Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Kalispell Time!

We always love our August weekend in Kalispell. This year was extra special because Art and Diane had a party at Woodland Park to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary! That's awesome! Here is some of the many guests there. It was a lot of fun!
Jordan, Abbey, and Terri arrived on Saturday while we were at the park. Teague was thrilled to see them. Mom, me, and the kids made it up very late on Friday night. They had just got home on Thursday from North Dakota, and Mom had to work Friday. We stopped in Missoula and ate with Callie (their were terrible thunderstorms and the hardest rain I've ever seen on the way there). Then we continued through the coolest and scariest lightning and a super dark night (a terribly sad wreck too). It was not our best driving experience. We were awfully glad to see Diane at 11:30!
I was not very good on camera duty. This is the only picture I have of Aunt Diane and Art together.
These two are so pretty :)
I love this picture. When they are all together, you can really see how much they look alike. They had some pictures from Diane and Art's wedding there. It was really neat to see the dresses and how young Bill and Terri were!
Avery called this "the banana squeeze". That's a lot of kids there!
Time to feed the ducks. Dana was smart and brought a ton of bread. I was at the other playground with Teague but joined them shortly afterward. We have L-R: Carter, Kolt, Luke, Avery, Josh, Jada, and Madeline.
Maddy, Josh, and Jada on the cool climbing tree.
These two of course can't look at me!
After the party, we headed over the the water park. We all had so much fun. Teague wrapped himself like a rock and thought he was really funny! It was a gorgeous day though.
Jada and Maddy take a gymnastics class, and they were very impressed with Abb and Jord's skills.
Swimming makes you hungry!
We always love the lazy river. Carter is pretty brave now too. He pretty much just takes off, and I have to keep up with him.
This is what happens to little boys who have been playing in the sun all day! It's so cute!
We went back to Art and Diane's and had the funnest night. We had some fierce bean bag toss games between Art, his friend Jeff, John, Dacia, Kathi, Mike, me, Dana, Jordan, and Abbey. We just laughed and laughed. As you can see, the kids had fun too. That's Carter getting splashed!
I love this action photo! Luke's running away and Josh's jump is pretty impressive. These three got along great. They were playing inside and made a no grownup zone. They didn't seem to cause any trouble though so we let them!
These two are trouble together - I think everyone said that this weekend. They both have a tendency to cause problems especially with their little brothers.
Teague loved the little pool when he woke up. He made Jordan sit by him and just wouldn't let her leave.
Gymnastics time. They did some impressive handstands, flips, and cartwheels. They were amazed by Abbey too. She did some backflips and aerials for them.
I can't believe how blonde little Kolt has become. Almost all the red is gone!
We stayed out at Dana and Jason's house Saturday night. When we woke up they made a great breakfast for us, and then we explored their yard. This is their pony Pepper. She is so nice. Carter loved her.
Ave loved her little ride on Pepper.
The little boys enjoyed the toys more than the animals. I think that's to be expected.
Feeding Pepper some carrots was a big highlight for Carter.
They have chickens too. This is Avery being a chicken!
You can always get good smiles out of the three girls!
All 6 on the trampoline! Fun, fun, fun. These kids had such a good time, they are spoiled rotten!
That afternoon we went to Whitefish Lake and the beach. It's so shallow, it's the best. Ave just headed right out when we got there.
Carterman loved it too. He started out trying to build sandcastles though. He and Ave made some lovely decorations on them.
Grandma actually let me take a picture of her. She enjoyed the lake also. It was a perfect day for it. Jordan and I were jumping off the dock at this time. It was nice to have so many people (Diane, Mom, Terri) there to help!
3 little monkeys hanging out at the beach!
The whole Stevens family joined us out there.
A lake photo. From L-R: Jordan, Teague, Jada, Maddy, Mom, Carter, me, and Avers.
Kolt was a maniac in the lake. He does not have any fear about the water! Dana had to put his swimming diaper on him out in the water because he didn't want to get out.
Just more playing.
Dana and I tried paddleboarding. It was pretty tough! Getting up on the board was quite a feat for both of us. It was fun though! There was thunder in the distance however, so we had to come in.
Last but not least, Mr. Teague in the net. He thought he was pretty funny! Thank you so much to everyone. We had so much fun!

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