Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Cousin's clubhouse

Warning-  The following may cause you to wish you were four years old again!

The kids LOVE living by their cousins.  They wake up asking what they are doing, spend hours peeking over the fence, call to each other over the fence meet each other through the fence, eat their food, clean the play room and do all other chores at unusual speed if it will increase the likelihood that they will get to see their cousins....and now they have a club.
Their club is called the "cousin's club".  Tyler made a little wood frame and they filled the roof in with weeds and held their first meeting in it today.  They made a list of rules.  It includes things like no fighting, take turns bringing snacks and don't stand on the roof.  They ran out of time but are planning to make a club song and decorate the interior.  Tyler and I were having so much fun watching them all play.  I am not sure what else their little club will do but so far they all love it.  They were all saying "cousin's club" while I took the picture.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Further West

Last week we got all settled in then decided Yakima was not quite far enough West so we decided to spend the weekend visiting family and friends.  We went to Vancouver Thursday morning.  We decided to surprise my sis Leah.  She wasn't there when we got there so we just waited.  Then Spencer had to go the bathroom (big surprise there- he goes like 25 times a day).  While we off on our bathroom quest I called Leah and she was back home.  I kept her on the line and told her a few little fibs about what we were going to do that day so she would think we were in Yakima.  Then I showed up at her house and rang her doorbell.  She said "oh hang on someone is at my door, should I open it?  I'm not expecting anyone".  I told her she should just open it so she did and big surprise it was us.  Her look was priceless.  We got to spend the afternoon with her and her little family.  We played around her house, went for a walk (in the rain) and then went to dinner together.  It was so nice that when we said goodbye it was not for a year but just for a week. 
After our fun day in Vancouver we went on to Shelton.  We stayed with my parents. Friday morning we went to visit my friend Nichole.  I haven't seen her in a year either.  The boys thought her boys were AWESOME!  I didn't get any great pictures but doesn't Timmy have the greatest eyes?
Back at my parents house the boys went out and played in the woods.  My parents just put this zip line in the woods.  I admit I was a little nervous the first time Garret went.  I told him over and over "Don't let go!!!"  He did great and loved it.
Then the little adventure lover about had a heart attack when Uncle Dan told him he would sleep in the cabin with him.  Heather and I snuck out to take his picture and we forgot about the dog that was with them.  The barking scared Garret a little and that was the end of the camp out.  He was pretty sad about the outcome but  still had fun.

Saturday was free fishing day in Washington so we headed off to enjoy the outdoors.  Heather and I hiked the babies in.  It wasn't too far but still a nice little hike and that girl of mine gets heavy quick.  (Doesn't little Ridge look cute in his pack?) 
We didn't catch any fish. But Garret did catch himself.  Just his shirt though and now the thinks it's kind of funny that he was the catch of the day.  Mostly we just had fun enjoying the outdoors, throwing rocks in the water and being together.
Garret and Uncled Dan walked across the river and he got pretty wet (he loves getting wet) so he ended up in his whitey tightys while his shorts dried a little. 

After a few hours we hiked back out and got to spend the rest of the day with my parents.  Tyler worked on a couple projects in the shop.  I am excited for the finished products.  We also got to see my grand parents.  They live up the road from my parents.  Garret loved playing with some of the same toys i loved at his age.

Sunday we went to church with my parents then went to see our friends Mark and Jenni.  We haven't seen them in years.  They went on our first date with us an share a lot of our history with us.  They are awesome and we  love that we are closer to them now.  Not only are they great people but they have two adorable kids. 

We had a great weekend and loved seeing everyone.  Then we headed to the East again!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

End of trip and settling in

Time to play catch-up.  The last couple days of our trip included a lot of driving and a few fun stops.  We stopped in Billings Montana and visited Tyler's Grandma Joyce.  She is not actually his Grandma but they spent a lot of time there and she became an honorary Grandma to him. 
After a quick visit there we headed down the road.  We stayed in Bozeman where Tyler was born.  The next morning we headed to Twin Bridges Montana.  It is a tiny little town about a half hour south of the 90.  Tyler's Mom and Grandma were raised there.  We visited his Grandpa's grave first.  The boys found some lovely dandelions to decorate with.
We were glad we were able to stop there.  Tyler never knew his Grandpa but has heard many wonderful things about him so he had fun telling the boys about him.  Then we headed to "the ranch".  Tyler's relatives don't live there anymore but his Mom and Grandma were both raised there.  The owners were so kind and let us feed their horses, play in the trees, see the old  house etc.  We had a great time playing on "the ranch". 
The owner said that this tree was planted by Tyler's Great Grandpa.  It is a black willow and she thought it was brought over from Illinois.  The boys thought it was a perfect climbing tree.
After a good hour of playing there we hit the road.  Finally after 18 days, numerous nights spent in different beds, many potty breaks along the way, two "cowboys poops" (that's what Spencer called them), 16 states, 3500 miles, and a million great memories- we arrived in Yakima Washington.
As soon as we got here the boys started running around the house.  They were so excited that there were two bathrooms and they love that there are trees in the yard. 
My parents came for a couple days. It was nice having them help with the kids while we unpacked.  The unpacking was not so fun but it's over now.  It still feels pretty foreign to  me here.  Going to church and knowing only my sister was weird, the only places I know how to get to are the places Marc has drawn us maps to.  I know we will get used to it but there are mornings I wake up and miss good ole Buffalo.

We live in a nice neighborhood in a nice house and we have the best neighbors (my sister Anna and her family live RIGHT next door.)  I think it will be a fun year.  The kids are so cute together (I feel like we live in a scene from the sandlot or little rascals), they call to each other over the fence and if they can play they climb through a hole in the fence to get to the other side.  They think it's the best thing in the world. 

It's official we live in Washington now! 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

We made it!

I don't have the internet set up yet but when I do I'll post about the rest of our trip and our new house.  I still feel like I am on vacation and that I'll be going back to Buffalo soon.  Life is crazy around here.

I feel a little like Sarah from one of my favorite books (These is my Words) "My life feels like a book left out on the porch and the wind blows the pages faster and faster, turning always toward a new chapter faster than I can stop and read it."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Across the country Day 15

Day 15-  We headed off to Mt. Rushmore this morning.  The weather was nice this morning so we did the little trail that gets you closer to the mountain.  We thought it was a flat path so we brought the stroller.  It ended up having a lot of stairs so I had to put the stroller on my back.  The last part of the path I had the stroller, diaper bag and Spencer.  The trail was not long but it felt kind of long.  The kids thought it was fun getting a better look though so it was worth it.  We had fun watching a video and learning a little history of the mountain.  When we had seen all there was to see there Aunt Joanne and Uncle Art bought the kids t-shirts.  They love them.  Garret's glows in the dark and he has taken each and every person into the closet to show them how it glows.  He asked if he could wear it t bed and the last I saw of him he had his head under the blanket looking at his shirt.  
We came back to the house and everyone crashed for a little while- Everyone!
Then the boys picked to go to dinosaur park for a little while.  (There are a lot of kids activities in Rapid City).  
Then we went and got Great Grandma, headed over to Cousin Kevin's new house so we could see it.  It is a very nice house and made me miss our little home in Buffalo (they were both built in about the same year).  

The evening was spent eating dinner and playing games.  I don't think the boys are going to want to move on tomorrow.  They started crying as soon as I told them we were going to leave tomorrow.  Everyone has had such a nice time here.