Posts Tagged ‘camping’
written 1/10/14 – It seemed like everyone had Spring Fever today. The weather was above 0 deg, all of the kids were in school…mine had a 2 hour delay, but they were in school…and there are no storms on the 7 day forecast.
At some houses sox disappear. At our house the left handed gloves disappear. We now have a lot of right handed gloves. I wear a baggie one on my left hand.
The kids and I had a fun day Saturday. We are trying to find a new place to go camping. We drove over to the new camp ground. It is not as close to our house as the one that we camped at last summer, so it was a fun car trip. We talked some, listened to some music, looked out of the window and spent a lot of time looking at the map. We stopped twice for directions before we finally found it. The drive home was a lot quicker. We can go camping there in the spring, we are not ready yet for year round camping. I didn’t take any pictures. We left the house late and wanted to find it and get back home before it got dark. I don’t like being out in unfamiliar territory in the country after dark. It takes some time to take pictures, especially in a new areas. When we see something to get a picture of, we need to turn around and go back to it, and sometimes get out of the car to be close enough. I take most of my pictures with my phone. We do have a camera, but it is so much easier not to carry a second item. There were a lot of things to get pictures of, but we would have gotten home after dark. When we go back, we can get a lot of pictures.
written 1/2/14 – Yesterday I found a blog that explained how to write a good thank-you note. My kids and I do write thank-yous, but they are not very good. The blog is at http://www.peckedtodeathbychickens.com/how-to-write-a-3-minute-thank-you-note-that-people-will-want-to-thank-you-for/ I hope that this will help us.
Last Tuesday we went to Maggie’s last two cultural events for this school year. One was a dog show at a local pet store. They had a dog that danced with her owner. It was cute. The owner said that the dog was trained to follow her hand to know which way to move. It was very interesting. She said we could Google “dog free style dancing” to see more examples. We took Beth and her boyfriend to this event. It was relatively close to our house. When the show was over we stayed at the pet store for a while.
The second event was a local Historical Society’s 50th anniversary. The dog show was inside. I had pictured the anniversary party as an inside event. It wasn’t. It lasted an hour and had songs of the season, The Vice Mayor spoke, the town Crier was there, there were historical figures and the towns large bell was rung 50 times. They also shot off a cannon a few times. It was good to see the town keeping its past alive. It was so cold.
Maggie had gotten the directions from Mapquest.com for the Anniversary party. The kids are older and do a lot of the map reading and direction giving when we go places. This does get a little tricky. With the kids giving the directions we need to leave early for every event so that if we get lost we can still be there on time. My kids like to give me the next line of the directions and put the directions away. If we need directions fast they need to get the directions out and unfold them, find their place and ask what my question was. By that time we have missed the turn. We are getting better at this and make most events on time. We only got lost once on the way to the anniversary party. It was dark when we went. We did remember to take the flashlight so that we could read the directions. Years ago we had a flashlight that we kept in the glove compartment of the car. When it needed new batteries we took it in and it never made its way back to the car. We do need a flashlight in the car.
written 8!3!13 – The cats have started playing together. Sometimes it looks like playing, sometimes it looks like world war three. The little cat, Stella, likes to pounce onto the bigger cat, Mandy, and play tag with Mandy’s tail. Mandy looks at Stella like…really, why can’t you just take a nap. Stella is getting bigger. When we got her she fit into our hands. Now she spills out of our hands. She doesn’t look like a kitten any more. She has a lot of energy, not as much as at first, but still a lot. Mandy has had to adapt to having a friend, wrestling and sharing her family. Most of the time she doesn’t look happy about any of this. But she has started to play and wrestle with Stella.
The papers from the schools have started coming in, the emergency forms to fill out, the schedules and the school supply list. How can summer be almost over? We had a lot of plans that we never got to. When school starts we will have a few weeks before the large amounts of homework start…I hope. We can still do some of out summer projects. We need to go camping again, work on our family tree that is on the dining room wall, have game night…we like board games…go ice skating…there is so much that we want to do.
written 7/23/13 – We are going to go camping with my sisters family. The planning has been fun. We haven’t decided on a weekend or a place but we do want to pick a place that is between us. We would like to take fishing poles. It will be a new adventure. We haven’t gone fishing since the kids were in grade school. Back then we had little plastic poles that were shaped like fish and went years ago with the Boy Scouts The kids have started planning what they want to take.
We got fishing poles. Two of them need new lines. We have never put in a new line. Also we got hooks and bobbers. The poles are short, but we think that they are adult poles…I am not sure if it makes a difference if they are adult or child poles. We needed poles that would fit into the trunk of our car. The flee market didn’t have any that came apart in the center, so we got shorter ones. We have a library book on repairing fishing poles on order. It should be here in a few days. I hope that it has directions on how to put a new line onto the pole.
Does your family go camping? What are your memories?
Please come back and visit us again!!!
Yesterday I had a lot to say…today I can’t think of anything.
We had a garage sale over the weekend. Everything that didn’t sell needs to go to the Goodwill. The sale was fun, but not productive
About twice a year, I print off all of my e-mail contacts. My computer has crashed in the past and we have lost everything so it is nice to have a back-up of the e-mail addresses. I need to put all of the phone numbers in my phone into a book and update that after each new number. The kids update their phone list often, I should get into the habit of doing this too.
We need to set up our next camping trip. We feel confident enough to go again. We had a great time on the last trip and learned a lot of good lessons. Hopefully William will go with us. It would be fun to try a different camp ground.
written 6/17/13 – We went camping last weekend. We had a great time!!!
When we started to pack, William said that he wasn’t going to go. I talked, and reasoned and said that it would make great family memories, but he wouldn’t budge. So he stayed home. That was sad, but at 23 years old, he would have been board. Maybe he will go with us next time.
We had started a list of what to take earlier in the week and started assembling the items in the living room. The intent was that everything make it to the campsite in one trip and it would all fit into the car. Some people go into the woods for weeks with one small back pack and a pocket knife, but this was our first trip. We did get everything together in an hour or two. We needed to get there and have the tent up before it got dark.
We arrived, checked in, picked our campsite and started to assemble the tent. This is the tent that wouldn’t go together in the living room. We finally put it together in the backyard. We felt confident about it at the campsite, but managed to put it together wrong twice. On the third try it went up…and it was still light…mostly. I had wanted to get a paint marker and mark which poles went where, but hadn’t gotten to it yet. Maggie and Beth tipped the tent on it’s side to get the dirt out of it. We had only just arrived and were already a spectacle.
We unpacked and built a fire. The wood burns faster than you think that it will. The kindling was gone almost instantly. There weren’t many twigs around and no medium sized logs…and it was dark. We let the fire go out and decided to start again in the morning.
written 6/7/13 – Maggie is done with her first week of summer school. It is a two week class. So, I guess she has gone over a half of a semester of work. It is an Economics class. She said that it has been mostly supply, demand and graphs.
It has been raining so much that all of our flowers are in bloom.
We need to get a summer project set up. We will have camping, but we need something else to do and plan together.
written 4/27/13 – We went outside to put up the tent. Beth had homework and stayed in the house. William, Maggie and I took the tent outside. We figured out that the first two poles that were assembled were not part of the frame of the main tent, but part of the two side rooms. That made a big difference. Most of the poles we could figure out from the directions where they went, some took more looking to find sleeves that were the correct length to put them into. William always does a safety test on everything for us. The tent is no different. When it was assembled William went outside of the tent to hold the poles and he called out “earthquake” and then he shook the tent. I am happy to report that the tent withstood the shaking and is safe for us to use. As soon as school is out, we can go camping.