July 17, 2017

Wonder Woman

Sanna found our shin guards and was messing around with them. She was wearing this dress that I normally hate but when I looked at her I laughed out loud because she looked like Wonder Woman! So we put a headband on her and got her into character (though she hasn't even seen the movie yet, ha ha)

July 16, 2017

Sunset Beach

 Yesterday we wanted to take Taran to the beach to get IN the water this time. Sunset is a calmer beach (almost looks like a lake) and is a bit more protected from the wind because it is surrounded by cliff walls. When we gathering our gumption to go to the beach my friend texted us to say they were heading to the beach too! So we met up and sat and chatted while the kids played. 
Brent carried Taran all the way out into the water on his back which Taran loved and kept laughing about how cold his feet were. 
I neglected to get the camera out until the end so there aren't very many. Guess I was having too good of a time talking!

Griz loved the gross green sea weed type of stuff.

Ocean Fun in Bandon

 We had thought about taking the kids and Taran to San Fransisco for our last week of no work.  We couldn't make it work affordably so we decided to stick at home and enjoy the beauty right here in our own neighborhood.  We spent one of our days down in Bandon.  Just love the view down there.  The rocks are so interesting!  Who needs a crowded busy city when you've got this, right!?

We were focused on Taran when all the sudden we looked up and Griz was at the top of a really high cliff.  The picture below doesn't show how high he was, it was high enough that it made our hearts stop a bit. We both kept calm and encouraged him back down.  I was really surprised he didn't freak out, he has recently had some fears of heights but luckily he kept his head! 

Sanna was barefoot trying to get really high too.  We stopped her luckily before she had gotten too far.  They had a lot of fun playing on these rocks.

This next pic of Sanna cracks me up.  I can see this look of fear on her face, I think she got caught by surprise by a wave coming in.  It was so funny.

 It's hard for Taran to walk on the beach so luckily Brent obliged him with quite a few piggy back rides.
 In fact he gave him a piggy back ride all the way up ALL of those stairs...

July 9, 2017

Backpacking on the Hoh Rainforest Trail

Best Backpacking trip to date!

10 miles round trip on the Hoh Rainforest Trail.  Our kids are officially hardcore.
 Chico carried his pack almost the whole time! Griz took it for probably half a mile, other than that Chico carried it without complaint!

Look at this little lady in the picture above.  This is how she hiked for the first 3 miles. She was one fast chica.  She was bound and determined to get there before her brothers.  Once we made it 3 miles the kids decided they didn't want to stop after all and that they could make it to the next tent site at mile marker 5.  Sanna was all for it... for about a quarter of a mile and then she seemed to hit a wall.  The last mile or so I had to carry her on my shoulders.  But hey, I'm totally impressed she made it as far as she did as fast as she did!

She "needed to gather sticks for our campfire"... yeah that was like 3 miles before we got there. Luckily Brent was able to get her to ditch them.

 Some of these trees were seriously huge.  I think some of them were Redwoods.

When we finally got camp set up I made the kids some Knorr rice.  They gobbled it up so fast.  I don't think I've ever seen them enjoy a meal so much. Ha ha, never had so many compliments on a meal.

 The view from our camping area down by the river was so awesome.

Lookin pretty legit in her jammies.

Brent spent a lot of the evening down by the river photographing this gorgeous scene...
couldn't decide which one we liked more.

The night went pretty well beside Brent's pad not staying inflated.  We didn't need the rain fly on.  This rain forest was actually quite dry when we were there!

Our twins eating their oatmeal in the morning...

Is this a cool picture or what?

 And this next picture... oh my gosh, it just kills me every time I see it. Sanna had to strip down to the buff to use the "facilities". She looks like a ferrel child.  I can't get over how hilarious it is...

Our ferrel child looks pretty good when she gets a little cleaned up...  and she looks OLD!

 And here we are starting back down the trail.  Wished we had known how wonderful it was ahead of time so we could have left a day earlier and brought enough stuff to stay two nights.  It was such a blast!

Griz requested this shot...

 This good man snuck extra stuff into his pack for the hike down to make it lighter for me.  When I said something about it being lighter he said, "That's just because we ate all of our food".  I stupidly believed him.  I didn't find out until we got to the car how much his pack weighed.

Griz took these next two pics.

Griz just fell randomly on the middle of the trail.  I saw it happen and it was super weird.  Anyway, he was screaming out in immense pain. Turned out when he fell it tore off his scab and it started bleeding like crazy.  His good daddy took good care of him though.

For about a mile or two this was Brent's view.  Sanna enjoyed pulling Brent by a strap on his backpack.
 This little lady hiked probably a total of 8 miles in two days.  Pretty impressive.

This next picture is of me proving how strong I am.  I definitely couldn't hike 5 miles with Brent's pack... but I DID lift it up by myself and put it on my back! Brent didn't even think I could do it.  Boom baby!  I mean, I DID carry my pack and Savannah on my shoulders for almost 2 miles.