Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Tonight I carved out a couple of sugar pumpkins and planted some mums in them to help decorate the tables. How cute are these?
Now working on finding the next craft idea. Open to any suggestions or links!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
In simple terms, it is a very stable, semi-permanent tent-like structure with lattice supported walls on the inside. I guess they are originally from Mongolia. You can always google it to find out more! Our friends' yurt has a bathroom and kitchen (even with dishwasher!) with a wood stove that keeps things toasty warm! The kids love going over and exploring the outdoors. Their property is right on the Wenatchee River and the trees were glorious in their fall displays. In the past we have taken the camper for sleeping arrangements but this time we decided to have a big sleepover. So 4 adults, 4 kids (ages 6, 4, 3, 2) and 2 large dogs in the one-room structure. All went well and we had a succesful night!
On Sunday, before heading home, we went on a hike up to a fire lookout station on Sugarloaf Mountain. It was a bit more of a drive than anticipated but the view was amazing and well worth the effort. It was hard to get a photo that really captured the view to show where we were. We were on the absolute top of the mountain with large drop-offs all around and an incredible 360 degree view of mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers.
It was a great time to get away from all the daily craziness that is keeping us busy at home and to spend time with friends.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Overall, the highlight for the girls was all the farm animals and the fresh air to run freely in. Nora had hoped to spot a cardinal in DC, just like her stuffed one and the last day prooved to be our lucky day and we saw a number of them. These oxen were pretty cool and very friendly!
Just the other day, Madison was talking about the house tour and the last room that Washington had built on his house. So it is good to know that at least a little learning and retention took place. It was really a fabulous vacation that helped to build many special memories.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We started the day at the Museum of Natural History. It is an amazing space but we quickly realized that being contained in spaces with lots of people is not our idea of a fun vacation. So we did a very quick tour and then headed outside to fresh air and free space to move. We enjoyed lunch in the fun sculpture park with a great fountain..
After a fun carousel ride, we started the trek down to the monuments.
Although we had just been the day before, I felt it was really important for the girls to get down and at least see the highlights. And being outside walking around was much more enjoyable than being in the crowded and noisy museum! We hit the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and WWII Memorial. I would have really liked to get Madison down to the FDR memorial since she read a series of books dealing with the Depression this summer and has a bit of a reference base. But the walk to that section would have probably been pushing our luck. I hope we can return when the girls are a bit older and can get more from the experience.
It was a lot of fun and the girls were real troopers with all the walking we did. Our nature hikes are now going to seem like a piece of cake after DC! Though Nora did bum quite a few rides on shoulders! The day ended with patriotic popsicles, what could be better?
And you are lucky this time, I haven't gotten this set of photos loaded onto flickr so no link, YET!
Next up - Mount Vernon.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
While they were off enjoying the zoo, Tom and I got some time to check out some of the sights on our own. We spent most of our time walking through the monuments. It was really nice to spend time looking and reading without concern about the girls. I also enjoyed having extra time to put into my photography.
Along the way there were the most wonderful quotes carved into the walls. You would think the quotes were written about the issues that our nation is dealing with at this moment instead of seventy years ago.
It certainly seems like our current leaders could learn plenty from just taking a daily walk through this powerful monument. And it would certainly be a powerful experience for our youth to spend time really processing the words and symbols
The weather was perfect and it really was a wonderful time spent in our nation's capital. For my flickr photostream click here.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
The girls had a great time being flower girls. We were so proud of them. They had perfect behavior and were really patient during all the waiting times through out the day. It certainly was a great photo opportunity and I am sure you won't be suprised that I was busy snapping photos all day. I definitely think the highlight for the girls was the reception. Cake, root beer in champagne flutes and dancing, what could be better?? They were not picky about their dance partners and the relatives were all great about taking their turns with the girls.