Getting Away…

IMG_0802 Do you ever take a break from the grind? We usually spend our Saturdays doing projects, mowing the lawn, fixing stuff on the farm, organizing yet another messy pile of salvaged wood or things that we saved because we knew we'd need them one day. This past Saturday we milked the goats in the morning, had some breakfast, made sure the kids looked "decent" and headed out for a day of deep breathing in God's beautiful creation, the North Cascade's. If you haven't ever taken Hwy 20 about 1 1/2 hours east of I-5, Burlington, you really need to. The drive is breathtaking! I'm not going to narrate a whole lot but wanted to post a few of the zillion pictures we took. It's been about 4 or 5 years since we've gone out there which is kind of crazy because Newhalem is only 45 minutes from our house! The kids had so much fun and I think all their little love tanks were filled by the end of the day. It was a beautiful trip, and we have so much to be thankful for! IMG_0822 Connor was especially impressed with the train at Newhalem! But let's be honest, what four-year-old boy wouldn't be?! IMG_0827 IMG_0829 I'm on top of the world! :) IMG_0842 No, I did not feel that it was necessary to include Jack in this picture, it was frightening enough letting our "loose cannon" Victoria up there out of our reach! IMG_0845 I kept these luscious little rolls and curls to myself, or at least mostly grounded. Not that he wouldn't have loved climbing all over that train! IMG_0851 IMG_0852 No train is complete without a bell! IMG_0857 Okay, here is all seven of them, safe behind bars! :) IMG_0883 I'm saying, "okay Victoria that is enough, isn't that squeak really loud?" She's saying, "GO DOWN MOMMY!"...Squeak!!! IMG_0891 They had so much fun pretending to be working on the train! IMG_0900 We met a couple from West Virginia biking from Mt. Vernon, WA to Maine!! What a neat couple, wish would could have packed up all the kids and gone with them! Thanks for chatting with us Jerry and Lori! IMG_0902 No feeding the bears! IMG_0909 Nice little hike on the Trail of Cedars. The kids called this bridge "the wobbly bridge" and it was, made my stomach turn a little. But what a great little hike, perfect distance for the kids! IMG_0913 IMG_0939 IMG_0943 Oh MY Word. IMG_0962 IMG_0974 Look mommy! I'm almost taller than this tree! :) IMG_0983 Connor was so sweet. We were walking along hand in hand and he says to me, "Mommy I LOVE vacation! We get to see all kinds of things that we didn't know about!" That was one of those moments that just made my day! IMG_0995 Kids playing under the "Tower of Power" Seattle City Lights in Newhalem, WA. Great place to visit! IMG_1000 Can't leave this place without getting an ice cream cone! Five Bubblegum, and one Rocky Road for the kids. IMG_1003 Don't forget my ice cream, if you do I will scream! :) And look at my handsome husband! IMG_1013 This is the life. IMG_1016 Okay, a little more, and perfect dad. Thanks. IMG_1018 Contemplating his next need. IMG_1022 More dad! IMG_1025 Why are you eating my ice cream?! IMG_1027 My heart is broken, my parents don't even love me, very much! IMG_1028-001 Here I am banging on the table and he's not even going faster! My life is so hard. :( IMG_1031 Messy. Sticky. Gooey. Yummy. IMG_1037 Oh yeah! IMG_1040 Um, no. Maybe next year :) IMG_1065 Babies just make life more fun! IMG_1077 Off to get a better view of the dam, isn't it pretty?! IMG_1079 In the parking lot before the bridge over a waterfall. Chris opens up the back of the van and right next to his head coiled around the window was a snake! Of course the kids were thrilled and wanted to take it home. Um no. There was a group of young adults from India looking on and laughing at our little Cait carrying this large snake around, Chris explained to them that we don't have poisonous snakes around here, "Oh!!!" :) IMG_1081 Little sleepy toes, does it get any cuter?! IMG_1090 And then the inevitable happened, Victoria lost one of her princess shoes down the cliff! IMG_1091 Heartbroken. We even bought her some more yesterday at Walmart. But this morning she told me we needed to get a ladder so we can get her princess shoe off the cliff. :) IMG_1098 Walking over the waterfall bridge :) IMG_1102 It's a long way down! IMG_1103 IMG_1110 This is what the bridge is made of so you can see down below you. Kind of freaky! IMG_1115 Still holding onto her lone shoe. This was our last stop before we headed home. What a full day! The weather was perfect and we got home feeling happy and exhausted but sure we need to do something like this again very soon. I think today I realized that we could have a really nice looking lawn/garden and not do anything fun, or we can a little of both :) It's nice to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of God's creation!
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