Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Camper, More Camping, plays, & a BIRTHDAY GIRL!

We took the plunge and sold our itty bitty RV and got a new camper.  We really enjoy camping.  Time slows way down and we really enjoy our time together hiking, playing cards, sitting around a fire (although the burn bans are just now being lifted so we can enjoy that part of it this year), just messing around.  We are definitely spoiled and it is a mini home away from home with pretty much all the luxuries at hand.


These are pics from my phone of the inside.  300492_2564936284469_1285981386_32884285_1129583054_n308379_2564929964311_1285981386_32884279_799402817_n308634_2564933404397_1285981386_32884282_1065044218_n384410_2564924764181_1285981386_32884275_932200438_n

It has a bunkroom for the kids (although of course Clara ends up in our room as such happens at the house too. LOL)  We have our literal “bedroom” as it only fits our bed at the other end of the camper.  The bathroom is super nice to have instead of hauling your stuff off to the public showers.  We also have a flat screen TV with surround sound (which I could do without).  This is used late at night or when the weather is bad.  We are supposed to be camping! Winking smile

We have already taken it on two weekend trips.  Christian and I had to cut our visits short as he had rehearsals for his play on Saturdays.  So we both headed out on Saturdays when Clay, Clara, and Cullen had headed out on Friday and got the extra night. Sad smile We are looking forward to heading out for longer camping trips soon!  Here are a couple shots from our past 2 camping adventures.


Note Clay peeking out from behind the tree in the background….so my Clay! IMG_3912

We love hiking and this was some steep climbing!  IMG_3915

IMG_3917This is my view! Winking smile Cute hiney, plumber’s crack!IMG_3920

Clay takes up most the slack when some of us get tired!IMG_3921

This past weekend Christian had his first performance with his new school.  He did great along with all of the other cast members.  IMG_3923IMG_3924IMG_3926IMG_3933IMG_3935IMG_3946

Last, but definitely not least, our girl turned FOUR!!  I cannot believe Clara is 4 years old!  She is growing way too fast as kids tend to do.  She is intelligent, funny, stubborn, beautiful, loving, thoughtful and a BIG Daddy’s girl!  & need I mention again intelligent and beautiful to top it off!!

I think she was about 2 weeks old in this picture.  The happiness & thankfulness I felt for the blessing of Clara then was overwhelming and it has only grown in leaps and bounds over the past 4 years.  I am so thankful for the blessing of Clara!


We had a small get together at Chuck E Cheese’s.  She loves that place and that is where her and Daddy go to when they go on dates together.  Mommy likes to skip Chuck E Cheese’s as often as I can…why do kids love that place so much?!?  Yuck!  This year she wanted a bike with a helmeck (helmet), pink puppy dog, and a baby doll.  She got all that and more!  IMG_3972IMG_3973IMG_3980IMG_3982

IMG_3985I didn’t do too well taking pics of everyone.  Meemaw & Pawpaw, Matt & Candy, Taffy & Papa, Clint, KK, & Pierce, and Jenna & Tim with Josh and Ivy came out to celebrate.  Clara really likes Ivy and talks often about her.  We met in gymnastics class and have since made good friends.  I just love her Momma.  They are a great family and a joy to be around!IMG_3992Clara was not so sure of Chuck E….so these were great strides in overcoming the fear.  Winking smileIMG_3995IMG_3997IMG_4001IMG_4002IMG_4004  Clara got her bike on Friday and has been enjoying it ever since…especially enjoying strolling through the house.  IMG_3954IMG_3955IMG_3956IMG_3959

***Yes, again sorry I am cramming so much in one post!  Maybe one day I can stay on top of this blog thing!