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In 2016, we had major tree drama. I wanted to perfect tree and Conor and I fought about it and I cried and we ended up spending $90 and then the next day, Maeve was born. 

After that year, we decided that buying a $5 permit and cutting down our own tree was the way we should go. When we are cutting down a tree I care less about a perfect tree because you have to cut from a cluster and it's truly all about the experience. We went to Idaho last weekend with our besties and had the best time cutting down a tree. The snow was up to our knees and the forest was so beautiful! After chopping our trees down and hauling back to the car, we feasted on cinnamon buns, trail mix, oranges and cider until we couldn't feel our feet. I would choose this over a perfect tree every time!

We spent a day at Lake Cocolalla with my cousin and her daughter. I love these kind of beach days! We have so much fun and it's pretty easy to get out there! We loved playing in the water, paddle boarding and riding the sea doo. I love chit chatting with Jonica and Georgia and Maeve gets loved on. Holly and Greta tasted oreos and tried to guess the flavor. They enjoyed that game lots! 

This day totally wiped Greta out (she's still recovering from having her tonsils and adenoids removed), but I think it was worth it. 

Now I'm just really hoping the smoke goes away so we can wrap up summer with oomph! 

This weekend we went camping at Priest Lake in Idaho. We tried out a new campground (Beaver Creek) and aimed to camp for 2 nights, but ended up staying for only one. Maeve was up from 1am onwards... so we were pretty tired! Fortunately, we still made some excellent memories. There was a full moon that looked extra awesome above the beautiful lake. We saw Saturn and Mars which was very exciting. We went to the beach to play in the water at about 10 am and spent a good chunk of time there before returning to the campsite to roast hot dogs and marshmallows in a thunderstorm. And then we packed up all our gear soaking wet and went home! Camping with a one year old is no cake walk. We've camped with each of our daughters at age one and this isn't the first time we've left early or felt exhausted. I'm pretty sure it's still worth it. We have one more camping trip (a one nighter) in August, and I'm crossing my fingers that next year, camping is more sleep filled!