May 11, 2018
The kids and I got to fly to Washington for spring break.

I had not flown alone with these 4 since Ruby was one.  Let me say, it was a breeze compared to previous flights alone with these 4.  This getting older thing isn't always so bad.  

Having a Nintendo Switch didn't hurt either.  

The point of the trip was to hang out with cousins, grandparents, great grandmas and more cousins.  We accomplished all of the above.  

I don't think these kids fought at all, they were in heaven.  

Meeting our newest cousin, Baby Jack, was an obvious highlight. 

Pop-Pop saved Christopher's old powerwheel.  It was a huge hit. 

We went to Marine park to find crabs.

Always entertaining.  

There was always lots of screaming and excitement when a large rock got turned over and the crabs starting scurrying in all directions.  

Always in the search for a tree to climb.  

We got to celebrate Easter with everyone.  

You can't beat Grandma B.'s backyard for an Easter Egg Hunt.  

Touch Tank is always a must visit Bellingham location.

Lots of Northwest Parks.

Utah parks don't quite have views like this.  

Or quite so many trees. :) 

And of course walks on the trails around my parents house. 

It was good to be back home, I think it was my longest absence yet.  My soul needed a little pacific northwest.  

and a lot of family time too.  

Glad they don't mind when we invade their space with our chaos.  

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We are so happy to have you invade your space with your chaos! Feel free to do it more often!! We had the best time having all of the grandkids together and they are so cute together, Nothing is better than family. Can't beat the water and the views either. Love you and thanks for bringing your kids to visit.

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Washington weekend 1

Jul 28, 2016
We were not planning on going to Washington this summer, but I realized it was my dad's 60th birthday and then my childhood bff called to say she was getting married that same week.  So, we did what anyone would do, we planned a 10 day vacation extravaganza.  

It was a bit of a crazy drive, between Miles and Ruby, but we survived.  

First stop was Brianne's house for the beginning of Pop-Pop's birthday festivities.  

The next morning we all headed to Northwest Trek.   

The kids had a blast on the amazing playground. 

 seeing all the animals,

riding the tram,

and running around together.  

And how cute are these "best cousins" in their matching orange jackets. 

So fun to have everyone together.  

Next stop was a ferry ride to Whidby Island to explore Fort Casey.  

We used to come here with our grandparents when we were little, so it was very cool to be able to take my kids with their cousins and grandparents.  

We found a cute seal to entertain us while we waited for the ferry. Yes, Washington is kind of the best.  

It was seriously a less than 10 min ride, so we were the lame parents who didn't let their kids out of the car.  but, we did let them have their ipads to make up for it. :)  

don't worry, we assured them that we had more ferry rides later in the week and we would let them get out then.   

We ate lunch and ran around before heading off to explore Fort Casey.  

Giant guns, dark tunnels to explore and plenty of room to run and climb made for some very happy kids (and adults).   

It was a bit of a process getting all the kids organized and keeping them from running off down dark hallways or climbing up tall staircases without railings.  

But, we managed fairly well and the headlamps made it much easier to keep track of everyone in the dark.    

We lucked out with the weather too, it was perfection.  

We ended the afternoon with checking out the lighthouse.  

and entertaining ourselves by jumping off the picnic table while waiting for everyone to climb to the top of the lighthouse, since only 5 people could fit at a time. :)  

Then it was off to Bellingham to complete the birthday festivities for the best Pop-Pop around.  

Ruby was constantly eating chips to keep her energy up for socializing at the party. 

We of course had to do a picture of everyone in Ski-to-Sea shirts

Love this family of mine.  

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I LOVE how Ruby and your mom have basically the same hair. I also just love you people!
So glad you came to WA I was seriously smiling the whole way through this post. My family is the BEST ever!!! Love seeing all of these kids together and how much they love each other and how much fun they have. I'm so glad you all put together the best birthday weekend ever!!
Ruby and your mom have twin hair! How cute!

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