Thursday, August 5, 2010

Home Sweet Home . . .

It's always so good to come home from a vacation, no matter how much you loved being away with family,  there's no place like, "home sweet home"!

We had such a good time!  Camping is always fun at our house . . . never a dull moment here!  The view that we woke up to each morning was so beautiful! 

Now everybody knows that the first thing you do when you go camping, is start a fire!  Christian made sure that the fire was burning, and that there was plenty of smoke to keep the mosquitoes away! 

Napping is also essential to a good camping trip!  Caleb and grandpa taking a nap! 



Lots of smiles . . . an one little Ninja!  Aren't they cute?!


 And of course we caught fish!  Emily caught the biggest one this day - she's very proud!

Grandpa and Caleb, sharing a few secrets . . . 

Christian teaching Brody the fine art of bow making!

Averi kept us entertained dancing to Hanna Montana!!

And of course, the coziest part of the day is always when you get to put on your jammies and cuddle up under a warm quilt . . . Caleb and Averi, all snuggled up in grandma and grandpa's trailer.

We didn't see any bears, but we saw plenty of "bear hugs"!

We were packing-up and getting ready to go home - I felt sorry for the kids, this was the only shade they could find!

Caleb was helping us pack-up and head out!

We had hot days and cloudy, stormy afternoons, but by evening, it would clear up again and be gorgeous.  Well, you know me, I can't pass up a picture of a cloud or a good rain storm!  Mother Nature never disappoints me!

We all made it home safe and sound,  everyone back to work and back to the daily grind!  We all had fun, despite the tummy aches, flies and mosquitoes!  There is nothing in the world like being in the great outdoors with the ones you love the most!   I love this quote by, Margaret Elizabeth Sangster:

"God made the forests, the tiny stars, and the wild winds--and I think that he made them partly as a balance for that kind of civilization that would choke the spirit of joy out of our hearts. He made the great open places for the people who want to be alone with him and talk to him, away from the crowds that kill all reverence. And I think that he is glad at times to have us forget our cares and responsibilities that we may be nearer him--as Jesus was when he crept away into the wilderness to pray."
Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
 "The Gypsy Spirit"

Hugs and Love.


  1. Oh Barb I absolutely adore camping and did lots of it when I was small with my grandparents. Happy memories for me :]
    I love this post and your photo's are just beautiful as is your family~!

    Hugs n Luv


  2. So much fun!! Looks like you guys had a blast!! Thanks for the pictures, they were fun to look at!

  3. Hi Barb, welcome back! Fantastic photos of the G'kids, I know they had a wonderful time camping. Being a cloud lover myself, I think those are gorgeous pics, too. Glad you had a great time with your loved ones! Did you have a fish fry with all those fish caught? Inquiring minds want to know...LOL! ~Cheryl

  4. It's sooooooooooooo nice to find an entry here!

    Welcome home!

    Also so glad that you all had such a super time. And that you took lovely photos too.

    Next, you didn't tire yourself out too much, did you? After all, you are still recuperating, ya' know. :-)

    Gentle hugs...

  5. Beautiful memories are made spending it camping with your grandchildren I also feel it is an exellent opportunity for testimonies to grow when they herar grandma and grandpa bearing them around the fire. It has blessed our lives. welcome home!
    Our son lives near Boise. I can give you his Informationa dn website if you email me. I don't know if he can help your sweet Averi or not. I would pray he can help! I use Beth as my blogging name:)
    We are in the process of trying to sell mom's home and move her from Idaho to be near us daughters in a retirement living community. It isn't going as smoothly as we would like and I tend to be spending alot of time in IF.
    How is your mom doing?
    Hugs, beth

  6. Your camping trip looks like so much fun. Did you try the fabric softener sheets to keep the bugs away? I hope it worked for you.


  7. It was so much fun!!! THANK YOU for all you and Dad did to make this trip possible! I loved the R & R and being with our family!!!!! I already want to do it again!!! Love the pics!!!

  8. Wonderful pictures. Looks like a great time was had. Of course, we live in the best place in the world, right?

    How is it that I've never heard of Margaret Elizabeth Sangster??!!


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