Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer has arrived...

Summer is here!  Clark got out of school on the 21st of May.  Even though it's still offically spring, summer starts at our house when school ends. The Monday after school let out, we were off at 4:01 am (1 minute late) to visit Daniel and Amy.  Shanna's photo sums up our trip:
May 25 2010 Shanna

Yes, we had a WONDERFUL time!  It was great visiting and we didn't stay long enough.  Haley loved the birds!
May 25 2010 Haley
May 25 2010 Haley (2)
May 25 2010 Haley (3)

Shanna loved Daniel's beard!
May 25 2010, Shanna and Daniel
May 25 2010 Shanna and Daniel

Clark loved playing the Wii with Anthon.
May 25 2010 Clark Anthon

And we all loved swimming....I enjoyed  it all from the concrete.
May 25 2010 Haley (4)

May 25 2010 Shanna Haley
May 25 2010 Clark
May 25 2010 Elden
May 25 2010 Elden (2)
May 25 2010 Cal
May 25 2010 elden (3)
May 25 2010 Lee
May 25 2010 Clark Anthon at pool in Raleigh
May 25 2010 Ila and Shanna

We also stopped at a park and played for a little bit.  Anthon was still in school, but Amy took him out for a day to play with Clark.  I am so glad she did!  It's great being with family and Lee and I love talking with Daniel and Amy.  The one night we were there, we got to join in on their family home evening.  Daniel talked about coat of arms that are found in England, and most everybody made their own coat of arms, or started contributing to a family coat of arms. And for treat, ice cream...can't go wrong!

After our great trip, we ventured off on another adventure.  We headed up to Virginia and went....camping!!!  I am sure you probably just fell off your chair, but hopefully you didn't incur a concussion so you can keep reading and view some more pictures. Lee and I like doing things outside; though I'll admit, we're not very adventurous.  But may I add, having five small kids does deter me from doing things like....camping. Surprisingly Lee and I enjoyed it and I am sure we'll go camping again--at least once a year.

After our first night of camping we checked out downtown Charlottesville.  We loved the outside mall area.
May 25 2010 Clark and Cal in Charlottesville, VA
May 27, 2010 Charlottesville VA
May 27, 2010 Charlottesville Mall
May 27, 2010 Shanna
May 27, 2010 Clark
May 27, 2010 Haley (2)
May 27, 2010 Twins on carousel
May 27, 2010 Cal
May 27, 2010 Elden
May 27, 2010 Elden and Lee

We stayed at two different campgrounds while in VA...long story.  Well, not really, but I won't bore you with the details.  Our favorite part of camping is the campfire!
May 27 2010 Elden at KOA (3)
May 27 2010 Elden at KOA (2)
May 27 2010 Cal at KOA in Charlottesville VA

Shanna must be doing a marshmallow eating contest.  She should of had us all join in!
May 27, 2010 KOA campground Charlottesville VA

At the other campground the next day, it rained that evening.  We couldn't get the fire started (it didn't help that we couldn't find the matches.) Our "neighbor" let us use some lighter fluid. That got the fire started!
May 28, 2010 Waynesboro campground Haley

One of the reasons I am not too fond of camping: dirty kids.  But I took this picture anyway.  Elden loved crawling in the dirt!  Can you imagine twins crawling around in the dirt?  I can and that is probably why I stayed away from camping for a few years.
May 28, 2010 Waynesboro campground Elden (4)

Elden will lie down occasionaly throughout the day and I think it's cute.  It seemed my other kids weren't as relaxed as Elden.  I loved seeing him lounge in our tent.
May 29 2010, Elden
May 29 2010 Elden

Thanks Daniel and Amy for a great visit!!!


R said...

We LOVE Charlottesville. Such a fun city! You were so close to us, next time you just need to come all the way!

Sarah said...

How fun! That makes me even more excited to take our kids camping!

Cardiganwearer said...

I love your kids! When's October again?

Heidi Sue the Mommy crafter said...

So glad you went camping! It's one of our favorite things to do! And it looks like the visit with Daniel and Amy was super awesome! :)

Lois said...

Looks like you had a great time at Daniel and Amy's and camping!!

Lena said...

What a fun trip! Kids do get dirty camping, but fortunately they are washable when all is said and done.

Kelly said...

So fun! You guys always look like you're having a great time!