Nixon's Arrival

After a long wait, our new little friend, Nixon, decided to make his debut on July 8th.  Olli had no idea her whole world was about to be turned upside down.  I'm happy to report she is still a sweet girl and Nixon is still alive.  Who could ask for more, right?

Welcome, baby Nixon!  We love you already.

"Hey Karen, why are they putting this thing in my face?" 

"Okay, okay, I'll admit he is pretty cute.  We can keep him."

I'm pretty sure it isn't normal to look as good as Robin did hours after having a baby.  She's weird.

Today my heart is overflowing...

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Sol Duc Falls and Hurricane Ridge

The day after the 4th of July we decided to take a trip into the Olympic National Park to see the Sol Duc Falls and Hurricane Ridge.  I love road trips with my little family.  Adam is getting to the age where he just loves having a captive audience and just talks and talks and talks.  We left early in the morning to get to the falls in time to do the mile long hike and get back for lunch and let Adam nap in the car on the way to the next stop at Hurricane Ridge.  It worked like a charm!

You have to drive right along Lake Crescent to get to the falls.  I LOVE this drive.  It is especially amazing in the morning when the sun is coming up over the mountains.

He takes his airplane everywhere with him.

Adam kept some Goldfish in his pockets for the hike.  Smart kid.

Adam is constantly whipping David's head around to steer him when he is on his shoulders.  I love the look on his face.  Classic.

Adam has been picking flowers lately and bringing them to me.  "Mommy for you."  My heart melts.

Getting ready for nap.

I was so upset when I got home and saw all the spots on my pictures from Hurricane Ridge.  The sensor was pretty dirty...and I was so upset that we drove to Seattle the next day just to get it cleaned.  Ugh.

The Olympics.  Mount Olympus is the peak furtherst back and partly in the clouds.  You really feel like you are on top of the world at Hurricane Ridge.  It is incredibly beautiful.  I wish I could capture the beauty, but I can' come visit.  Simple solution, right?

Yes.  Snow.  There was snow on July 5th.  Adam loved it.

4th of July

It is the beginning of September, so it is only logical I post about the 4th of July, right?  We spent the morning at a great activity the Ward had planned that including a flag raising, patriotic talks, children singing and a bike parade.  Perfection.

I am pretty sure this was Adam getting a talkin' to because he kept trying to ride all the bikes during the program.  He looks sad.

These two are going to be trouble when they get older.  "Hey man, check her out!"

I love capturing moments like this of these two human beings.  They are my favorite.

After naps we went to the Brandt's for a traditional 4th of July BBQ.


Corn hole.

Check out his "throw-in" skills.  Soccer.


Four extremely handsome fellows.

Fire and s'mores.

I love this picture of Collin.  Trying to be like Daddy...but his stance and the Spiderman pajamas crack me up.  It was a great day all around.  We feel incredibly lucky to have such wonderful friends.