Our first long weekend of vacation was spent with Dan's longtime friends, The Hansons, in Eastern Washington at Sun Lakes Resort. When the only things to do is to either swim in the lake, lay in the sun, dig in the sand, splash in the pool, take a nap, or grill some grub...well, life is good! We all enjoyed ourselves and our time with the Hanson family.
The second leg of our vacation began a few days later when we left for more fun in the hot sun in Idaho. En route to our vacation spot, we happened upon a children's festival in Spokane where Jackson got to cool off by splashing in a huge fountain and, even better, he got to meet some policemen and firemen who let him try on their gear.
Dan and Matt played some tunes for us...
The kids all played together...
...And the lake was put to good use by all for sand castle building, splashing, swimming, boating, kayaking, and wakeboarding.
The whole group had a great time and was sad to part ways at the end of our stay.
Though we were back at home, the vacation didn't end there. After a night in our own beds and an obligatory stop at the local Krispy Kreme for some donuts, we spent the next day traveling to Mt. Rainier with Mom & Dad Blankenship.
The mountain was as gorgeous as ever and the wildflowers were in full bloom. We spent about 6 hours hiking at an easy pace for the benefit of Grandma Jan, pregnant Jill, and flower-sniffing, rock-throwing Jackson. Our ascent up to Panorama Point and back to the Paradise Lodge were accompanied by the scents of the wildflowers and the shrill, whistling calls of the marmots who peaked from their perches in the surrounding meadows.
You know what's better than a snowball? Two snowballs!
Our little dude puts the HAPPY in "happy camper" and this shirt suits him oh so well.