July 31, 2014

Rock Creek Lake Camping: Part One

So, we survived Silas's first camping trip.  It was very fun, just not very relaxing. Having an 11 month old who wants to put EVERYTHING in his mouth doesn't mix well with a plethora of dirt, sticks and pebbles. Thankfully, we had all of Nick's family with us to help share Silas responsibilities. While things might not have been easy on us, this kid was in heaven.  He woke up each morning with chattering teeth (gums is more accurate I guess), but laughing and squirming to get out the door of the tent.We camped at Rock Creek Lake (pictured above), which is a beautiful spot, with lots of great hiking nearby. It was fun to be able to just let Silas crawl right up to the water and splash around in it. So different from going to the beach. I didn't have to worry about him crawling all the way into the water either, because it was freezing. The weather was perfect, with crisp mornings and nights and warm days of sunshine. This is a spot we would definitely go back to...maybe when Silas is walking and not eating anything in sight.
Our first hike was from the Little Lakes Valley Trailhead.  Silas loved being in the backpack and hung out the side of it on every hike so that he could charm passerbys with his best smiles. 

We stopped for lunch at this lake, where there was some discussion about swimming, but where ultimately everyone chickened out because of the arctic water temperatures and the sting that would greet them on the way out in the form of a mountain breeze.

We headed back to our lake, where some people did brave the water in lieu of a shower. This lake was only a tad bit warmer than the other lake, so Silas and I preferred the shore....and a hot shower for me.

Family hammock time was the perfect way to end the night. Part Two coming tomorrow!

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July 30, 2014

Just Because

Well, we just got back from a five day camping trip. It was quite an adventure and definitely an interesting experience with an 11 month old. I've been going through the pictures and trying to trim down the number of pictures I'd like to put on the blog from our trip, since there are many and choosing between them is hard.  In the meantime, here's a few pictures of Silas to tide you over.  He got used to being outside all day long while we were gone, so we've been enjoying the backyard a bit more since coming home....particularly, under the table, since there's shade there.

 In this picture, you can kind of see Silas's two top teeth that popped through while we were gone.

 Alright, until tomorrow....when you will be inundated with way too many camping pictures. But, it will be so worth it!
(For me at least.)
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July 29, 2014

Family Celebration: Grandma's 85th Birthday

Last weekend, we celebrated my Grandma's 85th birthday with our whole family and several of my  grandma's friends.  My uncle had us all over to his house for the party, where we ate delicious food and spent the afternoon enjoying our family and the beautiful weather. It was very fun to meet the newest little (twin) members of our family. We also got to take Silas and Trevor on their first boat ride out in the harbor, and they loved it. It's so fun to have such a great family to celebrate these big events with. 

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