Saturday, October 19, 2019

Grandparents Visit Part 5 (Stone Forest)

So first a little flashback fun to the first time we went to the Stone Forest...
8 years ago!


A little bit has changed since then,
although we can still pick up our big boys.

(The other two wouldn't get all the way out of this picture,
and when I showed them the old one
they kept saying, "Where was me? Where's Dander?" or "Where was I?")

Alright there is a proper family photo

Back in time to 2011 again.

I have to say the Stone Forest is easier without a baby tied on to you.

2019
And probably our best whole family photo of the trip!

This is Aaron's "I'm Abigail's bodyguard look"
because the boys all decided bodyguards always where sunglasses.














Lots of climbing that day



Eating a picnic lunch


Climbing up to Alexander's favorite spot,
something he decided was like a turret in a castle.




Abigail did great at walking and hiking.
She often ran ahead of all of us, making us run faster.




Up high along the outer ring



Secret passage



Abigail's favorite thing

"These flowers make me very, very happy!"

Walking back.
We're all getting kind of tired by that point


Aaron really likes to climb


And scare Grandma

Whew, back to the electric tram.
Andrew wasn't sure he could do it for a while, but he did.


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Grandparent's Visit Part 4 (Alexander's LOTR Epic Birthday)

We had a lot of people here to get ready for Alexander's birthday the night before


Birthday breakfast

Dragon slaying


Pinatas


Aaron going crazy trying to break his with eyes closed
What has he gots in his pocketzes?  Game




Present Andrew made


Presents!

Flying ball present from an Uncle and his family
AKA how to get your brothers to go fetch


More presents

So many presents I don't think we even got pictures of them all yet.


Treasure hunt







I made everyone capes,
it was kind of an early Christmas present for the kids.




We went to a local restaurant for birthday dinner.
Alexander had people travel across the world, country, and city to attend his birthday celebration.

What Alexander really wanted to eat for his birthday was this sort of
hash-brown dish that he calls potato pizza

Abigail likes it too




Alexander's chocolate mousse covered birthday cake

Did you know that the book says the battle at Weathertop
happened on October 6th?



Fiery candle


Trouble lighting candles and fiery cake and singing


First time we ever bought decent scoopable chocolate and vanilla ice cream at
a store for a birthday.