Day 4: We spent most of this day driving the beautiful coastline and making various stops to gawk and take pictures.
Day 5: We needed a day at the park and at the beach after our day of driving. Ethan tried hollandaise sauce for the first time and I committed to trying to make some this year!
Day 6: We spent this day doing a little more driving and then visiting my cousin, Caleb, at college. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures. Oops. We were engaged in good conversation and sight seeing at Biola. So much fun to see him there!
Thankful for the gift of vacations with this crew, even when attitudes don’t match the beautiful scenery all the time. 😉
Over our Spring Break we opted for a 5 day trip to drive the Pacific Coast Highway – starting in Santa Cruz and ending in LA. I had no idea what to expect as Mike is our trip advisor, planner, and researcher and I do very little prep for these excursions other than to pack everyone. =). Anyway, he did a wonderful job organizing another fun trip for us. We will want to do more of this drive someday – the sights were unreal!
Day One: early morning flight, a stop at Apple (where Micah lost another tooth) and Google and then a late night swim with Daddio
Day Two: we took a walk to the beach in Santa Cruz and explored that pier and saw seals before heading onward to Monterey where we played at the beach and then had the very best clam chowder ever for dinner. We also saw otters at dinner!
Day Three: Monterey Aquarium, 17 Mile Drive and Pebble Beach
I’ll do the final two days in a separate post. There are a lot of beautiful pictures of this coastline. =)
Mike and I got home late Sunday night. The following day was CC community day. As I already alluded, it was dress-up-like-your-favorite-book-character day! Ethan was Reepicheep and Micah was King Peter, both from The Chronicles of Narnia. My parents joined us for the day and, thus, my dad took all kinds of fun pictures! And we happened to be dissecting crayfish!
There was more work done on bird houses and lots of bird watching/recording. Sadly, Micah’s birdhouse broke after it snowed and he’s still not sure if he wants to make a different kind of bird house.
Mikey and I had the opportunity to go out for my birthday gift – the Josh Groban concert! It was a really good concert! The last time we saw him was when we were dating in college and we saw him perform at Red Rocks.
Meanwhile, the boys enjoyed carving pumpkins! Milestone! We’ve never done it before.
We did end up seeing them one more night after their trip to Taos (which they recommended highly, by the way), but it was brief and none of us took any pictures. We LOVED having them in town with us. They blessed us beyond words by their presence. Thanks for coming out again, Mom and Dad!
After Sequoia and Kings Canyon, we headed to Fresno as a staging time before we camped for 3 nights in Yosemite. The boys enjoyed playing Legos and going shopping for some of the last minute purchases we needed to make.
Then on Wednesday morning we headed to Yosemite. It’s absolutely breath-taking. It was much busier than Sequoia, but the crowds didn’t overwhelm us until we saw what the weekends were like, so by Saturday morning, we were ready to head out. =) The tunnel view – the first view of the valley – was stunning.
Highlights here included:
Camping and having s’mores every night,
hiking to Sentinel Dome (seriously, we highly recommend this! It’s the second highest spot in the valley and the views are spectacular and it’s not too busy),
ice cream at Glacier Point,
biking through the valley (would highly recommend this, too, but wished we had our own bikes),
various little hikes to see beautiful spots in Yosemite,
and rafting down the river (also, have some grace, this was after 3 nights of camping and no showers…. :P).
Yosemite was lovely. We will definitely return some day!!
You know this family is all about the book reading by now, right? This summer we are doing a few reading challenges. Each boy is working on reading/listening to about 30 books for their at-home challenge. For this one, they are coloring the posters I made for them. Ethan is also working through a challenge given by a local bookstore. Originally he was just going to do 5 books for that to fill out this bingo sheet, but he decided to try for every book to *hopefully* win a $50 gift card to the store. This one is causing him to read some different books than he would normally pick out. Also, both boys are doing a reading challenge put on by our library. It’s basically reading at least 8 books and doing a few activities (i.e. making a creation, playing a new game).
Side note: I also included a mini picture of my goodreads goal for the year. I had set it for 40 books (knowing that a lot would be kids novels), but I reached the goal in June. So, I’ve made my new goal 75 by the end of the year! =) This should make my parents feel really good since they have been hoping I would like to read one day… 😉
Mike and I are hoping that if we start doing lots of ridiculous dab moves, the boys will find it super weird and stop doing it. It’s not working…
We had the opportunity to meet my friend’s new baby, Zion. He’s absolutely darling and Micah LOVES to hold him. Fun side note – my parents got to meet him a good week before we did because Gina stayed in their condo in Florida during the adoption process…waiting to be allowed back in Colorado. =)
I stained my table box and I love it. Thanks again, Dad!
Ethan got his staples removed on Sunday. He was nervous, but it didn’t end up hurting too badly!
And Micah circled all of our ages…and that’s whenI realized Mike is turning 35 this year!!
Last, but not least, we have baby bunnies running around the neighborhood and I want one for my pet. One got a little confused when we were outside watching it and it actually ran across my foot. I restrained myself from grabbing it and taking it inside with us.
We had a very exciting visitor to our backyard. Ethan actually captured the best picture of it, but I haven’t snagged it off of his camera, yet. This big guy hung out in our yard for a good 5 minutes, scrounging around for worms! He also visited our neighbors’ backyard, which is when the boys were allowed outside for pictures. A couple of days later, we saw a duck in the yard. Fun!
Micah sang in front of our CBS class with his class. It was pretty darling. I only made one short video of it, but I’d be happy to share it with you if you’d like to see him singing, “I Wanna Walk, Walk like Jesus”. His buddy (and my friend’s kid) is on the far right and Micah is on the far left.
Here are some shots from homeschooling:
Most days we drink tea and read a book out loud. This last picture was taken during one of our little meetings to decide what book to read next. I’ve gotta say, though, “The Wind in the Willows” has been a hard one for us to get into…I’m hoping the coloring books I got last week will help. =/
Mike was also out of town for work in the middle of the month, so I made sure to take walks at the park each day. The boys just played in the trees or around the middle of the park while I walked around. It was lovely. And Mikey sent flowers to let me know he was thinking of me – and they have lasted over a week!!
Lastly, a quick video of Ethan playing some piano:
As promised, here are some pictures from our field trip to the Butterfly Pavilion. We stopped in there before heading to the fair trade conference to see Jen and J. Both boys held Rosie, the tarantula. Micah had done so once before, but this was Ethan’s first time. We learned a new fact – no one has ever died because of a tarantula, but there have been 3 known deaths from hamsters. =D
Micah took most of the pictures (or requested them) this day. He likes to find beautiful things to capture which makes me smile.
Micah had a beautiful butterfly land on his head! So fun!
And, lastly, we’re pointing to the fair trade conference from where we were at the Butterfly Pavilion: