Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to school

The summer is over...time to go back to school! The girls seem to have great teachers and a lot of friends in their classes this year. They were excited, and nervous for another year.

First day of 3rd grade!

First day of 2nd grade!

It's always a bittersweet moment putting them on the bus for the first time of the year. It was nice to have some time with just my boys, though. We went out to lunch together and then got Drew ready for school which starts this coming monday. We got his books and supplies...$600 later, he's ready. Ugh!

My new "baby"

When we packed up Drew's stuff at his apartment, he surprised me with this full size electric keyboard!! He and his roommate found it near the trash in their apartment looked like it had been on a porch for years...Drew said it took about 5 min per key to clean!! It works perfectly and looks great! (He had previously told me that it was his roommate's keyboard...sneaky man...) Needless to say, I was so surprised and excited! I've wanted one for a long time! What a great gift!!..and even better that it was free! Thanks, babe!

(oh...and David loves this thing...he screams whenever I take him away from it!)

"This has to be a dream!!"....

...said Kimmi as she realized that they were getting to go to Build-a-Bear Workshop! (Drew promised them something awesome at the end of the summer if they had been good girls for me while he was away.) They had so much fun creating their own stuffed animals and have played with them non stop since! What a cool store!

David watching the fun...he was so good.

can't decide...too many choices!

Alli getting her bunny "stuffed"

Kimmi brushing off her dog after the stuffing

dressing her bunny, Bouncy

dressing her dog, Brooke

All finished!! Dad is the best!

taking their animals home! yay!

Fun with Grandma Rawlinson and Kristi

My mom and sister, Kristi, came to visit us last week. We had so much fun with them!...wish we could do it more often! (The small pictures are from Kristi's phone...I can't figure out how to get them bigger..sorry.)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Kimmi + a party horn = ....

(thinks David)

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Hiking adventures!

So, there's this spectacular waterfall near us that we had never seen. Drew has been fly fishing there a couple times, but the kids and I hadn't done it. We decided to go hiking this weekend, all by ourselves, and thought we'd give this trail a try...

Cascades Trail...2 miles of fun ahead!!

David was happy and ready to go...riding in style!

Being goofy on one of our rest stops...

After about 10 pictures like this one we finally got David's head in the shot!

We made it!!! Cascade Waterfall!! Isn't it gorgeous?

David fell asleep about 1 mile in...and stayed that way for a long time!

Shoes off...clothes off...time for wading fun!

There is a great swimming hole...but it's cold water!!!

Kimmi walked all the way to the waterfall...she wanted to stand right by it, but I was a paranoid mom...maybe next time when Drew is with us.

Alli taking a break and eating some grapes

David woke up and was ready for some kisses..

(swallow my pride)...Yes...I know...HORRIBLE picture of me...just let your eyes wander to the 3 adorable kids in this picture....

Leaving the waterfall...they were sooo excited that I let them wear the water backpacks on this hike...

Back at the parking lot...we made it!!...and seriously..without any complaints!

Happy to be out of the baby backpack.
We had so much fun...we're gonna do it again soon!