Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rock Climbing

Today Sora and I helped Kyle test out the rock wall at camp. I climbed first, with Sora as my photographer.
Then, with lots of confidence and encouragement, Sora was ready to climb.
Sora was a little nervous, but she did great for her first time.
Look how long her legs are!
She liked it so much, she even tried it twice.
Now, of course, she wants to go again and again. The rock wall is steps from our house, so of course she will see it often - maybe by the time summer is over she'll get to the top (although having slightly longer legs and arms would be helpful).

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Hanging Out

Now that we're up at camp, I feel like I'm in limbo - just waiting for the next thing: summer camp, school starting, moving to our "real house, finding a job. This next month will be a long one for me personally being stuck in the woods with only Sora to entertain me and while I stress out about all of the aforementioned upcoming realities, and probably a short one for Kyle as he ramps up for summer camp.

In the meantime, I should stop and smell the wildflowers! It's been a little cold here, but nothing compared to a Wisconsin winter, and I have a relatively happy kid who loves being outside. What more could I ask for?

Sora also loves playing games. I've been scouring the thrift store for a decent checkers set and Scrabble game for a VERY long time, and I found both in one day (for $1.25 each)! Score!
 There will be a lot more of this, and hanging out doing nothing in general for the next month. I'll try to stay happy (and sane)! After all, I have it pretty good in life!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hiking with Sora

Sora took me on a hike to the waterfall the other day. She had gone with Kyle, and somehow the directions got lost a little in translation. Somehow we got lost on a big rocky mountain.

 We saw 3 types of wildflowers in bloom! This is huge for us, since it was just "winter" a few weeks ago when we were in Wisconsin.
 Sora was excited to capture the moment on her own camera.
 On the way down the rocky mountain, Sora realized where we went wrong and we found the waterfall after all.
 We also found some cool trees to climb under
 and on top of.
 And on the way home, we found a great root system for making fairy houses.
It was a little chilly, so we didn't explore as much as we could have, but I am very excited to bring a picnic and stay much longer next time (as long as it's a little warmer)!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Camp Kid

After a long few weeks of driving across the country, living out of suitcases and overstaying our welcome enjoying our family, we are finally at our "camp house". We are staying up at camp this spring and will be settling into our "town house" in August just before Sora starts school.

Camp is beautiful! It is right on a gorgeous mountain lake.
Sora loves our "camp house" but is also anxious to move to our "real" house.
There was a day group here yesterday and Sora got to go hiking with Kyle up to the waterfall. This camp is the perfect size - after her hike, she got to hang out outside while Kyle took another group hiking and I led crafts inside.
 Sora is excited to explore around camp.

 Our house is small, but cute. It's actually a good size for our family. Here is Sora's bedroom. There isn't any door to slam. If you look closely though, you can see the door to our bedroom past the toy area.
 Sora has been very excited about decorating.
 And here is the downstairs. There's also a small kitchen and bathroom.
We are still feeling a bit discombobulated with most of our stuff in storage until we move in August, but we're starting to try to get a routine back and are getting settled into camp life.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Sora and Grandma D are currently flying over the country to Washington. These past few days have been packed with goodbyes and Sora was ready to leave.
We had one last play date on Sunday with some friends. These were the first friends Sora met in Wisconsin (their mom was Kyle's boss) so it seemed fitting that it was also our last friends we saw. As you can see, Sora was done saying goodbye. Because of this, I tried to limit the posed photos this week.
 Although silly poses are okay.
 Sora's last lunch at the dining hall. She likes to "help" Kyle with running the meal.
 She also loves hot dogs! After the meal, she spun in the back of the dining hall and 10 5th grade boys joined her. It was pretty priceless.
We will have to miss Sora's dance recital, but we did get to participate in picture day. Her outfit is so cute! I think I'm sadder about not getting to see her perform than she is.
 Her favorite part of dance class was playing afterwards, which she got to do a little of before we had to leave.
 Since it's still the dead of winter here, Sora got to go skating with the kids last night. She loves skating and loves playing with the big kids, so it's a perfect combination. Her ego might be inflated slightly due to the fact she thinks she's the best one on the ice (although to be fair, she can hold her own).
 On the cold walk home, we stopped to read the signs. This was the first thing Sora ever read! When she was 3, we would go for walks and she always wanted to read the signs so we taught her "is" "in" and "it" and she would read those words while we read the rest. Now she can read most of the signs by herself!
And here's proof that Grandma D was here in Wisconsin. She was here less than 48 hours before turning around and flying to WA with Sora. I'm sure the next few days will be harder and more boring for us having to pack and drive across country in the U-Haul than they will be for Sora who gets to spend quality time with her grandparents!