Sunday, September 21, 2014

8/3-8/9 - Sunriver and Ward Camp Out


We loved having the kids with us in Sunriver! We started off Sunday morning with a bike ride to the park. That is Gage on top of the merry-go-round in the light blue shirt. Shaun was spinning it around fast and I was worried he would fall off!

My cherry loving baby is such a cutie on the tire swing!

Hot tub time

We went to the village and got shaved ice as a family before we split up on separate adventures. Shaun took Maisey and my mom back to the lava caves for a hike (Maisey ran into the same bathroom problem I did!) and Gage, Miley and I stayed at the village to play!

Our first stop was the train!

Miley thought she was pretty hot stuff!

Then we rode the train again! These kids could do that all day long if I would let them.

Then we headed over to the monkey bridge for a while. I thought it would last 5 minutes but we ended up staying for like an hour. Kids would come and go and Gage made friends with each of them, which was fun to watch.

And when there weren't any friends to play with, he resorted to his sister. They seriously love each other so much! It was cute watching him kiss her hand and seeing her big huge smile!

We headed back to the house to wait for Grammy, Dad, and Maisey. We played with chalk outside while we waited. Miley was funny because she would make these lines all around her body then she would move to a different spot. It looked like she was making blue suns!

Miley was digging through the garbage for dinner! 


We started the morning with doughnuts from the bakery! YUM!!!!

We had to fuel our inner rock star!

Then we rode bikes down to the river to feed the ducks. (and get eaten alive by mosquitoes!!)

Then we headed to the pool in the afternoon. We met a family with twin baby boys and Maisey loved playing with them.

Snacks just taste better when they are poolside!!

We started a Sunriver Lodge scavenger hunt and the first clue was to take a picture in front of this bike. We only made it through the first two clues then we got busy doing other things! Maybe next time.

We finished the day off with pizza and ice cream! 


We headed to the village to play for a while. We paid for passes to the jumpy houses. It was really hot, this little boy peed on them, and then some other kid got blood all over one of them, so we called it quits pretty quickly! (I only took this picture because Shaun wasn't there when it happened, and I thought it was hilarious!)

So we headed over to the train. . . again! I told you they could ride that thing alllllll day!

We celebrated my birthday a day early!

My birthday loot, plus new couch pillows, and a 90 minute massage scheduled for the next week!

We went to the movie in the park! They had fun activities before it got dark enough to start. The kids' balloons all popped on the grass within 5 minutes. There were a lot of tears!

They brought in a few disc golf holes and had competitions by age group. Gage won a ticket for a free train ride and Shaun won one for a free round of bumper cars!

Then they had a dance party til the movie started.

Grammy and Gage called it quits about half way through, so I ran them and Miley home to go to bed. Then I went back and snuggled with Shaun and Maisey while we finished the movie, What a fun night!


Birthday bumper car session! I showed no mercy on those kids!
Had to leave Sunriver in style!

I drank my last drink of Dr. Pepper, or any soda for that matter on my birthday! I'm going a whole year with out it and Wendy's decided to tempt me with this nice sign! Ahhhhhh! 

On our way home, we stopped in Redmond at our friends' new house to check it out and visit for a while. They were only gone a week, but we sure missed them!

When we got home, I pulled my laptop out to look up some different photo storage sites and found over 6,000 pictures on Picasa! Look how little my babies are! It softens the blow a little.

We spent all morning switching gears from Sunriver to ward camp-out! We set out at lunch time for a fun weekend with friends! I'm amazed at how much junk you need for 2 nights of camping! Our van was PACKED!

I loved this picture. Gage can be sooo sweet to Miley. She was upset that we left her in the car while we set up the tent and Gage was trying to calm her down by rubbing her tummy.

The camp site that the ward chose was very different than most sites. It was pretty much a big open field with a bunch of gravel squares. The gravel squares were the sites. So you parked in a parking lot and used this cart to carry your stuff to your site.

My camping girls!

Our friends joined us for s'mores that night! There were just a few families that went up on Thursday, but we had a lot of fun.


We used the dutch oven that I got for my birthday to make some cinnamon rolls for breakfast. It was our firs time ever cooking with one, and apparently we cooked them a bit too long. :(  Good thing we had extra cereal to eat that morning!

I don't have many pics from that day but we played some frisbee golf, attempted fishing, fed some ducks, and Shaun took the big kids to a swimming hole in a nearby river.

Miley was super sleepy that afternoon and conked out on me while I was playing games with my friends.

That evening more families showed up. After dinner we were all playing soccer (one benefit to camping in a big open field) and I accidentally kicked the ball into our fire pit, which had an actual fire in it. Whoops! I called it quits after that.

Missionary Moment: There was an older couple staying in the RV site across from us and the husband came over to talk to me when we were setting up on Thursday. I told him we were members of the church and he said that they have two guys come over each week to read The Book of Mormon with them. Later that evening his wife came out and chatted with me for a bit and said that they occasionally attend a ward in Beaverton. Fast forward to Friday night: We were getting ready for our ward fireside and the husband came out of his RV for something. I ran over and invited him and his wife to join us and they did. Our discussion was on strengthening families and they participated and seemed to really enjoy themselves. I'll never know what came of that, but it sure was fun to be a part of.

We made it home from the camp out around lunch time and everybody pretty much crashed all afternoon! Except for me, I went to run errands. Life never seems to stop, but it sure was a fun week!

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