Wednesday, July 22, 2009

And good times were had by all

Last weekend we camped. Camping for me, as a single mom, has consisted of weekends with me doing EVERYTHING or family camps in grungy cabins where I don't have to do ANYTHING. This time I was going to do things differently.

Once I'd picked the spot, I invited my friend Jessica and her son along. He's 10, and just a year older than my Prince. At the last moment, a mutual friend decided to join us - her daughter is just a few months younger than my Jelly Bean.

We were going to leave at 3. Then 4. Then 5. We got on the road about 6:30. Lassen Volcanic National Forest isn't far at all, thankfully.

Once we arrived, Jessie and I started setting up tents while Melissa BBQed...yum. It was truly a weekend of fantastic food!

This was the view from our campsite.

I could NOT keep my kids clean! We went through almost an entire container of wipes (conversation overheard and remembered: Mom, there was a lady in the bathroom using butt wipes ON HER FACE!) and frequented the bathroom sinks, but I eventually gave up. They were having fun!

Of course, the adults weren't far behind in the dirt factor:

The kids decided to dig to China, even though my Prince told everyone they'd never make it through the magma:

The girls had fun eating and drinking:

It was a great time of making memories. We'll return soon, and I'm going to do some climbing!

Have a great summer!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Kate update

Here is the website for updates on Kate. She's out of surgery, but the news is not good. Please pray for Kate and her parents.

Pray for Kate McRae

This is an unbelievable story. She is in surgery right this very moment. It's a reminder that life can change in an instant. Go hug your kids or other loved ones, and pray for Kate...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Perpetuum Jazzil, a Slovenian a capella group, sings Toto's Africa.


Watch and listen.