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Friday, June 19, 2009

Camping in Big Bear…

This post comes with a slight………”oy”……… from me.

Last weekend we went with our Sunday School class to Big Bear for a camping trip that ended up being quite an adventure.

I won’t go into every detail but our trip included, a trip to the ER, stitches for Josh, throwing up (Anna), sleeping in the van, 30 degree temps, frying doughnuts, great friends, dirty kids, tummy aches (Bekah), bike riding, lots of coffee, good food, smores, a fun trip to the Dollar Tree, a walk around town, a battery charge, did I mention dirty kids……. and I am sure there is more in there that I forgot. 

What a weekend.

DSC_0035 Anna…… and dirt.


The Friday afternoon crowd.

DSC_0047 Bekah was so dirty she started growing things.


And here is Anna and her partner in crime Lauren…… in the dirt.

They were bathing each other in it.

Wish I got more pictures, but like I said…..it was quite a weekend. :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Feedback Needed……

This Summer our family will be heading out on a 3 week road trip through middle America! Josh and I thrive on trips like this! We love packing up the car and heading out on adventures together! We can’t wait! Some of our stops will include Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore. We are literally giddy with excitement and trying to save our pennies to make this adventure reality! Josh and I actually just have moments of conveying our excitement to each other! :) Growing up as PK’s (pastor’s kids) we didn’t have funds to fly to Island getaways or to European vacations, but we both have fond memories of packed mini-vans and road trips cross country! These are some of our greatest memories in fact! It is fun to share our memories with each other and our kids.

So this is where I need your help. I would love to get suggestions for…

- Maintaining my sanity!:  Ideas for keeping my 5 year old and 2 year old happy and content in the car! (snacks, games, crafty things, incentives, potty emergency solutions, audio pleasantries, helpful educational tools). Give me ideas!

-PLACES TO STOP!: Whether they are places to get good eats (we do love good food), fun tourist spots, places of historical or literary significance, a local secret, great family activities, places to stay overnight,  places to get out and stretch our legs, or even places for great photo ops.

If you consider we live in Southern California and we are headed to Yellowstone, Mt Rushmore, Minnesota and then winding our way back (coming back through Arizona) that should give you an idea of all the states we will pass through. Even if you have suggestions of great places(worldwide) to go that won’t be for this summer , I would love to hear any and all ideas.  We plan on doing lots of big road trips (and traveling in general) in our lifetime and can’t wait to show our children this wonderful country/ world that God has created!



p.s. I have still much to learn about blogging… I will in the near future figure out how to email/ comment  you back after you comment. I do get all your comments and appreciate all that I get. Thanks for thinking we are interesting enough to read about! :)