Monday, September 23, 2013

Camping with The Boyers

June 16, 2013

Our first camping trip of the summer, was fun.  Interesting at times, but definitely fun.  We joined our friends the Boyers which added to our fun.

Kim and Morgan

Our campsite was right across from a big pond, so the kids had fun wading and fishing.

Sawyer wasn't too keen on going in the water, but he had fun on the edge.

And what's camping without marshmallows!!

Jaylee and Marshall caught lots of water salamanders.

The best part about this campground was that there was a really awesome beach.

The group minus me and Sawyer

And then there were people handing out FREE ice cream cones on the beach!  WHAAAT...
Can life get any better...

Afer the beach we came back to camp and did a little fishing.

Sawyer's kissy face

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Jaylee caught a fish!  Each time the kids caught a fish we made them pose by it

That's my girl, not afraid of trying to get the fish off of the hook!

Marshall catching and posing with his fish!  He wasn't as thrilled as Jaylee was.  LOL

Since Jaylee was catching most of the fish, the guys told her to kiss it.  And she DID!!

Wade proud of his camp fire

Getting the babies in their jammies

Watermelon and marshmallows.  Camp FOOD!

We survived the night!  It was my bright idea to not bring the pack and play....
That didn't go over well.  A lose toddler in the tent.  Oh well lesson learned.  He eventually fell asleep.

Here the little ones were exploring around our camp site.  Sawyer kept saying "Cmon' baby Cmon"  and he would wave her on.  He refuses to call her Morgan, he calls her baby.

All and all, it was a great trip!  We had fun and lots of time to relax and spend time with our family and friends.  I still remember all of the times I went camping as a kid, and those times stick out so vividly in my mind.  I hope the it's the same for my kids.  Like I've said before, it's the little things in life that matter most.

Peace and love......

Dinosaur Land

May 19, 2013

We took the kids to Dinosaur Land for the day.  Our friend Sandra met us with her boys Mason and Shaun.  To the average adult, it's pretty corny, but the kids LOVED it!  So to keep us occupied (the adults) we took some silly photos...  I hope you aren't easily offended...

Jaylee and a Wooly Mammoth

Sawyer wasn't too sure about the dinosaurs


Marshall and his best buddy Mason


Me, Sawyer and Jaylee

"NO Not Marshy"

My friend Sandra and I

"Oh the nerve of this dinosaur!"

Baby Shaun

It really doesn't take much to entertain our kids, and ourselves!  Plus it always great to spend time with such great friends!

Peace and love.....

Race Time

May 2013

Since I did the 3 Day walk last October I have been on this whole fitness kick.  I have lost around 30 lbs since last year.  I take a boot camp class 3 days a week and along with my walking, I have been starting to run.

Marshall did his first race called The Red Bud Run.  It's a 1/4 mile sprint.  It was such a big deal for him because it was his very first race.  Plus he tends to be very insecure doing activities where lots of people are watching him, so we were so proud that he tried!  He gave it his best shot and he had fun doing it!  The first thing he said when he finished was, "Well at least I didn't come in last!"  We reminded him over and over that a race isn't about winning.  It's about challenging yourself and just doing the best that you can while having fun doing it!

A few days after Marshall's race Jaylee ran the Bloomin' Kids Mile at the Apple Blossom Festival.  She did a great job!  She ran the mile in 9 minutes and 38 seconds.  She was really nervous at first because there were so many girls running, I told her she didn't have to, but she really wanted to give it a try.

Then a couple of weeks later Jaylee and I ran our very first 5K together.  My first 5K was the mud run, which I ran but also had obstacles as well.  This was mine and Jaylee's first true 5K race.  We finished in 35 minutes, which is pretty good!  There were a few times where we walked, but mainly ran the whole 3.1 miles.

We supported each other along the way, and it was nice to have her as my running partner.

It's so important to me to teach my children to be healthy and to teach them good habits now so that they can live a long and comfortable life.  Running a race isn't easy, and it's not comfortable.... it's pretty hard.  But when you cross that finish line, it's one of the best feelings.  I want them to know that life is that way.  It's not always easy and comfortable, it's hard.  But just because something is hard, it's not worth giving up.  To be healthy and strong you have to work hard, and it feels good to be a good influence in their lives.

I look forward to running many races with my kids...

Peace and love.....