We are back and almost fully recovered from our vacation! We had a fabulous time! The Sierras are so beautiful and it was wonderful to spend a few days in the cooler air with such beautiful surroundings. The time spent with family was wonderful for all of us, but especially for the kids---they love all their grandparents and cousins!
I took a ton of pictures (like I always do) and will just let them do the story telling...
Mommy & Little Boy being very squinty: Little Sister & Cousin MA exchanging stories:
When Nature Calls:
Uncle D showing off his mad casting skills:
Aunt S trying to keep two crazy toddlers (where are these kid's mothers!?) under wraps:
Great-Grandma H being an art teacher to Little Boy:
Little Boy and Cousin AJ made quite a cool road with sidewalk chalk all over a huge rock:
Eating S'mores with Grandpa H
I LOVE S'Mores!
Little Hiker girl: In the campground, there was a really cool old fire engine, so of course I had to snap some pictures on it!
Our last evening, we went out to a pizza place for dinner and then went to Steve's Grandparents house nearby to take a family picture. I had the only camera and we had no one extra to take the picture. So, I arranged everyone on the steps, mounted the picture on a ladder and used the timer. I'm pretty pleased with it! I have a few things I want to photoshop on it and fix, but overall, I think it's pretty frameable.
We weren't ready to come home by the end, which is saying a lot when you're sleeping in a tent with two small children. Both of them loved the camping experience and look really cute while covered in dirt!
*All nine loads of laundry came very clean despite large amounts of black dirt. My sister-in-law introduced me to a wonderful product called Borax. It's my new favorite laundry product!