Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trying to live our Leavenworth life to the fullest

Wow! I'm having a hard time believing we are already past the halfway mark for July. This awesome summer is going SO fast! The kids and I just returned from a week long visit in California (which was awesome! More on that later) but for now, here's what we've been up to lately.

In and around town --

Lots and lots of outdoor fun! I've been feeling this strange pressure to see and do all that there is to do here before we go. Certainly not a realistic idea, but it is just such an amazing place and we are here such a short time -- I don't want to miss anything :)

8 Mile Lake Hike (we did not make it the 8 miles to the lake!)

Another afternoon at Lake Wenatchee -- still very windy, but much warmer than our last visit!

At the Old Pipeline Bed Trail -- LOVING the abundant Mock Orange scenting the air deliciously!

And then ... our first visit from Moscow friends! Hope & I met through our Moscow MOPS group. Her husband has family nearby and we were fortunate enough to get our families together for a hike. Something she & I have been wanting to do for a long time.

Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail out of Stevens Pass --

We had our first house guest -- a co-worker of Jason's from his school in Guatemala. We haven't seen Emily since returning from Guatemala so it was fun to catch up. Her visit was just in time for our local u-pick blueberry patch opening week! Woo-hoo!

A quick walk along the river together before she headed to her next destination.

And of course .... 4th of July!!!
Started the day with red, white & blue waffles (strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream) and face painting :)

Leavenworth hosted a FREE KinderFest which was great fun for the kids and so nice to have something within walking distance to do in celebration of our nation's birthday!

The kids got to sit in the cab of a backhoe and also had their first cotton candy and sno-cones! Wow!

And, one dandelion kiss :)

(this is actually a plant called salsify but looks like a giant dandelion)

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