Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Few More Camping Photos

Camping at Mission Bay

Every year for the last five or six years, Becky and I have been making plans for Kreil / Young vacations. And every year for the last five or six years, Greg and Jeff have put the kibosh on our plans. In no uncertain terms, they have told us we're crazy. In all fairness, it could be because our plans include the husbands taking lots of time off work and spending thousands of dollars to gallivant around Europe or the Bahamas. I'm just guessing here.

But, we finally stumbled across a plan that we could all get behind. CAMPING! So, a couple weeks ago, we loaded up the cars and made our way down to Mission Bay in San Diego.

(This post has a lot of pictures! And, just so it's easier to follow along, I offer the following disclaimer: No matter how Blogger decides to arrange my pictures, the teacher in me will not budge on the grammar rule that captions go under pictures. If it's confusing, I apologize. Take it up with my college language professor.)
Maddox and Jaxon required very little coaching before they got the idea of roasting marshmallows. Before long, they assumed that we served marshmallows after every meal.

The campground had a nice big playground for the boys. They enjoyed this perk the first day. After that, they just wanted to go to the beach.
Mad tried s'mores, and passed. He ate the chocolate out.
Maddox and me enjoying glow bracelets. (By the way, the grammar rule states that "Maddox and me" would be correct in that context. Have I mentioned that Jeff hates being married to a teacher?)

Taking a little nap in the tent.

Sorry it's so dark. If you enlarge the photo, it's kind of fun to see how the heat from the fire warped the image.

Happy campers!
We had a lot of fun one morning when we rented a little surrey with a fringe on top. We peddled around the campground singing the only verses of that song that we knew from "When Harry Met Sally."
Eating lunch after a hard morning at the beach.
The dads took over dinner prep one evening and served us burgers, baked beans and corn on the cob.
We took supplies for mini devotionals with the boys every day. Just about every devotional included stickers, so they were thrilled. We did one lesson about where God lives, and now the boys will tell you, "God lives in Heaven and in my heart." Too cute!
Maddox had to tell Daddy all about his devotional craft.
One last photo right before we went home to recover from a week of fun (and do laundry)!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A California Summer

Whenever I talk to my mom on the phone, I'm always sure to describe how rough my life is. I need all the sympathy I can get. The other day when I was chatting with Kimbo, I was sitting in a chair in the shady backyard with my feet in a kiddie swimming pool while Maddox and Jaxon splashed and shot me with water guns. The hardest part of my day was fishing grass out of the pool with a cup. Feel sorry for me.

Around here, we have a hectic schedule of baseball and swimming. That's about it. Well, we threw in a little finger painting, just for a change of pace.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Late is Better Than Never

Last month, Maddox and I took a trip up to Spokane to visit Marmie and Daddoo. Northside church of Christ hosted a Ladies' Day and invited my mom, my sister and me to come present. They hosted a very successful day, with about 95 ladies turning out. I think I only put a few of them to sleep.

Maddox and I spent a lot of time on the airplane stringing beads onto pipe cleaners to make bracelets for 900 of our closest friends. Anything to pass the time.
Here I am in costume performing a skit Mandy and I did in which we played southern coffee shop waitresses.
A few photos of Maddox and Marmie at a park in Spokane with an historic carousel.

Here are Maddox and Marmie playing baby dolls the night before we left.