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23 September 2010

Cape Kiwanda

Posted by Jenny Hoelter | File under Beach, Kids

For the past couple of years, Peter has taken the kids to the beach for the last day of their collective summer break. This year the weather was NOT cooperating, but they braved the raindrops and climbed the big dune. I love these pictures where the kids look like they’re about to fall off a cliff into the ocean!

They specifically requested Pacific City so they could climb the “big dune” (aka Cape Kiwanda). Here is some great video of Drew and Sara rolling/falling down the dune.

There is no video, however, of Peter simultaneously carrying two small children up much of the 750ft dune.

12 September 2010

First Day!

Posted by Jenny Hoelter | File under Milestones, Owen, Sara

We are back to school too!

Owen started 2nd Grade last Wednesday where he’s gone for K and 1st grade. He knows most of the kids in his class and seems to have fallen into the routine pretty quickly. He gives thumbs up to chocolate milk for lunch and being able to bring his own book for “free reading”. He chose a book of Calvin and Hobbs comics and is learning about sarcasm.

We are SO big!

Sara started preschool last Thursday and has her second day tomorrow (she goes M, T, Th). She did great and had a good day, despite a really short nap. She has been squealing about going to school ALL summer long, and it’s fun to see her finally reach this point. I absolutely love this picture of her! Peter captured her smile and that hint of big-girlness that we see more and more of.

5 September 2010

St. Helens

Posted by Jenny Hoelter | File under Milestones

We (Peter and I, my parents, Brother Joe and Brother Lucas) hiked to the top! I didn’t fall in!

Now, how many girls get an anniversary gift like this??

No sextegenarians were harmed in the making of this post.

Keep climbing…

Madonna the chipmunk can hold 2 grapes and several M&Ms in her cheeks at the same time. I think she’s had practice…

Dad, Joe and Mom making the final push to the summit.

Me and my Pa

The lot of us, TOO ***ed close to the edge!!

Joe and Lucas carried cardboard ALL the way to the top, but ended up sliding down the glacier on their shoes.

The hike was 9 miles round trip with about 4500 ft. elevation gain. The summit is at 8, 300 (and change) and the views of the crater really put the eruption in perspective. My parents are amazing! Where should we go next year?