To beat the heat this summer, we spent a lot of time at the river and Rattlesnake Lake. It was the longest, hottest summer I can recall, so much so that the river and lake got incredibly low and revealed ground and stumps that I don’t think had seen the sun in many years! We had a fun time canoeing, paddle boarding, and swimming around. Each week we returned to the lake it revealed more stumps and treasures to explore!
My little monkeys! I’ve always wanted to get a shot like this of the boys (thank you Pinterest).
That’s Rattlesnake Ridge up there in the background
That’s Jonathan towing the boys back to shore.
This little guy had a close call. As I returned to shore with the paddle board, I discovered him just before I stepped into my flip flops, he was perched right in the middle of one of them. He became the boys’ pet for the afternoon.
Dry, cracked earth. I never realized that when lakes dry up, the mud left behind is so sticky that any and every bug that lands on it gets stuck. Sooooo gross!
Here are a few pics of the rest of what we were up to in July:
We took the boys and Avery’s buddy, Hayden, to see Minions at the theatre. Silas was the loudest one in the whole place. That boy is full of (loud) commentary!
There was pizza
Silas learned to ride a two-wheeler!
We went to Bellingham. Here we are at Boundary Bay Brewery
Outside Rumors Cabaret
We visited a few parks
I went out with Heather & Caroline, friends since 7th grade
Here’s Avery reading Silas one of his favorite books
Our littlest monster
The boys and their buddies washing the Jeep
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The weekend after the cousin swap, we drove over the mountains to return Nicole/retrieve Avery, and visit with the Avery’s of Pullman. We had a really fun time. We took it easy, dropped by the farmer’s market, played at the local park, and just generally enjoyed each other’s company. We got this cute pic of all the cousins together.
And here are the adults
My favorite brother and me
Does this kid love the camera or what?
Silas sitting on his Great great aunt Bernice’s old Cosco chair
It’s become a summer tradition for Avery and Nicole to swap houses for one week each summer. With only ten months between Avery and Andrew, they have a blast together. And the boys and I love having Nicole around. Here are a few pics from our visit.
We went to Bellingham one weekend. Here we are enjoying Mallard Ice Cream.
It was Pride weekend while we were there, so we stopped by the local festival. Nicole really wanted one of those rainbow tails.
Here we are blueberry picking at Bybee Farm. Nicole is a great helper!
Tossing blueberries to one another
Nicole (and I) always enjoy playing with my old dance costumes when she’s here. Kieron was up for some fun too!
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