Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Papa

While Grandma is still the star of every show, Sora is definitely more fond of her grandpas this summer! Here she is enjoying some papa love:



 We talk about the fact that papa drives a cement truck all the time, so it was fun for Sora to get to see it in real life. And of course she loved pulling the horn.

My dad turned 60 earlier this month and he had a big cowboy party on Saturday. Sora loved the party. I think her quote was something like "This is the greatest party EVER." My cousin brought his 3 and 7 year old sons and Sora was in love.
 She also rode the horse at the party. She got pretty camera shy so got off before any pictures were taken. She rode it with me, by herself (with papa leading it) and all the way from the barn to the house with papa (which is 200 yards or so). Last year she only rode it with me for about 5 seconds and freaked out almost immediately, so this was a huge improvement.
 Posing with papa's prized Chevy truck.
 Enjoying some broccoli. Sora and My cousin's youngest son got in a vegetable eating contest. I'm not sure who won, but a lot of veggies (and dip of course) were eaten by both kiddos!
Rockin' out with the band. My parents had some friends over to play the banjo and guitar and sing. Sora is mesmerized by music and got out her ukulele for a few songs. She insists that she still wants to learn to play the violin when she grows up though. Sora is typically pretty reserved around strangers, but with all of the excitement of the party she oscillated between extremely reserved and outgoing. She even hugged a few total strangers which is not typically her style.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Grandmas are the Greatest

Sora is one lucky girl! So far her summer trip has been filled with her three favorite grandmas and two favorite great grandmas. Sora is a grandma's girl, but is slowly warming up to her grandpas too. We don't have many pictures of the grandmas here, but all of this fun is their doing.
Tea party with tiny cups

Practicing her mad cycling skillz.
Piano lessons with great grandma Frost.

Snap bead bananza

Freakishly large olive fingers
Gardening
Zingo to Go with great grandma Weezie (who woudn't put up with any of Sora's cheating tactics)
And just a bubble picture full of attitude.

Now, if only we could take the grandmas all back to Wisconsin to live in the toy room, Sora's life would be perfect!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Road Trip: Wi to Wa

There has been a severe lack of blogging while we frantically got ready to leave for our second annual summer trip! Kyle has 11 weeks off this summer, and we will be spending the majority of it in Washington. We took a week to drive out and arrived in Washington exactly a week after we left Wisconsin. Here are some of the highlights:

Sora's favorite car entertainment was her screen time. We had several shows and games on the iPod for her to play. She also has her own iPod Shuffle which is filled with her favorite kid's music.
Sora is lukewarm about photos lately, so we did a lot without photo journaling every step. Our first day we drove through Madison and went to the busiest farmer's market we've ever seen.
 We also rode the Fenton Place Elevator in Dubuque, Iowa before stopping for the night near Des Moines.
 Sora climbed at every opportunity, even at the rest stop.
 We smartly mapped out every child friendly destination and ended up enjoying the very warm weather by cooling off at a splash park in Lincoln, Nebraska.
 We camped at a primitive fishing hole in Sandy Channel, Ne. Sora played her ukelele while I played the guitar to entertain Kyle.

Monday we headed to the world's largest classifying railyard. It was huge!
 We also stopped at the headquarters of Cabela's for lunch and a few forgotten camping items.
 We stopped at a museum in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where Sora practiced her horsemanship skills.
 And played human train on the large floor map at the Cheyenne Depot.
 We camped at a state park near Cheyenne. We bought a roof box for our trip and we have so much space in our car! It was a nice change from the packed car we had most of last summer.
 Sora enjoyed our tent adventures.
 And found a lot of ways to stay entertained at the campsites.

 Kyle and Sora comparing belly drums.
 We found yet another splash park in Green Rivers, Wyoming.
 It was very crowded, but Sora and Kyle enjoyed cooling off before driving into Utah.
 The view from our chilly Utah campsite that night was beautiful. We also saw a lot of chipmunks and deer.
 On Wednesday, we headed to Salt Lake City. We took very few pictures in town, but it was the cleanest, tidiest, most dressy city we have ever been in. They had sidewalk sweepers!
 And a slightly crabby kiddo.
 And of course a lot of Mormons.

That night, we camped at a hot springs just north of Salt Lake City. We enjoyed finally having showers, swimming in all of the hot water, and finally having a campfire. Sora, of course, loved the roasted marshmallows.
 We played a lot of games on our trip. Camp, the travel edition, was a family favorite and truly fun and challenging for all ages.
 Thursday, we explored the parks in Boise. Sora loves climbing and doing balance beam, as well as watching all of the other crazy kids.
 We got lucky and stayed in a cabin at an Oregon state park.
 Sora was very excited to sleep on the top bunk.
On Friday, we headed to Pendleton and spent the morning watching people make hats, saddles, and weaving blankets. We met up with an old friend from California that afternoon in Walla Walla. After spending the night with Rossi, we finally headed to Ellensburg on Saturday morning.

Now, we can relax in Ellensburg for a few days and have adventures in one town for a while before heading out on the next leg of our trip!