Before school started we made our way to Redfish Lake, one of our favorite places to camp. We stayed for 2 nights as a last hurrah before homework, dance, preschool, etc. kicked in.
Taking shots of the kids.
The last time we were here, Aspen was little and I was pregnant with Oakley. We were camping with some friends, and Eric and Dustin ran off the dock into the water out of nowhere, with all their clothes on. And a windstorm was coming! The kids thought that was a cool story.
happy girl :)
then she took one of me
photo courtesy of my husband the photographer :)
The next day we went for a hike. Our goal was 2.5 miles, but I don't think we made it that far. It ended up getting pretty warm, too warm for the kids (and me, let's be honest) to be comfortable. We motivate them by telling them they need their legs to get strong so we can go back to Disneyland sometime. That usually works.
The beginning of the hike followed the river.......
We eventually stopped to lunch at this perfect little stream nook. Never heard of a stream nook? Pretty sure its a thing.
We loved the colors of the rocks. They were brilliant. Brrrr! The water was ice cold but so refreshing and we crossed the stream several times. We even saw a salmon. That was exciting!
If you can't tell, poor Oaks slipped and fell in the water. He was a good sport though and didn't mind very much.
Our campsite had some huge boulders behind it that the kids never got tired of climbing on. They called one of them a slide because they could literally slide right down it. Eric and I were happy they had a good time exploring.
Getting changed for bed.
Before we left the last day we rented a paddleboat from the lodge and took it out for a spin. Unfortunately we weren't wearing our swimsuits. That was a mistake because it got pretty hot outside and the water looked so inviting!! We really wanted to stop at that dock (above) and swim. Next time!
"I got it!"
Aspen did too. Wish I'd gotten more photos. Eric power washed the windows and corners and the kids and I finished the windows afterward. The school had an amazing playground so afterward the kids went and played while us grownups chatted and ate otter pops.
Oaks's first day of preschool. Have to post Roo's first day of school next time.....
Some pictures of the kids snoozing......
.....it makes me so happy that Oakley still loves dinosaurs so much......
Roo messing around. We had gone to Walmart early to get an oil change so I grabbed some donuts for the kids and we looked at toys while we waited.
Birch got out of the bathtub the other day and his hair was wavy and a bit crazy. Oakley told me his hair looked like wind. :)
playing with Daddy. not sure what Birch is so unhappy about.
Aspen playing with her friend Bailey....and my camera!
The kids at their last horse riding lesson.
When Birch gets older I'd like to take him to a lesson too. Our friends (who do the lessons) offered another lesson whenever we'd like. Totally taking them up on it!
Roo and I had just read a book about horses, saddles, and all their equipment, so she was explaining things to me here.
produce from the garden
Finally the cherry tomatoes are ripe!! I've been patiently waiting for so long.
We have several watermelon in the garden. I picked one a month or so ago and it wasn't ripe; here's hoping the next one is :)