Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weekend Stay-cation

This past Memorial Day weekend Shad and I had a little mini "stay-cation" together. He took Friday "off" (More on that later) so we planned some fun activities to do throughout the weekend. We also had some friends from law school, the Crandells, in town from Arizona... so it was also GREAT to see them and play with them a bit this weekend. Luckily, for the most part, we had some agreeable weather for outdoor activities. 

Friday, Shad took the day off, so we had planned on going to have a picnic in the park with our friends, the Crandells and Fischers, at a park on the sound. And then head over to the Ballard Locks. However, Shad had a deadline come up in the morning, and had to finish up some work that took him a lot longer than expected. So we didn't end up getting out until about 2 PM. I was a little bummed about the fact that we missed the park, but we were able to catch up with the group at the Ballard Locks. 

Here are my boys at the Locks! Owen was pretty interested in the boats!

Nathan wasn't...haha. 

The Fischers, The Crandells, and us all have 2 boys! Here are the older ones interested in boats and water.

Why yes, Owen does need a haircut!! Look at that curly mullet!! 

Owen and Mason, just 7 months age difference, 

Shad and Forrest with the kids.

LOVE this smiley little bug!

On Saturday, I went back to work for the first time after having Nathan. I only worked a short shift. I really didn't think I was going to enjoy going back, but I actually really enjoyed the time to myself working. I'm only going to be working once every 30 days, which I can totally live with! :) After I came home, Shad had BOTH boys napping and we enjoyed a little bit of time together with a quiet house! Later we took the boys out to do some shopping. Owen LOVES to mall... its like Disneyland for him. They have a Carousel, play area, big planes to look at, balloons, etc. According to Owen, its the greatest! Later that night Shad and I had a HOT date-night chaperoning the Youth Dance Festival dance! Haha. 

While I was working, Shad played outside with Owen on his brand new trike!

Sunday, we were "heathens" as my dad would say, and we skipped church and went and hung out with our friends instead. We went up to Olallie State Park and did the Twin Falls hike. It was so fun! I haven't been hiking for a long time, and I really enjoyed it. It was a little hard bringing the two kids up. We had to take turns carrying Nathan in the hike pack. Owen did AWESOME walking on his own, but definitely got tired near the end and needed to be carried most of the way back. Phew! But he loved looking at all the trees, rocks, sticks, and of course, the waterfall! Its so cute to watch him enjoy nature.  

Pics from our hike:

Big trees! I love the northwest!

Fun with the wide angle lens!!

 Everything was so insanely GREEN up there. Loved it!

Checking out the waterfall: 

Wide shot from the bridge over the falls.

The only picture of me on the hike!! haha 

The group shot:

Sunday night we had a delicious dinner with the group and then played games together, like old times. Unfortunately we had to say our goodbyes to the Crandells that night, because they left Monday for home. 

Monday Shad and I decided to take Owen (and Nathan) to the Point Defiance Zoo. We love the zoo! We love it so much I decided to buy a year membership... if we go just one more time it pays for itself! It was such a good deal, so I think we will be frequenting the zoo many more times this summer! :) And  at least once for zoolights! Owen had such a fun time there. He even brought Percy (his favorite train from Thomas and Friends) to show him all the "am-mi-mals." So cute!

Looking at some fish

Touching some of the underwater creatures

The SHARKS...His favorite!

Shark Teeth

Looking at the Elephants

The Tiger

Taking a break for some lunch!

Petting the camel

After naptime on Monday, we had some other friends from Spokane come over for a visit! Our friends, the Edvalsons, actually moved over here recently from Spokane. We were excited to see them and spend the evening talking, eating, and catching up! They have a little girl Owen's age, Nina. And Oh man, I wish I got some pictures.... they were SO CUTE together! I have never seen Owen interact and play with another kid his age like he did with her. When they were ready to leave he even asked Nina's mom if she could come back over. It was so fun to watch them two. Owen usually plays on his own, and likes to interact with adults more. So... we will have to have them over again! 

So there is our Memorial Day weekend! So much fun to have a few days off together to enjoy friends, outdoors, and family! Its the start of summer! We have a couple of vacations coming up here in the next month. I am going with the boys to Michigan for a few days to visit my mom's family... and introduce the boys to my Grandma! (and aunts, uncles and cousins!) Then we have a BIG road trip down to Utah for Shad's family reunion! It should be a great start to the summer!


Rachel said...

I love hiking in the NW. It's seriously my favorite part of living here. I can't wait until my 6 weeks post-partum are over so I can go hiking again.
The pictures of your hike are BEAUTIFUL and make me want to go hiking even more.

Doug and Marilyn said...

How fun! This makes me think of our trip together...and miss you even more!

Rosalie said...

Thanks for sharing your Memorial Day weekend with us! The pictures are awesome and I love all of them. I especially love those two little ones. They are so precious! I am looking forward to that trip at the end of June and into July! Yes!!!

Cara said...

Fun! We love the zoo too and I have been thinking for quite some time about doing a membership. Hopefully things with our house will settle down soon and we'll be able to get one. We will have to do zoo playdates!