Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pearly Girl

1st Day of School

3rd Grade!

1st Grade!

Round Up

We got to spend the day with this cool kid.

  Vera has been a baking, making machine. Here she is rolling out energy balls.

One of Tata's art projects from the summer. Can you guess which one is Keller's, Vera's, and Keara's? I will hint that Keller is ridiculously obsessed with Pokemon at the moment. ;) 

This girl! She has been making us earn our money lately. At 9 and a half months old, she climbed out of her crib two nights ago when I was making her cry it out. Urgh. What to do now. She is literally a little monkey child, climbs and falls off of things daily. 

Already Loves to Read

Pool Party

More From the Cabin

Just about the time our family needed a distraction, we were joined by House Von Clas' owners, a rad family. J has known Bry since high school and they generously let us stay at their cabin (named House Von Claus. No Bry in sight, he had to work, J got to feel what it would be like to have two wives and six children. It was crazy fun...lots and lots of boy energy. Poor Vera and Pearl!

Steph brought supplies to make dream catchers.

See behind J, that is bear spray and we saw bear poop on some of our walks. Ask me and I can tell you about the time I went running by myself and gave myself a heart attach thinking that a boxer was not in fact a dog, but instead a  mini bear rustling through the bushes.

We made many meals, including Dutch Babies.

The kiddos discovered Kinetic Sand.

Keller found a buddy.

You can never have too many art supplies.

More pizza!

Gorgeous views!

The remaining pictures do sum it up, an adventure that I hope the kids will remember for many years. Tons of fun, many laughs, a few freak outs, a hell of a long drive with kids needing to pee every hour on the hour, a chance to learn about fire safety, log jumping, lake swimming, and just about everything and anything in between.


Thanks Steph and Bry!!!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Yuba Feather Museum

 From The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide:

The Yuba Feather Museum and Gold Trader Flat is an unique indoor / outdoor museum dedicated to preserving the history of eastern Butte, northern Yuba and Plumas Counties.  
Exhibits cover the Maidu people, mountain men and early settlers, Chinese immigrants, gold mining, the timber industry. giant saw blades and timber industry tools, Maidu and Chinese artifacts, mining equipment, early skies and snowshoes for humans and horses that shaped the local culture.  
Gold Trader Flat is a replica of an 1870s gold mining town with school house, chapel, hotel, saloon, miner's cabin, sheriff's office and jail, Wells Fargo office, pioneer homestead, mercantile, dressmaker's shop and millinery, and mine adit.  The Museum houses an extensive collection of old photos, primary documents of the period, and genealogical resources.  Docents are on hand to provide local color and answer questions.

As we were driving to our destination I did a quick read up on Yuba Feather Museum. It sounded so cool until it mentioned that it is open only on the weekends. We were driving there on Monday. Whoops. Fast forward to arriving there, because we decided to check it out no matter what. The door was open! I walked in saying, "Hello, hello! Anyone in here?" They were, for a work day, and were super nice to give us a private tour of their museum. It helped that my kids were interested and asked great questions. It was a proud parent moment.

The saw/logging room was particularly interesting to Keller.


Once you walked outside to the town, there was lots to see including the barber where you can have those pesky bullets removed 3 for a $1.

Please, please don't let this be a hint of our future.

It reminded me a bit of Old Sacramento, with less tourism.

Getting taller!

A bonnet for $8, this is my kind of museum. So flippin' cute.