Tuesday, July 31, 2012

I've decided to title this post "Five Months of Crowther Craziness in one rather long post" start at the bottom and work your way up.

Derek loved the fishing trip so much…he went back out.
This time for a NIGHT TRIP
Coolest lighthouse ever
and more fish!
Heather with some friends ran her first 5K

"Color me Rad" they throw neon corn starch at you as you run...
Clearly, the girls enjoyed this WAY TOO MUCH (and were pink for days later)

Derek and Grayson chartered a fishing boat off the Connecticut coast
Almost too heavy to lift...
Such a beautiful trip
Grandpa and Grandma Crowther joined us for a not to be forgotten trip to our
nation's capital.  This was such a terrific trip!
Valley Forge, PA (above)
Lincoln Memorial
Washington Monument
White House
Smithsonian Institution
Sunstone from the Nauvoo Temple
Arlington National Cemetery
The National ZOO
Mount Vernon
Lindsey turned 7 and got way too many presents
Including her own pink bean bag chair

 Easter morning came to our house, as I'm sure it did to yours.
 For some reason we felt the need to color our colored eggs!
 And MADE beautiful matching easter dresses!
 The kids had their closing Banquet for swim team...
 And man can they dance!! Who knew?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A weekend in Vermont

A short drive straight north from our house in Connecticut takes you right through Massachusetts...
and you end up in VERMONT!
Our dear friend, Audie lives in Long Island but has a home in Vermont and graciously invited us up for an extended weekend. This is her home in the snow, fog, and forests. Beautiful!
We started our weekend with some hillside sledding, which we quickly learned also came with hiking back to the top for a second go, there has go to be an easier way!
Lindsey is just about out of energy...
Grayson loved it!
and Abby set the world record for Crowther family "sledding for distance" record. She was rewarded with a very long walk back up the hill. Ha!
There is an easier way!! The tubbing run at Mt. Snow, as it turned out, came complete with a magic carpet that took you all the way back up to the top for your next ride. Genius.
Our family and our host for the weekend; Audie. The perfect host, the perfect mountain, the perfect weather!
Derek and Heather

We loved Vermont. It was full of beautiful small farms, rolling hills, and lots and lots of Sugar Maple Trees being tapped for sap to make Maple Syrup

Beautiful Covered Bridges

Friday, February 24, 2012

Valley Forge Scout Camp

Derek, Gray, and the other Scouts from our area drove the four hours south to Valley Forge, PA for the 100th annual Scout Encampment. There were over 4,000 men and boys at the three day camp to honor George Washington and the loyal soliders who stayed that freezing winter of 1776-77.

Terrific revolutionary re-enactors

Derek and Gray at the gorgeous George Washington Memorial Chapel

What an honor; they actually held an outdoor Sacrament Meeting right there in the same forests and grounds where General Washington's brave men slept and died to give us the freedoms we enjoy. What a privilege and memory.

The Crowther "Phelps" children became world class swimmers

Christmas was awesome, foggy, but awesome

The Crowther kids left out the traditional Santa Bait…he totally fell for it! another great year.

Lindsey lost her FRONT TOOF

Derek and Grayson did some hiking with the Scouts