We have been so excited for Derek, Amy, Charlotte, Juliette, and Emily to come visit us in Washington. We have had a chain countdown for about a month and the day finally came when they arrived and the adventures and the fun began.
They arrived on Saturday and we showed them around and took them to the park. We fed the ducks, played on the playground, and walked around the dock.
Cute cousins reunited again!
These three were pretty much inseparable the entire trip.
Sunday we went to church and after dinner we decided to go to Tahoma National Cemetery to see all the flags for Memorial Day.
Paige was so excited for her cousins to come. She was kept very busy and she loved having someone to play with.
Nate told them to make their silliest faces and this is what he got....
At the cemetery. Charlotte had all sorts of questions and it was amazing to go and see and reflect on the sacrifices that all those men and women made for our country's freedoms.
Charlotte was so excited to see her name. This picture shows that open-mouthed amazement.
Both of Nate's grandpas and both of mine served in the military. I am so grateful for their service and their example of loving your country. It was incredible to see all the flags. It was sad to me to see those that had a killed in action flag next to their headstone. I even saw one that was my age and he was a husband and father. It makes me extremely grateful for the freedoms that I have.
We had a Memorial Day bbq and I even made some red, white, and blue cupcakes.
Tuesday we went first went to Flaming Geyser and did a short hike there.
Nate's amazing photography skills at work.
Then we headed over to Saltwater State Park. The girls got to put their feet in the Puget Sound, collected sea shells, looked at all sorts of little crabs and creatures hiding under rocks, and did lots of exploring.
Derek and Nate did all the lifting of rocks to see the crabs as the girls watched from a safe distance.
Under a couple of rocks we saw some small sucker type fish and this one even had eggs. We didn't even see the eggs at first because we were so focused on finding the fish. It was really neat to see the eggs. You can kind of see the fish in the water if you look closely.
Tuesday after breakfast we went on a little walk on the Soos Creek Trail.
Then we headed to Auburn because I had a doctor's appointment. While I was there they stopped at a thrift store and then we all went to the mall so the girls could ride on a carousel. Then after dinner all the girls got to go in the hot tub.
To be continued for the rest of our awesome week.............