Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Camping - Part 1

Well hello out there...its been awhile!  Sorry about that...we've had a crazy busy June, which I totally wasn't expecting.  This is my first real summer off with a baby.  Last year, Greyson waited until the end of summer to be born, and then it was the whirlwind of having a newborn.  But this summer, its non-stop going going going, and I realize how much I loved being able to work a few mornings a week and let someone else take him for a few hours!  (haha does that make me a bad mom?!)  Anyway, this month I've been super busy with photo shoots and we shot a wedding a couple of weeks ago, so that editing has been consuming me since.  Also, I am completely re-doing my website because I am really frustrated and disappointed with the site I currently have.  Its going to be awesome when its done, but its taking time, time, time!  Also, two weeks ago, Dan was laid off and had his last day last Tuesday.  Big time bummer.  But, for some reason, this time, both of us have this strange peace about it.  I think Dan was relieved because of how much he hated his job.   And for some reason, I just know things are going to work out.  God has always provided for us in the past, and He's not going to stop now.  ANYWAY, so that's been our June.  And then, hence the title of this post, we took off and went camping for 5 days last week!  It was so great to just get away and have family time together and it turned out really great.  We went up to Springerville/Eagar and it was beautiful the entire time (well except for the torrential downpours on Friday).  We took so many pictures that I decided to break them up into two posts.  So here we go with the first bunch...
On the way up...we were wondering if there would ever be any trees...

But we found them!  Our campsite was beautiful, the best one in the whole campground.  There was tons of woods around it and a creek running through.  This is Greyson trying out his new backpack and going to find some firewood with Daddy.

Studying their handiwork...

Hiking our 6-mile hike on Thursday.  The trail left from our campground and followed the creek.  We enjoyed the COLD water too!

Chillin' like a big boy

Making dinner

Thursday evening was kind of drizzly, so we ate in the van :)

After dinner Thursday, we were a little stir crazy from being cooped up in the tent all afternoon, so we took a drive.  Thanks for the beautiful rain, God, it was awesome!

And beautiful rain clouds make for amazing sunsets!

Pancakes Friday morning :)

Greyson and Dan played in the creek by our site, throwing rocks like all good little boys should do :)

Then Friday morning we drove up to Big Lake hoping for a picnic and hike.

Once we got there, the downpours started.  Let's just say that thunder, lightning, hail, and rain don't make for the best lake picnic day ever...Here's our view of Big Lake:

Cows crossing the road on the way back down the hill

After spending the afternoon in our tent, sopping up puddles, the rain finally stopped and we had a great evening.  Greyson loved hanging out by the fire.

And of course, his first taste of roasted marshmallow :)

Stay tuned for Saturday and Sunday!

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