Summer Highlights – Part One

Story told by: Lainey

In honor of school starting in two days, I’m posting some of the highlights of our summer that never made it onto the blog. (We have packed so much fun into this summer, that we haven’t always been able to find the time to post about it.)

At the beginning of the summer, Brody and Henry got to take lessons with Dede. Brody was in the first year class, and Henry was in the second year class.

Brody got to be in class with Kylee and Mac. After watching their older siblings swim for the past three years, it was finally their turn!

And the moms all enjoyed being together as well.

Brody cried a lot during the first couple of days, but by day three, he was done crying and ready to swim! Here are a few highlights of his week.

And, as always, Henry was ready to go! Even though all of the other kids in Henry’s class were five, four-year-old Henry fit right in.

Brody’s favorite part of the lessons was definitely the suckers given at the end of the two weeks. You did it, buddy!!

My lessons were the following two weeks. I had rain on my first day, and it didn’t even phase me.

During my lessons, the boys and their friend, Levi, all piled into the changing room to stay dry and watch their shows.

The end of my fourth year of lessons with Dede. Crazy to think that I only have one summer left with her!

We got to celebrate Mommy’s first group of third graders graduating from high school. Rosie and Amy have been some great babysitters for us.

Mommy and her former student, Lydia.

Mommy and her former student, Billy.

Mommy and her former student, Jed.

And Taylor! Who is so incredibly special to us that we’re in denial that she’s going to leave us.

Mommy is still trying to convince her to skip college and come live in our basement instead.

Mommy and Daddy had to say goodbye to their faithful Keurig machine. It lasted a good six years, so they buried it in the backyard and gave it a proper memorial. (Just kidding. They threw it away, and are back to a regular ol’ coffee pot. And turns out they really like the coffee pot!)

Mommy and Daddy went out to dinner on their ten-year wedding anniversary.

This was a common sight this summer as Brody worked hard on potty training.

We got to spend lots of time with the Davis family this summer.

We went to Spokane to meet our newest cousin, Matthew (and to see his big brother, Vern).

Cousin picture!

Park date with the O’Loughlins!

Using recycling to build a rocket.

When you have small friends, this is the result of the teeter totter. (Please note that three-year-old Brody is matched up with six-year-old Riley.)

Mommy is thrilled the Greene family moved here from Olympia!

Mommy walked in to find us dressed like this. Our explanation: “We’re arctic ninjas, so we needs lots of layers.”

We had a girls’ lunch to celebrate Miss Brooke’s birthday.

Nora and Lucy convinced me to try a Shirley Temple. My face shows how much I enjoyed it. It was “spicy.”

We had lots of pool time this summer. Hanging out with Desmond at the pool.

One morning Mommy told us she was going to work out. She came downstairs a couple of minutes later to find us all set up ready to go with her.

Treats on a Saturday morning farmer’s market.

I brought my money to buy fairy dolls at the farmer’s market.

Face/arm painting at the market.

My new desk! I helped Mommy and Daddy with the painting of it.

We got some great cherries from our cherry tree. (Once again, potty-training Brody means lots of bare buns this summer.)

We spent a Sunday afternoon washing scooters. Henry said, “Our scooters are so clean. Peoples are going to be shouting, ‘Scooters! Scooters!'”

Fun with Cleopatra and Ivy at the park.

Henry and Brody got to play on the same t-ball team this summer! (Brody’s first year, Henry’s second year.)

They got to be on the same team as their buddies, Desmond and Elijah.

One of the best parts of t-ball for Mommy and Daddy….for the first time ever, they are not chasing any toddlers during the games/practice. They just get to enjoy the game!!

We went on a hike at Klemgard Park with Cleopatra and Anastasia.

Park time with Niki and Cece.

Mommy and Daddy got to go to a special SEL dinner to celebrate Daddy’s first two patents!

Our neighbors let us come over to pick raspberries. Most of Brody’s raspberries didn’t make it home.

My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kinzer, was nice enough to invite me out to ride one of her horses.

One of my favorite parts was brushing the horse because he loved it.

Mrs. Kinzer’s daughter, Addison, was nice enough to help me ride.

There was lots of ice cream at Ferdinand’s this summer.

My good friend, Stella, lives in South Carolina now, but came to Pullman for the day while she was close by visiting her family in Spokane. I loved seeing her!

A lot of kids piled in the pool!

Paige and I got to do Mega Sports Camp together! It’s a sports camp that also teaches you about God. The best!

Sprinkler under the trampoline with the Evanoffs.

Water balloon fight with one of my best friends, Dez.

These two moved into a bunk bed!

And Brody is (mostly, kind of) potty trained, so he got to pick out big boy underwear!

We met our friends, the Cook family, up at Lake Coeur d’Alene for a fun afternoon of swimming.

They have baby number three on the way!

Ice cream after a fun day of swimming.

T-ball with good buddies.

Team picture!

While I was at Mega Sports Camp, the boys helped Mommy make treats for t-ball.

Mr. Competitive here was constantly diving for balls, rolling across the field, and running as fast as he could. He did it all so he could win a trophy and beat the other team. Mommy had to break the news to him that there were no trophies and no winners in t-ball. He took it pretty well, but was THRILLED when his coach was amazing and surprised them with trophies for the last night.

Summer highlights will be continued with part two tomorrow….

Boots and Pearls – Lutherhaven

**Since Mommy and Daddy keep gallivanting around on adventures of their own, we’re letting Mommy write yet another blog post.**

When we camped with our church at Camp Lutherhaven earlier this summer, we heard about a fundraising event at camp called Boots and Pearls. This event has dancing, good food, and a great atmosphere, but most importantly includes a time to raise money to help send kids to camp.

It was especially fun to go with a bunch of friends! We met at the Coeur d’Alene Resort to take a cruise over to camp.

After getting off the boat, I had to take a moment to show my gunslinging skills.

Kylan and I found some great clothes at Goodwill for this event.

Easily my favorite cowboy.

The best thing about Kylan’s outfit is the bedazzled heart bolo tie. I love it so much.

We were thrilled to open up our goody bags and find amazing Lutherhaven mugs.

We’re convinced they make our eyes look amazing.

Kylan found his fellow American patriots.

After listening to Pastor Matt give a speech about his time at camp as a counselor, the guests of Boots and Pearls raised over $100,000 to send kids to camp!!! Amazing!

The girls of the group.

The guys of the group.

And the whole group!

After these pictures, we ate a delicious dutch oven dinner, and then danced all night to live music. So. Much. Fun. We are blessed with some great people in our lives!

August Bucket List

Story told by: Brody

School is just around the corner! (Lainey starts in five days, and Henry and I start in 11 days.) We each got to pick three things to add to our bucket list of things to do before school starts.

1. Ice Cream at Ferdinand’s

We went with the Evanoffs to get some of the most delicious ice cream ever.

2. Movie (Originally Clarkston Water Park)

We were so excited to go to the water park a few days ago (August 21st), but then we found out they closed for the summer on August 18th. Bummer!! So, instead, we enjoyed a movie!

We watched “Hotel Transylvania 3.” It was fun! And I wasn’t even scared of it like I’ve been with most movies recently.

3. McDonald’s

The Grunefelders came to visit us for a night, so they got to join us for lunch.

4. Bowling (originally Moscow Water Park)

We were so excited to attempt another water park, but as the smoke rolled in from the wildfires, the water park closed for the afternoon. So after a pep talk from Mom, we decided that bowling would be fun. And it really was!

Mom asked us to make sure our bowling balls were down so she could see our face. Henry obviously tried really hard.

We even got pizza for dinner!

5. Picnic at a Park

We met the Grahams at a park for a fun lunch together.

6. Lions Club Park (in Moscow)

One of our favorite parks!

7. Go on a Hike

The Grunenfelders also got to hike Kamiak Butte with us.

Can you tell how much I love hiking? (I whined the ENTIRE way. Why would my mom do this to me?!)

8. Kruegel Park

I’ve mastered climbing to the top of the spider web this summer!

Lainey with Niki and Cece at the park.

9. Hot Dogs for Dinner

I was thrilled to find that my third bucket list item of hot dogs for dinner was fulfilled at the O’Loughlin’s housewarming party last weekend.

There you have it! All items done! What a FANTASTIC summer!!

Cruise to Alaska

**Mommy and Daddy just got back from a cruise to Alaska. We’re going to let Mommy take over the blog to tell this story.**

Story told by: Mommy

We just got home from a KID-FREE CRUISE!!!! to celebrate our ten-year wedding annivesary! It was incredible!! We drove to Tacoma to leave the kids with Roland and Melissa (who are the BEST!), and the next day they dropped us off to start our cruise.

Day One:

We sailed on the Emerald Princess.

We arrived at our room to find anniversary decorations! (Our stateroom steward, Vinoth, was the sweetest guy!)

Haven’t even left Seattle yet, and a Moscow Mule is already in my hand.

We were joined by some of our very best friends, Karl and Victoria, who are also celebrating their ten-year wedding anniversary this summer.

Once the ship set sail, we met for dinner. And started the tradition of two desserts per person. A good tradition to start!

We met outside for an evening movie.

We had not appropriately planned for how cold the wind would be with the ship moving, so thank goodness for blankets.

After the movie, we went down to the Yes/No Game Show. The goal is for the host to get the contestant to say “Yes” or “No” in three minutes. It sounds easy, but is surprisingly hard. Many guests were out within the first five seconds. But Kylan was called up and ROCKED it! You have to watch this!

Day 2:

We slept until 9 a.m. (glorious!!) on the second day, and then started our annual game of Mexican Train.

Vic and I got in a good afternoon workout.

Bought books for the kids.

Explored the boat.

And played bocce ball.

We had our formal night tonight.

And while waiting for our dinner, we had a snack. Because why not?!

Before we left Roland and Melissa’s house, I mentioned that I didn’t have a clutch for formal nights. Melissa brought out the most glorious clutch I’ve ever seen (and reduced me to tears of laughter). I proudly wore this clutch for our formal nights.

One of my favorite desserts of the trip – a hazelnut chocolate crunch cake.

The perfect sunset.

Day 3:

One of our favorite parts about the cruise was waking up in a new place each day. We woke up to beautiful Ketchikan, Alaska.

Our first stop was to see some lumberjacks.

These guys are pretty darn talented.

We seem to have temporarily forgotten about our husbands.

We had such incredible weather, so we enjoyed just wandering around town and buying some souvenirs for the kids.

Beautiful views before leaving Ketchikan.

Heading out!

Kylan got a beautiful panorama photo as we left port.

Kylan got in some great afternoon naps on this trip.

We went to a fun comedian after dinner.

And a production show after that.

Day 4:

We woke up this morning in the Tracy Arm Fjord. It was foggy in spots, but still gave us some beautiful views.

This moment of sitting under blankets, drinking coffee, and looking at gorgeous glaciers was a highlight of the trip.

The view from my elliptical machine while sailing through the fjord. Not too shabby.

Bananagrams winner!

And two plates of desserts that I attempted to eat for a snack. And although I really tried, I couldn’t even eat half of it.

We arrived in Juneau this afternoon, and took an excursion to see the beautiful Mendenhall Glacier. The blue color of the glacier was gorgeous.

We had some sprinkles of rain, but nothing too awful during this excursion.

After a fun time at the glacier, we were dropped off at Mount Roberts Tramway.

It was raining quite a bit at this point, but we still had some cool views of Juneau.

Kylan and I took a hike through the trails at the top of Mount Roberts.

After coming off the mountain, we checked out the coolest bar, Red Dog Saloon.

Day 5:

We woke up to very rainy Skagway, Alaska. Our original planned excursion to hike on a glacier was canceled due to “operational reasons,” so we scrambled to find a new tour that wasn’t booked. We happily landed on an ATV tour. That meant we took a 45-minute ferry ride from Skagway to Haines.

We had all of the provided rain gear on for the ride, but fortunately we had a fantastic break from the rain for the tour.

Kylan was the fearless driver!

This is the point of the trip where Karl started sneaking in selfies on my phone when I asked him to take a picture. Here is Karl Selfie #1.

We had to take the tour guide’s word for it when he said there was a beautiful view behind us.

We got to check out a beautiful spot for salmon spawning.

As we were getting back on the boat, the clouds started to disappear and the beauty of Skagway was revealed!

And then we all went to shower because we were covered in mud from the ATV excursion.

We got in some great reading on this trip.

Today was Vic and Karl’s actual anniversary, so they went to a special dinner, and we had our own evening together.

We received a special dessert for celebrating our anniversary (which was actually June 14, but they knew our anniversary was the reason for this trip).

The coolest thing about our dinner was that we got to observe a Chef’s Dinner happening next to us. Apparently you can pay a bajillion dollars to get one Chef’s Dinner per cruise. It was an eight-course dinner where the chef came out to introduce each course, each person at the table had their own waiter, and the courses were incredible. We actually took our sweet time at dinner so we could watch this unfold.

We ended our night together with live music.

Day 6:

We all agreed to a lazy morning today since we were at sea all day, but as soon as we woke up, we were starving, so we hopped right out of bed for another delicious breakfast.

We had some time to ourselves after breakfast, so we went to the top deck to read for an hour, and then I got in a workout while Kylan did the sauna and steam room. It was one of my favorite mornings of the cruise.

We finished our game of Mexican Train after lunch.

Karl was the winner, and I was the biggest loser.

Tonight was another formal night.

It’s really fun to see everyone on the ship dressed in their fancy clothes.

Kylan tried escargot for the first time.

After dinner, we had the Baked Alaska Parade by the wait staff.

If you’re on an Alaskan cruise, you’ve got to have the Baked Alaska for dessert.

After dinner we went to wait for Family Game Show to start.

And then I was chosen to participate in the Jones family.

It was a pretty fun event!

We had to listen to music, and then once they turned the song off, we had to complete the lyrics. I laughed when this game came up because I am HORRIBLE at knowing the lyrics (but give me a tune to hum, and I’m good to go). Thank goodness my teammates came through for each song.

After several games, we were declared the winners. Here is my family with our prize bags!

Another incredible sunset that night.

After my game show was done, the Piazza cleared out for a dance competition. It was one of the funniest things we watched the entire cruise. LOVED it!

And then we ended the night with another late game show. I introduced Victoria to Moscow Mules on this trip, and now she’s hooked!

Day 7:

We had a majority of today at sea, so I got in another workout while Kylan did the sauna and steam room. After breakfast, we had some time to read again.

Karl and Vic brought a fun game to play that afternoon.

Karl Selfie #2.

That afternoon we watched “The Voice of the Ocean.” Throughout the week, guests had been narrowed down to the top eight, and then the audience got to vote on the winner after watching them sing. It was really fun, and there was some great talent!

Karl Selfie #3.

We had a quick stop in Victoria, Canada from 7 p.m. to midnight. I’ve never been to Canada, so we had to get off to explore!

We took a bus to explore the beautiful Empress Hotel.

And then we kept exploring downtown. I absolutely LOVED this city.

Karl Selfie #4.

A cruise staff member recommended this Irish pub, so we made sure to check it out. Kylan tried some delicious beer.

And we all shared some delicious poutine because it’s a very Canadian dish. (We would have eaten more, but we were STUFFED from our last big dinner on the ship. If we had known all the delicious food we would encounter in Victoria, we would have paced ourselves a little better.)

The legislative buildings of Victoria are beautiful at night.

Day 8:

The dreaded last breakfast.

Our final picture as we line up to leave the ship at 7:30 a.m. We are SO grateful we could go on this trip with some of our best friends. The sights were great. The food was great. The entertainment was great. And the friends were great. Such a refreshing week!!!

The kids met us in Seattle at 9 a.m., and then we started driving home straight from there. Here is our stop in Ellensburg for lunch (where Brody threw a five-minute fit in the bathroom the entire restaurant could hear…it was a quick snap back to reality).

Lainey and Brody modeling a couple of the gifts we got them. (Henry also got a coonskin hat, but was throwing a big fit during this picture. Again, another dose of reality.)

None of this incredible trip would have been possible without Roland and Melissa offering to watch the kids for the week. The kids had such a blast they didn’t want to come home. They went to the zoo, did crafts, went bowling, went swimming, visited parks, went out to eat, and ended the week with a two-day camping trip. Incredible! Here are a few of the pictures of their week.

Roland and Lainey made slime.

Melissa took the kids to the zoo on Monday.

The kids loved this special bowling alley. They said it was like swimming with the fish.

One of their favorite things was the gnome that moved places each morning. They would rush outside to find it.

Gnome sightings.

On the last morning, the gnomes left them a special little note. Such a fun week for these kids. Thank you, Roland and Melissa, for one of the highlights of their summer (and also our summer)!!

Robinson Family Campout, 2018

Story told by: Lainey

We had our annual Robinson Family Campout this past weekend in Chelan!

Right when we arrived, we wanted to beat the heat with Molly by running through the sprinklers.

Mommy was sure our tent would fit on the tent pad. Daddy proved to her how wrong she was.

Still soaking wet from the sprinklers, but climbing all of the rocks in Lake Chelan State Park.

Aunt Cretia and Alex made a delicious dinner on Thursday night. They were amazing chefs!

Uncle Steve took on the dangerous job of helping Henry chop wood.

Me with Molly, Olive, and Sadie. Some cute girls.

It may have been close to 100 degrees, but that didn’t stop us from starting a fire to roast marshmallows.

S’more time!

We were WIDE AWAKE for a long time on Thursday night, so while Mommy and Daddy waited for us to go to sleep, they played Phase 10 with Grandma Jackie and Uncle Larry.

Breakfast time!

The fantastic breakfast cook!

We got some fun activity books from the park ranger, so we did those after breakfast.

Playground time!

And down to the lake by 10 a.m.!

It was a perfect day for swimming.

Time for lunch.

Na Na and Ba Ba arrived on Friday afternoon, and we were thrilled to see them!!

Na Na came right out in the water with us.

After swimming for hours, we went across the street from the state park to get ice cream!

This little restaurant also had the smallest enclosed restaurant dining room.

Brody did a sticker book with Ba Ba for awhile.

Campfire time. This is Brody’s face once the fire really got going.

Mommy accidentally left the marshmallows out in the 100-degree heat all day, so they melted. A lot. She tried to scoop the marshmallows out of the bag and put them on the roasting sticks, but it didn’t work at all. Thank goodness other family members came to the rescue with extra marshmallows!

Brody and Lyle are living their best lives.

Henry and Stevie loved having water gun fights.

After swimming all day, we passed out very quickly on Friday night.

Visiting with Na Na after breakfast on Saturday morning.

We got to the water park around 9:30 to wait in line. Na Na and Ba Ba biked the eight miles to the water park and visited for a bit before we went inside (and they went to explore Chelan).

Slidewaters was a blast! It was mostly slides, and we could ride most of them (although the boys needed life jackets for most of them).

Brody was initially a little nervous about even the small slides, but finally decided that he loved even the big slides. So much fun! We rode them allllll day long.

Daddy and I also raced down this big water slide. He won, but I think I’ll get him next time!

After spending all day at the water park, here are the boys just minutes after leaving.

Back to camp for a yummy dinner.

This wasn’t all of the younger cousins, but we managed to get a lot of them with Grandma Jackie.

Grandma Jackie with her own kids (there’s Ba Ba on the left).

Molly and I had lots of fun beading together. She even had scented beads!

Henry and Lyle had fun getting filthy together.

Mommy and I modeling the necklace I made for her and the ankle bracelet I made for myself.

Evening playground time.

And back for the final s’mores of the trip.

Brody really enjoyed hanging out with Hannah this weekend.

Ba Ba worked hard on perfecting his s’more.

This is Ba Ba’s “you’re distracting me from my s’more making” face.

Henry and Stevie played soccer for hours this weekend.

Molly and I spent time going through the Junior Ranger checklist in our activity books.

Sunday morning was filled with games while the adults packed up the tents.

It was such a fun weekend! We survived the heat better than we thought we would, and loved seeing family. Can’t wait for next year!

4th of July (and a day trip to Grand Coulee)

Story told by: Henry

We have had a fun couple days this week! Daddy took Tuesday off so we could visit friends in Grand Coulee, and got Wednesday off for the 4th of July.

These are Mommy’s good friends, Erica and April, who both used to live in Pullman. The Winzers are visiting from South Dakota, so we all met them in Grand Coulee for a fun day together.

The whole group of kids (minus Mabel, who was sleeping).

The water was COLD, but we still enjoyed ourselves!

We had to take a break from the water and warm up with some sand play.

This was the highlight of my day.

I had sand in every crevice from this activity.

Lainey built a raft that kept her entertained for quite awhile.

Before we got out of the water, Mya’s Daddy, Robbie, convinced the moms to jump in to the freezing water.

After showering off and changing into dry clothes, we found this odd contraption. When Daddy asked us what it was, I told him that it was clearly a “cell phone.”

We went back to Todd’s parents’ house for the next few hours. It had this amazing view. We picked raspberries, played games, and had a yummy BBQ. Such a fun day with the Winzers and Cowgills!

After getting in late the night before, we were up early for a festive 4th of July breakfast.

I had three of these waffles. Delicious!

After breakfast we left for Johnson to get seats for the parade. We met our new friend, Rowan, and her family at the parade. Rowan’s mommy, Alison, was in the Cougar Marching Band in college with Mommy and Daddy. They moved to Colton from Olympia a couple of weeks ago for her daddy’s job. Rowan is going to be in preschool with me this fall, and then in kindergarten with me next fall. (Rowan also has two younger siblings, Brinley and Otto.)

Before the parade started, Brody found his favorite mascot – Butch!

Family picture!

Rowan has not even an ounce of shyness in her! She warms up quickly to people.

We’re also convinced she wants to be in our family. (I’m sure Mommy wouldn’t notice one more kid at this point.)

For this sibling picture, I found it appropriate to squeeze as hard as I could while Brody attempted to bite my arm. Seems like a good 4th of July picture.

Okay, slightly less squeezing and biting in this picture.

As usual, the Evanoffs came decked out in the perfect outfits!

Almost parade time! We’re ready with our bags for candy.

Mommy and Daddy have NEVER seen Brody move as quickly as he did when there was candy in the road.

They’ll save this bit of information for future coaches trying to get Brody to run.

We ate tons of candy during the parade.

We even got otter pops.

While Brody and I took naps, Lainey, Mommy, and Daddy worked on painting her new desk.

Daddy did the sanding and taping. Mommy and Lainey did the painting.

Lainey chose lavender for her desk. It matches the lavender in her comforter.

After the first coat was on, Mommy and Daddy sat down for a drink.

And then Daddy took a good nap.

After naps, we headed to the Gulseth’s house for a 4th of July party. While we played, Mommy and Sarah played cornhole against Liz and Carla. Liz and Carla were the winners.

The whole crew of kids!

Just this morning I had decided that I wanted to build a robot. And then I found a new friend who has robot diagrams. IT WAS MEANT TO BE! He and I sat here for at least 30 minutes talking robots.

Before leaving the Gulseth’s house, the adults got in a couple games of Kubb.

Unfortunately, the men won both games. However, everyone clearly knows that in Kubb the wins are only official when you’re camping, so the women still happily claim their official camping wins.

After the Gulseth’s house, we went to the Evanoff’s house to end the night.

They just got a new trampoline, which was quite entertaining.

Check out my amazing flip.

We got to roast marshmallows.


Mommy enjoyed getting to spend time with Kindel and Marcie.

Kindel bought glowsticks for us, and it made for fun nighttime trampoline time.

The Evanoffs live right by Sunnyside Park, which is where the fireworks display is located. As it neared 10:00, we got our blankets ready to watch our FIRST EVER fireworks show.

Lainey and Hazel got to watch the show together.

A final blurry picture of the night before the fireworks started. I LOVED them!! So did Lainey! Brody was a little nervous, but did okay once he snuggled up with Mommy. Such a fun day filled with wonderful friends!

Church Camping Trip, 2018

Story told by: Lainey

We had our church campout at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last weekend! It was so much fun!

While Mommy and Daddy set things up, we went exploring.

We found a cool tree house with beds.

The adults all indulged to make set up a breeze.

It was cold, but we couldn’t resist the water.

Pastor Matt was our grilling extraordinaire!

But dinner was late, and we were hungry, so several of the adults stood right by the grill to show him encouraging faces.

While we waited for dinner, we took Daddy to one of the tree house slides we discovered.

Finally dinner time! Hurray!

Camping food is the best!

After dinner, Mommy and Daddy walked some of us up the hill to check out the challenge courses.

This was a pretty challenging log that rested just an inch off the ground, but I amazingly made it all the way across!

S’more time!

These two made an awesome s’more prep team.

Living the s’more dream.

Brody and his favorite person, Chloe.

Susan was a champ and played a lot of games with us this weekend.

After Brody had a restless night of sleep, we were up for a delicious breakfast.

Slow mornings with coffee around the camp fire were a treat for the adults.

While the adults woke up, we went on treasure hunting hikes.

But after asking them only 1,000 times, Mommy and Daddy joined us for a hike across the camp. We had something cool to show them.

I first wanted them to see this beautiful view of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

And then we wanted them to see this awesome tree house we found!

Mommy and Daddy agreed that it was pretty neat.

Back at camp, Daddy and Brody played catch. Brody and Henry start t-ball in a week, so they’re brushing up on their skills.

Next up, canoeing!

The boys asked to go with Daddy.

And I asked to go with Mommy.

It was a pretty windy day, so we only lasted for about 25 minutes, but it was still pretty neat.

Next up, bike riding!

There weren’t great paths for bikes, so we made an obstacle course on the basketball court.

And Brody made an awesome basket!

Liz and Sarah came up to join us for a bit.

We also went back up to the challenge courses, and Mommy and Daddy showed us that they’re really quite bad at them.

It was only 62 degrees, but the lifeguards were out, which meant we could use the water toys, so we went for it!

Henry started with the big slide.

And I did the inflatable. After about 20 minutes, we were FREEZING, so we all rushed back to get on dry clothes.

Henry had to lay in his sleeping bag for about 30 minutes to warm up. It was cold!!

The adults wanted an hour to play a game, so we all piled into the O’Loughlin’s tent to eat candy and watch a movie. Everyone was thrilled!

The adults played Kubb, which they thoroughly enjoyed!

In the last game of the day, the women battled it out for a come-from-behind victory!

Sad faces from the men. (Except for Pastor Matt who says he’s always happy because of Jesus.)

After Kubb was over, we went to play mini-golf.

Brody especially loved it.

Before we started dinner, everyone hiked up to the Lutherhaven sign to get a group picture.

On our way back to the campsite, Mrs. O’Loughlin got some pictures of Mommy and Daddy.

While Pastor Matt grilled chicken, everyone played.

But then it started pouring rain, and everyone found shelter. Except for Pastor Matt. He was still on dinner duty.

Most everyone went to the nearby pavilion to play games.

After a couple hours of rain, it stopped just in time for us to have s’mores. Hallelujah!

All of the kids went down earlier and easier on the second night, which made for a happy group of adults!

On Sunday morning, we got to eat by the campfire.

Henry got up first with Mommy and Daddy.

Henry and Desmond were already off riding their bikes before Brody and I got out of bed.

Nothing better than a pile of bacon for a camping breakfast.

Monster trucks, dirt, and PJs.

Brody and I woke up to a yummy breakfast. Brody was especially excited about his muffins.

Next it was time to pack up, and a crabby, attention-seeking Brody makes that difficult, so Jodie and Matt came to the rescue and took him mini-golfing. Thank you!!

There’s not much that’s more fun than packing up wet camping supplies!

Lutherhaven has a church service during the summers, so we got to join the Lutherhaven staff for the morning.

Brody sat with Chloe for a lot of the service.

Pastor Matt was asked to give the sermon, so it was fun to listen to him.

After his sermon, we got to come up for a fun song!

We had such a fun weekend! We are so grateful for our church family, and can’t wait to do this again next summer!