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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Camping Trip #2 - Whatshan Lake

Sigh... my heart is happy just looking through the pictures of our camping trips so far this year. We love camping - by ourselves and with friends! Luckily there are a few more to come before fall!

Our second camping trip this year was to Whatshan Lake. Both Cory and I have been here before, but that was a few years ago before kids. It is a beautiful, clear lake surrounded by stunning tree covered mountains. The weather was a little iffy, with a smattering of sprinkles here and there of rain, but ended up with sunny breaks for most of the weekend.

We were invited to join our friends the "C" family at their leased campsite on this beautiful lake with their three children. Also along for the ride were the "A" family with five of of their six kiddos. We met both of these families a couple of years ago at a local adoptive parent's support group, and together we have welcomed nine children into our three families over that time. There was a range in ages with the kids this weekend from 5 months to 14 years old, and they all played wonderfully together - as they usually do!   

 A bonus for the weekend was the boat, as the kids had a wonderful time tubing and the parents even got an adult only ride around the lakes while the older teenagers babysat the younger ones. Cory and I realized that this was the first time (if we don't count hospital stays) where we were off on our own without the kiddos...must rectify that situation quickly and maybe a little more often.  


 No pictures of the kids tubing, but some of our girls in the little rubber boat!

Happy Mama and Daddy enjoying the outdoors!

Happy kids enjoying the outdoors, the true test being super dirty feet and hands at the end of the day. Mama just sighs and is thankful we have an outdoor shower to hose them down with.

Thank you "C" and "A" families for the wonderful weekend and your continued friendship! Can't wait to camp with you all again (and a few others) later this month!


  1. Looks like so much fun, and along with families you share a common bond with. How amazing!

    I hear you on getting out more, we've only been out once (as a couple) since we brought Lilah home. In fact, my husband gave me a mini lecture just last night, asking me to find us a babysitter! I really need to act on it before #2 comes along!

    Jill :)

  2. I love the camping helps to *reset the clock* within, perhaps we should follow your example and get out *there* to get our minds off our 99 day LOA nonesense...

    your girls are so beautiful!

  3. Wow...looks like a beautiful place to camp! Glad you enjoyed another fun camping adventure with great friends! :)

    We hear ya on the 'getting out' thing too...maybe we should switch off some babysitting for each other! :) Although, I'm not sure I'm ready to leave Thea just yet...but the idea of an evening out sure sounds glamorous!!!

    Hope to see you soon!

  4. I love the dirty little feet, it is one of the great parts of camping, is just watching kids play outside all day and it just doesn't matter how messy they get!

    That is a nice shot of you and Cory too!