Tuesday, October 21, 2014


We're going to use air quotes here because we didn't really camp. We had planned on staying overnight, but when it came down to it we decided to head home to our soft, warm beds instead of pitching tents in the rain to sleep on the ground. The deciding factor was when we realized we forgot tarps. That plus we were borrowing tents and didn't want the added hassle of making sure to get them all dried out (rain was in the forecast for days) before returning them. That plus the fact that we had a lot to do Saturday and were planning to head back early-ish anyway. That plus we really like everything about camping except the actual sleeping in a tent on the ground part. So, air quotes. "Camping."

We joined a group of friends from church and headed to Frozen Head State Park one fine Friday evening. It rained the entire drive there, but when we pulled up at the pavilion where our crew was gathering for dinner, it had trickled off to an occasional drizzle. Mostly the rain just made everything look misty and beautiful.

We visited, played on the playground, ate dinner, caught crawdads, and sang a few tunes before calling it a night. We look forward to "camping" again sometime soon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Virginia Creeper Trail, 2014 edition

We may have hit the jackpot this year. Sandwiched between days and days of rain, was one beautiful, sunny, low-70s, brilliant foliage day in Virginia, and it fell during fall break. We packed up the kids, joined our good friends the Morgeneggs, and spent that perfect day doing one of the things we like best. We all got pretty muddy, but no one seemed to mind. I snapped up as many photos as I could with my phone while coasting down the 17 miles of heaven on earth.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cross Country Season

I love cross country season. (And soccer season, swimming season, track season, basketball season...I think it's safe to say that I get a tremendous amount of joy from watching our kids do sports, I'm glad they all like them too.)

Ben, Josh and Lydia are our runners this year and they are rocking it. Emma is taking a break this year as she acclimates to high school, plus their practice times and locations are crazy and we couldn't make it work anyway. All three continue to improve and work hard for milkshakes or other treats after the meets. They are all enjoying the experience, and we hope they stick with it for years to come.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

And then she got baptized

Lydia looked forward to this day as much as her actual birthday. On September 14 Scott baptized Lydia in the company of a large group of our friends and family members. We are endlessly thankful for their support, and especially grateful for Lydia's decision to follow her Savior and enter the waters of baptism. Her report afterward was feeling cold outside (wet hair) but warm inside.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, parents. We all love Lydia.
And Afton is feeling fabulous.

Emma instagrammed this one.

Lydia invited some of her teachers and friends and the best bus driver ever (pictured).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Lydia's getting baptized on Sunday

So come on a see her if you're in the area. To mark the event I took her out in a pretty white dress and snapped up some photos of my pretty girl.