Thursday, July 2, 2015


Haven't seen the kids in 30 minutes because they are so caught up in their bunk bed fort.

Hailey was playing house and she was the mom and Evan was her "daughter" who she was getting ready for the first day of school.

He's not loving this.

I let the kids help make salad which got them more excited about eating it.

Normally they turn their noses up at salad.

Note to self: croutons are super easy to make.... stop buying them!

Poor Evan fell off the bottom bed while he was sleeping and went right back to sleep on the floor. His birthday is in just a few days. I am glad we got him some super hero play capes so Hailey can stop dressing him up like a girl.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hailey's Backpack

The backpack and lunch box Hailey picked out arrived from Lands Ends today. They have an awesome warranty on their backpacks so we waited until we got 40% coupon & free shipping.

It seems a little ridiculous to see a kindergartner with a normal sized backpack on that comes to their knees. Lands End makes backpacks in 5 sizes. We bought a small... which still looks big on her so it should last the first few years of elementary school.

LL Bean also has a lifetime warranty on their backpacks and was my first preference.  Hailey said they looked boring and plain... and she doesn't do plain very well. Fair enough... I did tell her she could pick. We did check out Pottery Barn backpacks which are very cute.... but durability has very mixed reviews.

There is an option to do custom embroidery for $6... very reasonable. We did not put her name on for safety reasons. We don't want some creeper stranger calling her name out.

Evan cried because he does not have a lunch box like Hailey. He thought that was "unfair." I told him when he goes to kindergarten he can pick one out.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Last Day Camping

Can't remember what his face looks like clean.

Helping to make breakfast.

Freshly cleaned and throwing dirt on her stomach. Good thing we are going home later today.

A helping hand is always appreciated.

The nicest bathroom I have ever seen camping.

And free showers.

I have reached my camping max.... 3 days.

One last swim before we go home.

When we go camping my dad always buys ice cream sandwiches.

Evan pushed Hailey into a wood door frame. Like the bump on her face?

At least it is not permanent.

It was the best thing to go home and find that Steve cleaned like a maid while we were gone.

Steve had a Lego Zoo waiting for the kids.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Santee Camping

Good morning!

The kids were so excited for their first time fishing.

The kids want to throw the line and immediately pull it in. 

My dad suggested the kids leave their poles in the water for at least 5 minutes. Hailey said it felt like forever.

My sister Clarice separated herself from us because the kids were noisy talking to the fish.

And then Evan found her.

Waiting for the fish to bite proved to be quite difficult.

We left the others to fish and went to the playground.  Go figure, once we left my dad caught a fish.

Ready for a swim.

There were a few attempts to teach the kids how to play Jenga.

Going for a ride.

Checking out another playground.

Picked these up at Walmart so they wouldn't drown in the pool.

Less than 5 minutes out of the shower... we are already dirty again.

The kids wanted to try fishing again.... but by the time we got to our spot they were passed out.