Monday, August 25, 2014

Millersylvania State Park Camping Trip

Our camping trip with the Imes family was so much fun! I met Angela and her twins back when Maddie and Izzie were about 3 months old and her girls were about 6 months old. We got together for a playdate (uh... a mommy visit!) and we've been friends ever since. Now Angela has added two more lovely girls to her family. Alex, Andi, Zoe and Zelda. Angela moved to Seattle a few months before we moved to the Portland area. Last summer we met at a park in Olympia for the day and said that the next summer we should meet for a camping trip. So we did! We went camping with Andi and Alex, she left the two younger girls at home with Dad for the weekend.

The morning we left, I was packing up the van and in a tizzy, but we got it all together. I practically packed the entire house, but that's how I like camping. Having all the creature comforts out in the woods! But to my surprise, I finished ahead of schedule and to keep my antsy girls entertained before we left, I fixed their hair in fancy braids. For camping. Whatever! 


Back of Izzie

Back of Maddie

We got checked in around 1 or 2 but by the time we got everything unloaded and set up, it was time to start making dinner. I brought the first dinner and breakfast and Angela did the second dinner and breakfast. Maddie, Izzie, Andi, Angela and Alex. I made a chicken, broccoli rice casserole in the dutch oven the first night.

And the kids made us ice cream for dessert. This is an old girl scout method that you put your ingredients inside a can, and place that can inside another one that is filled with ice and rock salt. Then you get some kids to roll it back and forth for 25 minutes stopping a few times to add more ice and salt. 

 We also made orange brownies in an orange peel and boy were they divine. I cut off the top 1/4 of each orange and scooped out most of the orange pulp into a big bowl. Don't worry, it didn't get wasted. It ended up being devoured by the four girls. Then I filled each orange about half way with brownie batter, wrapped them tightly in foil and stuck them in the fire for about 15-20 minutes. They were molten in the middle, had absorbed a bunch of the orange flavor and with the homemade vanilla ice cream were one of the best desserts I've ever had, camping or not.

 This was the girls' cooking table while we were camping. The concocted lots of stews and magic potions on this stump. Andi, Alex, Izzie and Maddie.

 No camping trip is complete without capers (chores!) Each girl took a turn drying and putting away the dishes.

 Out exploring. The camp grounds were beautiful!

 Angelan, Maddie, Andi, Alex and Izzie.
 Izzie, Andi, Alex and Maddie.


 Izzie, Maddie, Andi and Alex.

 So as we were going on this hike, we were trying to follow the map we had, but it wasn't exactly matching up to the trail in front of us. As we were guessing which way to go, Izzie started getting really worried that we were getting lost. We weren't worried because we were staying on very cleared off paths and it would have been easy to backtrack if we needed to. We did take the time to show them how to set up trail markers "just in case" we needed to turn back and couldn't remember which way to turn. We told Izzie we'd just go a little bit further and if it didn't look like the main trail we'd turn back. And then we saw a fairy house. That was pretty exciting, but then we spotted another one. And another and another and another. The more we looked we realized we'd stumbled into a glen full of hidden fairy houses. It was so special, magical, and incredible. Some of the houses were very elaborate and some were simple. Some were falling apart from age and some were freshly made. After exploring and seeing all the swingsets, slides, houses, ponds, trails and other fairy city parts, we added our own fairy house to the city. It turned out to be one of the best hikes ever and in the end, Izzie was glad we got "lost."

 I only took photos of some of the best elements we found. There was so many!

 Working on our contribution.

 Maddie, Izzie, Andi and Alex standing in from of their fairy house.

 Later that afternoon we headed to the lake to hang out and do a little swimming.

 and snacking. (Izzie.)

 Squirrel visitor.



Somehow as we packed everything up, we realized we didn't have a group photo, even though I had brought my mini tripod. So, filthy and tired, we all posed for a last group shot before heading home, with plans to meet again next summer!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We lived at the pool this summer.

 We were the first ones at the pool for a few minutes. Izzie and Maddie thought that was pretty nifty.

 Izzie and Maddie

 Maddie and Izzie

 Little Froggie.

 Weeeeeee! Maddie and Izzie


Friday, August 15, 2014

High Queen Maddie

 One day at our Homeschool Group, I saw a bunch of the girls all sitting in this old sandbox boat with Maddie at the helm. It looked like she was holding court.

 My cuddle bunny Jake Kitty.
 Yay for awesome picnic weather in August. Have I mentioned how much I love the Pacific Northwest Summer? It's amazing. You can sit outside and enjoy lunch.... in August. Never gonna happen in Texas. Not unless misters and fans are involved. Or a lot of sweat.

 Izzie and Maddie.

 The girls wanted to give me a pedicure so I figured why not. I actually got lots of compliments on my polish job. It was fun to tell people my six year olds did it. They picked out a sort of confetti polish that was good at hiding imperfections. First Maddie had to wipe off the old polish.
 They each took a foot. Izzie working on this one.

Maddie taking her time to polish my toes carefully. Spa Day is my absolute favorite game they play!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Homeschool Storytime, Pooptastic

 Packed up the girls kindergarten work. It was fun to see how much we did throughout the year.

 Homeschool Storytime. The theme was "Poop." We talked about tracking animals and a bit about the human digestive system.

 Heather had a craft from the Grossology book to make Poop but it didn't turn out very well. But the kids had fun with the textures.

 Kids playing with Treya's fairy garden.

 Fairy houses were very popular this summer. Here is one Izzie made with seashells in our backyard.

 One of Maddie's fairy house.


 New fruit baskets. Always over flowing, filled weekly.

 Setting up our schedule for 1st grade.

Clair and Maddie, girl scout friends.

 Caitlyn and Izzie
Maddie, Claire, Izzie and Caitlyn playing legos.