Thursday, April 25, 2013

Blue Lake Park

Yesterday I decided to take the kids out to do something because the weather was so beautiful.  I wanted to go somewhere we hadn't gone before, but not too far away.  I remembered my friend Amber from church talking about a place called Blue Lake Park. I decided to look it up and take the kids there.

We initially went there for the splash pad.  On the website it said that any day it was over 70 degrees it would be turned on. 

They neglected to end it with the phrase "after Memorial Day" apparently, since it was not turned on and my kids were devastated. I tried to make the best of it, and we started exploring the area.  There was a really cool demonstration garden right next to the splash pad area, a field of fluffy dandelions for the girls to romp around in, and later we found a little swimming beach that my kids had a blast at.

It wasn't until after my littlest girl was in the water that I realized the sign said that kids younger than five can't get in the lake.  Talking to other moms I realized this was a rule created for the hugely packed summer days when the roped off swimming area becomes a petri dish of toddler swim diapers.  Seeing as she is potty trained and has been for awhile, and there were very few others there, they encouraged me to not worry about it.

And then the angry parks man came around on his golf cart just as we were leaving...and yelled at the other families who were still in the water.

Here are pics of our adventure! We will be back many times I am sure.


Too bad it wasn't turned on. Pretty view of the lake in background...


Demonstration Garden




I found it hilarious that with a playground right there
my kids still preferred the simple rock to climb on.





One of Kayla's spur of the moment performances.
This was obviously an important part of her song!

 
Ava was not happy about her dirty hands
after playing in the sandbox.


The beach has been spotted!


So, my friend who had mentioned this place to me before was randomly there with her kids! We were so excited to see our friends
and get to splash in the water together.



This was a little place the kids called their "hot tub".  They had dammed off that part of the water to let the sun warm it up.





Why, Jacob. Why?
Because, Mom. Because.





Jacob shark.
Da-dum...da-dum....


Isaac was a very cute leader for all the smaller children.


Such a pretty, serene place.  You would never know it is so close to the freeway and the Columbia River. I've driven by lots of times without knowing it was there!


.ducks.




Pretty cherry tree-lined street
on the way to the park's archery range.
Perfect family photo spot, catalogued in my mind
(and on this blog since my mind isn't always reliable).
All in all, a great little trip!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Playing Catch Up

 Some things I missed.  For Jacob's birthday we had Daddy take the boys to the Monster Jam monster truck show.  They had a great time.
  





On Valentine's Day, Ava tromped around as Tinkerbell. With hot pink rainboots, of course.


We picked carrots in February!


.daddy daughter moment.


My flowers from Nathan lasted two weeks!  I love alstromeria.


Can't keep this guy out of the garden. He loves it so much.


Pretty girl!


Ava turned FIVE. Going on fifteen.



Over spring break, we played with bubbles...
 
 
Went to Oaks Park amusement park in Portland by the river...



...made Dr Seuss-inspired paper landscape sculptures at the Troutdale library...

 
went to Leach Botanical Gardens...



had a treasure hunt which included goodies from one grandma....

 
and a gift certificate at our local nursery from the other grandma!  Isaac chose these flowers because they were black, which made them therefore cool.
 
 
The day before Easter, we had our egg hunt in the backyard.



Ten days ago or so, Jacob got to help Daddy start up the new lawnmower.

.so big.
 
 
After which Ava ran away around the corner and we had to chase her down.



Jacob and his 3D lego piece of art.  Very clever, I say!


A flower Nathan picked for me from our yard. Beautiful!
 
 
We are letting our kale go to seed so we can collect and replant them next season.  These are the beautiful flowers at the top of the kale plants.
 
 
I don't know what this plant is but it grows under our window and smells divine.
 
 
the red leaves on the maple tree


Today was a good day to put toys in a laundry tub and drag them out to the backyard.


Jacob found this slug today, and instantly bonded with him.
He is huge and disgusting.

.bonding time.