Honestly, 2017 was an interesting year. There were so many highs and lows. However, overall, it just felt like a strange year where things did not seem quite right. Granted, it was not a horrific or awful year… just odd. You know?
Initially, the year began wonderfully with plenty of driving and exploring. From snowy mountains, to hidden wooden bridges in the woods, to a stunning bridge on the border. When John and I bought our 4Runner it was for this exact reason. The first few weeks of the year were spent exploring.
John and I chose to explore the falls again; this is just twenty minutes away and a popular spot to hang out. Also, there is a huge playground for the kids to play at so it is a win for everyone! In March, Carson began soccer practice. It is the sport he chose to play for the winter/spring season. Not to much later, I went out with the girls for dinner and movie.
On March 26, my mom’s mare gave birth to her first foal! A little pinto colt that we chose to name Odin. Unfortunately, about five months later we had to put him down due to a freak accident. Honestly, I still find myself crying over losing him. When the weather would permit, the boys would hope on their quads and dirt bikes to ride! Thankfully, the weather even held out for us on Easter!
Later, I went to an essential oils class in the most beautiful brick room. Seriously, the place was perfect for photos. In fact, I took dozens. Then at the rally races the boys, and I, got to meet Travis Pastrana! As you can tell in the photo, Carson is thrilled ha! John took us to Palouse Falls for the first time and we fell in love. There is a long hike that you can do to reach the falls, but Carson would have been too exhausted.
our summer continued
In June, Carson rode his bike without training wheels successfully for the first time! His older brother, Brayden, did amazing running with him and cheering him on. We all were SO proud. Next, John and I flew to Virginia to meet his family and visit with his sister. The very next weekend was Billetproof. A large car show that the entire car club stays at for a couple days.
Our summer was full of more adventure! We went to a gorgeous park, lit sparklers for the Fourth of July, and went to a wet lands conservatory. Each trip we went with a group of friends which made it even more fun! (Crossing fingers we adventure even more this year!)
Later in the summer was a tractor show. The kids had their faces painted, got to play on tractors, and participate in a fun activity to win prizes! Next, we were invited for family photos! John and I have a very blended family when it comes to our kids. We wouldn’t have it any other way though. Later, we drove to Mount Saint Helen’s and fell in love with the mountain all over again.
We closed up the summer with an incredibly fun 5k bubble run and John’s mom getting remarried! After that, things went slow. Finally, we got more family photos taken!