Oscar had a big conference in Bellevue he couldn't miss that day, but he was able to leave around 1pm once he'd done his part. The kids and I went to the Bothell YMCA and then to get lunch for them at a middle school in Bothell before picking Oscar up.The entree was beef teriyaki dippers, which neither of my kids would eat, but they were kind enough to dig into their extra stores and pulled out these peanut butter and jelly cookies out of the fridge along with poptarts and string cheese. I tried a bite of the peanut butter and jelly cookies and they were tasty! I'll have to figure out where to get them. They look like ice cream sandwiches but with PBJ instead.
From there we picked up Oscar and headed on out. We let them play their devices so they would stay awake long enough to stop at Snoqualmie and Franklin Falls.
After Snoqualmie falls we stopped at a Safeway to get Oscar and I lunch and get the kids a treat. They picked donuts, which were very sticky of course. Oscar picked the kids up and helped them wash their hands in the river without needing to venture out into it themselves.
The kids had just as much fun throwing rocks in the rivers as they did seeing the waterfall. You can view the video of them doing it here. It doesn't want to upload.
It was a little difficult to hike in flip flops. We took a shortcut so it wasn't very long, but it would have been worth putting on my tennis shoes.
The kids were completely worn out and slept pretty much the rest of the way to Richland where we hung out with Cambria and family. It's always tons of fun with them. I've said it before that I couldn't design a better stop. We spent nearly 3 hours there. They made us dinner and thoroughly entertained us even though it was their anniversary and they'd forgotten we were coming.
We might have stayed a little too long, though, because we had to make the rest of the drive at twilight and ended up hitting a deer with a death wish on the highway. We're glad it didn't roll onto our windshield, but it damaged the car enough that we had to leave it in Walla Walla and bring a rental car home. It was late, so we pulled into our hotel and didn't take the car to the repair shop until the next morning.
The next morning we went to the YMCA while we waited to hear if there would be a rental car available for us that day. We let the kids play on the air hockey table in the Kid's Zone when we finally got word that we wouldn't be able to get a car until the next day. We drove to the repair shop and Marcus came back from the reunion to pick us up and take us out to Uncle Ben's. Ben's house is about 8 miles away from the downtown area where we were staying in.
On day 2 we dressed in red for family pictures, which for some reason still haven't been sent to us.
Oscar played with all the kids on the trampoline again. It looks like they're hopping like bunnies.
That evening each family got an ice cream ball for the ice cream contest.
The next day there wasn't anything on the itinerary that seemed particularly appealing for the kids, so we took them to the Walla Walla Children's Museum instead.
They even had a decent outdoor play area. There were plenty of activities but it was a bit too hot to really enjoy it that day.
Tyler was adorable in the fireman suit, but he was upset this kid photobombed him.
Fun on the tractor and tramp!
And to wrap up the reunion we did some Flinders Family Feud before heading out the next day. The descendents and their families were surveyed and we had to guess the top responses. One question was "what is something grandma and grandpa would not approve of?" and there were several guesses that didn't qualify as top answers, like "drinking and drugs." Grandma cracked me up when she said "we've become very liberal in our old age!"
We drove home on Sunday, stopping for church in Yakima where I randomly ran into a friend from high school who lives just across from the building. Unfortunately we hit a TON of random traffic afterwards that doubled the rest of our drive back (the 5 lane freeway went down to 1 lane due to an accident. We didn't see what the accident was since it was cleared up by the time we got up to it). The kids' devices ran out of power and Allison spent a lot of time screaming in slow crawling traffic.
There was a ward family day at the temple that Saturday so Oscar did a session while Tyler visited the grounds and family history center with the rest of the primary. Drop offs were only allowed if the child was over 3 and potty trained, and I didn't feel like chasing Allison around for 3 hours (or worse, trying to make her be reverent), so I just took her to the Bellevue YMCA. The kids finished up their tour at the nearby Robinswood park. Oscar picked up lunch for all of us and we met at the park before heading out to Walla Walla.
The kids zonked out and then played their Kindles until we made it out to Richland, WA. They burned some energy at the awesome Playground of Dreams castle/splashpark.
My sweet girl playing the instruments and filling her cup with water.
They played a good long time before we finished off the drive. Oscar insisted we get there before twilight. The kids enjoyed playing with the kittens in the garage.
Kerrie had her hair in rollers before church. Tyler made this craft from a paper plate and told his cousins it was their mom.
Allison did really well her first time sleeping on the catterlow bed. It only takes up the space of 5 pillow cases and then you stick pillows into it whenever you arrive. It works great for places like hotels that often have extra pillows. Martha got it for the kids last Christmas.
After church we took the kids to see the aviary and play at Pioneer Park. I love these two great pictures I got of the kids on the playgrounds.
Swinging at the park and back at Uncle Ben's house with cousin Ashlynn
The kids played their Kindles with their cousins for about 30 minutes before I read them some books. Allison hijacked our bed the next morning. Oscar had gone out for a run when she came into the bed with me for cuddles, but then she fell asleep and I couldn't figure out a comfortable position to sleep in without waking her up.And the next morning I bounced on the trampoline with the kids before we headed back home. This is what Allison calls a big jump, when someone bigger than her bounces on their butt and makes her go flying up high. After using a trampoline she's now a bit disappointed by bounce houses.