I started to type up one big post for this month, but it was just getting WAY too big. Too many pictures to upload and get inserted where I wanted them. Instead I'm going to break things up a bit. So, without further ado, here's the first half of the month of July.
Our month started out the same way the last one ended, with our awesome camping trip spilling over into the first day of this month. We spent a few days recovering from that adventure and trying to figure out how we made so much dirty laundry in such a short number of days. As much as I just wanted to sleep for a week though, the kids were not content to just sit around and stare at the walls. Darn it! So, we ventured out to a local park that has a nice little stream running through it. I spread out a blanket in the shade of a nice big tree and just lounged around while the kids went wading. It was a pretty awesome way to spend a day!
Sierra Silverstrings, who reminded us of a fiddling version of the the little girls on Oh Brother Where Art Thou. It was great folk/americana type music and we just ate it up. The atmosphere here was great, and we could have spent the whole day lounging on the grass soaking it all in if we had come a bit better prepared.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
During the weekend that spanned the ending of June and the beginning of July we decided to go on a camping trip. Our tax return provided us with tents and a few other items we wanted in order to be able to camp comfortably, so for the first time in a couple of years we were finally all set to get out there and enjoy a few days in the great outdoors.
We were camped a short walk from Silver Creek, which was tiny but pretty. Ethan took the kids for a pre-bedtime walk and of course the first thing they did was get soaking wet. When I went looking for them a few minutes later I found them all playing in the water. Erik was having a marvelous time experimenting with building/blocking different channels for the water and watching what happened. It was fun to watch him experiment with it all. That kid has such an analytical mind, and it's so fun to see what he comes up with. Sharli was having fun climbing around on the rocks and Maren was pretty obsessed with throwing "boats" (sticks) in the water to watch them float away.
This little campground was really a pretty great little spot, except for one thing. The mosquitoes! They were horrible!!!We had a weenie roast and dutch-oven cobbler for dinner, and it was SO yummy! The kids crashed hard after the busy day, and Ethan and I sat by the fire and had a contest to see who could smash the greatest number of mosquitoes. I won! :)