Sunday, August 24, 2008
Philip also really enjoyed our visit to the USS North Carolina and asked almost every day if we could go back. We'll definitely have to make another trip there in the future. Like his older sibling, Philip spent his fair share of time splashing about in the pool during the hottest hours, when we tried to stay out of the sun. His favorite pool activity involved figuring out new and different crazy jumps into the pool.
Friday, August 22, 2008
The pool appealed more to her as a less salty, more predictable environment. She also enjoyed playing shark, the color dunk game, and flipping in the water with mom's assistance.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
On the brighter side, everyone in the family had fun, and although I'll probably break the details of the trip into several posts, I just wanted to share my favorite pictures of each of the kids from the trip (before the camera broke...sigh...)
The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
- Henry Beston
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
After saying hello and giving hugs to Elizabeth, we made our way to Paulie's cabin where he was, in all his coolness, hanging out with newly-made friends. He was, of course, most excited to see Finn and immediately, they were hanging all over each other while we clamored for information about his week. After he and Finn had sufficiently hugged and goofed off, Paulie showed us the bow he made for archery, the toolbox he made in woodshop and the pole he made for fishing. Despite the fact he appeared to wear the same swimtrunks and t-shirt all week, the mountain air and camping atmosphere definitely seemed to agree with him.
In short order all the bags, trunks, and pillows were piled into the back of the car, the money they didn't realize they had was spent at canteen getting new tribe t-shirts, and Finn's knee was torn up on the gravel trying to chase his siblings. Time to go. Until next year.
Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you... while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
~ John Muir
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
We first heard it last Saturday morning when Finn woke up at the crack of dawn. After Finn nursed for a few minutes, Paul told him to stay right there while he went to get a clean diaper. Finn said, "Okay, Daddy". Since then, possibly because of the frequent laughter it draws, Finn has been saying "okay" to nearly everything that is said to him. Here's a clip from dinner Saturday evening before the kids left for camp:
Monday, August 4, 2008
The sign on Elizabeth's cabin:
Paul at the tree in front of his cabin:
Paul's waving goodbye to Dad and Finn:
The last place we saw Paul, in the woods above his cabin:
Saturday, August 2, 2008
We all ate popcorn and watched Elizabeth's Gobblet strategy rule the table; Elizabeth, Paulie and I learned Cranium Conga while Paul and Philip caused Trouble. Then Paul, Philip and I climbed and slid through Chutes and Ladders while Paulie and Elizabeth competitively matched Memory cards. We all agree that family game night is one of our favorite ways to spend an evening.