We had the privilege of enjoying a day at Mt. Ranier just one week before we moved, when Baby was 3 weeks old. It was fun to introduce Baby to our love of hiking and the beautiful world around us when she was so little!
We didn’t take a very strenuous hike. (Due to the fact that I was only three weeks beyond giving birth.) We walked a very beautiful trail though, called Grove of the Patriarchs. If you ever visit Rainier and want to take a nice and beautiful stroll, I highly recommend this trail. The trees are grandiose and there is a swinging bridge to cross. Here are a few pictures of what we saw while on the trail.
The kids decided to hold up some of the fallen trees!
If you want to feel small, stand next to some of these trees. You realize, you’re pretty young and pretty small both.
Here they are standing inside the roots of a fallen tree.
We enjoyed watching this little bird (which I think we identified as a Western Wood-Pewee) feeding her babies. We stood by the side of the trail and watched for a long time. Other hikers stopped to watch when they saw us watching her. The ones who had children with them thanked us for pointing this out. It’s a reminder that it’s important to pay attention to what is going on around you, otherwise you might miss out on some really neat experiences.
Before we left the Park, the kids all got their Junior Ranger badges. This is one of the highlights for them of visiting National Parks.
My husband took the kids, while I was still pregnant, on another visit to the Tulip Festival in Mt. Vernon, Washington. I have to admit that I stayed at a friend’s house while they went up there and took a nap. My husband was so kind as to take lots of photos so that I could enjoy it later. I just have to share some of these pictures with you. I’m sure you’ll have the same response to these pictures as I did, and wonder why in the world I chose to take a nap rather than enjoy these sights, but sometimes pregnant ladies choose to sacrifice all kinds of things for a little sleep.
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.” ~Claude Monet
Life has been very busy since I last posted. When our newest little family member was one month and one day old, we moved to a new home. So we have been very busy packing, packing, packing and then unpacking.
We have unpacked so many boxes in the last six weeks that it has been amazing. As you can imagine, I’ve been a little tired, but the Lord has been good and we finished our unpacking last week. And we are really enjoying our new home.
During all of our business of unpacking the baby has continued to grow and change. They always do so much of that at this age. She’s almost three months old now and is smiling at everything around her. For the most part, she’s really a happy baby.
We all love her so much and already can’t hardly imagine what life was like without her. It’s just amazing how quickly a baby is so much a part of the family.
God has been so good to us this summer. In the next few posts (I hope to be able to post much more frequently now) I plan to show you some of the fun things that we were able to squeeze in to our summer.