When we were about 1 hour away from our house, I had the bad feeling that Firpirey was going to hatch while we were gone. Sure enough, he was out of the cocoon when we arrived home. Fortunately he was still alive! We hurried him outside and put him somewhere safe so that he could rest before flying off. He sure is beautiful! Brother was very excited and protective of the moth, keeping him safe from spiders.
We managed to go on vacation despite my surgery and it's horrid recovery. Baby is still so young and such a handful that we decided to stay in a campground and rent out an RV. It is much easier than tent camping. Mt Raineer was feeling shy this week, hiding behind the clouds, so we didn't get any good pictures.
We visited Paradise, but there was so much snow I was afraid of falling and hurting my belly. So, we hiked at the base of the mountain instead where there was no snow.
It is always so special to see these. I can't remember what they are, but I think they are pretty rare.
Really old tree! Brother loved it, but is too young to really understand how to figure the age by the rings. There is plenty of time! He enjoys it's size.
Trip, Trip, Trap. Trip, Trip, Trap. Go the gnomes along the track Through Forest deep they make their way To find their Daddy as soon as they may.
Baby really enjoyed running on the trail. Sometimes I could hear him saying "trip, trip, trap" as he was going along. Only 2 years and 1 month, but already circle songs are sinking in. I changed the words for him a little bit while we were in the woods.
There were a lot of these types of trees whose trunks twist around as they grow.
Brother is being the tree.
Eventually Brother sunk into play while hiking. I don't know what his game was, but he would run ahead and talk to his imaginary friends, they would act something out and then he would run forward again. Its very exciting to see him get lost in his imaginary world!
We also saw a buck while we were hiking. We see Mama deer and baby up in Bellingham at every visit, but we have never seen a buck before.
The 4th of July is a big day for our family. We start out at the Bothell, WA parade on Main Street. Last year Brother rode in the children's parade, but this year he decided not to. The favorite part of the parade is the visit from the SeaFair Pirate and the Mobey Duck. The pirates drive their boat down the street stopping every so often to smash their swords on the ground and fire their cannon. For a couple years it would scare Brother and I would have to hide with him behind some buildings until the pirates had passed. Once he started wearing ear phones to mute the noise he absolutely loved them! Now he really looks forward to their antics.
This is the first year Brother really figured out what the parade candy was all about. They came home with a ton, which I was then able to disappear. I was very sad not to be at the parade this year.
After the parade, my husband's side of the family got together at one of the Aunt's for a picnic. There are so many children now, and Uncle built a fabulous tree house with a pulley. Daddy said the kids had a ton of fun. I'm already looking forward to next year.