Fourth of July

My mom wanted to take the kids somewhere fun on the fourth & she had heard about this garden called Talking Waters that is part of the Water Treatment Plant. It ended up being such a fun place! The kids got to run around on the trails & we saw lots of wildlife!

Two adventurers ready for the day!

Miss Krause joined us as well & was wonderful at helping Ezra spot animals! 

We saw lots of ducks! This park was like heaven for the ducks: water everywhere!

Audrey is trying to feed the ducks a flower. Not surprising, she had no takers!


The kids had tons of fun looking for bullfrogs! We could hear them & would often see the water rippling where one had jumped in, but they were hard to spot! (This picture is zoomed in a LOT!)


There were also plenty of plants (This picture was taken by Audrey who has decided that she likes photography!)

We stopped for a yummy lunch at Depot Restaurant! Ezra LOVED the aquarium!


That night we had dinner with our good friends, the Browns! They always put on a good party!


The kids thought their 8-week old, Tildee, was the best part of the evening!

Although, it did take Ezra a little while to warm up to the puppy!

Fourth of July would not be complete without sparklers!

Happy Birthday, America!

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We had dinner & spent the evening with Micah’s Aunt & Uncle! It was a wonderful time!


Micah with his Uncle & the army truck his Uncle got for fun!!

Transferring the stones on the shore into the river!


That one might be a little too big for you, Audrey!!

Riding on the four-wheeler with Micah’s Aunt!

A beautiful evening on the river!

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Family Vacation to Lake Chelan, Day 5

I just realized that I never actually posted the last day of our family vacation!! So, here it is!

One last time playing at the park!


Last views of Lake Chelan


We stopped in Cashmere for some aplets & cotlets! So delicious!!!




This girl could get her Daddy to do anything for her as long as she is wearing her Cowboys jersey & pigtails!!!


We had a long drive home with a stop in The Dalles at the Cousin’s restaurant (where they greet you with “Hi Cousin!”)


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This & That

Helping Grandpa plant more corn seeds!

Not sure how much of a help they were, but they certainly enjoyed it! Ezra asked his Grandpa just about every day afterwards, “Um, Grandpa, are you going to plant more corn?”

A mommy killdeer made her nest right on the edge of the driveway & got mad each time we drove in or out! We were all happy when the babies were born! Such cute little balls of fluff!

I got to see my really good friend from high school! It was wonderful to catch up with Leslie!

These kids figured out what to do with a sprinkler quite quickly!! Then they found other fun things to do!

Not sure why playing with a stroller is so much fun, but apparently it is!

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Wildlife Safari

Thanks to Groupon we had gotten tickets to Wildlife Safari for Ezra’s birthday! So on a hot, sunny day we headed off on our Safari adventure!


Up close & personal with a buffalo!


Giraffe crossing!

Hello, Zebras!

Feeding the deer with our “Feed Me” cups!

Time to feed the ducks!

We went with another family, so Micah was able to get a picture of a deer sticking his nose in our car!

We got a feed stick in the bird house! Audrey was super excited!

Micah decided to get tricky!

Having fun!!

In spite of the hot weather, it was a fun time at Wildlife Safari! Although, when asking Ezra what his favorite animals were he said, “The vultures & the ducks!” We could have seen those animals without going nearly as far, but I think he enjoyed seeing the more exotic animals as well!





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We got to visit some of Micah’s family & had a wonderful visit with them!

It’s nice to have someone old enough to be able to read stories to the younger kids!


We really enjoyed the view!


Time for popsicles!!


At first the rule was only get in up to your knees, but that obviously didn’t work out too well!


…Or at all!!!


Then the girls had to get in on the action!


It was a cold walk home!



We love our family!






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Lincoln City

I absolutely LOVE the Oregon Coast & was SO excited that we were able to get over there for a short time!


Playing on the beach!

Look who met us there – Aunt Stephanie!!!


Aunt Stephanie is helping make a sand castle!

Cute girl!

Crossing the river

Kids’ shoes – some day these will seem so little!

Busy girl!

Hard at work!

We LOVE Aunt Stephanie!!!

The great view from our motel room

A trip to Lincoln City would not be complete without a meal at Mo’s! (That’s Stephanie’s brother with us. The two of them were on a road trip!)

A delicious treat!


And don’t worry – we did some outlet shopping too!!!



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