Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Summer Vaca? You be the Judge

Ah, the big camping post. Now that we are more than a month out from our camping trip, I can look back at the pictures and smile. Isn't that always how it goes with camping? Obviously I have a love/hate relationship with nature, always have. In early August we headed up to what has become our go-to camping spot (only about a 2.5 hour drive, easy access, not too cold at night) near Cascade. It was a family affair with us, Nana and Papa, Aunt Jennifer, and Oriana. We stayed for two nights and then headed home with Cecily, Colin, and Elle while everyone else stayed for an additional night. It was a glorious exercise in lax hygiene, let me tell you. It felt like the dirt/bug spray smell might never come off. We enjoyed the staples of camping - big egg, bacon, blueberry pancake breakfasts, smores, hard cider, burning stuff (that never gets old), instant coffee that manages to taste like heaven at 7am after sleeping on rocks, and pit toilets. There was some fishing that happened too - none successful on our part (although it was fun to take the semi-functional raft out that left my backside ensconced in it's own personal little pool the entire time - at least it was hot, right?) although Papa and the kids did catch some. Several of us (myself included) managed to fall in a creek - fun times. Nothing like getting your shoes wet halfway through your camping trip. But I'm making it sound worse than it was. Obviously it can't have been too rough, as we have promised at least TWO camping trips next summer. Camping as a family builds character and togetherness. Please tell me that I'm right. ;-P

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rub A Dub Dub

This post is nothing more than a shameless photo brag. I just find these pictures adorable. Little Pool - Lot o' Kids, need I say more?

Friday, September 9, 2011


I'm so behind. It's been a heck of a summer. Some good, some bad. It seems like this is just the way that life is becoming, and that makes me sad. Trying hard to remain optimistic. I think I'll ease into things by recounting pictures. In my haste to get Elle's first pictures up, I forgot Hero's birthday party pics - she invited a few friends over to Nana and Papa's for a pool party and tent sleepover in the back yard. This seems like kind of a scam to me LOL - so easy to have a party at someone else's house instead of mine. Hero requested a homemade pizza cake. It was super cute, until James got involved and decided that the frosting/pizza sauce was too pink and not red enough. Blue coloring paste does NOT make pink darker. It turns it purple (well duh, right?). So, she had liver colored pizza sauce on her pizza cakes. At least the intention was good.