Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why not add FOUR more?!?

We were planning a family camping trip to Shoshone Falls and thought, why not let the kids bring friends?

We have a family that we are friends with through school that pretty much have a kid each of our kids' ages so they seemed the perfect candidates.
So one Friday in June, we loaded everyone up and off we went.

We camped at Nat-Soo-Pah Hot Springs. It is actually quite far away. And we weren't sure where we were going to camp so we had stopped at a few before we got there. There is a surprisingly small amount of good campgrounds near Shoshone Falls.

So it was mid afternoon when we pulled in. By the time we set up camp, fed the crew and explored the campground it was quite late in the afternoon.

The campground has a fabulous hot spring pool.

But, with it being so close to dinner and other fun, we decided not to let the kids swim there. Mean, huh? Well it would have been over $50 for our crew and it was only going to be for a little bit of time. So, we made a decision. No pool.

The campground does have a natural hot spring creek thing running through it and we let the kids have free range of that.

{how sad, not much water, but it was warm and they had fun}

{Jack opted not to get in his trunks because he was sure it wasn't enough water. He was cold later.}

{there was a spot where it was a little deeper}

{they had fun with the squirt guns anyway}

We had fun that night roasting hot dogs and s'mores.

The campground has a big open field and the kids had lots of fun playing tag and just running around.

When it got dark, we broke out the glow in the dark stuff.

It was hilarious watching the boys play. It was super dark. You could only see the glow sticks they were throwing at each other. They were trying to run and throw them at the other boys and hit them with the glow stick. So you would hear a kid running and then a "ow! you got me! Not so close!" then more running and you'd see another glow stick flying.

Good times.

The girls went in the trailer and used their glow sticks to decorate. :)

{the next morning at breakfast}

{other end of the table}

{cute bekah}

{the falls}

{all 8 kids lined up in order of age}

The highlight of the trip was when Jack found the coolest LIZARD.

I didn't even know we had those here!

They named him Blueberry and begged to bring him home!


{and this is why his name is Blueberry!}

{proud Jack}

{everyone loved him}

{more falls}

{I loved the rainbow}

{Olivia wanted me to take her picture}

{more falls}

{this is what I got to sit by all the way home. I know, I am blessed.}

Prepare the Dungeon!

She is just growing up too fast and I swear she gets more gorgeous each day.

We will soon need to just hide her in the dungeon!!

Our little Katie Boo turned 12 on June 15th.

Seems unreal that she can be that big.

She wears bigger shoes than her mom already- she wears a size 9 in women's shoes!!

She is almost as tall as her mom.

It is just a bit much to take.

It is a good thing she is just so awesome.

We just adore this kid. She keeps us laughing, keeps us in awe of her tender heart and consideration that she has for others, and keeps us in wonder at how we can just keep loving her more and more.

Lately, I have been calling her VICE MOM.

She has been my right hand this summer when I really needed her.

Her birthday was going to land during GIRLS' CAMP- so we had her party the Friday before.

She invited all girls and went with a

"GLOW- IN -THE- DARK" theme.

{she has been getting a lot of attention for looking so "grown up" and it embarrasses her to no end!!}

{the girls getting the glow stuff all ready :)}

{there was a bunch of girls- they had a great time and I LOVED that they included Bekah and Liv so sweetly!}

{hanging out on the tramp together listening to music}

{present time}

{we just put glow-in-the-dark bracelets around the cupcakes}

{make a wish}

Here she is ready to head out to girls' camp.

I promise she was excited to go. She was just SO EMBARRASSED that her mom would DARE take a picture!!

Her Dad spent the first night up at camp and then got to spend her Birthday with her as a guide for the hike. We hear it was a little speedy. :) I was glad he could be there with her. It was REALLY weird not to be with my kid on her birthday.