Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Trails....

I think I mentioned it in one of my posts recently that we bought a camper.

And it's safe to say, I'm seriously digging camper-camping!

Some of my best childhood memories revolve around summers spent camping. Blazing campfires, golden toasted marshmallows, that ziiiiiiiip of the tent as my brother and I peeked out the windows at the twinkling stars above.  I did camp in a pop-up camper before as a child when I'd go with my best friend and her family but most of the time, we were still in the tents becuz not everyone would FIT in the pop-up. 

Daryl and I went camping in New Hampshire our first year of dating. It rained the majority of the weekend and the inside of our tent smelled like wet dog.  Our air mattress kept springing a leak and every single morning I'd wake up tense and sore as if someone had beat me up.  But don't get me wrong, we still had a blast!  Although I must say, not one of my finer moments was peeing in the parking lot--ass to rocky gravel--on top of Mount Washington. But that's a story for ANOTHER blog post. Heh heh.

Anyway, I've been wanting to go camping again ever since Hunter was born but I just didn't relish teh idea of tent-camping with one or two babies.  And Daryl and I had been casually looking at pop-up campers for about 3 years now. Our truck isn't super big so we didn't think we'd be able to tow anything bigger.

Well, think again! Big D did some research and we went to go look for a new camper! We got a Sportsmen Classic Hybrid Travel Trailer. I like that we can have the "pop-out" on the side for the biggest bed but yet not have the inconvenice of a pop-up.  And best of all, we've used it twice and the verdict? My kids LOVE IT!

So without further adiu, here is our rolling-home-away-from-home:

Go ahead, Big D, lead the way!

If you look to the right, you have the biggest bed (in the pop-out section, Queen size) and right below that is a couch that pulls out into a smaller (more like a full-size) bed.
This is what it looks like before you open up the pop-out portion.
Goofing off with Daddy...and yes, Big D has shorts on, I swear. He is NOT nakey.
 And it's a great place for unexpected Saturday afternoon naps, with the gentle sound of raindrops pattering on the canvas!

If you turn to the left (from directly in front of the door), here is the rest of our travel trailer.

 And here is our kitchen area!

The kids love sitting at the table! And since it was QUITE rainy (can anyone say MONSOON?) last weekend, we were at the table a LOT. (The table turns into another bed/sleeping area.)

This is the view to the left from in front of the kitchen sink.
There is a bathroom as well (a toilet and stand-up shower) but I didn't think to take a picture. Heh. Don't be too disappointed, m'kay?

The kiddos LOVE camping! The fresh air....
....the space to run....

....fun times with (a greasy-haired) Mommy and Daddy....

....and the S'mores!!
Avery had her first taste of toasted marshmallow. Unlike her Mommy and brother (and more like her Daddy!) she was NOT a big fan of the sweet and sticky confection. Seriously, this kid CAN'T be mine.

This boy, however? DEFINETLY mine!

 We are loving our trailer trailer/camper! I see many, many more weekend trips in our immediate future!  Happy Trails!

Hey, BTW, if you want to read up on the decorations I've been making for Hunter's upcoming 3rd birthday (PIRATE theme!), then click here! I can NOT believe my sweet baby boy is turning THREE this Saturday. *Sniff Sniff* It really DOES go by so fast.

Sunday, July 15, 2012


As usual, lots going on lately! And the kids are making me laugh on an almost daily basis.  Hunter's new favorite phrases especially "Heave ho!" and "Abracadabra!" although when he says it, it sounds more like "Aba-a-daba".

And Fluffy Butt is back in our house! I've broken out the cloth diapers again for Avery.

I'm SO SICK of buying two boxes of diapers at a time...I'm going broke! Hunter is getting closer to potty training but not CLOSE enough.

And some "firsts" for both kids this weekend: first time to a splash pad...

....and first time time eating S'mores (although to be fair, Avery didn't really get a S'more...just a marshmallow and graham crackers, separately).  Suffice it to say, Hunter is in love with BOTH splash pads AND S'mores!

Being this busy, makes for some tired little chilluns.

And one more thing, I'm thinking of calling an allergist for little Miss Aves. Has anyone any experience with that? She broke out in a rash on Saturday after her breakfast of waffles and apples (two things she has eaten many, many times):

I gave her Benadryl and it cleared up immediately.

I don't know if this kid is just prone to rashes and has super sensitive skin? Or if it could be something more. I know for sure she's gotten the same type of a rash from instant oatmeal (not regular old fashioned! Both her and her brother, actually) and then now
after the waffles? And then the hives/allergic reaction recently. She gets diaper rash after yeast rash after diaper rash.  Supposedly she has eczema (although personally I think it must be a very mild version of it). Both her and her brother often have THE most liquid-y poops ever!  And just an FYI, I don't feel like my pediatrician's office really LISTENS to anything I say so going to them will not solve anything in my opinion. So, do you think this warrants an appointment with an allergist? Or do you think she just has "sensitive skin"?

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

Holy crap...could we fit anymore in???

Wow, I've been away from blog-land for a while now. I've been enjoying summer and my WEEK OFF from work, especially! Did lots in the last 10 days or so.

Adult night out with some good friends at a nearby restaurant...we were sitting at their outdoor patio with a view of the lake:

A trip to Beardsley Zoo for me and the kiddos. We went with my girlfriend and her three kids. While it was super hot-hot-hot, we still had a great time:

This was when they were all super sweaty, and getting tired of walking...can you tell?

Hunter's second time on a carousel. This time went MUCH better than his first, when he was about 1 year old.

Avery wasn't altogether sure what to make of it.

We also got in some swimming this week. I took the kids to my friend's MIL's pool where they had a great time playing with her two girls and swimming:

This was RIGHT before they all got yelled at for playing on the Bilco doors. Heh.

We also had a fabulous 4th of July picnic right here at home with lots of friends, food, fun and fireworks right off our dock:

The kids loved our mini-bounce house.

Daddy tried it out but sunk it briefly. LOL

My patriotic babies.

After a looooong busy day, Avery was ready for bed.

Snaps in the driveway!

My deviled eggs were BANGIN'!

Hunter was NOT a fan of the "loud" fireworks. He fell asleep in my lap, jumping at every one. I finally brought him inside when I was sure he was asleep.

And last but not least was our beach day with The Captain's Wife and little miss K...let me preface this by saying, don't let the "fun" pictures fool you. Beach day was NOT a success. My children seemed to have inherited the "anti-beach" gene from their father. No beach-bunnies like Mommy. This was seriously the only FUN moment the two of them actually had:

And then there is the day AFTER the beach. We spent it hurrying little Miss Avery to the pediatrician for the hives that covered her ENTIRE body. She seeemd to have an allergic reaction to "something". Not sure if it was the sunscreen, the sun, the sand, or what:

But all in all, I had a FANTASTIC vacation week! Big D and I also bought something I'm super excited for...hint, hint...here is a pic that maybe you can guess from:

Yup, you guessed it...a camper!! This pic is actually from a different one we looked at but it was cute cuz Hunter hopped up at the table, unprompted, and started happily swinging his legs back and forth. And then told me, "Eat dinner at table, Mama!" It was adorable and of course I HAD to get a picture. ;-) I can not wait to have lots of fun camping trips with my children! I have so many great memories of camping with my parents and brother and I just want to share that now with MY own family. 

And last but not last, here is my little diva, in her sunglasses: