Monday, September 27, 2010

Convenient Camping

Scott and I like to camp. In the BK era (that's the before kids era) we camped all the time - in the rain, in the snow, and if we were lucky in sunny weather too. Not everyone agrees, but it is really nice to get away from it all. No phone, no TV, just some time outside.

If we have any hope of the kids enjoying camping, we figure we need to initiate them young. We especially need to catch the girls before they are angry that hair dryers won't work in a tent. Despite many failed prior attempts, we have yet to succeed in the family camping trip. There was the stomach virus of 2005 and the hail storm of 2006, plus little things like bed rest pregnancies and newborns in the house which kept spoiling our camping plans. All told the closest we have come to camping is setting up the tent on Mimi and Poppa's covered porch.

This year we didn't even try to camp for real. Open fire and toddling Mick definitely don't mix. Plus the idea of trying to get everyone to actually fall asleep in the same tent seemed a little too daunting.

Instead, we camped out convenient style. We ate dinner on the porch, roasted marshmallows on the grill, and set up the tent in the backyard. There were plenty of mosquitoes to make us feel like we were really camping, plus we were able to quietly tuck Mick into his crib upstairs.

By morning, most of the family was in the house. But, two of the gang spent the night in the great outdoors. While the forecast was for dry weather, we still had drops falling on the tent at 5AM. Someone (me) forgot to turn the sprinkler system off - oops.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Wonderful One!

Mick turned one on Friday. He is definitely wonderful at one! We had a perfect one year old birthday. There was cake, ice cream, and a few gifts. The gifts were wrapped in blue and lots of toy cars were in the mix. There wasn't a single pink princess item to be found - a first for kid birthday's at our house.

Mimi and Poppa sadly missed the fun due to a family emergency. We still enjoyed the evening with the family and Nana. Even though we didn't host a giant birthday party, we did decorate the house. The girls used skills that would make the producers on HGTV proud. With their hard work, our home was turned into a birthday mecca with streamers, signs, and balloons. Even Mick's high chair was decorated.

With Mick's first year ended, we are looking forward to a new year of many adventures. We went from newborn, to infant, to toddler. By the time is two, he will be leaving all traces of babyhood in the dust.

That is life in the stroller lane.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Let's Go Fly A Kite

We were off to the mountains over Labor Day. We met up with the Schroeders, friends from Atlanta. They have two girls that are the same ages as Sarah and Jaley - needless to say it was a terrific weekend. We squeezed so much fun into the short vacation - I'm still recovering.

We hiked and made s'mores. We sampled wines and picked blueberries. We went trout fishing and caught nothing, but then went to the stream and caught minnows. We played on the playground and went to the pool. We even feasted on the world's largest T-Bones (thanks John). In between, we lounged on the deck and watched the start of college football season.

As if that wasn't enough, the highlight of the weekend was the Mile High Kite Festival. Beech Mountain gave out kites to the kids and let them run wild. There were literally hundreds of kites in the air. The wind was perfect - lofting a kite has never been easier. Mick preferred just to play with the string. It took about 10 minutes to get him untied, but he had a ball.

All told it was a wonderful Labor Day. Now it is back to the real world. I'm neck deep in house projects. Scott says I just can't help myself - which is probably true, since I'm on a first name basis with most of the staff at Home Depot. In short we are all good. What a difference from a year ago.

That is life in the stroller lane.