Wednesday, July 14, 2010


An awesome family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge!
We love this place...and it's been way to long since we've been.
Good memories!

We were lucky enough to have Grandma (Ryan's mom) come along for the fun...
it sure is easy when you have a 1:1 ratio of kids and adults!

Our sweet Maya has been completely tongue tied since she was born.
Unfortunately we listened to the doctors when she was a baby and did nothing...
so this was her lucky month to have to undergo surgery.

She was terrified but managed through and all went well.
Now she loves to show off her ability to lick ice cream cones
(it made me so sad to hear her say that and realize that she never had been able to really lick!)

Lucky me! Happy birthday and mother's day landed on the same day.
Ryan made sure he spoiled me doubly and Alice was kind enough to help open the presents!

For our 10th anniversary I made the yummy carrot cake recipe that had been in our wedding cake (it's crazy good--I think I almost ate the whole thing myself!)
Here it is:

Carrot Cake Bars

2 c sugar

3 eggs


1 ½ c oil

2 tsp vanilla


2 ¼ c flour

2 tsp soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt


2 c grated carrots (fine)

1 c crushed pineapple (with some juice)

2 c coconut

1 c chopped nuts

Bake as a sheet cake at 350° for 35-40 minutes

(or bake it in whatever shape you want and figure out your own baking instructions!)

We managed to squeeze in a quick camping trip to our favorite campsite before the humidity and heat hit. I just love camping on mowed lawn and having bathrooms that smell like strawberries (as Maya pointed out!)

We are getting some great creative use out of our trampoline.
This particular day the girls conducted fairy flight school--complete with wings.

As it has heated up we've figured out how to combine sprinklers and bouncing!
So much fun!!!


Aim Aug said...

Camping on grass! That is genius, not possible here, but genius none the less. You make me want a trampoline....

Paul and Nancy said...

Um, yeah I guess I really did not know you had a trampoline...Also...that dress you are wearing is to DIE for!! I LOVE it!! You look so good in it. Was that the one form downeast you were thinking of sending back??

Anna said...

I wish we had a sprinkler! Looks like you have been having a LOT of fun recently! xxx

Kayelynn said...

I love your dress, too! What fun adventures you have all had together! Glad Maya is doing well with her new found tongue freedom. Both my boys were tongue tied. Justin's caused him trouble as a baby and I had to take him in special to have it clipped. Then, I had the doctor clip Ty's on the day he was born.

Brenlyn said...

I was tongue tied too as a baby (and I still am sometimes). A quick clip at the doctor's office did the trick. Mom didn't realize what he was doing until it was over. I've had many an ice cream cone since then. Looks like you're having a fun and busy summer!

melbel said...

K, I am sold on your carrot cake! I'm going to HAVE to try it now, even if I'm the only one eating it! And where is the Great Wolf Lodge? I know there's one in Kansas City in our neck of the woods, is that where you went? Fun memories!

steph said...

We had carrot cake for our wedding cake too, I'll make this for our anniversary coming up! THANKS!

Which campsite is your favorite? Always looking for tips...:)