Last weekend we went camping for the first time this year and it was refreshing to get away and into the clean, cool forest air. Not that the 100 degree temperatures have arrived yet, but I’m already bracing myself for them.These are the pictures of the pre-camping excitement and then - hallelujah! - we're there! Yes, the girls are on a tree stump "performing." You would think that I watch American Idol with them, but to be honest, I am one of the only people in the world who doesn't watch that. Sorry, Megan. But that doesn't stop my girls from wanting to create a stage or show off their "talents" wherever they go. But I digress. . . back to the forest. . .
THE FORT: We created a fort for the kids where four trees bunched together and made a perfect canopy of branches for a roof. Jim provided the right wall (blanket), Nate provided the left wall (hammock) and they both were cajoled (by me) into dragging a huge log over for the back wall. The kids had a fort, complete with a "Christmas tree" they decorated with pine needle garland. Grandma Cyndee visited it upon completion and brought fruit as a housewarming gift.
THE HAMMOCK: The hammock brings back many childhood memories of camping. We would play for hours upon hours swinging on a hammock my dad bought in Brazil on his mission. So when I was in a beach town on my mission and saw a similar type hammock, I HAD to get it. So I eyed it for a month and then popped out the credit card my dad sent with me "in case of an emergency" (the only time I used it - besides one incredibly cute pair of heels I took home with me to wear, and still do wear them). So this blue/yellow checked hammock is from Pichilemu, Chile, a gorgeous beach town south of Santiago.
WHAT DO DADDIES DO WHEN CAMPING?
Easy . . . Take kids on nature walks, chop wood for the fire every night (to create coals for the best dutch oven peach cobbler ever . . .a la Nate & Cyndee), or do what daddies do best -- nap -- either alone or with his girlies!
Then here are just a few random pics to remember the trip.
Sorry for the overload of pictures, but there were so many good ones that I couldn't decide (I have problems with that - making decisions).