Monday, March 15, 2010


This last weekend was our second ever family camping trip. This time we went to Bonham State Park, which is a little over an hour northeast of us. We left after Evan got out of school on Friday and came back on Sunday afternoon. We again went with some friends from our community group at church. This time there were 6 families camping and another family joined us for the day on Saturday.

This state park was smaller than the last one we went to, but had some really nice features. For one, we were right on the water. It made for a beautiful sunset our first night there. Unfortunately, it also made it more windy and colder, too. We really needed the campfire this weekend!

Being right on the lake also made it easier to fish, which Evan enjoyed. The sign tells you how many fish he caught, though. That was okay with him because there were other things to do, too. He played with lots of other kids the whole weekend (including making friends with other groups camping together). They played around the headquarters (which they called a fort), on the swings, in the "sandpit", and a few games of volleyball, too.

Some of the older kids in our group thought it would be fun to go swimming in the lake. This is allowed, but the adults did not advise it because of the temperature. We decided to let the kids learn by experience though, and they did. Evan did not want to do this (he was playing volleyball at the time), but Joel did. He tried to sneak in first, but we told him he could wade in if he rolled up his pants. He didn't go too far in, but he thought it was a lot of fun. You can't see in the pictures, but his fingers were so red. I know he had to be freezing, but he wouldn't admit it.

We also spent a lot of time around the campfire, as I said. By the last morning Joel wanted to sit with Steve or me at the campfire to stay warm. That last morning we had a mini-church service around the fire, too.

It warmed up quite a bit the last day. It was a beautiful day and we were a little sad that Saturday wasn't more like Sunday. Just before we left we took a little canoe ride around the lake. I had never been canoeing before (at least as an adult), but I have discovered that I really like it! I am glad that we have found a new activity to enjoy together as a family!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How can you tell that it's almost spring?

Here are a few signs from our neck of the woods:

the daffodils bloom

along with the peach tree (and the Bradford pears)

We can have playdates in the park

and at home, where we can draw with sidewalk chalk

blowing bubbles

Friday, March 5, 2010

It's been how long?!?

Well, I have been neglecting my little blog again, I see. Part of the reason is that I was sick. Part of the reason is that I started a new blog. Part of the reason is that I was waiting for something really cool to say. That hasn't happened, but I will share some recent pictures and activities with the boys.

I found out a birthday party of one of Evan's classmates that he is one of the heart-throbs in his class. I had no idea because he really only talks about the boys in his class - and the one girl that was in his kindergarten class and that we carpool with. She's okay because he already knew her and "she doesn't like girl stuff; she likes boy stuff." I have sense seen some evidence of this myself, and it cracked me up. One of the girls from his class was in a car a couple of cars back form the stop sign where we were waiting to cross. She started yelling "Hey, Evan!" very loudly. Our carpool buddy was with us, but she didn't get the same greeting. I had to tell Evan to respond to the yelled greeting that he had to have heard.

This morning Joel decided that our peach tree is now a girl tree because it has pink flowers on it. He didn't know what it was before. Also, just for the record, he told me the other day that pink was his favorite color.

Since we are enjoying a quite day at home today (just Joel, me, and the laundry and dishes) he has been having a lot of fun using his imagination. He asked to get the dinosaurs out first. He played with them for a little while. I had to get picture of this "creation" of his.Since I got a picture of it, he wanted to direct a photoshoot with some of the other dinosaurs. These are some of the resulting photos. I think I should have used a different setting (like I almost did), but Joel doesn't seem to mind.

Then he picked up all of the dinosaurs and got the Legos out. This is the castle he made today. He makes a lot of castles, but this one was pretty unique for him.
Now he is outside being a knight who put on a breastplate - or something like that. Nope - he moved on to diggin in the dirt with construction toys. It is a gorgeous day and he is enjoying himself! He has been asking for lunch (since breakfast) so I think I will call him in now. After that, we can both go outside and enjoy the beautiful weather!
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