Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Spokane's only an hour and a half from Blake and Maren's place, and we'd never been there. So we dedicated a day to beautiful Spokane. Thank goodness for electronic devices! Many hours were spent in the car like this:
 Notice Mr. Matthew nodded off (literally):
 This is in reverse order. (I guess Blogger decided to change things up so they make more sense, now...but I'm not about to go through uploading my pictures in the correct order all over again.) We had done a little research on what's not to miss in Spokane. One was Manito Park. It is a huge park, designed by the same person who designed Central Park in NYC. This spot in particular is like a European garden, symmetrical with a water fountain. I would imagine it's gorgeous when all the flowers are in bloom. The kids had fun running around the paths and rolling down the hill:

 Right next to it is the Gaiser Conservatory. It isn't large, but is just filled with delicious flowers, cacti, a stream, and plants. We enjoyed our time in there. A treat for the eyes. At the end, I let each of the kids take 3 pictures each of whatever they wanted to. Somehow I ended up with more pictures than the alloted 3 each. But aren't they pretty!

 The boys set up this one. So silly.
 Colin tried to make me promise not to post this. He was goofing off, but I just think it's too funny.
 He sure was on one that day!

 Ella had a penny she wanted to drop into the water. Mira watches.
 Can I drop it in, Mom?
 Aren't they scrumptious? I just love them!
 Me and my sweetie:

 Ella loved all the flowers.
 My first attempt at getting one of Ella when Colin pops in for a hello. That kid!
 Mira giving herself bunny ears. That girl makes me laugh.
 And another one of Colin hamming it up:
 Chad, Ella, Matthew, Micah. This was the Japanese garden in Manito Park. It is very well maintained with a koi pond, small waterfall, rock garden, and all sorts of lovely trees and shrubs. A great place for the locals to stroll through and relax in a quiet environment.

 Spokane River runs through the city, has a few waterfalls which you can walk over via bridges. It was a clear, sunny day and we loved it. Well, maybe excepting Mira. She got to the breaking point. As we were leaving to head to the car, she's on her scooter and drops it shouting, "I'm so tired, Mom! I'm not going anymore. You need to pick me up." That wasn't going to happen. I had my hands full with some other things and I tried to coerce her by saying I'd tell her a story while we walked. She just collapsed on the ground, people milling around us. Crying and shouting, I got sympathetic smiles and comments from people. It must have been humorous to see.
 Micah, Chad, Matthew, Ella, Nicole, Mira, Colin:
 Checking out the water. I can't remember if the boys actually had a spitting contest here, or if they started planning it and I nixed it. Either way, a spitting contest is always a boy's favorite activity on a bridge over water.

 Mira at a little playground in the city center:
 Maren told us to take this tricycle for Matthew, and we're glad we did. He felt like a stud on it. Chad followed him around while he scooched here and there. The girls had their scooters and Colin had his RipStick. (Micah lost his scooter a while back, so he used his legs.)
 At Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane is the huge Radio Flyer wagon which has monkeybars underneath, a play area up top, and a slide where the handle would be. Totally cute and lots of fun.
 Everyone tried coaxing Matthew down the slide. He's look like he was ready to go, but then would back out. Micah's at the bottom, trying to reassure him he'd be safe.
 Mira offered to take him down on her lap. He didn't go along willingly.
 It's so scenic here. You've got geese, ducks, fun play equipment for little ones, bridges, a bell tower, a lovely river...

 Colin: "Mom, make it look like I'm squishing the wheel!"

 These city-themed cement blocks were very cool.

 Matthew the Stud:
 Chad ran back to the car to fetch crackers so the kids could feel the geese and ducks. Very fun.
 Matthew loved the birds.
 Before we left for Spokane, I grabbed a few shots at Blake and Maren's. Our kids loved playing with Braden and Brody's Trios. They created ships, battlefields, etc. Ella wanted pictures of their creations. She was quite proud.

 Not only was there time spent in the cars watching movies, but also playing DS. And not just in the car, either. Colin and Micah enjoyed teaching Braden the finer aspects of "Plants vs. Zombies." In return, Braden taught them how to play "Where's My Water" on Blake's iPad.

 Everyone loves new baby Hunter! Here are Brody, Mira, and Hunter:

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