There's no shortage of felled tree trunks to balance on.  

There's no shortage of felled tree trunks to balance on.
 

And no shortage of knee-high ferns.  

And no shortage of knee-high ferns.
 

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Alice wanted me to take her picture for her driver's license. This is the pose she made.

Alice wanted me to take her picture for her driver's license. This is the pose she made.

First rule of fall: don't forget to look up!  

First rule of fall: don't forget to look up!
 

Alice counts the rings to see how old the tree is. 147 thousand 29.  

Alice counts the rings to see how old the tree is. 147 thousand 29.
 

First portrait taken by Everett! Not too shabby for his first try.  

First portrait taken by Everett! Not too shabby for his first try.
 

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It doesn't have to be summer to have ice cream.  

It doesn't have to be summer to have ice cream.
 

6 years old and he's already perfected the blasé, too-cool-for-school look. I didn't think he'd have that down until his teens.  

6 years old and he's already perfected the blasé, too-cool-for-school look. I didn't think he'd have that down until his teens.
 

But he's still super sweet, sincere and cute, too.  

But he's still super sweet, sincere and cute, too.
 

"Mommy, that's poison ivy. Really. Don't touch it."  

"Mommy, that's poison ivy. Really. Don't touch it."
 

   

 
 

   

 
 

Jumping from rock to rock because the grass is lava.  

Jumping from rock to rock because the grass is lava.
 

"Watch this!"  

"Watch this!"
 

   

 
 

Deer everywhere! We think this trio is the same family that we see on the same stretch of road.  

Deer everywhere! We think this trio is the same family that we see on the same stretch of road.
 

   

 
 

   

 
 

   

 
 

Alice named this deer Stella. She's confused two events and combined them. She says "remember when we rode this deer and then Wally started barking and it ran away?" It took me a minute to realize she was remembering the last time we pretended to ride this statue and muddled it up with the time we were up here with our friends for Fourth of July and a real deer came up to us in the backyard, stood still for what seemed like an eternity, and then finally pranced off.  But I love that she somehow thinks this deer can come to life and run away, even though she seems to know that's crazy and impossible at the same time.   

Alice named this deer Stella. She's confused two events and combined them. She says "remember when we rode this deer and then Wally started barking and it ran away?" It took me a minute to realize she was remembering the last time we pretended to ride this statue and muddled it up with the time we were up here with our friends for Fourth of July and a real deer came up to us in the backyard, stood still for what seemed like an eternity, and then finally pranced off.  But I love that she somehow thinks this deer can come to life and run away, even though she seems to know that's crazy and impossible at the same time. 
 

I can't believe this trip when Everett rode Stella (minus 1 ear!) was TWO years ago! The last two years have flown by, the kids have gotten so big. But not too big to ride deer statues. ;p  

I can't believe this trip when Everett rode Stella (minus 1 ear!) was TWO years ago! The last two years have flown by, the kids have gotten so big. But not too big to ride deer statues. ;p
 

Inside and out, the vibe at The Deer Mountain Inn is so great. With a huge yard for the kids to run around in, a stellar mountain view, and delicious food.  

Inside and out, the vibe at The Deer Mountain Inn is so great. With a huge yard for the kids to run around in, a stellar mountain view, and delicious food.
 

   

 
 

   

 
 

   

 
 

Alice was meant to be at the theater two hours before the performance for a dress rehearsal. She was so excited the entire time, starting from the subway ride and peaking at the moment she got her tutu backstage... just like a real ballerina. It was the cutest morning I've had in a while (despite costing half the day and over $60 in tickets! ;p).  

Alice was meant to be at the theater two hours before the performance for a dress rehearsal. She was so excited the entire time, starting from the subway ride and peaking at the moment she got her tutu backstage... just like a real ballerina. It was the cutest morning I've had in a while (despite costing half the day and over $60 in tickets! ;p).
 

Alice's big ballet performance – at a real theater with a real backstage and a real audience!   

Alice's big ballet performance – at a real theater with a real backstage and a real audience! 
 

A pre-performance milk shake from Juniors – I think that might become a tradition. That and the sparkly pink Eloise nail polish.  

A pre-performance milk shake from Juniors – I think that might become a tradition. That and the sparkly pink Eloise nail polish.