Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon

Last summer the Ellis adults went on a rafting trip down the Middle Fork of the Salmon.  Rob's dad has always wanted to share this beautiful place with his kids, and they finally made it happen.  
They started the trip in Stanley, ID!
Our own little Stanley was just a few weeks old and we didn't think he'd do very well spending most of the day in a cold, wet raft.  Nor did we think any of the family would love sharing a campground with a newborn waking up all night long.  So, I held down the fort at home.
The things we do for these little munchkins!
Rob came home with some FABULOUS pictures.  I'm so glad he got to go and spend time with all of his siblings and parents, while working on his favorite hobby: photography! He works so hard that trips like this are a much needed boost.

Feast your eyes on these gorgeous photos:

Vacation goals 
Enjoying a gourmet, camp-side meal 
Packing that tripod paid off!
Not a bad view from "The Head"

Hard at work

I can't wait for the day when we take our own family on this trip!

A Super Halloween 2016

We did a Super Family theme for Halloween this year.  When you have a dad who is already basically an undercover superhero, it just seemed like an obvious choice!

Super Sisters trick-or-treating on a warm, Halloween night
Rob's firm held another awesome Halloween party, featuring Cinderella and Prince Charming.  It will be a sad day when the girls get old enough to realize that Prince Charming looks suspiciously like Kristof, who looks suspiciously like Prince Eric.  And isn't it funny that all of those Disney princes are such good balloon artists?  And all of those princesses are so good at face painting??
Prince Charming
Caroline kept referring to herself as "Wonderful Girl."  I think Marvel should get working on that new movie!
Wonderful Girl in all of her glory
Savannah is one of the real reasons we went with the Super Hero theme this year.  She is very into ninjas, explorers, and all things action.  She was NOT, at ALL, interested in anything "girly" but could wholeheartedly get behind being Super Girl.
Super Savannah!
Lily was happy to be Batgirl and wore that mask all night.  She had the indentions in her cheeks and forehead for a few hours afterward to prove it!
The sweetest Dark Damsel ever
Somehow we don't have a picture of Daddy as Captain America (I could only convince him to wear a t-shirt--lame), or little Stan as The Flash (he slept most of the time).  It's always fun to get dressed up and have an excuse to eat candy, even if our days of pulling of the family "theme" costumes are numbered!