These pictures make me a little "homesick" but then I remember how much I do love my air conditioned house, especially in this heat wave. Enjoy another installment.
Slingshots were a hit with Snug and Little Monkey Man.
The horses are always fun too. I think this is one of my favorite pictures of the summer. He is SO happy.
Hanging out with daddy at the corral.
We didn't take the kids to the rifle range, some of the staff volunteered to watch them while we went down and shot. I did ok, but my best position is prone and that wasn't happening!
The boys had boots to ride in. LMM's were Snug's a couple of years ago, and I picked up Snug's at a resale shop.
Our cabin is the one on the right. I love these cabins!!!!
LMM wants a guitar so bad he can taste it. He loved playing this one with our friend "Woody". "Woody" has been someone we've known since he was a camper and it is so fun to see him all grown up and serving at camp.
Snug made a buddy during the week, and they enjoyed tether ball, sandcastles, and lots of soccer together.
If you do not like to see pictures of our three children, if you do not like beautiful woods or outdoor adventures, you'll have to excuse us for a few days. I have four posts about family camping at our beloved Camp CedarRidge, and then posts about fishing, my aunt's cabin, going to the beautiful beaches of lake Huron, and an especially fun post about bugs planned. Smattered in there will be some other posts if I am able, but otherwise we'll see you later in August for beginning of school pictures.
If you do like to see pictures of our three children, if you love beautiful wooded scenes and outdoor adventures, please, join us each day for what we've done so far this summer!
After spending the beginning part of the 4th of July weekend with #1's family, we traveled further north to my parent's church and then on to my Aunt's cabin. It helped to break the trip into four pieces. We arrived at camp before the other families, and spend the day in town. This is a picture of LMM on the big deck at camp on the actual 4th. He was excited to be at camp, and even more excited about fireworks on the beach and sparklers!
I know this picture is a little...weird...but I was messing with my camera's settings and was pleasantly surprised with this one. If you look very close you can see Little Monkey waving his sparkler.
Donning on their boots, both boys were excited to go to "Wildcat Creek" and float the boats they had made out of paper.
The family camp staff was phenomenal and they were so fun for the boys to be with. Here is "Hammer" helping with boats that got stuck on their way downstream. You can hardly tell, but they are standing in about four inches of cold spring water.
Another day we drove to the canoe landing for swimming and canoeing. Little Miss Rosebud did neither, but hung out with her Aunt Danielle on the beach to catch some rays and eat rocks. Aunt Danielle didn't participate in the latter activity.
#1 and I took a canoe out for a few minutes so the boys could have a turn out on the water. I can't say canoeing is my "thing" but I do enjoy it on occasion.
This is "Lyra" and she is "one of mine". During the two weeks after family camp I did what I have been doing every summer for the past eight years-training teen girls to become camp counselors. "Lyra" was one of my CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training) the summer I had LMM. She plays quite a few instruments, and my boys especially loved her ukulele. I plan to purchase one in the next year and help them learn to play.
What would a week at camp be without S'Mores? Snug was a sticky, happy mess. I brought gluten free graham crackers so that LMM could also enjoy the treat. In fact, I obtained a copy of the menu ahead of time and pretty much had a gluten free version of everything that camp served (and camp food is starch city, let me tell you) for him to enjoy. The camp cooks were long time friends of mine and I enjoyed being in the kitchen with them.
Mama isn't super brave, and didn't feel like washing marshmallow out of every nook and cranny this girl has...so she simply had a cracker.
We went for the 20 week ultrasound on Monday. Ok, back up. We got home Monday 12:03am, then we went to an appointment later in the day. I'll post pictures and tell our "summer story" as time allows. So Monday we went for the 20 week ultrasound. Baby is growing well and everything looked great. I love watching the little heart beat. This baby is a wiggler! Not only do I feel vigorous movement throughout the day, #1 can feel the kicks and punches already. I feel like I'm closer to 30 weeks than 20, but the ultrasound confirmed that my due date is indeed accurate. I'm also the size I usually am at 30 weeks. I did not find out the gender of this baby. I want to be surprised :o)
And this baby is growing right up. She is a walker now and growing like crazy. She is 17 lbs 12 oz and 29 3/4 inches. She was 15 lbs 14 oz and 27 1/4 inches on her birthday, about three and a half months ago. GROWTH SPURT! She also talks up a storm, and has several actual words! I think you'll agree from pictures I'll post soon, she looks more and more like a toddler and less and less like a baby!
Snug loves life. At eight years old, he is a big brother four times over, a role he takes very seriously. He loves to read, swim, run, play Legos, and hear stories. He is sensitive to the needs of others and has a very kind heart.
Little Monkey Man
Watch out world! This middle child is not about to be left out of anything! Formally known on this blog as "Baby J" he is a baby no longer. His sense of adventure is downright dangerous and he will push your buttons all day long. This six year old is very generous and has a sweet smile that will light up a room. Don't let him use his "eyes" on you or you may fall under his spell!
Four years old and quite the little lady. Not sure what we'll do with all of her emotions, but loving watching her grow. She loves ballet, preschool, and church and all of her friends-both real and stuffed variety.
She's three! Hard to believe how fast time goes by. She's my girl and she's demands lots of my love. Growing, changing, and making us all laugh (and scream...not gonna lie), this little one is so precious.
Oh this baby. Easiest one, cheeriest one. Laid back, happy, sweet.