Grandpa and Memaw visit – Day 1, Camping!

Y’all! I am hashtag too stressed to be blessed! 😜 But seriously…we have been blessed with so many fun adventures here in the PNW and we were recently given the pleasure of hosting my father-in-law (better know as FIL) and his sweet wife! They are so cool, y’all. They flew to Denver from Atlanta, rented an RV and drove cross-country to explore what this great nation has to offer. 🚐 Dope, right?? Get it Grandpa & Memaw!! They were here the whole Labor Day weekend where we hit the ground runnin’ with a weekend packed full of outings. Then, just a few days later I said good-bye to my two handsomes and flew (way) north, but more on that LATER! Side note: I’m currently writing this post in the plane from unmentioned location, jammin’ to my music, and feeling all kinds of accomplished. *pats self on back* 🤓✈️

On day 1 of Grandpa and Memaw adventures we drove down closer to Oregon and met them at one of our most coveted spots here in WA. You may remember our visit to Lower Lewis Falls here, and although this visit met us with rain, that didn’t stop us from ‘soaking’ it all in and camping out. *pun intended*

With B and pups in tow, we arrived to the camp site, got settled in…then headed out to the Ape Caves! I’d always wanted to check them out on our previous visits to Lewis but never had the time to fully commit to the detour. But luckily I can be persuasive (or annoying, dealers choice) and had an eager crowd to try something new so off we went with headlamps securely fastened.

After a quick self-tour we headed back to camp for dinner, campfires, and dranks begging to be consumed. ⛺️🔥 Oh, and did I mention I’ve probably camped twice in my life about a gazillion years ago so I was all in! We brought Bs pack-n-play which obviously would only fit in the RV where Grampa and Memaw were sleeping. 😏 Meanwhile, Geoff and I were in full camping mode sleeping in a tent by the bonfire. Which speaking of, I basically became the bonfire whisperer. Don’t take my word for it…the proof is in the puddin’, know what I mean? *coughs*

Here comes the puddin’ ….

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Overall, it was SUCH a fun little PNW adventure with family. The weather wasn’t great, but we made do! It was exhausting at times to relax and parent a crazy toddler in the woods, but we made memories! The night was so freezing sleeping in the tent I basically slept at Camp 1 of the Himalayas, but survived and will bring different sleeping options! 😁 #layers but seriously, it was so fun, we’d do it again…with just some slight alterations! Now, on to day ✌🏼️

Seattle site-seeing post coming soon!

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As always…Thanks for reading, y’all! ❤️

Lemons to Love,

Lindsay

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Blueberries at Spooners

Summertime at Spooner’s!  Here is your current installment of “soaking in the summer sun” – brought to you by “This is our last summer here so I will squeeze every single outing I can into every free morning we have!” LLC. One thing’s for sure, this place has tons of different outdoors stuff to do! There’s a local fruit farm here called Spooner’s where they let you pick strawberries earlier in the summer and blueberries in the later months of summer. They also sell some delicious raspberries and marionberries, which apparently are not the same as blackberries but equally juicy.
Remember when I said I was usually able to round up a girlfriend to part take in the play date ju dour?? Well, with little persuasion needed, she met me again with her adorable brood of boys — y’all get a little taste of that scrumptious baby below! I’ll just smooch him for you… 💋💋
I was’t sure if B would be into the whole idea of carrying a bucket around and picking blueberries, but to my surprise he loved it…a lot. So much so that he may or may not have skipped the bucket portion of picking and put the berries straight in his mouth! Haha! I just chalked it up to quality control for the berries that we’d actually end up taking home. 😉👌🏼

 

 

 

^^^ I mean, y’all…get a load of that sweetness!!

 

 

^^^ Quality control check #1😋

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^^^ Quality control check #37…

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” – Dr. Seuss ❤️

Lemons to Love,

Low tide at Tolmie

Summer is finally here and it feels to already be slipping through my fingers! I’m trying to find all the summer outings that exceed a toddler’s level of activity while still maintaining my own level of activity. 😉 Ya feel me… Thankfully I can usually convince a girl friend to come along and *poof* we have a play date du jour! This little friend of ours, Cooper, you may remember his cuteness from our visit to the pumpkin patch last year?? These two blondies are a hoot together!! Cooper is a little over a year older than Brooks and their age difference shows (i.e. level of understanding, following directions, and ‘sharing’). He is very good at ‘being the boss’ and laying down some ground rules for the day, while Brooks is very good at challenging ‘said’ rules and seeing how far he can push Coop into annoyance. It’s quite entertaining, well, for me at least. 🙊
It was a fun day for the boys to explore low tide, but mainly for the moms to catch up life and non-toddler conversations!! #adulttalk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^^^Let me set the scene: Coop: Brooks! Don’t throw mud on me please!”
Brooks: throws mud anyway and enjoys the reaction.😣
Side note: don’t judge, I am parenting y’all…just from a comical distance 😜

 

^^^Look at this lil dream boat!😍

 

These two are so fun together the older they get. These moments and friendships will definitely be what I’ll miss most! ❤️ *holds back all the feels*

Thanks for reading, y’all! Stay tuned for more summer fun on LtL!

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Mt. Rainier, Sunrise Point

Last weekend we crossed off another hike on our PNW wonderland tour and the wait for nice weather was definitely worth it! These views, y’all, I could’ve sat there for days staring off into the horizon never boring from what the skies had to offer. It was beautiful blue skies with sweeping panoramic perspective of perfection (my mom should be proud of that alliteration right there). Sunrise Point is actually the eastern side of Mt. Rainier, the other side from what we’re used to seeing here and hereIt’s the highest point that can be reached by car and reaches a *comfortable elevation of 6,400 feet (text from National Park Service website).
*Edit: hiking at a higher elevation always humbles any physical endurance I think I’ve accomplished during my weekly exercise routine…really brings my heart rate and heavy breathing RIGHT on up to the equivalence of a 3rd trimester taking the stairs type of scene.

Anyway, not a pretty picture. 😜 However, I’ll tell you what is …please scroll further to find out.

^^^This little guy may be nearing his end in family hikes. 😧 He’s usually a great car companion, but this particular trip he screamed for basically the last 1.5 hours of the trip. Then once we got to the mountain and he was freed from the torture device (known to us as a car seat), and he was like oh HECK NO, you want to strap me into another contraption?! *sigh* We tried to give him breaks, but even those weren’t very ‘freeing’, ya know, hence the massive drop offs that gave me anxiety to even think about.  Thankfully this hike was on the shorter side so we called it quits and let him roam near the designated picnic area. *massages temples for relaxation*
^^^Anyone else singing “The hilllllssss are aliveeeee…” *followed by a few twirls*

^^^Picnicking with a toddler means they eat wherever the heck they want to. Shoot, I honestly don’t even care if he actually eats, as long as he’s happy!! He can eat in the car on the way home! Can I get an AMEN?! 🙌🏼#rollwithit

^^^This kid, obsessed with dirt, rocks, trucks, and more trucks. I secretly love it when he’s covered in filth after playing — makes me feel like I’m doing something right as a mom. 😅

^^^This is Mt. Adams, it’s about 50 miles south of Mt. Rainier. It sort of looks like Mt. Rainier’s little sibling, doesn’t it? Hey little buddy! 🙋🏼

And that’s our hike to Sunrise Point!! It’s so pretty, y’all! A definite recommendation for anyone looking for a gorgeous hike (check), with views (check) and differing levels of hikes and distances (check check).
Only a few more weeks of summer left…and many more miles to map out!
Don’t forget to check out my video montage below! 📽▶️
Thanks for reading!
Lemons to Love,

Mount St. Helens

In case you haven’t heard it before, weekend adventures here in the PNW are my infinite staycations of escape with timeless memories I get to make with my family. This week in the PNW wonderland tour, we headed southeast to the general direction of Mount St. Helens with no real planned destination. Our day started off cloudy *enter shock here* as we landed our first stop at the Mount St. Helens Visitor Center at Silver Lake. I’d seen some gorgeous panoramic views of the mountain from other Instagram users I follow from this location so I was eager to get my photographic geek on.🤓📸 Sadly, the mountain was not in view so we grabbed a park map and headed further east to the Johnston Ridge Observatory. It was only about a 45+ minute drive along some state road, but with beautiful views of the once bare valley and other little pull-offs and viewpoints along the way.

The views at the top were so pretty…it took us, like, 15 minutes just to get out of the parking lot! It was so peaceful and picturesque I didn’t want to leave! I mean, even just the wild flowers in bloom during summer were enough to fill my creative cup. But, alas, we did just drive 1.5 hours to see even more from ol’ Helen.
There was a small fee for adults, but because we are military we get free entry to all National Parks…it’s a park perk if you will. 😉 The gift shop/observatory was really nice inside with interactive maps and diagrams throughout. They even have a movie theater where they play a short film on the history of Mt St Helens and the astonishing resilience of nature after she erupted in 1980. *This just in: according to Wiki the Mt St Helens’ eruption was the most deadly and economically destructive volcanic eruption in US history.* Who knew you’d be hit with historical facts on LtL?? For those of you that know me, you can close your mouth now…😧

Ok, that’s enough education for the day…now, please scroll through and enjoy some pics!

 

 

 

 

^^^ I spy with my little eye…👀

 

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^^^ There she is, playing peekaboo

 

 

 

 

 

 

^^^ Caption this: I’m the king of the worldddd!

 

 

 

^^^ There were (squirrel-sized) chipmunks running all around, so to keep B entertained a bit longer we told him to call for them along the trail. This is him calling “Helloooo, Chipmunkss!” More accurately heard as “hewooo ????”

This is the ledge outside the observatory with indescribable panoramic views of Mt St Helens, trails, mountain ranges, and rivers…all of this greenery sprung from hundreds of square miles of thick ash. The fortitude of nature after seemingly zero chance of life is giving me all kinds of symbolism over here, y’all…

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrews 11:3

I hope y’all enjoyed our day trip to Mt. St. Helens! Geoff and I both agreed another trip is in order before we leave when she is out and about, shining bright for her viewers to admire.

Happy weekend all!❤️

Lemons to Love,

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Titlow Park

In my last post I shared with y’all a few different stops along the PNW wonderland tour during the 4th of July weekend! Today’s post is from our outing to Titlow Park up in the North Tacoma area. This is one of my favorite splash parks in the South Sound area! Y’all may remember it from this post when I met a girlfriend and her two littles up there for the day. We didn’t play in the splash park during this trip, but instead we explored the shore lines of the beach — AKA Rock Mecca for Brooks. We took a lunch picnic and made our voyage out to the beach. I’d never really explored much past the dock, so it came as a welcomed surprise that the beach actually extended pretty far with a better view of the Narrows Bridge.

It turned out to be a beautiful day of just lazy play, low tide creatures, and sunny sky views.☀️

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^ ^ ^ Turns out, moving a rock with your head is harder than it looks!😜

 

^ ^ ^ My loves…❤️

 

 

 

^ ^ ^ Here comes the train!🚂

^ ^ ^ This kid lives for trains, trucks…& rocks.

 

 

I hope y’all are enjoying your summer as much as we are!

Until next time…

And as always, thanks for reading!

Lemons to Love,

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Sol Duc Falls

Summertime is HERE and it feels to be slippin’ by…the 4th of July has already come and gone and I’ve got PFD (Post Fourth Depression). I’ve decided to self-medicate with blog posts of our weekend and planning more hikes during our last summer in the PNW.😄 **Please consult with your doctor before self-medicating for PFD, there are more patriotic holidays just around the corner**

This year for the 4th we went on a few different excursions, one being quite a jaunt up into the Olympic Peninsula (*cough* turns out a 3.5 hrs drive each way is, in fact, my limit on traveling for a hike). It’s so hard to say no though because there are so.many.trails up in the Olympic Peninsula!  We could probably plan a different trail for every weekend through the summer and still not hike half of what’s to offer. We’re trying to hit 100 miles of hiking before winter rears it’s ugly face, but with the weather being so BLEH lately it’s hard to get out there and get’er done with a toddler in tote.

So with our long, holiday weekend we drove out to the Sol Duc River trail in the Olympic National Forest. It’s a bit of a tourist spot due to the natural hot springs right at the start of the trail, but most visitors were more interested in the springs which left the trail quiet and underpopulated…just how we like it.😊 It was a 6.0 mile round trip hike with mild elevation and beautiful views throughout the forest. I would definitely do this trail again but leave earlier in the day to allow for more time near the water.

 

 

 

 

^ ^ ^ Poor quality pic from my phone, but only one I got of us as a fam from the day…plus, look at that little nugget cheesin’ in the back!😁

 

^ ^ ^ B is always reminding us how important it is to stay hydrated!😉

 

Hope you enjoyed our PNW hiking adventures for the 4th! We’ve got plenty more on the list to cross off before summer ends, so stay tuned!☀️

Don’t forget to check out our video montage below!!

Lemons to Love,

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Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend has changed for me over the years. When I was younger I looked forward to going to the lake with my family; making memories, eating, swimming, and seeing fireworks displayed across the lake’s reflection. I knew what it meant, what it symbolized…but to be honest, I can’t remember actually taking a pause from my day to pray for those the holiday truly embodies.

This year for Memorial Day weekend we headed west to the coast. I loved the time we had together and the memories we’ll keep. I don’t think B’s ever been to a (real) sandy beach like this yet (which makes the Florida girl in me oh.so.sad!). And…y’all, I can’t even remember if/when the last time I flew a kite was?? That is one thing I cherish about having a tiny human…the ability to tap into my inner little girl and relive carefree days like these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even with Geoff dedicating his purpose these last few years to a greater cause, I still feel like I could never show enough gratitude for those who have sacrificed their all, leaving family members to pick up their broken hearts and carry on.

Today’s post is dedicated to those who have done both; the courageous who’ve sacrificed it all, and their families who personify a deep level of strength – mending their broken hearts and find the joy in the memories of their loved one. Thank you one million times over for setting an example of courage and valor.

Lemons to Love,

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Victoria, BC

We did it. We took our very first family-of-three vacation! It was a sweet, fun, romantic getaway…set for three. We sorta planned it on a whim one day over the phone while G was deployed — I did some research, booked our hotel, and had the weekend on a *soft* plan of exploring and perusing.  It was G’s birthday while he was gone, poor guy has been home once (maybe?) for his bday since he’s been in, so I wanted to make this trip as special as I could with a few surprises here and there. After a few tips from some girlfriends who’ve been to Victoria, I had our weekend set and ready to set sail (ferry boat pun!)

I loved it there! It was like something out of a movie set. The streets were so clean and lawns well manicured, the people were so nice and helpful. But before I oversell Victoria, let me back it up to our ride out there. We departed from the Port Angeles ferry that takes you directly to Victoria. It was a short (and I use that term loosely with a non-napping toddler on our hands) hour and a half ride to Vancouver Island. If I had it to do all over again would I? Yes! Toddlers are just gonna toddler, ferry boat or not mmkay?!

But look at this lil’ guy…toddlering moments and all, he just makes life so.much.more.fun!

^^^ Accurate depiction of Geoff’s stress level at one point on the ferry ride ;D

All said and done, this little guy did so awesome for being off schedule pretty much the whole weekend and going with the flow of the trip. I mean, one little flash of those chiclets and blue eyes, and Geoff we are back on vacation vibes. 🙂

I had a bottle of Prosecco and charcuterie plate delivered to our room once we arrived. I really wanted Geoff to know how much we missed him while he was gone and start the weekend off with some hashtag champs. #natch

^^^Please take note of this amazing make-shift divider we concocted in our hotel room! We had two sound machines going and dimmed lighting. It worked out great because we were still able to enjoy the actual room and bathroom, opposed to being held hostage and whispering in a corner somewhere!  (Not my idea of a vacation, amiright??)

Our first night there we wanted to do something easy and still make it feel like we went somewhere for a ‘date nightish’ dinner (that’s a saying, right??) So we popped down to the hotel’s Veneto Tapas Lounge located on their first floor, and it.was.YUM! Apparently it’s a popular little spot with the locals, and I could see why! It had the perfect lounge/date night vibes with soft lighting and modern decor. There was an actual age limit for the restaurant side because of the bar, so we sat in the adjoined Cafe Veneto, where they serve the same menu. We ordered their crispy maple soy pork belly sliders made with buttermilk fried chicken and drizzled with sriracha mayo (yas), the braised beef short rib sliders, and the crispy pork belly and pan-seared chili-basil scallops (yas, yassss!) The pork belly sliders were so good we ordered another plate to take to our room. Hashtag vacayyy, y’all!

^^^ Haha! I love B’s face in this! He’s all “which one of dem dranks for me?!”

Saturday we made reservations with a tour bus company to take us out to the Butterfly Gardens and Butchart. Now, y’all know I’ve seen some amazing flower fields in my days here in the PNW, and I’ve always loved the Atlanta Botanical Gardens…but Butchart just takes gardening to a whole new level. It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen! Even Geoff liked it. 🙂

^^^ Getting’ our tourist on!

^^^ The Sunken Garden…

^^^ The cherry blossoms were in bloom and so so pretty! When the wind would blow, little blossoms would fall from the tree and float around you like something straight from a movie scene. It was magical.

^^^ This is the mansion that the couple lived in while they built these gardens. It all started in 1904 from a quarry that Mrs. Butchart reconstructed in the Sunken garden. Over time she transformed special sections of the property into a Japanese garden, Rose garden, and Italian garden. To this day, the grounds still remain in the Butchart family — now that’s tradition.

After touring the gardens, we headed back on our tour bus to downtown Victoria. There was so much to see there, but with only the afternoon left we decided to walk up a few blocks to their public park at Beacon Hill. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, y’all…even the public park was unbelievably beautiful! and clean! so clean and well maintained. There was a petting zoo, rows of flowers, and trails, splash parks and ponds, playgrounds and waterfront views.

^^^ Bless his lil heart — these were the only type of naps he got…and I’ll take it!

^^^ This is the main port, and heart of downtown Victoria. There were street performers, water taxis and delicious seafood vibes running all through the harbor.

^^^ Dinner, night two. We walked through Chinatown and stopped in this restaurant the server from our dinner, night one, suggested. It was like Thai street food (or what I would imagine it to be like!) I had the chicken Pad Thai and G had the chicken curry rice…mine was better. 😉

^^^ Our last day and walk back to the ferry.  This is their Parliament building and the dreary weather and distant photo really doesn’t do it enough justice. It was…you guessed it…so pretty!

^^^ Look at me, look at me…I’m da Captain now.

^^^ I never tire of these faces in my life. Sappy moment in 3, 2, 1… I’m so grateful for their abounding love and spirit.

Another great trip with the fam down in the books! We have a few more fun things in store this summer that I can’t wait to share!

Have a great week, y’all…and thanks for reading!

Lemons to Love,

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to y’all! I just wanted to write a quick post and share my love and appreciation to the women in my life who I look up to, strive to be better because of, and model after to be a better mom, one of them in particular being my mom.  You’ve shown me strength and faith, you’ve taught me forgiveness and love, but mostly you’ve given me you for the last 33 years, and for that I thank you. I hope to show you how much I appreciate and love you through my own children. When you see me with my family my hope is that you see these pieces of you…sprinkled with bits of me. 😉

I wrote this poem 5 years ago for my mom and sisters and wanted to share it here today, with all of you — Happy Mother’s Day. All my love…

Mothers

God gave us Mothers, it’s easy to see why
From the very beginning, from the very first cry
You held us, comforted us, and sang away our fears
You played, you laughed, and even taught us cheers!
God gave ys Mothers, it’s easy to see why
You give courage, strength, the motivation to soar high
Your love is like no other, a heaven-sent gift it’s true
One day, dear mother, I hope to be a mother like you

-Lindsay                                          4/24/2011

Lemons to Love,

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Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2: 11-12

This weekend I went to a baptism for a friend of mine out here in the PNW. The day was really special to me — to celebrate the sweet spiritual life of one precious baby and to share that time with a special friend of mine and her sweet family — they were all sentimental moments that reminded me of the day Brooks was baptized at my home church and celebrating the start to his walk with Christ…not to mention my responsibility to raise him to know Him. In the Priest’s sermon he compared baptism to a 10 million dollar bill; not very useful for a trip to Starbucks or treating a group of friends to dinner — but break that bill into smaller ones, and you’ve got yourself a lot of gifts to share with the world! Just like being baptized. What good is it if we do nothing with it? Being baptized is something to share daily with those around us — with acts of kindness and gifts of our love, through Christ. I just loved that analogy.

Now, what does all of this have to do with my tulip festival outing? Here’s my church-to-tulip fields segue 🙂 …the symbolism behind the spring blooms. There is a lot of hard work, preparation, and patience that go into the ‘final product’ of a tulip field. But with those commitments comes a promise of the fruits of our labor. The newness God promises after a baptism and the fresh beginning He offers when we ask for forgiveness — these are what I live for…what get me through those dreary seasons where the bloom seems so far our of site. These tulip fields out here are too beautiful for words or even the attempt of a snapshot in a photo, but they remind me that “the rain is over, and the flowers appear on the earth.”

Take all of that as you will…. 🙂

So back to our trip to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival! I just had a spontaneous moment one morning when I woke up and thought ‘why not?’ Remember when I went up to the Skagit Valley tulips with friends a few year back? Well, now that we live a little further south I wanted to check out the tulips I’d seen amazing pictures of down in Oregon. I honestly was just expecting the fields of colorful tulips, but when we pulled up there was so much more! I love it when a little trip turns into so much more than you expected. I had such a genuinely fun, sweet time with B going through the rows of tulips. They even had a kid area with bungee/harness jumping, pony rides, slides, food, and more! The festival goes until May 1st, so any WA friends y’all should definitely make the trip down. (It’s way better than Skagit in my opinion).

I think this is a pretty photo heavy post, y’all…so, #sorrynotsorry! 🙂 There was just so much to see, do, and capture.
Quick side note: These pics are not super imposed or saturated in color….the colors are actually that gorgeous and vivid! …and B is actually that delicious. 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^^^ He had SO much fun running through the tulip rows. There are signs everywhere that strongly suggest state admirers not to pick the flowers. I deterred him at first, but there may have been a tulip or two plucked by tiny hands (shh, don’t judge).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

^^^ That’s a good day of play right there 🙂

 

^^^ This was a BUMPY tractor ride through the tulip fields they had for the kids. B was a little unsure at first but was laughing and loving it after the first few bumps. 🙂

^^^ To say that he loved the pony ride would be a major understatement!! He kept cracking up and saying ‘moo’ — I love this kid!

 

 

 

^^^ Such a ham!

^^^ Ma! Let go! I gotta ride!

 

 

 

Disheveled hair, exhausted and so so happy. I’ve LOVED this time I’ve gotten with just B and me while Geoff has been gone. There have been so many sweet moments that really fill my heart…and totally make up for the mommy failure moments, temporary single mom life, and screaming toddler tantrums. He’s like my little tiny human BFF — I love his spirit and carefree disposition on life.

Geoff gets home in less than a week! Can’t wait for family adventures to begin! We’re hittin’ the ground running with a special weekend trip away the first weekend he’s back! ….you know they’ll be a post on it. 😉 Aside from going home, we’ve never had a family over night trip since we’ve lived here. I think it’s about time we make that happen.

Have a great week!

Thanks for reading…

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Northwest Trek Wildlife

I was able to check off another box on my PNW bucket list recently! B and I met up with some good friends to enjoy the day exploring and learning at the Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. Northwest Trek is an outdoor wildlife conservation that allows animals to remain in their natural habitat. They have beautiful trails and exhibits of the different wildlife they house, along with a 50 minute tram ride through the park where you can see furry four-legged friends like elk, moose, bison, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats! We even saw a pretty large (and in charge) beaver right before he dove back into hiding…off to build a dam, I suppose. 😉

I was a little weary on making the trip because I’ve heard mixed reviews on never seeing an actual animal during the wildlife tour. But I guess the weather was right and the creatures were feelin’ social because we saw every single animal they have to offer! They even have a pretty big kid’s park they just opened the weekend we went. It was lots of fun for B to run around on, but once the bigger kids started arriving it was clear the Spring Breakers were taking over. 🙂 Granted, 18 months may be a little young for that grand size of the park, highlight’s always 20/20, right? Regardless, we got there early and really enjoyed our time playing in the beautiful weather with friends!

*Random proud parent moment: B fell and got his first concrete scraped raspberry — he’s officially a toddler on the loose! and side note: he handled it better than me. B:2, Mama: 0

^^^ I call this the lady killer. This glaring model pose just absolutely kills me…and he doesn’t even know it. Well, mostly. 😉

^^^ Slightly unsure, but still tried!

^^^ B was pretty unsure what to do with this contraption. I, of course, attempted to show him by offering him a tandem jumping session….he wasn’t into it.

^^^ Cutie-patootie Molly hittin’ me up with some classic poses…she was sweet enough to oblige my request. 🙂

^^^ And Kieran killing’ the game! You can tell they’ve been well-schooled in mommy-photography 101.

^^^ Calling the wolf to come closer 🙂

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Just a little glimpse of springtime heaven. I love the drive out there and back…it’s so full of open fields and groomed country side farms. The rolling hills with these pops of yellow flowers were so pretty on the bright, sunny day…I just had to stop and snap a pic to savor.

I joked with my mom earlier when the idea of us coming home before Christmas came up. I replied “I toughed it out for six long months of winter here just so I could get to my very favorite time of the year out here! If you wanna see us, com’on back! We have plenty on the spring/summer agenda.” 😉

Speaking of agenda…I have the longest.list.ever that I started last summer when I officially caught ‘the bug’. I’m hoping we can get to most of it and go somewhere new to explore with each outing! If that’s the case consider this your official warning: overgramming has a high probability rate.

Thanks for reading!

Lemons to Love,

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