End of Summer

We are well into October and I realized  . . .  it has been a few months since I have posted. eeek! It was one busy summer (and now fall). I promise I will share some of what has made it all so crazy busy soon. But until then I know I am well overdue to share about the end of our summer.

In August we went camping. It was not only Zach’s first time but also Kira’s.  Nap and bed time routine was a bit rough. But Zach loved spending so much time outside in the dirt, playing with sticks and climbing in and out of the tent. Kira enjoyed being outside with all of us but definitely fought the idea of sharing the campground with others.

We had a great campsite tucked away, plus it had a place we could set up my hammock. Thankfully our campground did not have a burn ban, so we were able to do hot dogs over the fire and Zach tried his first bite of S’mores (he only shared one with Mom).

On one day, we drove up a long windy and bumping forest road to an amazing view of Mt. Rainer. At the top, we hiked along an old forestry road with amazing views.

On another day we took Kira home so we could explore Mt. Rainer National Park. We drove ALL of the southern end and around several campgrounds. That day we had a picnic lunch at Paradise, the top point with a lodge, visitor’s center, and great views of Mt. Rainer. While there we went on a short hike along the meadows to a small waterfall. It was a good first camping trip since moving back to the west coast.

We spent Labor Day weekend and NaiNai and Papa’s and went to the Portland Zoo. Zach enjoyed the underwater view of the seals and sea otters and got a chance to pet rabbits, a tortoise and a few goats at the petting zoo. Later in the day we watched the Elephant show, the giraffes, and saw a few other safari animals. It was a great family outing

At the end of August, we attended the jump start for our church’s young family group. They had several inflatables up in the gym for the kids.  Zach LOVED the bounce house and slide so much he barley ate dinner and went straight back to it! He is such and active little man.

Now fall activities are in full swing. This year I am helping out as a table leader at MOPs. So, Monday nights Zach and I go to the church while Luke is attends Forestry stewardship classes. And now starting in October every other Sunday we are apart of a young family ministry small group as well. We are happy to be settling in and getting involved in our local community.

More on how our little guy is doing coming soon too!

Hope you all had a great summer and are enjoying the changing of seasons.