far away when walking with a bunch of kids!
 Really, the first highlight of the trip for the kids was the Metro, which was nice because it was pricey--at least they thought it was as good as an amusement park ride:)
 We also spent an afternoon at the DC Zoo, which is my all-time favorite zoo. They have the most active lions and tigers, plus pandas! and even a baby panda! We met up with Christian's brother, Peter, and his sister, Alexia, who both live in Arlington.
 That weekend, we slowed down just a bit. We crashed Peter's ward Easter Egg hunt so the kids didn't miss out on necessary Easter candy, had a yummy picnic at the park (and waved at Georgetown Cupcakes as we passed--but the line was way too long to consider stopping and going in). That afternoon, we all rented kayaks and spent an hour rowing on the Potomac, which Hannah says was her favorite part of the trip. She got to ride with Aunt Alexia, and Nathan got to go with Aunt SkinnyJeans (Peter), so they felt pretty cool.
Don't be fooled--they were thrilled:)

We finished the day with dinner at Aunt Alexia's, where the kids played in her backyard full of bamboo and were in Heaven. They now want to fill our backyard with bamboo. Not gonna happen, kids.
Aaron and Peter, taking a selfie at Aunt Alexia's place

On Sunday, we went to Peter and Courtney's ward, and then had a nice picnic at a part right next to Reagan Airport (you can see a plane taking off in the photo below).

 Monday morning, we did a mad dash to squeeze in as much as we could before heading home. We started of the day in line to get tickets to the National Mint, and then spent an hour run-walking down to the White House for a quick picture before run-walking back to actually take the Mint tour (and see how money is made--very cool).

After that, we headed down to the Natural History Museum, where I met up with my friend and roommate from BYU, Megan Santini, and her two adorable girls. There was way more to see than we could see in an hour, but the kids love the dinosaurs and the Hope diamond.


The boys also visited the other Air and Space Museum while I talked with Megan. After that, we headed home (with a brief stop at Red Robin).

 Oh, and just for fun, I'm a bit obsessed with the Waterlogue app, so here are a few of my pictures turned into watercolor art:)

 Cherry blossoms
 A road in Georgetown