Shaun and I set up our tent too. It's technically a 4 man tent but by the time I get my queen sized air mattress blown up inside it... it's mostly just for Shaun and I. I'm okay with that. Ryan snores.
Now... Grandma Jacki isn't a camper either. At all. And that's okay. She rented a cabin. Kate and her cousin chose to sleep in the cabin with grandma. Seriously... the girls were SO good and had so much fun together! They fight and love just like sisters- which is good since neither of them have a sister of their own.
Little Spencer was so cute in his jammies and cowboy boots. I just want to eat him up!
Grandma and her babies...
Shaun quickly found where his mom had hidden the chocolate covered mangoes (have you had these from Costco yet? Don't do it. You'll just eat them all. Or your husband will and you'll only be left with the crumbs and this will make you cranky.)
We seriously have the cutest cousins. On both sides. What gives? We're just pretty lucky I guess.
I had an epiphany on this trip too. Shaun wants to be the favorite uncle. And he's not above bribery. He bribed my brothers kids with Cheetos and Coke. He's bribing his brothers' kids with s'mores and Cheetos. I'm okay with it. I'm associated with Shaun so that makes me fun too- by default!
I tried my hand at a pinterest treat too (I know- it had potential disaster written all over it)- we recently found gluten free ice cream cones at the grocery store and I remembered seeing that you could pack them with all kinds of yummy things like chocolate chips, peanut butter and marshmallows then wrap it up in tin foil and cook it in the coals. It was a melty delicious little treat that I'm pretty sure will reappear again.
We had a jam packed weekend of fun too! We came home absolutely exhausted. The morning was spent hiking around the City of Rocks- it's like Goblin Valley in Southern Utah on steroids. Unreal.
Ryan caught us a friend...
Yeah... he was ridiculously proud of himself. I was too... those little things are super fast!
Check out the scenery! I've never seen anything like it!
"I'm King of the Rock. And there's nothing you girls can do about it." Name that movie and you get a Coke.
Thanks grandma and papa for such a fun weekend!
After getting all hot and sweaty from hiking around all morning, we went over to Almo to some hot springs pools that open year round. SO much fun. I'm thinking this will be an activity we do again sometime this winter- the kids loved it!
And seriously- one of these days I WILL get a picture of Ryan where he is not being... well Ryan. I guess maybe I don't want one of those kinds of pictures anyway. It would look strange if he actually looked at the camera and smiled.
We went fishing after dinner... naturally we got skunked, but I guess there's always next time. The boys got new rods for their birthdays and were so excited to give them a try! Ryan had a rare moment of sweetness and let his sister even have a turn.
Kate and Ryan have a troubled relationship at best these days. It seems that they are always either in each other's way or just bugged by the other one. I don't think they try to be pills to each other... it just works out that way. I guess in that respect it will be nice to have them back in school here in a few weeks- each of them will have their own class and activities. Maybe it will mellow. Maybe I'm being a little bit of a wishful thinker.
Shaun claims he's not any kind of fisherman- but in my kids eyes- it doesn't really matter. What matters to them is that he took the time this week to go and get a fishing license for them and he sat and re-baited their hooks time and time again. We sure love our dad.