So the kids have been Lego maniacs for the last little while, and admittedly so have I.
We started out with space ships with cool wings and lasers and what not. The same sort of post Star Wars stuff I'd build as a kid. But somehow the kids decided that aerodynamics don't make any sense in space. Noah started the box design and all the kids had to have one. It's hard to tell from the picture but the big one is BIG. We did some major scrapping of the bottom of the Lego bin to finish it...even had to cannibalize one of Arwen's space ships.
Aaron's birthday fell on Labor day this year so we went up to the Mount Hood area to play. We decided to go to Little Crater Lake. So we packed up snacks, water, dropped by the store to get 3 pairs of new tennis shoes and then set off!
The kids really liked this fallen tree and played on it for a long time on the way to the lake.
Larkin pretending to be so awfully sweet!
We told the kids to sit down and be quiet so we could all listen to the sounds of nature. They weren't very good at it :)
Larkin and Josh went off by themselves and were pointing out all the shapes they saw in the sky. Larkin saw lots of babies and Josh saw little animals. It was funny though, because when I looked up, I didn't even see any clouds. Silly kids.
The water was an amazing color! There was nothing living in it...it just had a bunch of trees that had fallen down.
The kids (mostly Joshua) told me that this hike to the this lake with a whale in it (huh??) was totally lame.
Smiles all around, despite the lameness of it all!
The water was so beautiful! The kids just wanted to throw rocks in. Larkin even put part of herself in it.
Overall, it was a really fun time. It wasn't much of a hike, so much as a drive to a pretty lake. We went to Timberline lodge after that and then out for dinner...which was like out of the Twilight Zone...but more on that later.
What do you do when your husband is away on a business trip? Prepare and eat fine dinners? No way! Not around here. We made blackberry pie, brownies, no-bake cookies...and donuts. Donuts were a first for me. The kids were a big help...and no one ended up a burn victim with hot oil around. Always a plus!
Arwen was a goofball for all her pictures. But she sure enjoyed her sprinkled donut.
I like this picture because it really shows off the half-bangs Noah cut for her a few weeks ago. Whew, Noah! Thanks. I was really looking for ways to save a few bucks.
Joshua eats his toast like this too...upside down. And really, think about it. This way, the good sugary sweet stuff is the first thing that touches his tongue.
Noah always enjoys himself a yummy treat or ten!
While driving home from the airport, the kids told Dad we got him some donuts from Krispy Kreme. He came in and saw the plate and totally believed us! Ha Ha! And...lest you be worried about all those empty calories we ate while Aaron was gone, these donuts were made from a secret ingredient from the garden...that makes them healthy! Can you guess the ingredient??