Wednesday, December 30, 2009
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Later when we got home from sledding we decorated gingerbread houses! Other than actually baking the houses with my mom and making the frosting, my boys did these all on their own! Aren't they so creative?!
I thought our decorations looked really cute this year!
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Cleve, pretty much the most adorable child on the planet, surpassed even his own adorableness when he became a white ninja. (For some reason I could find a white ninja costume. Life just isn't fair sometimes!)
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Our trip started in the rain forest. Yes, there really is a rain forest in the USA! August is the "dry" season, so most of the moss that covers EVERY surface there was actually brown! Still flippin' amazing though!
My awesome family. Left to right. Uncle Will, Alex, Kyle and Uncle Wendell, Aunt Nola, Alicia, Aunt Cheryl, Daniel, and Esther
After the rain forest we spent the night in Forks. The "twihards" (of which I, a grown up, responsible 26 year old mother of four am most assuredly NOT...well...maybe a teensy bit, but only a little!) went all around town to see all the twilight stuff! The town prints up Twilight maps so you know where to go. Below is a corner they had set up in the local store. The one store that you have to get pretty much everything at. See the sign? The Twilight Zone, get it? hardy har har.
Bella's truck. I have no idea if this is the real one from the movie, but if not, its basically the same one.
I think 3,000 people is stretching it.
Well, better get me some of those!
Despite the fact that Twilight and New Moon were not filmed in Forks, the town has designated certain spots as the Twilight landmarks that would be the real thing if in fact the Twilight story were real. I think its safe to say Forks is a little Twilight crazy. Of course, I had no problem racing around and seeing all the sights myself.... : )
They even have a parking spot that is reserved for Dr. Cullen!
Myself, I was amazed by the size of their mailbox!! Look at that thing! What kinds of mail does the "official Swan residence of Forks" get every day, wow!
Ok, you have absolutely no idea how much Twilight merchandise was for sale. It was everywhere, and everything. You name it, you could buy it with something relating to the Twilight saga on it. There was only one thing that mystified me. WHAT the HECK are vampire droppings? Seriously.
Nearly every store had a claim to Bella, Edward, or Jacob. Bella shops here! Jacob digs our burgers! Edward's dentist!!
There you will find Bella's Bulletin Board! Here you can write messages to Bella, Jacob, Edward, or just your thoughts in general. And boy, when you read those notes, you realize how serious Twilight is for some people. You don't mess with Twihards. For them, Edward, Bella, Jacob, and vampires are real people. Some of my favorite notes are below.
This Twihard had a lot of thoughts she wanted to express.
Driving down to La Push beach was a treat in itself. The scenery there, the lush woods all around....so indescribably beautiful. Fortunately, since I cant describe it, I have pictures : )
Two of my four sisters. My 24 year old sister Elise on the left, and my 28 year old sister Jessica on the right. They are so fun and happy all the time!
Ah yes, the Treaty Line : )
After the beach, we drove down to Port Angeles, where the family reunion was officially starting the following day. Along the way we saw some more cool stuff. We saw a bunch of these old boats just marooned along the shore!
What would make this tree look like this? So awesome!
Hiking here in Washington is so beautiful you forget you're exercising! You just trek in a daze of astonishment!
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