Bran and Jack, Rochelle's super-friendly, kid-tolerating-and-even-rather-enjoying dog.
Grrr...don't talk to me... this is what I look like in the mornings while camping. Especially when my husband is pointing a camera at me. And especially when the twins decide not to be good sleepers but still want to rise with the sun.
Mi'a, Mathias, Bran, and Nuala. The M&Ms are 2 years old (not twins, Mi'a is Maria's and Mathias is Sari's), and Bran and Nuala loved playing with them! For the most part, anyway... So fun to have them all together!
Bran and Mathias monster-ing each other. They're such boys!
Mi'a and Nuala taking a girl-chat break from acrobatics on the camper pole. See Nuala's cup of cheerios? An addict if ever I saw one.
Bran busting in on girl time, but Nuala knows how to take care of that.
This was so sad, but in a funny way! Mi'a would go to bed, but peek under the curtains at the rest of us still up and having a grand old time. We weren't allowed to look at the poor little prisoner ;) One of the early, early mornings when we were up already with the twins, she heard us around the campfire and did the same thing, so Bran went over and was "talking" to her. It totally reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, but in a non-romantic way, since they're cousins. I guess it was more of a prison-break type of conversation.
Nuala being treated to a little pampering by Auntie Maria. Green toenail polish is so in! She loved it.
River Pictures: Umpqua River has many different spots to play, with beaches, rapids, falls, etc. The water is clear and very cold! (NOTE: Z just read this and said that I'm the only one that thinks it's cold. Whatever, you Washingtonian!) Nuala and Bran were not too thrilled with the temperature, so even our water-lovin' Nuala didn't play as much in the water as we thought she would. Guess those warm Texas rivers spoiled her. We shoulda done the cold water first! It is SUCH a fun place!
Nuala loved holding the crawdads that the big kids caught. Didn't bother her one bit, our brave girl. Bran was not so welcoming to them. But he's still a brave boy, he just has different strengths.
N, B, and Me. Nuala almost fell asleep in this comfy tube.
Grandma Buttons corralling Nuala, Mathias, and Bran. They had so much fun with her!
Group shot! I think if you count (ha! like you would) there's only around 50 here. But we got our numbers above 60. Boy, that single outhouse was suffering!
A nice long tube train down the Dumont rapids. This is a great place to play! Nice beach area, short run of good little rapids, a rope swing nearby! Ahhh...bliss. Except for the coooold water, but we survived. I'm the caboose on this train. And if I remember correctly, no one flipped on this run! Probably because of the great anchor at the end. (ME.) haha.
Okay, this is from 2005, but we didn't get any pictures of the South Umpqua Falls and I wanted to show y'all how fun this spot is. This is Zachariah surfing down one of the slides. I've only done it this way once or twice, I always think I'm going to bonk my head and pass out and drown, but it's fun. Zachariah does not share this concern.
This is my favorite way to go down, backwards. It's soooo fun, sliding down, down, down the rock, and then just falling. This year the Falls (and the whole river) were higher/faster because there was a lot of snowmelt, it was still fun, but a little more dangerous, especially with all the kiddos. There's a really great area for playing with little ones at the Falls, too.
We had a blast camping! It was so fun to see everyone, even if I didn't get to visit as much as I would have liked, or gotten pics of everyone, it was still wonderful. Nuala and Bran loved it, and we can't wait till next year! Oh, also I wanted to mention that Nuala had a great time playing with cousin Greg's wife, Megan, and she has some cute pics up on their blog, right here.
Coming up...the Washington visit!...