June 23, 2009

Recent Happenings

It would seem I've been absent more than present here lately. . . and my creative time has been out the window, but I have good reason!

Saturday morning we packed the kids up and
went camping! Our plan was to be gone two nights, but the second night had some serious storms in the forecast. Joe and I ended up taking down the tent in the midst of a crazy hail storm - thankfully the kids were safe inside the truck :) We opted for more sleep at home, instead of the lightening/thunder night that was predicted.

We had a great time over in Dinosaur! The kids love to collect rocks, and poke sticks in holes to see who lives there. And explore the petroglyphs and scramble the mountain side.

Being in a National Monument means that all the rocks stay where they were found :) I've washed pockets full of rocks before -- oops!

We celebrated this little man's birthday yesterday.

My baby is now two, and no longer a baby! That makes me happy and sad all in the same moment. I'm excited to see what the coming year brings for Owen. More talking, less grunting, potty training, no more diapers in the house, more sleep at night, less wake ups for snuggle time.

He thoroughly enjoyed the attention from everyone!

A duplo train set has been the highlight so far :)
And a scooter like all his sister's have for outside time.
Of course the fun is in taking it all apart too!

Did I tell you he's trying to tell "knock, knock" jokes!? The girls like to take turns telling daddy a knock, knock joke at dinner time - no matter how odd, they always get a laugh from daddy and sisters -- Owen decided to join in last week, and get his own laugh! He loves making his sisters laugh :) So far all he says is "knock, knock" but knowing that he can, when he so chooses, make the sounds, is great! Although, I must say a little frustrating for me - I want him to talk all the time, not just for a laugh! Baby steps :)

Yesterday felt like Saturday, and today feels like Monday - I have lots of wet laundry to do :( I don't think I've been this behind in laundry for a while, but I should get though most of it today. I'm crossing my fingers that I can get a project cut out too - wish me luck!

I hope that you are well and blessed today! I am thankful for our warm, dry home and the clear weather on the horizon.



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jlk said...

This post brings back great childhood memories of camping at Mirror Lake in the Uintas. We would fish for trout, canoe, shoot cans, and just have a blast with our cousins. I miss the big mountains!

Amber said...

Camping is always fun but doing laundry when you get home is always the worst part!! I dread it! Happy Birthday to your little guy...love the knock, knock story!

teodo said...

Wonderful kids.
Happy Birthday to your little man.
ciao ciao

commoncents said...

Too cute!

Kris said...

What a beautiful family! I bet your tent is REALLY full with everybody packed in there! What fun!

amylouwho said...

What a darling little guy! Happy birthday!

You've inspired me to go camping. I'm just not sure where we would put Andrew. I guess we'd bring the packnplay. Glad you had fun - even if it was cut short!

Jackie said...

That is some tent! I think I would have done the same thing as you, gone home. Happy birthday to your little buddy! I remember that age, so cute and cuddly. He is just so happy, enjoy these times!

Jessica said...

It seems like whenever I go camping it rains...it must be in the farmer's almanac or something. Either way, when the rain stops I absolutely love it!

melissa s. said...

happy bday, owen! sorry your camping trip got washed out. what a big fun tent, even for one night though!!

Dana said...

Ahh! Camping. I love to go camping!

Happy Birthday little guy!! Such a cutie!

Terriaw said...

That camping looked like fun until you got to the part about the storm! Looks like you had a good time anyway. And that birthday boy sure is enjoying himself too! How fun!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh how fun -- what a great place to go camping! My dad's best friend lives in Vernal -- he loves to go visit him but is rarely able to. I hope you had some s'mores!

karen said...

Loved the photo with the four kids sitting down and looking at something.

I am just reading Boy Smarts by Barry MacDonald Its fascinating - you might enjoy it too.

Anonymous said...

I understand the no time to blog or create side of Summer. My "little" man turned five! Holy cow, did you sing the Jefferson's song "moving on up" when you lifted that tent!

Glad your having a good time!

Rebekah said...

looks like a fun trip! I love camping...I need to plan a weekend or two to go this summer.

Happy birthday to your little boy!

Marrdy said...

Your kids are just too cute! Glad you made it safely home from your thunderous camping trip!

Andrea said...

Love all the "look Mom" photos! Rocks in their pockets...what is it about kids and rocks? Love it!

Sheree said...

You kids are darling! Happy Belated birthday to your little guy..such a cutie pie!