Monday, April 28, 2008


We went camping last weekend and had a blast, sadly it was the first time that we had taken our little family camping in almost two years - With the exception of my parents cabin on Mt. Graham last summer. But it was a great experience. It is amazing how you feel when you get away from it all (all meaning laundry, phones, deadlines, work, tv, etc.)
Well we didn't mess around - being pregnant, I did not want to starve. So we had taco salad for dinner and for breakfast we had pancakes with bacon and eggs, we had delicous sweet snacks and desserts and sodas and we definately did not go hungry.
We went exploring on our quad Saturday most of our time. We found water twice and both times the kids found where they could spend the whole day, throwing sticks and rocks into the water.

Kira sincerely thought after watching Cooper pee outside the whole time that she could too. At home she always takes her pants off and her diaper and says "peepee" and out in the woods with no toilet she Did NOT want Mommy to hold her and help her pee so she kept taking her diaper off no matter what Mommy would say and she would arch her back like Cooper does and try to let it flow. I am very glad she did not succeed.

Kira walked right into the water and never even had a clue.
This pond was right in the middle of a huge meadow, it was so beautiful.

Despite the beanies with hats they were wearing around:
The kids were just giggling and soaking it all in the outdoors-especially the sun-oops, I am a bad Mommy, I forgot to put sunscreen on their faces so they both and I got a little souvineer.

Everytime Kira would say "up" when she felt she was behind or tired of walking she would come to me and I would send her to ask Daddy, and since neither Mommy or Daddy can resist her when she wants something she is pretty spoiled. She always knows that all she has to do is be sweet and cute and she rules the world.

Reggie very much enjoyed showing Cooper the animal signs in the forest. The Bear signs and the Elk Poop(yipee) and especially the Elk rubs where the Elk rubs their antlers in the tree. Cooper is his Daddys son and loved to be taught about anything and everything.

Cooper really loves his Daddy and loves to help so does Kira, even if she is normally causing more trouble between falling over and getting hurt to taking off with your stuff, but they both really are the best little helpers.

We really had so much fun, camping always makes me feel like a pioneer. Even if we used krusteaz pancake mix =) not to mention every other luxery we had comparitively.
As soon as the sun started going down Cooper told us we needed to go to be and take a nap. He loved the tent, by the time dinner was made and cleaned up and smores were eaten(You can't go camping w/ out smores, and roasting marshmellows-even if you hate eating marshmellows, which I do, I still like to roast them and with a little graham cracker and chocolate-mmmmmmm) Anyway we finally made it to the tent around 8:30 or 9. For some reason when we got in the tent Kira started screaming and would not stop. At first I thought she was just throwing a fit and I was a little frustrated but I kept trying to calm her down. But when minutes went by and she never stopped I asked Reggie to give her a blessing, it was amazing. As soon as he put his hands over her head she stopped her histarical crying and didn't budge or make a peep the entire blessing or the rest of the night. She fell asleep about 2 minutes later. I am so greatful that Reggie holds the Priesthood and is able to bless our family.


cluffgirl said...

Sounds like so much fun, we are too much of city people to go camping anymore. Only up on Mount Graham, that counts, right? :) Anyways, I am getting so excited for California! Is it totally sad and pathetic that it's all I ever think and talk about anymore. Poor Brian probably can't wait till it's over so i'll shut up! ;)

Sara said...

Definitely enjoyed your little camping travelogue. :) I can't believe you posted that picture of Kira; when she's 14 I'm going to tell her what you did! :-o I was seriously laughing out loud. I'm glad you guys had so much fun; you're so brave! I can pretty much promise our little family won't be doing any "real" camping in the next several years. I've only been once in my life, and it was Jeremy's least favorite part of scouts, I think... :) Love ya!

melinda said...

Glad you guys had a great time! We love camping. Such fun family memories it brings:)

Oh and by the way, let me know if you need any help in the diaper buying;) I'd be happy to help!

*Katie May* said...

That pic of Kira is great! :) I need to let Brendan convience me to go camping sometime, it looked like you guys had fun. Blessing ate great I am glad it helped her. Has she been in a tent before and been fine? Maybe she is claustrophobic (sp?) Oh Marie we all as as bad as you no one can wait!!!! 24 more days! (I happen to know becaus emy kids always want to know how many more days.) Oh and Jenny I think we are leaving the 23rd in the morning now thats what Brendan wants to do and we asked Kiley is she wanted to stay for her last day of school or go to the beach and of course she chose the beach! :)

Craig & Elaine Burdett Family said...

how fun. I didn't know you had two kids or that you are pregnant again. Congrats.

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