Tuesday, July 19, 2011

4th of July at the Ocean

We were invited to the Washington coast for the 4th of July to stay at Jeremy's Uncle's place. Jeremy's Grandparents, Dad and friends came too with some other kids. They had a great time playing on the beach while the adults enjoyed relaxing in the sun and sitting around campfires.

The kids found a jellyfish on the beach. Jeremy knows which ones sting and which ones are safe to handle. This one is a harmless Moon Jelly.

Isy...what more can we say....

All the kids lined up looking at the neighbor's fireworks. The kids were a pretty culturally diverse mix, we laughed at the line up of immigrants at the fence. 

Andre throwing a ball for the dog.

The entire beach skyline was filled with fireworks. We lit a fire on the beach and watched the fireworks and fired off some of our own. It was a perfect way to spend the 4th!

We brought our SCUBA gear to the ocean to attempt a dive on the coast. Here is Immer getting ready to descend into an unfamiliar dive site. Unfortunately the visibility didn't cooperate and we couldn't see a thing. I had to hold onto Jeremy the entire time to keep from getting separated. Exciting, but we won't be diving here again!

Monday, July 18, 2011


We took a spontaneous weekend trip to see an eccentric little town in the cascades called Leavenworth. The scenery is amazing! We shopped, ate, explored, rode a trolly and the kids inner-tubed down the river with Jer.

We were so busy taking pictures that we didn't noticed the little girls drinking from the dog fountain. Oops!
During the trip, Jeremy found out about a local garden called the Ohme gardens. It was a surprising deviation from our plans and resulted in some wonderful family photos with a breath-taking backround. This is one of the most amazing public gardens that we've ever seen.