Whew! We needed the quiet weekend we ended up having this weekend; friends were sick, so today’s plans got cancelled and to the kids chagrin I turned it into a grocery shopping and cleaning kind of day. But now they get to watch Star Wars Rebels while I catch up here, so they’re ok. :) And tomorrow it’s supposed to rain, so Molly & I are getting hair cuts while the boys go to a movie. And like I said, we needed it- last weekend was amazing but super busy and next weekend starts a flurry of birthday cleepovers and fun. So! About last weekend:
We kicked off Saturday early with a 2 hour drive north to wolf country and the sanctuary to meet the wolves. And I can’t do it justice, it was truly so amazing and almost life altering, just meeting those amazing creatures.
We went with three families we just love as much as the wolves and it was incredible. We all really connected with the animals. Molly & Jacob refused to feed them, but loved petting them. So I took their turn.
There was a pup (he looked big to us! but he was too young to interact with people off leash yet) that entranced Molly. She spent the whole time watching him. So we got a couple of pictures with him in the background.
Here are the girls with the pup, and then the whole crew:
Molly wants to go back in 4 months as soon as he’s old enough to pet. Meanwhile the boys got up close and personal. One of Jacob’s friends even fed him from his lips!
So you can see how tame they are. Here’s all the boys with them, getting nibbled on:
I love this picture, because it looks like the wolf is saying, “Enough of this. I’m eating this sweet one.”
After that, the guys needed to hit the bar.
We drove straight from lunch to the airport to get Cory! And the rest of the weekend was a blast of hanging out with him. The kids were in heaven. (Chuck and I had a great time too.)
That first night we went out for Mexican, and then everyone slept very well. The next morning we hit Monterey Park for dim sum and a hike in the woods. Where we got some spectacular pictures.
You can see how much the kids adore their uncle.
I love how they’re goofing, then settled:
And Cory sent me a couple of cute ones he took of kids.
We’ve had enough rain lately to get a waterfall.
And a lovey girl…
And an exploring boy, who delighted in being “taller” than Cory, whenever possible.
Cory took one of us (Molly was off climbing).
And on the way home, I got one last good one of the kids crashing on him.
Lastly, updates for the kids at school and activities… Molly was in the school Spelling Bee.
I love the Peanuts in the background. Here she is, spelling.
And Jacob has started up fencing again. He loves it, still, and is really good.
This week the kids get out at noon every day for Parent Teacher conferences, so it will be another busy week! And we’re one week away from having 9 year olds, so treasuring every moment of that…