our week

Last week we finished up our swim season, team for Henry and lessons for Bennett.  We are all looking forward to a more relaxed few weeks before we head on our Oregon adventure.

We got hair cuts, visited the creek, were backed into in a parking lot (we are all okay, van is hurt, but will be fixed) had friends visiting and staying with us, celebrated Mama’s birthday- which meant we ate a lot of cake.  It was a good week.

Before:

And After, so handsome

 

north cascades national park

We spent two weekends ago camping in the North Cascades.  We brought a Bapa along, so he could get a taste of our wilderness shenanigans.  I am pretty sure he would join us again, we are pretty fun.

After our traditional pit stop when we head on northern adventures we braved the North Cascades Highway until we made it to our campground.  We have yet to find the perfect campsite to set up William at (something flat, so we can have our awning out and amble room around the campfire- we aren’t being too picky).  I was able to quickly cross off seeing Diablo Lake in person (it has been on my list for awhile now) and the boys were quick to decide that the lake was just a little bit too cold to jump in.

After leftovers heated on the campfire and smores we headed to bed to rest up for our next days adventures.  We hiked to the top of a mountain!  Well, I think technically it was a knob, but to the boys (and the adults), it was a mountain!  We made it to the top!  We only had to carry two kids!  And water bottles!  And trail snacks!  And sunscreen!  In other words, it was awesome and perfect.

We spent the rest of the trip recovering- getting Junior Ranger badges, ice cream and water logged at the lake.

The boys spent every evening and morning fishing with Bapa.  They didn’t catch anything, but we were always prepared to have trout as a meal.  It was pretty much a unanimous decision that we need a canoe and that we live in one amazing part of the world where we are so close to so much beauty.

Another adventure crossed off our summer bucket list, another place to add to our “we must return here” and another weekend well spent.  Thanks Bapa for joining us and thank you Grandma for holding down the fort at home with the other ladies!

13 Months

Thacker,

Last weekend you turned 13 months old!  We celebrated in the woods, camping with Bapa (more on that later)- you probably ate some pine needles…  You are so close to walking- just this week you started standing on your own more, even while on an incline.  You were quite proud of yourself.

Some of your favorite things:

  • Berries- you do this funny thing where you quickly stuff them in your mouth and give us a little smirk.  So cute.  Only sometimes you get too many berries in your mouth at once, then, no so cute, kind of scary.  But the smirk I tell ya.
  • Pushing Chairs/Carts/Boxes- really anything.  You do not like it when you get stopped by any objects (i.e., other furniture, walls, etc.)
  • Mama- you could be held and pinch the back of my arms all day.
  • Your pacifier- it is incredible how you can find that thing.
  • Pointing- you point at everything and make this “huh” sound.  You like to point out airplanes, balloons and your brothers.  Also a clock at the swim pool (or at least I think that it what you are pointing out, it is in a weird spot).
  • Books- you enjoy to sit down and pull them off the shelf or out of your box.  The way you sit on your knees to do it just kills me with cuteness.
  • Toast- with avocado or butter, you are not picky.
  • Being Outside- preferably in water.  While camping we were near a lake and you just sat on the shore and threw the rocks you could reach back into the water (taking a taste first, of course).  We had to pull your blue legs out of the water to warm up and it made you quite mad.

Some of your not so favorite things:

  • Car Rides- we are in the car a lot, so sometimes this is not so great.
  • Yogurt- seriously, can’t get you to eat it.
  • Napping- I joke, but you really don’t nap more than 17 minutes at a time.
  • Being taken out of water (see above and bath time- you love to splash).
  • Diaper changes- Ugh, just ugh.

Some of my favorite things:

  • Your goofy smirk
  • Sideburns and the starting of curls in the back!!!
  • The way you cross your legs when you are eating, so cute.
  • Your laugh- you can not help but smile with you.
  • How you easily pass out in my arms wherever we are (when you are so tired and it only lasts 17 minutes, but still!)  You are really cute napping at the beach.
  • Your speckly foot and how I get to see it every day now that the weather is nice- just a little something that is just you.

Thacker Pederson, I have said it before, but man I love you.  I can’t believe how lucky I am to be your Mama- the Mama to your brothers.  What a good gig I have going on!  Happy 13 months baby boy!

{this moment}

A week full of dentist visits, doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, swimming, swimming and more swimming.

Our eldest had his first swim meet- he was cool as a cucumber and did awesome!  He will proudly show off his ribbons if you ask.  And couldn’t help but take pictures of the young brother playing outside while we waited for Henry’s event.

Chris got a new toy.  We call it a tractor but it is really a riding lawnmower with no blade and a trailer… so think motorized wheelbarrow.  It has been a hit and locked in the shed away from young ones who like to go for rides.  We also broke out the slip and slide for the first time this year.  It was also a hit.

The waiting crew.  With swim team practice every day we have to get creative in how we spend our time.  These guys should get medals for how much they wait around for Henry.  I think they were having a good time though, I bring snacks.

Painting rocks, that took a turn towards the end…

Dentist rock star and the well deserved ice-cream stop on the way home.

More waiting… it is what they do…

fort townsend 2017

or maybe should be titled THE BEST CAMPING TRIP OF ALL TIME, which is what the boys called it.  We did have a good time.  We collapsed, exhausted every night under William’s cozy cover.

But let’s start at the beginning, shall we?  We left last weekend (I mean 2 weekends ago) and drove around to the Olympic Peninsula (due to the fact that campers on the ferry = pricey).   We arrived and quickly made up camp before we headed down to the beach.  The beach had been restored since we were last there two years ago, and boy was it cool.  Easier access and more sand!  Two boys got into the water (while another one said he wouldn’t and then just had wet shorts, and another one napped on Mama) and then said wet children froze on the walk back up to camp (we had only brought down one towel, silly parents).  We saw two herons, a bald eagle and lots of beach treasures to take home with us.  We cooked up dinner, roasted marshmallows and headed to bed.

The next morning we took advantage of the trail system at our campground.  We got a bit lost trying to find the Huckleberry Hill trail, which we never did find, but we did find a torpedo x-ray tower so not all was lost.  After we found our camper again, we headed into town (Port Townsend) to meet up with our cousins and for a trip to one of our favorite book stores.  When we got back to camp, the older three boys and Dada headed down to the beach again while Mama snuggled a tired and sleepy baby.  We managed to exhaust Rory beyond what was necessary.  Poor Rory had some sore legs and a fiercely tired body that night- most other campers at the campground might have known about it too.

On the fourth we headed to Fort Worden State Park for some play time at the beach.  It was perfect weather- we played in the sunshine, visited the Marine Science Center, dipped ourselves into the Salish Sea and headed back to town for well deserved ice cream.  Our afternoon was spent relaxing around the campsite and riding bikes.  We had the most delicious dinner (why had we not thought to have sloppy joe’s on top of mashed potatoes before?  Game changer…) before crashing early.  Henry stated at 7:15 PM that he was going to get ready for bed.  He has never done that before, Dada and I were pretty surprised, but really, we weren’t far behind him.  We planned on heading to the beach for fireworks with the older two, but we were all asleep before the show began, even Mama and Dada.

Next morning, while Henry and Dada closed up shop at the campsite, the rest of us went down to the beach for some exploring.  A low tide made it fun to find fish and crabs (and a car tire, which was sooo cool).  On the way home we met up with one of Mama’s work friends and her husband and the boys got to play at a playground and buy nickel candy (which, is not, in fact, a nickel…).  A little bit a traffic later and we were home.  Exhausted, dirty and happy.

We may not be able to take our boys on fancy trips across oceans or countries, but I do hope that they have fond memories of these trips.  It really is simple things that make them so happy- roasting marshmallows, running down a trail in the forest, finding shells and rocks at the beach.  Our house is littered with treasures from our trips and I couldn’t think of anything better to make our home ours.  Our nature loving boys make everything a blast.  Every trip we plan something else to do with them, another place to visit, another trip to add to the calendar.  Somehow, while out with these fellas, you forget the gigantic bag of dirty laundry, the sand in your sleeping bag and your unwashed hair.  Because, it doesn’t matter.  Your baby will crawl around the pine needles and throw pinecones- and be happy.  Your preschooler will walk further than he ever has before and collapse asleep with marshmallow stuck to his cheek (and his fingers, and elbows and shoulders…).  Your seven year old will just want to go to the beach one more time (always one more time).  And your nine year old will be ready to tow the camper and set up camp on his own by the time he is ten.  We may look like feral animals when we return home, but boy, we have fun.