Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
The most fun was had in the petting zoo. The Watusi was a huge attraction. Her horns were massive and she looked very fierce, but the crew soon learned she was a sweet as could be a loved to eat grain right out of their hands. Even Ben got in on the fun.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
At camp Daniel, Ike and their friends have a tent all to themselves. The family tent is set up usually on the other side of the campsite. We started this sleeping arrangement as the boys got older and became more and more smelly.
In this picture you can see a lantern hanging from the top of the inside of their tent. Next to the lantern you see a handkerchief wrapped around a cloth bag. This became known as "the sack of snakes". Now it would seem to the untrained eye that this is an inescapable fortress, but this is not so! There were times when there would be as many as three snakes roaming through the boys sleeping bags and clothes and I am pretty sure one looked like it was working a bowel movement through his system.
So to cap this lovely story up, sack-o-snakes bad idea. Sleeping in separate tents, good idea.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Jakey has a very unique style. He is not a slave to fashion in any way. He wears what he feels looks good and is functional to his activities for that day. After noticing this I decided to documents his outfits for a week
Working on his erector set
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Daniel and Ike love to play chess. They especially love to play chess against me because I am a guaranteed win. Personally I don't think they should gloat winning against a person with such an obvious chess handicap. When ever we go down and visit my sister, Regina, they really like to play on her set because it is so different. How different do you ask? Well it is about $345 dollars worth of different. Regina did not know this at the time. In fact none of us did. Especially her kids who took great pride in decapitating several pieces. When I told Regina about our research in looking for a matching chess set, I could actually hear her crying from 800 miles away as I read her text, "WHAT THE @$^*!!"
Daniel has been looking for this chess set for over a year. Each time we would get WAY out bid on Ebay. (For all I know Regina could have been the other bidder.) Then we finally found one that was left un-noticed. It had 5 hours left and no bids. The wood was chipped on one side and a few of the pieces needed the heads glued back on. No biggie. We won! The behemoth weighs 17 lbs. It cost more to ship than what we paid for it.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
This post is long over due, but I have a very good excuse. You see it seems that blogger has deemed most of pictures I took not worthy to upload. UGH!! I had some really great pictures. Oh well, here is the extremely edited version of our week at Outlet Bay.
This is Ike and his buddy, Phil. Yes, they are smiling and yes they are doing the dishes. I tell ya, the woods make everything funner.
One morning Daniel and I desided to row out to an island about a mile away. We learned how cruel currents can be and how tired our arms and shoulders could actually get. We made it to the island and back to camp in a little over a hour.
Mr. Bear was back this year, he was not missed last year. Most of the week we had the entire camp site to ourselves. We were super vigilant keeping food put away for the night, keeping our campsite clean and making sure to have a latern lit up at the table all night long. He does not like light and a simple thing like a lit lantern keeps him away. Well as the weekend came more people showed up. Ben and I figured with all the noise he would definatly not come around and that we had made it through the week without any un-wanted visitors. We were wrong. Luckily it was not our site that got ravaged. It was two sites over. I layed there in my tent and listened to the whole ordeal. He took his sweet time, must have been there for at least an hour. Luckily all the kids slept through it. I and the people whose camp was getting trashed were awake. I knew they where awake because I could hear them swearing from there tent. I was very glad to pack up and leave that day because I have a feeling he was going to be back the next night. More people there means more sloppy campers and more available scavanging.
The week was so much fun and went by way too fast. It is sad to think that in a couple years Daniel will be off doing his thing. Camping with diapers, play pens, kids on leashes, hauling potty chairs, and washing sand out of little buns my kids are growing up. It makes me very sad. Oh, don't get me wrong, I do not long for those diaper days, it just is amazing how fast time goes by and how happy I am to have started this camping tradition 13 years ago.