Remlinger Farms | 2015

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Yesterday, we made our annual trip to Remlinger farms. It was a great day full of berry picking, lunch in the rain and then the fun park. We had some friends along which made the day even more fun. Jos and her friend, Elsa, are just a few months apart in age and I think they really enjoyed hanging out. Elsa’s older siblings were super helpful and sweet, as always, and we can’t forget, Baby Zeke. He and Addi are 2 months apart. We definitely made it at the end of berry season. They were getting sparse, but there were still enough for us to pick a few and call it good. I think my grand total was $3.08. That’s what happens though when you are picking with a baby and a preschooler who tires quickly. ;) It began to sprinkle as we were finishing at the raspberry field so we headed to some covered tables for lunch and luckily, the rain stopped and we had a blast at the fun park! A much better deal for the little ones than the fair as they can ride more and it is less expensive!! The only downside was that we were meeting my sis-in-law there too with her two little ones but we only got to see each other for about 10 minutes. :( They got there a bit earlier and we were late due to road work and potty breaks. I need to be better about adding in extra time when travelling with kiddos! At least we got to see them a short bit. Next year should be much easier as all the munchkins will be older.

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So proud of my brave girl! She went on the roller coaster a couple of times, without me! I stayed with the babies on this one.

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Smiles. Lots of smiles, yesterday.

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Joslyn & Addison | Side by Side – Months 9 & 10

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Hehe! I couldn’t resist. One day, they may not appreciate me much for these but then they will again at some point. ;) I just have to wait for it…

Jos & Addi at 9 months

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Normally, I look through old photos of Jos to find one I want to attempt to recreate with Addi, but this month I got lucky. Of course, I procrastinated until the last minute but when I went to find a pic of Jos for month 10, I found the swinging one which was perfect as I knew I had just taken some of Addi in a swing too. Sometimes, procrastination pays off. Plus, they are wearing the same shoes, which have been one of our very favorite hand me downs!

Jos & Addi at 10 months

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Ahhh, Sweet Summer!

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I was so happy when Justin suggested we go play and splash in the river with the girls yesterday evening.  With little ones, we often stick closer to home once it gets to be dinner/bedtime, in hopes of avoiding crabby kids, meltdowns and to just survive the dinner hour and getting ready for bed routines.  Everything fell into place yesterday though for us to get out and enjoy the gorgeous summer evening…  Addi napped later and dinner was in the crockpot just waiting for us, so off we went with snacks, drinks and happy kiddos.  These kinds of outings take me back to my childhood. I have so many fond memories of playing and learning to swim in the river. It was a special thing to share this fun with our girls.

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Tour De Washington

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After attempting a push bike with this girl for the past couple of years, we decided to get a pedal bike. She was NOT a fan of the push bike so we were a bit unsure how she would take to a pedal bike and debated on whether or not it was a good purchase, etc…

Well, turns out that she LOVES it! We have been on her bike everyday since her birthday. Today was her longest ride yet and she even powered up a very small hill and didn’t want any help. ;) This opens up a whole new world and I am so excited to ride with my girl.

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Joslyn’s How to Train Your Dragon Birthday

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I can’t believe our baby is 4! We celebrated her yesterday with a How to Train Your Dragon birthday party, her request. She LOVES the movies and especially the character, Toothless, who is a night fury dragon that has retractable teeth.

A big thanks to all who celebrated with us and to those who snapped photos for me. :)

The birthday girl got to open a couple of presents from her Nanny & Grampi first thing in the morning. She was thrilled to get two How to Train Your Dragon books.

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Later that morning, we had a small gathering of friends over for a dragon story, shield crafting, a dragon quest and lunch….

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Birthday Shield for the Birthday Girl!

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After the shields were crafted, the girls were asked to accept a Dragon Quest mission where they were sent with their shields and a small net each to look for and capture a dragon. Once captured, they had to offer their dragon a fish (Swedish Fish) so the dragons would know they wanted to be friends and meant them no harm.  Everyone knows a dragon’s favorite food is fish, right?! :) Then they would take them to the Isle of Berk aka the sensory/water table tub, which was set up to be the Isle of Berk where they could play with the dragons.

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Next up was lunch and cupcakes.

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In the center of the dessert table was a Viking Longboat made from a Granola carton, some cardboard, tape and black spray paint.

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Astrid was on board. :)

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Toothless cupcakes

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“Toasted Sheep”, marshmallows dipped in chocolate with candy eyes and toasted bums.

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We asked friends to bring dog treats instead of presents and we plan to donate them to the shelter this week. These were some of Nala’s favorites, so that put a smile on my face.

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The sweetest group of Viking Girls around!

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The fun didn’t end there though…

That evening we had a dinner with family so there was more shield crafting with cousins, playing and lots of eating.  The dinner menu consisted of Swedish Meatballs (click for the recipe which I adapted a bit), mashed potatoes or noodles for the meatballs, cabbage salad, homemade bread, veggies and fruit. The meatballs, bread, and cupcakes were all made ahead of time, frozen, and then the meatballs went into the crock pot that afternoon which made it much easier to pull off!

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Auntie Iris brought Dragon fruit and some other fun fruits and the kiddos had a little tasting party. SO fun!

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Nanny & Soushi

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The newest babe, Lincoln. Just shy of 3 weeks.

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The bonus entertainment was our neighbor’s very friendly horse who we shared a snack of carrots with.

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New bike for the birthday girl and…

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today, after some practice at the park with a friend, she rode all the way to the mailbox by herself! Go, Jos!

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How I adore this sweet girl…sassy yet reserved, passionate (aka she shows such a range of emotions;)), imaginative, silly, strong-willed, loveable.

Happy 4th birthday Jos! We love you so much!

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Addi’s First Swimming Lessons

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Addi and I are in our 3rd week of parent-child swimming lessons and we are really enjoying it!  Here she is waving to Daddy & Jos on the sidelines as she practices her front floats.

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Time for back floats which are not a favorite, but she does just fine.

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More waving to the crowd.

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Time for dunking…  The instructor has us blow into their faces as this causes them to hold their breath and then dunk them quickly. I would have been so nervous to do this with Jos but it is definitely different the 2nd time around.

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And the face of a child who is wondering what in the world her Momma, the person who is supposed to be her fiercest protector, just did to her. ;) So far, she has endured 4 dunks with minimal fussing. So proud of this little monkey.

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First Camping Trip of 2015

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We went on our first camping trip of 2015, just an overnighter, to see how the girls would do…

I say “first” camping trip in hopes that there will be at least a couple more this year, if I can convince my hubby. ;) It is a bit more work and ALOT more stuff to pack with an almost 4-year-old and a 10 month old, but so worth it.  Overall, they both did great. This was Joslyn’s second camping trip and Addi’s first. We went to one of our favorite spots, Lion’s Rock.  This is also the spot we got married 6 years ago, on July 11th, and two years later on the same day, Miss Jos joined our family.

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While Justin got the tent set up, I entertained the girls and took a million photos. Imagine that! I realize Jos doesn’t look very “entertained” here but trust me, she was having a blast. ;)

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Flowers and pinecones and sticks, OH MY! So much for a babe to explore and attempt to eat.

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Relaxed in the tent for a bit after getting it set up and then went on a little scavenger hunt.

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After that, it was dinner time. Hot dogs but not over a fire as it is SO dry and there is a burn ban.  Think we may have to take the girls to the west side of the mountains to experience a real campfire.

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S’mores for dessert, of course.  Addi had carrots for dinner and blueberries for dessert. One day she will get to partake in the camp food experience. ;)

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She did get to have a few graham crackers, at least.

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After dinner, we hiked up to Lion’s Rock, since we didn’t actually camp next to it.

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It was a gorgeous evening! Justin and Jos are standing in the exact spot where Justin and I got married. She thought that was pretty neat and we had to play a few rounds of “getting married” in which she “got married with me”. She called this spot, The Marry Spot.

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After our walk, it was back to the tent for some card games.  We were up late and got to see the gorgeous, almost full moon, glowing bright and orange and the stars.

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Good night, Mt. Adams.

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And Good Morning, at 5am! Oh yes, Miss Addi was up bright and early despite not going to sleep until waaaay past her bedtime. The Flicker Momma and her babies that were nested in a tree above our tent must have woken her. ;)

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And then there is this girl who slept in until like 8:30 when we finally sent Addi in to wake her up. Sleeping outdoors must suit her.

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The sunrise as Addi and I ventured out on our 5am morning walk. We saw an elk walking along the hillside and lots of birds starting their day.

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Oatmeal for breakfast.

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I don’t know about you but I think seeing the power of a wildfire is pretty cool.  All of the charred trees, burned and dead but sustaining so much life, the fireweed and other small plants growing and thriving in the aftermath. Amazing!

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Below are a few pics of Nala girl too…

Back in 2006, this was the first spot she went camping as well.  Also, the first time she slept with us and never went back…. ;) Can’t believe it will be 2 months tomorrow since we said goodbye. We miss her everyday.

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