Monday, September 12, 2011


We wanted to go camping all summer, but Dad's busy schedule didn't allow for it.  We did try to go the first week of August with the Calls, but it was the first time in a month that it rained.  We had our tents and everything set up and had already had one meal when the thunderstorm rolled in.  We waited for a little while hoping it would pass, but it didn't let up and ended up lasting all night and the next day.  We were all very disappointed, but you can't control the weather.

Last Friday we were finally able to go up the canyon.  We wanted to go before the weather is too cold for camping, so even though we could only go for one night and had to come right back into town first thing in the morning, we took the chance.  The kids were super excited, but nervous about it raining again.  Little R was saying a prayer before we headed out and he asked that "Mom and the weather man would be right that it isn't going to rain."  It was pretty cute, but he was completely serious.  

Luckily we had great weather and it was a super fun family camp out!  We set up our site while the kids played and then we built a fire and roasted hot dogs and marshmallows.  After eating we were cleaning up and I spotted a moose crossing a bridge right next to our camp site.  It looked like a young moose, but it was still pretty big and I got a little nervous.  Dad pointed it out to the kids, but they didn't want to tear themselves away from playing, so they didn't pay much attention.  After a little while we saw a second moose, and then suddenly the first moose got spooked and came jogging into our camp site.  We are such city slickers that we freaked out a little and grabbed the kids and got in the car.  It had been boxed in by a couple cars on the road and our area was one of its escape routes.  It went the other direction when it saw us, but we were still super nervous about it.  Don't judge, we didn't want to get trampled or anything, it was big!  Anyway, we waited in the car for several minutes until we felt like it had made its way far enough away from us.  We didn't get any pictures of it because we were too busy saving the lives of our children.

The moose sighting was the most exciting part of the trip.  After that it started getting dark so we got in the tent and got ready for bed.  It took a while to get the kids calmed down enough to sleep, but finally all three kids were asleep.  It took me a couple hours to fall asleep, but it was so cool lying there listening to all my kids breath/snore as they slept.  I was so happy to be camping with them.  I never slept very deeply, and neither did Dad; we both woke up at the slightest sound, I think we were both a little nervous about moose coming back.  

As it started to get light outside the older kids woke up and Sophia sat up and exclaimed, "Good mowning evewyone!"  Grace's eyes popped open and she started clapping, she always wakes up cheerful, but she loved being in the tent with everyone.  After we woke up we packed up and headed back into town.  As I was rolling up sleeping bags and folding blankets Richie said to me, "Remember when Dad said that mooses are cool, and then we hid in the car because he was scared of one?"  I guess he got a kick out of that. 

 It was a fun, but short camping trip.  Maybe next summer we can go for more than one night.
The kids love to play by the river building sand castles.  Notice Sophia's bare feet?  I call her my little hobbit because she prefers to be bare foot and she is always eating.
 Richie played on this rock the first time he went camping with the Calls a few summers ago.
  Sophia wanted to wash her hands in the river before she ate her marshmallow.
 This is one of the many, many sticks Sophia found and declared "The perfect camping stick!"

 Grace loved it!

The kids made shadow puppets while Dad doused the fire.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Early Valentine

 Little R was working very hard on one of his art projects, and he did not want me to see what it was.  Later I heard Richie and Sophia down in our bedroom giggling about something.  That night when we went to bed this was hanging on the wall opposite our bed.  He said he wanted us to see it when we went to bed and when we wake up.