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Priest River, Idaho

Once again, we’ve been so busy living life, we haven’t found time to write about it :) We do have a bunch of posts lined up, so prepare for a small barrage as we play catch-up!


After a 5-day trek, we made it to Idaho!

Jason’s sister and her family were visiting from Oregon when we arrived, so we lucked out and got to see them too before they left. Divagirl and her cousins were able to have fun together, at least for a couple days.

We planned to visit Jason’s parents for 3 weeks, which provided some nice downtime for everyone. We were able to park Edelweiss on their property, and have water and electrical hookups, although we spent most of our time inside their house playing games, doing school work and just plain relaxing. The kids loved spending time at Nana and Grandpa’s house :)

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One Hundred Years!

My Grandma is an amazing woman and on June 30th she celebrated her 100th birthday! Such an accomplishment. We came into town to spend time with her for a few days. Our boys helped with some landscaping chores around her house.

The first evening my aunt and uncle hosted a BBQ at the campground where we both stayed. Grandma was even spry enough to tour our home which was really cool :)

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Washington DC

On our second foray into D.C. we were accompanied by my cousin, Dan. We met him at his house and he cooked us a splendid breakfast! He works at the State Department and had a parking space downtown so this time we got a personal chauffeur. Coming back on a Tuesday was less crowded since, theoretically, people should be back at work although there were still tour buses full of people.

Our good friends, Rebecca and Jonathan, in Seattle had given the kids a National Park passport book that we have stamped when we visit a National Park, Forest or Monument. I think with this one trip we nearly filled an entire section! It’s a fun way to record all the national places we visit so hopefully the kids will be reminded of them when they get older.

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Memorial Day

This whole weekend we have been remembering the sacrifices made by our military men and women to help keep us free. A terrible, necessary sacrifice. My own cousin is off somewhere, doing who knows what to ensure our freedom. I hope he is safe.

Today we had a BBQ at my cousin Dan’s house and I got to meet his lovely new wife and her two children, and to see his 3 kids again, whom I hadn’t seen in 4 years!

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National Museum of the Marine Corps

This morning we joined our wonderful relatives, who recommended today’s outing, and ventured to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a fantastically designed museum about 5 minutes from our spot in Prince William Forest. As we walked into the grand entry hall, a round circular room made of marble, and decorated with photos, period quotes, hanging airplanes and realistic vignettes — we were all in awe at the amount of detail displayed in each of them.

We spent about 10 minutes walking around before entering the main gallery, which wound it’s way around in a circular fashion, showcasing the role of the Marines throughout the decades.

One of the first exhibits you encounter is an overview of the Marine Corps, where you hear from Marines and their perspectives on the Corps — the training they endure, and what it truly means to work as a team. Next to the hanging obstacle course…obstacles…was a small indoor firing range, which is one of the few things you need to pay for, as everything else is free.