April in The Mountains

Unexpectedly, we ended up spending almost the entire month of April in the mountains at our home outside of Leavenworth. I couldn’t have asked for a better time or better weather. We had the absolute best time watching late winter turn into spring in the mountains.

We arrived at the end of March to celebrate my birthday. Gosh, what a wonderful day it was. I got to enjoy coffee on the deck while the littles played outside, then we ventured into town for the most amazing hike.

I had never hiked up For the Boys at Ski Hill before, but it’s a legitimate hike {and mountain bike trail!} and it was perfect! We enjoyed the wildflowers, compliant children with hiking stamina and incredible views from the top.

Ben and Hannah were really into Easter this year. One of my favorite things we did was decorate eggs with homemade dye.

The snow still blanketed our yard the first week of April, but that didn’t stop us from pulling out the water table and ordering a trampoline for the kids.

Quickly after the snow melted, Ben’s blue truck became the focus of many adventures for Ben and Hannah. It’s no secret I loathed that truck last year, but now that Hannah is older and not terrified of it I adore it. It has been absolutely adorable watching those two sweeties go for rides together – Ben will pull up, open Hannah’s door for her and help her in, then take her for a ride. It’s like they’re playing “grown up.”

Alex took the week off for Ben’s spring break, which was such a treat to have a little more flexibility with his schedule {he did end up having a few obligations and had to make a trip back into Seattle one day} and more time with the kids during the day.

One of my favorite days during spring break was our trip into town. We took the kids to the pump track at Enchantment Park, then walked into town for lunch at Munchen Haus and ice cream from Whistlepunk.

Miraculously, both Alex and I were able to get our Covid-19 vaccines in early April. He opted for Moderna and I got Johnson & Johnson. We’re feeling so grateful to be fully-vaccinated.

Mid-way through our stint in the mountains my dad came for a visit!

It was extra special getting to see him after nearly a year and a half of going without. The kids adored spending time with him and we made so many memories.

After spending almost a month in the mountains, we only made it a couple days back in Seattle before deciding to take the plunge to make the move a bit sooner!