Saturday Adventures

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Grandma, Mommy, and I went to Meeker Days in Puyallup this morning. (Ezra Meeker was Puyallup’s founder and first mayor.)

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I got to wear Grandma’s glasses. I loved them!

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We started out by enjoying some local talent.

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We also HAD to try a yummy Puyallup fair scone! So delicious!

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Grandma bought me some cool, pink sunglasses!

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Then I got my first balloon. Right after Grandma tied it on to my wrist, I took it off and let it go. Mommy caught it just in time!

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Once Grandma tied my balloon to the stroller, I could enjoy it without fear of losing it.

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After we finished at Meeker Days, we went to see Grandpa and Daddy who were participating in Ham Radio Field Day.

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They had quite the cool setup outside of Bates Technical College (which is where Grandpa teaches).

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I joined in on the fun for a bit.

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Hello? Hello? Anyone out there?

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Future ham radio girl? If Daddy has anything to do with it, then yes!

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I had such a fun day! We love being over on the west side of the state with Grandma and Grandpa!

Happy Father’s Day!

I have one of the best dads in the whole wide world, so Mommy and I spoiled him today!

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Daddy got to start his morning with a book and coffee. He loved it!

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While he relaxed, Mommy slaved away in the kitchen on his top-secret Father’s Day dessert.

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Once I woke up, we had breakfast. Nothing says, “We love you so much, Daddy!” like melted doughnuts and burned bacon. We had some slight mishaps, but Daddy still appreciated it.

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Next it was time for presents. Mommy gave Daddy a card about which he was very excited!

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She also got him some good books. Looks like I have some fun dates with Daddy in my future!

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Then Daddy opened my present. Even though I screamed and screamed during the making of this gift, deep down I was very excited to give it to Daddy.

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Daddy does a great job of holding my hand!

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When Mommy blow dries her hair every morning, I ask her very nicely to blow dry my hair as well. This is the face I make when it’s happening.

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Mommy and Daddy asked for a nice picture before church. It had already been a long morning. This is all I had left to give.

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After we got home from church, Mommy started preparing baby back ribs for dinner – an EXTRA special treat for Daddy. Step #1 was to simmer the ribs for an hour.

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Step #2 was to bake them in the oven for three hours.

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During the afternoon, Daddy wanted to weed. Go for it, Daddy!

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Then I woke up from my nap and was ready to get outside and enjoy the beautiful 80-degree weather!

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Daddy and I had a lot of fun playing in the sprinkler.

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I really started having fun when Daddy began splashing me.

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I’m also getting REALLY good at climbing up our play structure.

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Made it to the top!

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The final step of the ribs was to grill them for just about 20 minutes or so to add a little crispiness. (Daddy also grilled some asparagus for the dinner tonight and chicken for lunches later in the week.)

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The grill master!

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After smelling these bad boys all day, they were finally finished! We had such a yummy dinner!

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After dinner was over, Mommy brought out the Father’s Day Fruit Pizza. Oh. My. Goodness. This was amazing! Mommy and Daddy even had seconds. Yum, yum, yum!

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After dinner, we still had some time before I needed to go to bed, so we went outside to help Daddy wash the cars.

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Okay, okay, I know I’m supposed to be helping, but I’m just so tired.

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We celebrated Daddy so much today that I couldn’t move a muscle. I was wiped!

I love you very much, Daddy, and I hope you had a special day. I know that I sure had fun!

P.S. I have many other special men in my life (i.e. Grandpa Jim and Grandpa Roland), so I hope you had a great Father’s Day as well!

Joseph’s First Birthday Party

Joseph turned one-year-old a couple of days ago, so we went to celebrate with him today! He lives in Uniontown, so he is very close to us!

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His theme was “camping.” His mommy did such a great job with it!

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We had lots of time to hang out and play with toys!

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They also had a lot of fun games set up around the yard.

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I was constantly on the move for this party. I didn’t want to waste any time!

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The birthday boy spent some time with his good friend, Diane.

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He also loved swinging in the swing!

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After some playing, it was time for yummy food!

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The wooden silverware even had cute little camping phrases stamped on them.

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I also got a sneak peek at Joseph’s cake. It looked yummy!

We had to leave early to go to a friend’s house for dinner, so we didn’t get to stay for everything. Later in the evening they were going to eat cake, open presents, and roast s’mores. What a fun birthday party! I hope you felt very special, Joseph!

A Trip to Seattle!

Mommy and I took a couple of days this week to go visit Mommy’s friend, Courtney, and Courtney’s boyfriend, Matt, in Seattle. We had so much fun!

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It took us about six hours to get there. As soon as we arrived, we went to the park to get all of my energy out!

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I loved this slide!

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Peekaboo!

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I see you!

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The next morning, we started the day by going for a walk around Green Lake.

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It was beautiful!

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After a quick nap, we headed to the Woodland Park Zoo. We ended up arriving right around feeding time, which was perfect. We had some amazing luck with animal sightings!!

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They look so cuddly. I didn’t understand why Mommy wouldn’t let me pet them.

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I wasn’t exactly thrilled about sitting on the lion’s head.

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Mommy let me visit with him on my own. I was brave initially, but about two seconds after I touched one of his teeth, I turned around and ran the other direction. I’ll work up to this for next time.

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Here is one of the two sloth bear cubs. We had such a great view of them. We even got to watch them jump on their mom’s back and ride around.

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Here was my lion friend. At home, I have learned to start growling like a lion. I wouldn’t do it in front of him, but as soon as I got to the monkeys, I let out a loud roar. A little delayed, but it sure entertained the crowd.

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Right after this picture was taken, this orangutan put his face right up to mine and tapped right where my finger was touching the glass. He stayed that way for about a minute. Mommy thought it was so much fun, but that was WAY too much for me to handle. There’s another thing I’ll work on for next time.

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See that brown bear in the distance? You know, the really large, furry, smelly animal? As soon as I saw him, I said, “Da da.”

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Yep! Looks exactly like my daddy.

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Our last stop at the zoo was the penguin habitat.

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I loved being able to see them swimming around and jumping in the water.

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After the zoo, we went home to bed, and then had to leave the next morning. It was a short, but fun trip! I sure wish that Courtney and Matt lived closer. They are pretty neat!

Hiking Kamiak Butte

After church and my nap today, we went to Kamiak Butte. I’ve never been before so I was pretty excited!

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Here are Daddy and I hiking up the trail.

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I loved this hiking backpack!

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Here we are at the top of the butte. Such pretty views!

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I got to do some exploring while we were up there.

**Notice that I have no pants on…I decided it would be fun to poop everywhere on the way to Kamiak Butte. I’ve done a good job of tricking my Mommy into thinking that I’m past this stage of life. Ha, ha! Nope!**

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I found a very large stick. It was a little harder to carry around than the ones I find when we go on walks around the house.

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Right after this picture, we had a snack.

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Then it was time for more exploring.

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A good hiker always stays hydrated!

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I got just a little dirty.

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I love hiking! We’ll have to do this more often!

Home Group Olympics

Mommy and Daddy thought it would be fun to have the first ever Home Group Olympics in Colton, Washington. So, their church Home Group challenged two other Home Groups to some fun games.

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Here I am just chillin’ in my chair while we wait for everyone to arrive.

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Daddy hands out batons to the teams…a twirly flower for “The Spinners,” a fly swatter for “The Swatters,” and a bug catcher for “The Entomologists.”

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Daddy and I hang out in the shade while the teams sign their members up for the events. They didn’t know what the events involved before they signed up. They were signing up for mysterious events like, “The Iron Stomach,” “Lady Gaga,” “Fancy Footwork,” “Feeling Deflated?” and many more!

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And of course we can’t have Home Group Olympics without opening ceremonies. We had a parade down the middle of the street while the Olympic theme music blared from the car.

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Once we arrived at the park, Daddy explained the events for which everyone had signed up.

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While he did that, I helped to put out the equipment.

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There were seventeen events! It was a relay, where as soon as one person was done with their event, they ran the baton back to their team, and the next person went. Mommy tried to capture all of the events, but things got a little crazy. It started out with stomping on balloons tied to each other’s ankles.

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There was a grapevine around the tree.

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Next you had to cover a team member’s face in shaving cream and try to get five cheetos to stick by throwing them from a distance.

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There were puzzles to put together without first seeing a picture of the puzzle.

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Each team had to open a frozen t-shirt and put it on. However, it appears that Mommy and Daddy got them a little too wet, folded them up a little too much, and froze them for much too long. They were solid blocks of ice.

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So, everyone resorted to their own methods to get them open. Nikki used the hose.

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Kristy beat her shirt against a wall.

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And while the girls were going crazy, Derrick methodically opened up his t-shirt.

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He got it on!

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There was hula-hooping.

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Another event involved blowing up a beach ball and walking with it between your legs.

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One of the toughest events was eating sardines covered in Louisiana hot sauce, and then drinking pop from a baby bottle.

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There was an egg toss.

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People had to dress up and loudly sing a song.

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There was crab walking…

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…and javelin throwing.

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Teams had to cover a balloon in shaving cream and shave it.

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There was a lava walk where you had to use two wooden boards to walk down and around the tree. You couldn’t touch the grass with your feet.

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Derrick was smart and tied the boards to his shoes with his shoelaces.

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The final event was a pyramid. The Entomologists were done first!

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Followed by The Swatters!

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And finally The Spinners!

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When we got home, we had our closing ceremonies where Daddy gave each team captain their medal (gold, silver, or bronze).

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Some people might prefer to call the medals steel wool, but not us. They’re Olympic medals!

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After the ceremonies were done, we had a delicious BBQ!

This was so much fun! I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Opening Day!

The water park in Moscow, Idaho was opening for the season today, so we went with some friends to have some fun!

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Kate and Clara went with us. Once again, I was MUCH more excited to see Kate than she was me. I’m beginning to think that this girl doesn’t quite get me.

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I loved spinning in circles in the shallow end.

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Mommy and Jennisa wanted to get a group picture, but there were so many other exciting things to see!

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My friend, Maya, also went with us. It was great weather for a fun day!