Pearrygin 2017: part 1
We made the Trek out to Pearrygin this summer. As always, it was an epic/crazy/stressful time, that luckily was all worth it in the end. :)
it always takes us days to get everything prepped.
I had to use my new BYU bucket to mix The Pearrygin Lake Trailmix, since I do not have a bowl big enough to contain it.
Before we even got to the Lake we had to stop at our favorite candy store in the world and get a picture and treat.
The kids were non stop with the behind the boat activities this year.
There was a constant line and Dave, Pop-Pop and Uncle Christopher were kept quite busy driving the boat.
There was so much kneeboading this year.
Macey and Kaylin were pros and both learned how to deep water start.
Ruby and Crew rode on the back on Paul's kneeboard and I got to double next to them to enjoy it all.
Adults got in the action too and we desperately missed our 4th kneeboard.
Miles gave knee boarding a few good tries, but couldn't quite make it.
Although he did discover tubing and loved it.
None of the 10 and under crowd could handle the crazy rides he wanted. Which meant I got to ride with him. It was one of the highlights of the trip for me. He would freak out when he saw my tube flying across the wake towards him and then he'd fly after he got bumped. Then we both couldn't stop laughing, took me back to my tubing glory days with my cousins.
GTX got lots of action, but this might be it's last summer. It wasn't cruising across the water like it once did.
Macey was the offical Go-Pro handler on the kid rides.
So many happy faces, my favorite.
GiGi did her annual GTX ride, 2 months shy of her 90th birthday.
And Grandma B. and Gigi also had a few boat rides to watch the kids show off their tricks.
We bought these new little jet bob things and the kids had a blast on them.
And adults too.
There was also lots of wake boarding and skiing too, I just didn't get pictures. Although I did get this picture of Christopher skiing while holding a giant blow up gummy bear.
Another entertaining boat moment not pictured, was "Long Rope". It was essentially 3 ropes tied together. So, the boat would drive by and then what seemed like 3 minutes later the skier would come by the beach. We found it highly entertaining.
Washington weekend 2
After doing some laundry and showering, the first item on our agenda was visiting Larrabee State Park to find some crabs.
Larrabee never disappoints.
My desert dwelling children though had forgotten about how slippery seaweed on rocks is, so they all took a turn or 2 falling.
They were slightly more cautious after that.
We found all sorts of treasures...hermit crabs, shells, jelly fish, barnacles, fish, and of course LOTS of crabs.
The highlight though was the giant crab Uncle fished out of the water with Macey's net.
This crab put up a fight, but Christopher powered through and became a hero is these kid's eyes. :)
Don't worry we set him free and made sure he could swim safely away before we moved on to the next discovery.
It was well worth leaving the Olympic National Park a day early so we could get a little extra family time in.
And these little stinker cousins escaped outside when they were suppose to be in bed.
The actual reason we came back to Bellingham for the 2nd weekend was due to this girl getting married.
We've been best friends since we were 6 years old and I was so happy we were all able to make it.
This is a little montage of pictures our moms made for us when we graduated high school.
A few other Bellingham hightlights:
- Getting to stay at Grandma B.'s and having her make breakfast for all of us.
- Christopher took Paul on a real mountain biking ride.
- We got to have a little birthday party for Crew.
- And this girl was obsessed. She was constantly yelling "My Nana!" or "My Pop-Pop" and would then run in for a big hug. She was quite popular.
All in all it was a pretty perfect trip.
Olympic National Park
To pass the weekdays between Pop-Pop's brithday weekend and Adrienne's wedding, we decided to head down to the Peninsula and check out The Olympic National Park.
We got many looks of "you are crazy" when we told people our plans of camping with 4 kids in a cold/wet rainforest.
We also got many comments and looks from fellow park visitors. Most were along the line of "your kids are so cute", "you've got your hands full", "We saw you guys yesterday...", and my favorite was while passing people hiking we got lots of, "how many of you are there?" :)
We stocked up on rain gear, brought our winter clothes, boots, lots of socks, clothes to layer and invested in a very good tarp.
The preparation worked and even though it rained everyday and night, we all stayed dry and warm. Which resulted in very happy campers.
This trip never would of happened without Paul. I am not much of a camper, but he made sure we were prepared, he stayed calm when things got a bit crazy, and he got up and started breakfast each morning while I mentally prepared to exit our comfy and warm bed into the rain.
Since most Washington schools were still in session, our camp ground at Lake Cresent
was practically empty. Gave the kids plenty of room to roam and explore.
We had a pretty sweet set up.
I had brought cards and coloring books to pass some of our downtime with, but there was so much exploring to do we never pulled anything out.
This is Miles being a gnome one night. It was very entertaining.
We soon realized we were about 2 years early on perfect ages for this trip. Meaning, Paul and I never got to sit down and relax, because Ruby always needed adult supervision and was everywhere.
and she tended to get a little cold at night, because she has a hard time keeping clothes on. :)
All in all though, she was a pretty happy camper.
We did some exploring around Lake Cresent (where we camped) and would of spent some time swimming and hanging out more if it was actually above 60 degrees.
It was absolutely gorgeous though.
And our view out the tent door, is kind of hard to beat.
We visited Hurricane Ridge
, where it was snowing.
it was gorgeous and almost kind of erie up there. Made sense why some people think Vampires could live in the area. :)
We hiked to Marymere Falls
, where it rained on us the entire time.
eating lunch in the car before the hike.
This hike was a blast though. Trees to hide in, bridges made out of tree trunks, and a river...all before we made it to the waterfall. I don't think any of the kids complained, which is a first for us.
Ruby loved touching the moss on the trees.
We spent our last day visiting the Hoh Rainforst.
Where is actually didn't rain, but when we got back to our campsite we learned that it had rained all day there.
We could not get over these trees. They were so tall and completely covered in moss.
Slugs were a huge highlight of this hike. Slugs are not something my kids are familiar with, so we had to stop EVERY TIME one was spotted on the trail.
We learned about Banana Slugs at Northwest Trek, so apparently that meant my kids thought all slugs were named after fruit. We found green apple slugs and blackberry slugs on the trail. :)
This was the trip of balance beam tree walking.
The trees also proved to be nice resting spots too.
The last stop was Ruby Beach.
It was amazing.
There was driftwood everywhere and the Pacific Ocean was just right there on the edge of the forest.
Wish we were prepared to spend all day there.
We had planned to spend a day in the Sol Duc area, but the weather was suppose to be perfect in Bellingham and the kids were really sad we didn't find any crabs at the beach. So, we decided to head home a day early, skip Sol Duc, and find a beach in Bellingham to explore.
It was a good choice. But, I am hoping to make it back there again one day when kids are older.
Pearrygin Novel part 1
We braved the drive and elements again and made the trek to Lake Pearrygin to camp with my family for the week.
There were of course a few moments where I questioned our sanity, as to why we came camping with 4 little kids so far from home. But, early morning cinnamon rolls from sherri's helped make it worth it.
And it didn't take long for all us to settle back into the Pearrygin Lifestyle.
Don't be fooled by this serene moment, there are 3 wild animals sleeping in here, just waiting to break out and cause chaos.
But watching these cousins play made it more than worth it. Crew and Mason ran right up to each other when we pulled in and it was like they'd never been apart.
And these 4 were bff's just like always.
I rarely got to sit down and chat with people, but I suppose that is what happens at this stage in my life.
Ruby was eating up the Pearrygin Lifestyle and just ran around our campsites checking things out and constantly taking the Stephen's little blowup animals.
I didn't even think of opening a book this year, but I didn't mind too much. There was just too much playing and chasing to do.
Luckily the kids got to spend some quality time with the great grandmas and Nana & Pop-Pop.
And there was always lots of late afternoon reading sessions happening in the shade.
We did get a few game nights in, my favorite being a rambunctious game of Dutch Blitz, where we got to break in our new expansion pack.
We made as many visits to Sherri's as possible and only got chased away by the bees once (Ruby got her first bee sting here).
And we learned, don't sit by Crew. The bees just flocked to this kid for some reason. :)
This was one of the hottest years I remember, so we ended up playing less games and spent more time floating and playing in the water.
The lobster, turtle, sting ray, and dolphin blowups we brought were one of our better summer purchases.
Paul came up with the idea to do a floaty parade.
He got all the animals tied together behind the kayak, we got the kids situated on their desired animal and he took the parade on a tour past our neighboring campsites.
Cutest parade I've ever seen.
Next post will be about our all thrilling adventures behind the boat.
We decided we hadn't done anything too crazy for awhile, so we thought why not fly with 4 kids to Texas to visit Paul's family to liven things up?
We lucked out and got TSA pre check for our flight to Texas, and that made life about a million times easier.
We got lots of stares and comments walking through the airport and boarding the plane. I forget that 4 kids outside of Utah is actually a lot. :) I got lots of "God bless you" from fellow travelers and "Oh my, you are brave".
Overall things went pretty smoothly. There were some running to gates and dragging kids behind us, lots of corralling children in corners while waiting to board, and once again ipads and suckers saved the day.
The kids had a blast with Nana and Opa.
and were so excited to see all their "big cousins" again.
Miles could not leave Michael alone.
He also could not remember his name the first day, so there was lots of "Where the one I like?!"
Michael was a saint and let Miles crawl and hang all over him.
Crew had his birthday while we were there and had an amazing day with everyone.
We went to the splash pad and then Dairy Bar for lunch.
And then he got to play with his cousins the rest of the day, it was a pretty good 3rd birthday.
While in Lake Jackson, we always have to stop at the Sea Center.
Ruby loved her first visit and got to use her newest word "ish" a lot.
Since we are kind of a tornado, we rented this adorable little A-Frame beach house to stay in, while the rest of Paul's family was in town too.
The kids loved their loft.
And I loved being right on the beach.
The kids could not get enough of boogie boarding.
Macey loved being big enough to go out deep with Paul and I, and got quite good at catching the waves all by herself.
Miles loved diving and swimming through the waves. There was no fear from any of them.
Paul also taught all the kids to skim board, while Ruby and I just watched.
The kids couldn't wait for their "big cousins" to come play with them at the beach.
It was an absolute blast. Love all these kids.
The main reason for the trip though was Granny's 90th birthday and Granny and Granddad's 70th wedding anniversary.
The entire Olgilve Family was able to make it and it was awesome to all be together.
I didn't get any pictures at the party cause I was constantly chasing kids or chatting with people I don't get to see often enough.
When we got in the car to drive back to our beach house Miles said, "That was the best party ever!!!!". And I had to agree with him. It was one of those moments that reminded me why the stress of traveling with my 4 kids was worth it. It was pretty great having everyone together.
A few other random things:
-Ruby's hair was crazy curly from the humidity and I was in love with it.
- One of the best things about visiting Texas is all the amazing food. My favorite being donuts and kolaches from Shipley's, which I got to enjoy almost every morning.
- We ordered some seats from the Astro Dome, which Gipsy kindly picked up for us and then helped us take them apart to check as baggage on our flight home.
These kids had their moments of driving me to near insanity on the trip, but it was most defiantly worth it.