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Wild Walls Climbing Gym in Spokane, WA

WW LogoLast month I went with Julia, Kim and their families to Spokane for a post-Christmas getaway.  I got the rest of the vacation up on the blog last month, this post just kept getting pushed farther and farther down the pipeline.  Figured I should get it written and posted before it was to late!

On the last day of our vacation, after we sucked the energy out of the kids in the hotel swimming pool, we had a big party at Wild Walls Climbing Gym in Spokane.  WHAT A FUN PLACE!!  They had wall to wall climbing walls (ha-ha yes, pun intended!) and all the kids in the party were able to climb to their hearts content.

Of Julia’s kids, it was the 5 year old GIRLS who LOVED climbing and not her 8-year-old boys!  It was very funny considering I figured it would be the opposite!

Those girls are CRAZY brave!  They were scaling the walls with no problem.  Their only real downfall was the lack of security to let go and repel back down to the bottom.  Granted they were climbing like 2+ stories up and you didn’t see me up in the harness! 

No thank-you, I’m happy with my feet on the ground and camera in hand!

If you live in or will be visiting Spokane with slightly older kids (5+), I would HIGHLY recommend Wild Walls!  It’s a great experience, beautiful facility and very nice and knowledgeable staff!  All in all a FUN and different way to get out and do something new!

If you aren’t in the area you should check and see if there is a climbing wall near you!


Curious what else we did in Spokane?  Check out the rest of our vacation adventure HERE!

This post was 100% my opinion.  I didn’t receive any compensation for sharing my opinion and/or writing a review.

Energy Sucker

That is what pools are …. energy suckers.


No!  In this instance “energy sucker” is a GOOD thing!

After several days cooped up inside with snow fluttering outside, we were ecstatic to check into a hotel with a nice INDOOR pool!  The kids swam forever while Julia and I lounged in lawn chairs, pretending the sun was shining outside and not snowing! 

The kids had a great time getting the energy sucked out of them…


The twins were so cute and wanted me to record them jumping!  They couldn’t wait to get out of the water to watch what they had just done!



Swimming wears you out, which makes it the best energy sucker ever!

Later that day we had a memorable adventure rock climbing at Wild Walls!!  Can’t wait to post the pictures from the party we had there!  Fun times!

Happy Friday Friends!

Cousins Christmas Party

Returning to Spokane….

On the Saturday of our Spokane trip, a few days after Christmas Day, we had a Cousins Christmas Party. 

I am lucky that in my “real” family I grew up with cousins around.  On my dad’s side of the family I have cousins that live nearby but are slightly older then me.  On my mom’s side I have cousins my same age, but we live all across the country and only saw each other once a year.  I never had cousins that were my same age and grade, however these cousins get both!  Cousins their age that live close by!  How cool is that?

The cousins come in packs…three to be exact – five that fall in the 7-9 age category, four in the five year old age and four who are between 0-3.  THIRTEEN cousins all between 8 months old and 9 years old!  That is just too cool!

Anyway, back to the day of the party…..

Each cousin had a Secret Santa they bought for and it was at the party that the gifts were given out!  However, before the gift exchange we had some fun.  One fun thing that was done was an impromptu game of Musical Chairs!  The kids thought this was a BLAST!!


Paige (bottom left) was the big winner of round one and Kaden (bottom right) won round two!  Both were super excited and proud of themselves for outlasting twelve other contestants!

While the kids went round and round I got to do my favorite thing in the world….be bossy and loud!  I got the job of running the music and coordinating the game!  However, I was nice and once a kid went out, I let them control the power [music].  Not only was this fun for the kids, but it also helped boost enjoyment for the kid who went out the previous round!  Win, Win!



After two rounds of Musical Chairs it was time for the main event…PRESENTS!  The gifts were a hit for everyone!


…and of course there were plenty of photo-ops!


Another fun day!  Stay tuned for more Spokane fun!

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Spokane Car Accident & Cousins Day

Last Thursday I made another trip with Julia and the kids to Spokane. This trip was a little bit different then usual because Kim and her family were joining us!  A fun family trip!

Our big plans on Friday was to go up to Mt. Spokane and go sledding.  It took quite a bit of time to get everyone up and dressed for the snow, before we set off.

As soon as we got in the car and were pulling out of the driveway, we got a call from Kim who said they (Kim, her husband Jason and their four kids) had just been in a really bad car accident. 

Sudden change of plans. 

As fast as we could, we unloaded all the kids and snow stuff, left them with Julia’s cousin, Dana and headed to the crash scene.

We had no idea what to expect when we arrived.  We had had some contact with Kim and Jason, but weren’t clear on how bad it was.  We were shocked when we pulled up and saw the entire passenger side of the van (brand spankin’ new van, I might add!) extremely dented, scraped and side-curtain airbags deployed.

Their van was t-boned, while they were driving about 50mph.  You can just see where the other car pulled out and directly into their car.  Driving straight into the back sliding door with the main impact hitting the passenger side door.

Miraculously, nobody was seriously injured.  Kim sustained the most injuries (she was in the passenger seat), but compared to how bad it could have been, her injuries aren’t that bad.  The entire family was extremely lucky.  Thank goodness for a solid van, air bags that deployed like they were supposed, seat belts and car seats for all four kids.


Our plans changed quickly!  Instead of going sledding Julia and I brought all Kim’s kids back to Dana’s house while Kim went to the hospital to be checked out.  We got back to the house and had a fun laid back cousins day!  There were 13 cousins all 9-years-old and under in that home!  It was loud and crazy, but so much fun!


The car accident was the big event of the long weekend, but don’t worry we had several more days of fun to go!  Stay tuned!

P.S. Happy Birthday, Julia!!

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Spokane Family Day [Aug5, 6 & 7]

After a busy week in Yellowstone, we headed home via Spokane. 

We’re not strangers to Spokane, in-fact I go with the Munro’s about twice a year to visit Julia’s family and friends.  However, it had been a long time … okay never … since we’d gone and just hung out.  No plans.  No people to visit.  Just relaxing, fun day just for us!

What did we do?

We spent an afternoon at Riverside Park!  We walked around, had a wonderful dinner and then visited the amusement park for some fun!!

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Then there was also ENDLESS hours of SWIMMING in the hotel pool!!

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I also tackled a major project.  Actually it started out as a minor project, but it quickly morphed into a MAJOR project.  Julia and I are making mass amounts of crocheted beanies for our Blue Eyed Blessing’s Etsy Store; the color yarn I wanted to use had a substantial knot in it.  On the drive back from Yellowstone to Spokane I began undoing the knot.  Three days later I STILL was working on the knot!  I’m happy to say after a few days at home I FINALLY got the knots out and made an adorable beanie for our store!

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After a fulfilled couple of days and week in Yellowstone we were absolutely tuckered out!  Here we all are on the last night of our vacation!!

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What a fun vacation we had!  Sad it’s over, but now I can look back at all the memories made and photos taken!!  Not to mention I have finished the Yellowstone segments of my blog!!  YAY!

I am starting to feel caught up, but go figure, I went on vacation again last week for a few days with the Munro’s!  So there’s still more adventures to come!!


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Julia’s Birthday! Cousins!

happy bday Happy Birthday JULIA!!


In honor of Julia’s birthday, I wanted to conclude my Spokane posts with some photos of Julia’s adorable kids, nieces and nephews!  They aren’t technically my cousins, but I want to claim them all anyways!  Julia has amazing family in Spokane, that have taken me in as a surrogate family member!  It’s awesome!  Our spontaneous trip to Spokane, wouldn’t be complete without some cousin photos!


DSC_0184Annika, Kaylynn and MacKenzie
These girls are all only 6 weeks apart in age!

 DSC_0188Sweet Baby Camden!

 DSC_0195All the cousins
(9 kids, age 7 and under!)

 DSC_0207The Boys
(Kaden, Aiden, Caleb, Connor & Camden) – try to say that twice!

 DSC_0213The Girls
(Kaylynn, Brooke, Annika & MacKenzie)

 DSC_0215Aiden & Camden

 DSC_0218MacKenzie & Annika with Camden

 DSC_0240 And one last Camden photo!

Thanks again to my surrogate Spokane family for welcoming in with open arms!


This post is part of Wordless Wednesday on the following blogs:
Parenting For Dummies & Seven Clown Circus
The Life of Riley….and Bryce Too!
Angelica’s Awesome Adventures
Live and Love…Out Loud
Wordless Wednesday’s
A Beautiful Mess
Florida Hogans
Shibley Smiles

Chuck E Cheese Fun

Last week while we were i Spokane we spent a very snowy Thursday at Chuck E Cheese with some of our favorite Spokane Friends!  We had such a fun time playing games, eating greasy pizza and earning tickets…oh did I mention spending money?  (Wow, that place is expensive!)


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Who doesn’t love Chuck E. Cheese?

Spokane Snow Storm!

We knew that coming to Spokane this week we’d have snow.  We came prepared with our snow gear and sleds!  Julia’s cousin Dana’s house has a great sledding hill, so we hoped there would be enough snow to do some sledding!

We arrived into town last night and the roads were bare and I mean BARE!  No snow, just normal dry road.  But they were due for a storm that the meteorologists had been predicting.  Sure enough we woke up this morning to snow, and when we left Dana’s at about 7:45pm they had about nearly 2 feet of snow!  We drove through tons of snow on the way back to our hotel.  Very pretty, especially once we returned safely to our hotel…learned that Julia is an excellent driver in the snow too!


The kids were excited to wake up and see snow coming down and covering the ground….oh and the snow plows were also a big hit!


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Oh and did I mention they have a 5 week old baby boy!  Camden was born on Thanksgiving evening!!  He’s so tiny, still only about 6-1/2 pounds!  We all fought over who got to hold him!




We all had a lot of fun playing in the snow.  The one nice thing is it tires kids out and they go to sleep so much easier!!

Do you have snow at your home?

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