Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fast Forward Five Months....

     So it's been awhile, dear reader. I probably don't have to tell you, but I will anyway, that the end of the school year and summer vacation with a house full of young children is absolute insanity. Isn't life always insanity with kids no matter how many you have? The highlights of the interim time are as follows:

     Hickory celebrated his second birthday and got this sweet little turtle sandbox for a present which he loving shared with his sissy. I love this picture of him giving her a cuddle. It melts my momma heart.

No bakery cakes here.

All this sugar for me?
     Our sweet baby girl celebrated her first birthday. Birthdays are pretty simple affairs around here, but since it was the first birthday of our one and only daughter and our very last baby (Am I setting her up to be over-indulged with that line of thinking? Probably. But it is all a true description.) I made her cake a bit fancier than I normally would thanks to Pinterest. It looked beautiful but I should have added some vanilla or something because white cake mix tastes like nothing.

Picnic in the trees with my hubby. I'm smiling, but inside I'm terrified the smell of our food is attracting bears. lol. We never saw a bear all day, by the way.

Nicola and I (and the back of Ephraim's head) in front of the waterfall. This was taken at Artist's Point, but we also hiked down the 300+ stairs of Uncle Tom's trail so see the bottom of the falls, and to the scenic overlook that's right next to the top of the falls. Pictures don't do it justice.

All the boys, somewhat patiently waiting to see the Old Faithful Geyser erupt.
     We also took a day trip up to Yellowstone National Park. It's only a few hours drive from where we live. I have to admit I wasn't super stoked to go initially because I am quite far from being considered an "outdoorsy" person. However, once we got there I was SO glad we went and I can't wait to go back again!!! It is absolutely beautiful and the geothermal activity is interesting and mysterious and breathtaking. It's also a pretty versatile place as far as sightseeing goes. If you are an outdoorsy person and you want to go back country hiking, you can do that. If you want to hike along paved paths (which is more my speed) you can do that, and if you just want to drive from view to view, you can do that too! It was also cool to see GOBS of people from all over the world, speaking all different languages there at the park as well. I heard at least half a dozen languages not including American English during the course of the day.

Canon, first day of 3rd grade and Ephraim, first day of 2nd grade.

Doyle, first day of Kindergarten. I told him to look excited in the picture on the right. Apparently it's the same look as when you are bracing yourself to have a bucket of cold water tossed on you.
     The kiddos started back to school, and this year Doyle is going as well. The Kindergarten schedule here is pretty odd. You are assigned to go either every Wednesday and Friday, or every Tuesday and Thursday, and then both groups swap and go every other Monday. Confusing? I thought so, too. But I suppose this works for them. The army will probably move us before Hickory starts school, so I've decided not to dwell on it.

Ephraim suited up for practice.
     Last but not least we have entered into another year of fencing! Ephraim wants to try to compete with foil this year (foil being the type of weapon he uses, there's also épée and saber), and Canon wants to give it another shot. It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of living in Pocatello, ID, but one of the few things I really love here is the Pocatello Fencing Club. The coaches are so positive, energetic, and encouraging. I like to hang out at practice I love it there so much, but that makes Ephraim feel like a little kid (and he's already one of the youngest kids there), so I try not to stalk him too much.

     So yes, life is crazy and always will be. It's a beautiful life though, and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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