My great nephew came to visit today. He is usually very happy and loves to play with the kids, but we woke him up from his nap accidentally so he was not as cheerful as normal. I loved how his “puppy dog” eyes told us so much!
Audrey is most interested in Monarch butterflies, but she also enjoys photographing the outdoors. This year she earned Honorable Mentions for her “Momma” and “Fairy Door” photographs at this years Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest.
This was the second year that Megan entered pictures into the Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest. She works very hard getting good pictures and hopes to earn a ribbon next year. She asked Mr. Courtney (who is in charge) and he said she was youngest to enter any pictures! We learned later that the next youngest entry was taken by a ten year old.
As one of the youngest participants, Adrian won an honorable mention with his White Crocus in this years Elkhart County Parks Photo Contest. He enjoys taking pictures and he often takes a lot! I am really proud of how he is improving.
Today we watched the inauguration of President Trump. We turned on the news early and are still listening and watching everything that is going on. I have enjoyed listening to the children’s discussions on everything leading up to the swearing in and then President Trump’s speech.
I am ready for a good back packing trip. Since Mark was a newborn, we have often taken the kids out for challenging vacations. As the kids grow older, Allan keeps looking for new places to take us. When Mark was seven, Andrea almost five, Audrey just three and we were waiting for Adrian, we went to Glacier National Park for a week of back country hiking.
The older two had to walk all of the way and Audrey did a fair amount of hiking herself. We slept in a tent and ate dehydrated food all week. We played in ice cold mountain rivers and explored bear country.
(It is cold outside, and I am daydreaming of a good hike with the family. I wonder where we should go?)