Sunday, August 16, 2009

GreysRiver.09

Every year my family goes camping. We love it. Although, the last few years have been a bit challenging. Every year we added a baby or two. And lets just say it isn't easy camping with multiple kids that can't do anything for themselves. However, this year was so nice. Everyone could walk and feed themselves and we, the parents, had a much more enjoyable experience. Still a lot of work and sometimes very hard to handle The Hoard, but enjoyable none the less.
We owe our whole wonderful camping experience to Grandma and Grandpa. They help out a ton, provide delicious food, and supply hours of fun. I love being with my family, especially in Wyoming!

Campfires were a favorite up there. It got pretty cold at night and in the mornings. We all loved Trent sitting in the middle of kids in the top right picture.

Another must is Murphy Lake. My parents bring their canoe and we bring some rafts and it makes for a party on the water.
Dirty. That was the theme of the trip. Trent and I had to let go of our cleanliness. (more Trent than me of course) I think my mom's favorite part was the dirty faces. Every time she saw them she laughed.

Roasting Mallows! This is all Andrew wanted to do. Make a fire and roast a marshmallow. And I do have to say he is a master when it comes to roasting a perfectly browned mallow. He can even do it better than most adults!

Another tradition that HAS to be done is hiking to Stump Lake. Its not a long hike at all, but the first half is straight up hill AND no shade. With a kid on the back it gave me a good workout. I loved it! And to top it off we got to gorge ourselves at the top with the hiking ice cream we made!

The Potato Cannon. The kids loved this! And I guess the adults couldn't get enough of it either.

And the last (full) day of the trip our girls turned 2! We made a delicious dutch oven Rainbow Chip cake and Grandma supplied the ice cream. I forgot the candles so they blew out some matches. Perfect.
Thanks to all the fam for coming, helping, playing, eating, swimming, tubing, eating, shooting, hiking, rock throwing, eating, and laughing with us. It was such a fun week and we loved it!!! Already can't wait for next year. Aiden is pretty upset that it is a whole year away!

17 comments:

Jill said...

This is such a great post! It is so thorough of your trip! It made me think of the time I went up there with your family and how much fun it really is.

You and Trent are saints to take all of those kids up there. It looks like they had so much fun!

You also look adorable in all of your pictures. Who looks cute while camping? Only you!

cwilson said...

Happy birthday to Paige and Morgan! Can you believe your youngest are 2?

Jenny Jensen said...

This camping trip actually looked fun(; I love the truck picture!!

Amber said...

WOW, that looks like fun, and a lot of hard work! Aren't families great to help us get through, and enjoy life along the way! Cute pictures, and I loved the matches for candles!

Mandi McQuivey said...

Looks like you guys had such a fun trip!! I love Greys River! I love the truck picture. You took MANY great pictures.

Maga said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the two olds (glad your family isn't so hard especially since Jill's not with you.) I second all the things Jill said in her comment--thanks for sharing your fun trip with us!!!

hbentley said...

It looks like tons of fun and tons of work!!!! You guys are amazing to go and take the hoard. I have to say that I love that fact the you had to let the cleaniness go. Nothing like seeing your kids with dirty faces.

Annie said...

Your kids all lined up in the camping chairs is my favorite. So cute! Looks like everyone had fun.

Alyssa said...

Happy Birthday to the girls!! Looks like a lot of fun! Seriously you look way to cute for camping! You don't even have to cover it up with "Bug" sunglasses!

tiffany and darren said...

I am so behind on blog stalking!
I want to post about my trip, but I have so many pictures. I need help on how to do the colage (I have no clue how that is spelled) thing. I have noticed how nice you put a bunch of pictures into one box and they always look perfect. Do you use a specific site or is it on blogger? I need some serious help and direction. Do you think you can help me out? If it is easier to email me, that would be great. tiffanyjhatch {at} hotmail {dot} com
THANKS!!

Kim said...

I'm glad that after 3 years we were able to be up there with you guys once again. It was so much fun!

Tavan said...

Wow...and I thought we had a lot of kids camping this weekend! We had 5 kids and 8 adults....but you win :) Love the fam pic with the girls strapped to your backs!

Ginny said...

I'll say it again...I think you are amazing for camping with the Hoard. So much fun...and so insane!!! :-)

Karina said...

this looks like so much fun! but kimmys post is better because it has a pic of aiden flipping the camera off!!! lol

Julie said...

You make camping look so fun!

Wade Family said...

Happy Birthday to your girls....wow your babies are two! Your trip looks like it was tons of fun. I agree your took some great pictures. Your family is so much fun, glad they were there to help. I have to say you are quiet the trooper. Ryan keeps after me about taking our kids camping but I keep saying they are too little but after seeing this post maybe I dare brave it. :)

Sarah said...

What a fun trip. You got a lot of great pictures!!