First of all, we've been visiting the library weekly and with the weather turning warmer, it's been giving us all the camping itch. The parking lot looks just like a camp-ground parking lot: it's a one way road with little pull offs and everything. And the building looks like a lodge or something. It's like we've driven to the mountains for a camp out instead of the library.
I love it!
One of the joys of Maple Valley.
When the weather is good we then drive across the road to Lake Wilderness Park.
|I told Ammon to smile, and this is his face. It makes me laugh and scares me a bit...|
There's so much to do at this park that we could spend hours here. Playgrounds, a creek to throw rocks in, ducks to feed at the lake, and more.
It's really so picturesque sometimes, it kills me. All this beauty, across the street from the library and five minutes from our house.
Memorial day weekend my parents were out of town so Brigham and I ran the house with our kids and my three siblings. Saturday morning all the boys went to see the new X-Men movie while I hit up the Memorial weekend sales with the kids at the mall (I think I got the better end of the deal). We packed a lunch and had fun eating it at the food-mart.
We first went on the Pretzel Tree Interpretive trail where they had little signs with a story that led you to the pretzel tree that basically looked like two trunks winding together. It wasn't as cool as I thought it would be, but Brigham had fun showing it to the kids and they loved running from sign to sign.
The Pretzel Tree trail was short so we decided to hike a little further on another trail, just to get the kids hiking-ready for this summer. We only went for another mile, but it was fun because we did get to feed some horses who were taking their owners up the trail too.
Ammon was hilarious because he kept saying how the hike had too many hills, and when were we going to get out of the forest, I'm tired of the forest, etc. When we finally did get out of the forest, he jumped up and cheered, "Yes!"
The state park was supposed to have some picnic tables to eat lunch at, but it was weirdly all messed up with trees chopped down and nothing except the trails, so we left to eat somewhere else.
First we stopped by the National Cemetery to pay our respects.
We didn't know anyone buried at that location, but Kenny did put in benches for his Eagle Project there, so we said hello to those and remembered those gone before us in other parts of the country.
After that we went to Lake Wilderness Park to play and eat lunch before we headed home. It was a great day.
Lydia and Ammon had their annual check-ups at the doctor and Lydia got her testing and shots for Kindergarten. She of course passed the eye and hearing tests, though she was too shy to raise her hand when she heard a sound. We could tell when she heard the sounds by the little smile on her face she couldn't hold back when the machine beeped in her ear. And she was so brave during her shots! She just flinched a little bit and didn't even cry. She did get a really offended look on her face towards the nurse, haha. We talked about it a lot ahead of time so she knew what to expect, and the nurse said she had a feeling Lydia would do very well because I was so calm. She said that often the mothers are the ones that are so anxious that it makes the kids freak out. It made me feel pretty good, like I had done one parenting thing right in my life. I promised Lydia and Ammon a new book (well a new-used book that I bought at the library book sale) if they did well at the doctor's and they both definitely earned their prizes.
I had to laugh because Ammon now out-weighs Lydia by a couple pounds. He weighed 39 lbs and she weighs 37. Honestly, he feels like we weighs a lot more than only two pounds more than Lydia. That kid is heavy! But he's had a huge growing-spree lately and he's always been a big boy. They both stayed in their normal ranges with Ammon being in the 90th percentile for weight and 75th percentile for height. Lydia is 30th percentile for weight and 50th percentile for height. Pretty much what they have both been since they were born. So they're growing great!
We also took a really fun evening trip to the beach at Kopachuck State Park.
We swam in the water, caught crabs, found tons of sand-dollars, built sand castles, and just enjoyed the sunshine for once. Both my kids were terrified of the crabs and seaweed, and Ammon wouldn't even touch the water because it was too "yucky". Lydia only lasted about two minutes in it, and the second Brigham let go of her hand she screamed bloody murder and then when he picked her up, she scaled him like a ladder. Wimps for children, I tell you.
The kids really liked helping to build the castle and pretty much everyone got in on trying to defeat the elements and save the castles from the water.
Once the tide is in completely, the beach isn't very sandy anymore and it's only rocks, so we threw a frisbee for a bit and then left to go find food.
Summer really is the best in Washington, and we've had such a mellow spring that we were able to get a May preview of all the fun we can have these next couple months.