Thursday, July 24, 2014

Weekend Links

Happy Saturday! Each month, I compile a small list of links that caught my eye that I'd like to pass onto my readers.  I hope you enjoy them!




Summer Fun Friday: National Parks

Welcome back to Almond Place! I don't know about you but I can barely believe that our summer is barreling full steam ahead right into school in 10 days. Yowsa! 



We have been having SO. MUCH. FUN. Our time in Missouri has been fantastic and we are going to be sad when we have to head back from this incredible weather. Spending time at my in-laws is always fun and it's so awesome to see the kids growing before our eyes as they learn new things, hear new stories and go on new adventures with their Missouri Grandma and Grandpa. We've been blessed with our niece Lizzie as well who lives about an hour away. 

We have been so intentional in making sure we experience summer. We stopped at two National Parks on our trip and I'm hoping we hit one more on our way home.  

On our second travel day heading towards Woodland Park, Colorado, we stopped at the Great Sand Dunes. This place was so cool! We spent a couple of hours checking out the visitor center and exploring the dunes. Because we were still a few hours away from our camp site, we did not venture too far out into the sand, but we had enough time to dig a big hole and learn how the dunes were created. It was truly beautiful and the kids loved it! 






Our second big park was this past weekend when Jim and I snuck away to Saint Louis. The Jefferson Expansion Memorial is the Arch and museum. This is obviously a much more famous National park because of it's accessibility and recognizability. We attempted to get tickets for a trip to the top twice but it was very crowded. Next time we will know to reserve at least a day in advance.

The Arch itself is really stunning. The surrounding park is beautiful and it's in a lovely city. We explored the museum and I was able to pick up a bit more of my American history...which is sketchy at best ;-) 





I can't wait to bring the kids to the arch the next time we make it to St. Louis. 

Exploring National Parks is a great way to honor the country you are in and helps teach you all sorts of great things. I think it's so important to actually experience these places in real life...get them out of a text book and go see stuff!!

I only have a few more Summer Fun Friday posts coming up and then we hit back to school! I hope you and your family have been having a wonderful time exploring and creating memories together!!

Throwback Thursday: Siblings

One of the greatest privileges we have in raising our three kids is watching their relationships grow. 



This picture just melts my heart. It's from 2 years ago when Grace was about 3 weeks old. Andrew adored his new baby sister and she would do tummy time with him for a solid 15 mins...much longer than if she was with us! He was thrilled to help out and began the classic "let me show you around" type of learning you get from an older sibling. I love that I can see the peek of his pull-up out of his pjs. This seems so long ago!!



It is so hard to reconcile in my mind that this 4 year old is now 6.5 and that baby is now 2. Their sibling bond has continued to grow to today where I caught Andrew catching Grace while she was practicing jumping off the bed. It's moments like these that wipe away the tantrums and daily frustrations!