Saturday, August 31, 2013

Team Unicorn's first soccer game.

 Team Unicorns!
Ellie's first year playing soccer and her very first game.
 This was their first game after only 2 practices.
The girls did great, especially for some of them not
knowing anything that was going on.
 Ellie's cheer squad and biggest fan!
 It must be in her blood, Jeremy's whole family
played soccer, Ellie is aggressive and quite the good player so far.
 She played goalie for the last part of the game.
The cutest little soccer player I've ever seen!

The score was 0-0, but all the girls played great 
and looked like a good little team.
Jeremy and I are both surprised to see Ellie
dribbling so good, keeping right up
with everyone, and actually being aggressive.
Jeremy went and practiced with her a few times,
it must have helped.  Maybe this will be her sport.
Oh it would make her Daddy so proud.
Ellie told me, "Mom you run a lot in soccer"
haha, yes you do sweetie.
She especially loved that you get treats and a 
drink at the end.

Ellie's first day of Kindergarten

 August 29th 2013.
Elliette's first day of Kindergarten finally came!
She could hardly wait.
  Jeremy was actually home so we both got to take her to school
on her very first day.
 She let me take a few pictures,
but she really just wanted to get to school.

 Walking down the hall.
Such a big girl.
  I was choking back tears walking her down.
  Her teacher Mrs. Hales showing her where her
cubby was.  Then she got a name tag and learned where 
her table was.
{she is blue table and blue square on the floor}
Happy first day Elliette Avarie!
And yes I cried the second I left her and walked down the
hallway.  She was super excited and not scared at all,
so that helped.  But so hard dropping off my baby
for the start of her school career.
So much change, and such a milestone. 

It almost doesn't seem real that Ellie is really in school.
We talked about it all Summer, got her a new backpack,
went school clothes shopping, and still when the morning came
it didn't seem like we were going to actually drop her off.
I am glad that Ellie was excited, it helped dropping her off.
No clinging, or crying and even scared looks like
don't leave me here.
My baby is growing up!
I am not sure if she allowed to get any bigger,
but I am glad she loved her class, teacher and all their
first day activities.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

My babies are off to school

 My babies are off to school!
Elliette is off to Kindergarten,
and Emery her first year of Preschool.
 Not sure how it is possible to have them both in school.
I swear we just brought them home from the hospital.

 Miss Emery is so excited for school.
It is finally her turn to go this year.

  She can't wait to be a big girl too and
finally start school like big sister.
 I think we will be doing lots of this this year.
Hope they both study hard, learn lots,
meet new friends and love their classes.
 Elliette couldn't be more excited to start Kindergarten.
She will be in Mrs. Hales class this year.
I hope I can keep it together dropping her off for her first day.

  I hope the fact that she is super excited will help me 
let my sweet, timid, tender-hearted baby go to school
for what will be the start of her whole school career.
 
 School year 2013-2014
 Elliette Avarie 5 years old.
 This shows how excited these two are.
 Riverview Elementary 
Here she comes!

My girls can't wait for school to start,
I think Ellie asks me every day when does her school start.
Emery keeps telling me she is going to Ellie's
teacher.  She will be in the same preschool Ellie went to
for two years.  She also told me today,
"Mom we be full, but when we be hungry
teacher give us snack"
I think she is excited to play and have snack time.
We went to Ellie's open house to learn where her
class was, and meet her teacher,  She was a little intimidated
and quiet, but left excited.  She seemed like such 
a small fish in a big pond in that big school.  
These two just better quit growing up so fast 
because their Mama's heart can't handle it.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Jackson Hole/Yellowstone 2013


Road trip!!!
We packed up the car with snacks,
treats and a bag of road trip surprises to keep
little ones entertained on the way to Yellowstone.
We didn't even make it to the point of the mountain
before I had to dig out surprises.
Ellie's sad face because the trip is taking sooooo long!
(only 2 hours into it)
P.S. The white boards were a hit, for drawing,
tic-tac-toe, hang-man, and even sad faces.
($2 Walmart) 
 Road trip food!
We had two cars of us, so we traded off riders often.
Idaho Falls, ID.
We found the cutest zen garden right in the middle
of the city when we stopped for lunch.
We all loved it!
We need a zen garden here where we live.
Kids loved exploring, 
and everyone needed to get out and stretch.
So tranquil.
YAY!
for getting out of the car.
We made it to Jackson Hole, WY.
First things first,
shopping!
We found $10 sweatshirts!
Score!
Cowboy/Wyoming pride
Bears in all the stores.
Antler Arch in the town square
of Jackson Hole.
We took like 100 pictures here,
it felt like it anyways.
After dinner Jeremy took the girls to the room
and we got to explore the town at night.
Famous Cowboy bar.
Goodbye Antler Motel!
Yup Motel, lol.
But it was a great location,
and our cabin made up for our motel stay.
Thursday heading out of Jackson Hole into
The Grand Teton National Forest.
Tetons in the background.
So beautiful.
 
They kept getting grander and bigger as we got into the park.
Our first stop in the Tetons was Jenny Lake.
A local had told us to take the ferry across and do the quick hike.
Glad we knew, the ferry ride wasn't big and advertised
until you went down to catch it.
Ellie told me the ferry ride was her favorite part.
Amazing views all around.
We were warned!
Feed no animals!
Jenny Lake.
The most crystal clear and pretty green water
I have ever seen.
Our hike at Jenny Lake.
Hidden Falls.
It is about a 1/2 mile hike up to Hidden Falls.
So pretty.
Did you know Jeremy is related to Lewis
of Lewis and Falls.
He always calls him
"Uncle Meriwether"
lol!!
Lewis Falls were 30 feet falls.
Not the tallest we saw, but so pretty and love that they were so wide.
Lewis Falls, Yellowstone National Park
We stopped at Old Faithful on our way to
our cabin.  While waiting for it to go off Jeremy, the girls
and I walked around the boardwalk and explored.
Right down from Old Faithful were neat craters.
Old Faithful.
(Jeremy says Bellagio is better, haha,
maybe he needs it set to music)
Ellie's first time seeing Old Faithful go off.
 Driving to West Yellowstone we saw these two bison
in the distance.  We jumped out of the car immediately.
So magical seeing them in the wild.
Right down the road were a bunch of cars stopping 
again (note* if you see lots of cars stopped in
Yellowstone, it means animal sightings)
There were a whole herd of elk in the brush.

Finally we made it to the cabin!
We went through the Tetons,
saw Jenny Lake, came up the bottom of Yellowstone,
saw Lewis Falls, Old Faithful, 2 bison and elk!
Whew!
What a first day!
If you are coming to West Yellowstone hit me up 
for our cabin/townhouse details.
This place was the bomb!
Exploring the place.
It had a huge master and two other bedrooms.
Awesome front room with massive TV, a fireplace
and the most comfy couches.
The perfect way to relax after riding all day.
We didn't have that hotel feel.
Felt like home.
Friday was day two in the park.
Our first stop on our new route was Gibbon Falls.
River leading from Gibbon Falls.
It's so pretty to turn the corner and see
the incredible falls.
Ellie and Aunt Kat.
This was our coldest day, it rained a bit.
But didn't last all day.
The girls loved walking the rocks as much as
the falls.
(these girls were such troopers! lots of car
riding, in and out of the car, and they did awesome}
Mountain girl!
Just looking like a model in the woods.
Do NOT get off the path!
{I did touch the water, yup it's hot}
Artists paint pots.
Extra steamy and very Vampire Diaries feeling.
Can you tell they were steamy?
Look at the humidity setting in on my hair.
  
They look like they are in a Christmas tree forest
looking to cut down their own tree.
Cool rocks on the way to Mammoth Hot Springs.
At Mammoth Hot Springs.
Not my favorite thing we saw, but you have to stop.
Cutest picnic stop ever!
Right after Mammoth Hot Springs heading East this is the
first picnic area and it is just darling.
Right by a river and was our favorite spot.
Our lunches were quite the big deal.
We all had been joking about our Indian names.
We had Restless Rider #1
Restless Rider #2
(the two small ones)
We think our packed meals were our best.
We made yummy chicken salad sandwiches and lots of sides.
"Chief Worrysome"
haha!
The girls fed like 100 of the chipmunks here.
That was their favorite part.
Packing out our lunches.
"pack it in, pack it out"
See our perfect river setting for our picnic.
Next stop was Tower Falls
for a huge waterfall and ice cream.
{we didn't stop at petrified tree, which 
was along our path.  Later we ran into some
people that said that is where they saw 2 moose.
So just sayin ya may want to stop}
Lower Falls.
The highlight of the trip for everyone.
They call this area 
"The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone"
you can see why.
Lower Falls.
So incredible.
 
You can't even describe how huge it is.
We took the hike down, it's steep going down.
This is the huge, wide river leading to the falls.
 I especially loved the wide roaring river.
Ellie kept talking about the waterfall that was green.
You can see in the picture that parts of the water coming down
the falls were green.  Like someone poured food coloring on it.
White water rapids?
 Lower Falls, Yellowstone 2013
The two "G's" taking it all in.
Group shot
Some of us missed the jumping memo.
Saturday was our third day in the park.
We first came to Fountain Paint Pots.
You can see the incredible blue water from the road.
Next was Lower Geyser Basin.
Have you ever seen that color yellow in nature?
The whole group.
Who wants to jump in?
I did, so not fair to have water that blue that you can't get in.
This was before both girls got slivers in both their hands.
Can we say fun times.
The only bears we saw in the park.
We were hoping to spot some, but no such luck.
Old Faithful for the 2nd time.
Mama Jo was in awe of all the natural wonders.
We passed over the Continental Divide 3 times.
We took a small route off the main road
{firehole north}
and saw some awesome things.
White Dome Geyser.
We timed it perfect to see it go off.
"Jer do something geyser-ish"
this is what I get, haha.
Tatonka! 
Again had PERFECT timing to see this guy
just roaming the range.
Incredible.
Then once again saw some elk.
We couldn't go to Yellowstone and not get in the water.
The water right here wasn't even cold.
Probably at parts in the park, but it was perfect.
Goodbye Yellowstone!
You have been majestic, incredible and we can't wait to come again.








 
Goodbye White Heron cabin rental.
You were perfect also!
Why hello there Mr. Moose!
Okay, okay so we didn't see moose or bear in the park,
so we can to pay to see them.
But, we could not have gotten so up close.
At Bear World, Idaho.
Petting a little deer.
Its horns were soooo soft!
This place had everything.

We could have watched the cubs play all day!
We saw so many bears,
honestly they were everywhere we turned.
There were some so close we could have touched them.
So even though it wasn't in Yellowstone,
we were just as excited, maybe even more to be this close
to lots and lots of bears.
A must do!

This trip was 100% Jeremy's idea.
I am so glad he thought about going.
His Mom flew our from Florida to come along,
and my Mom and Katelyn came too.
We had quite the fun crew.
Yellowstone was incredible!
I can't believe all the wonders in nature we saw.
One regret was not see the Midway Geyser
with the Grand Prismatic Pool.
It was open our first day, but we had not even gotten to
the cabin yet, so we decided to see it another day, then
when we made it back for some odd reason it was closed.
Next time we won't miss it.
We saw lots, laughed lots and packed in some yummy lunches.
I think a picnic in Yellowstone is a must.
The girls were such fun ages to take,
they didn't look bored out of they minds like some teenagers
we saw with their parents.
They loved everything we saw, and especially loved playing back at the
cabin and eating on our deck.
We will never forget our trip!