Seems like the new school year snuck right up on us this year. In an effort to cram as much fun as possible into the fading hours of summer we tacked on a camping trip to our way home from Disneyland.
Have you ever tried to pack for two very different environments into one suitcase? It was challenging. Thankfully, Grandma decided to meet us at the campground and so we were able to send a lot of the things we needed only for camping with her.
We camped with only half of our extended family but we still had a good visit and the cousins got in some quality mischief making time. We took turns basking in the morning sunshine on the logs. It was a lot colder at 10,000 ft that we have become accustomed to for August.
The littles did a pretty great job hiking to see the Bristlecone Pines at Great Basin National Park. We made a day of it and hiked up to the glacier too. Better put it high on your to-do list if you want to see it. They said in 20 years the glacier will probably be gone for good. The last time I saw it was probably 20 years ago (that makes me feel old!) and I was surprised by how much smaller it is today.
Bob and I agreed, the mornings were too chilly for our liking. I definitely should have packed more layers.
The deer wandered in and out of camp fairly regularly. That's one of my favorite memories from camping here as a kid. It's not uncommon to find one in the trail on the way to the camp bathrooms.
Someone gave Bob a flashlight and an official job on the cave tour. That's a brave park ranger right there! I stayed behind to be sure that Bob wouldn't abuse his privileges. We took the 60 minute tour of Lehman Caves since we had the littles with us. Everyone loved it and no one got restless. Next time we'll do the longer one for sure!
MmmmmMmmmm....even better, real bacon! Cooked over the campfire of course :)
Poor husband always has to fish with the pink, barbie pole. But he caught a fish and we got to eat it so that's all that really matters right?
Emma was crashing through the woods on her way to the creek and she almost ran smack into these does. We sat and watched them for a long time before they spotted the dog we had with us and trotted off into the trees.
Bob found a triangle shaped rock and immediately took it as a sign that we should go home so he could play Zelda. Silly boy. And that is why we go camping...
they were delicious
and so cold
--William Carlos Williams
So it's been too long since I've mentioned what books I'm reading. Rest assured, it hasn't been from lack of reading.
Alice Kuiper's Life on the Refrigerator Door was such an interesting concept. A story told entirely on post-it notes. Which also makes it an extremely quick read. It'd be a good commuting or going to a busy beach book. It is the story of a high school student who lives part time with a busy working mom and part time with her father. I am sure a lot of families can relate to life lived on the go and leaving notes for mom, dad, son or daughter on the kitchen counter.
As much as I enjoyed this book, it left me wondering. Are post-it notes on the way out? In a world where kids are getting cell phones younger and younger I just don't think this story would have been as endearing had it been a book full of text messages.
Next time I come here and say, oh hey I'm thinking about going to Disneyland in August, please allow a moment of silence and give me that look. There is a reason why the last time we went to Disneyland in August was 11 years ago.
But to be fair. Even a hot crowded day at Disneyland is better than not being at Disneyland. And you know what? The line for the Winnie-the-Pooh ride....still just 5 minutes.
As a kid, I might have ranked the Jungle Cruise ride right next to the Tiki Room at the bottom of my favorites list. Judging by the kids faces as they listen to the guide, I'd guess they feel the same way. But the older I get the more I love it. I "get" every one of their jokes now.
By the last day, Bob was pretty sure he should get to decide which rides we go on and in what order. Turns out no one else felt the same way. So the burrito and I hung out in the shade of the carousel while everyone else rode Pinocchio.
And then we did some street dancing and scored some beads. It's the little things I love the most about being here.
We also repeated the Medieval Times show (Not Disneyland I know, but close-ish!). We got yellow knight, again.
The kids were so taken with the show they ate zero bites of their dinner, again.
This year we had two first day of school pictures. Unfortunately the camera man had to leave in a hurry this morning so we weren't quite put together and the pictures are a smidge blurry. But we remembered and that's all the matters right?
Say right :)
First up, the girlchild. Who still wanted to be a zoologist up until yesterday when she decided a scientist would be equally as good. Apparently we took pictures in front of the door last year...so there goes that plan. But at least you can tell Emmers grew a little since last year.
And then there was Burrito. Who is so ridiculously excited to be going to school just like his big sister he didn't even want me to walk him to the door. Don't worry Mom, he says, I got this!
Bob's sign says he wants to be a ninja someday....naturally.
A few months ago the girlchild joined the 4H dog training club in town. I had hoped to fly blissfully under the radar and be that parent who drops their kid off, happily does their own thing for an hour, and then comes back to pick their kid up at the designated time.
But little did I know that a combination of the 4H leader moving out of town and a very shy "don't leave me alone with strangers" girlchild would lead to me becoming the club leader.
In three months I am planning on running a half marathon. The first half marathon since my ACL reconstruction. In three months time. That's 12 short weeks away. The internal debate is do I just go out with a goal to finish it? Do I dare even think about setting a time goal? Can I (or more directly) HOW do I use crossfit to train for this so that I'm not running too many miles on my knee? And speaking of miles....what should the longest, long run in the training program be?
I've been running with a group on the weekends lately. They keep me motivate, accountable, and best of all, introduce me to new running paths.
I found this little guy on the new route last weekend. I think I'm in love! I scratched his head till my hands smelled of lanolin and then was on my way.
I'm not much of a morning person but the early morning sun on these cheerful sunflowers was just what I needed to put a smile on my face. I'm not one to run with my phone usually, but that morning my ipod battery was dead. I was so thankful to have my camera with me so I could take these pictures.