Fourth of July Camping

A few weeks ago for the holiday weekend, we went up North to spend time with friends. We went to our usual favorite spot in Flagstaff (you can read about more of our camping adventures here and here). When we got there, we headed over to the Priest Draw climbing area so Jordan could get on a couple of boulders. It had been a while since he’s been able to climb (he’s been more into to mountain biking lately), but he did great, like usual! 😉  And Buddy was SO excited to watch Dad!


Jonah kept wanting to get on the rocks and try routes. And use the crash pads as a trampoline. It was the cutest. Jordan also helped him climb some of the smaller rocks a little bit.


Little man was such a trooper. He got into some stinging nettle or some plant that he had a bad reaction to… his legs were SO red and bumpy. It broke my heart. He still just kept trucking along playing with our friends’ dog, Molly, and making friends with new people that came to climb there. One of my favorite things about him and something I admire a lot is how social he is… the kid can make friends with anyone! He has no shame or shyness and just loves people, in general. It is the sweetest.


After Priest Draw, we went back to our campsite and made some MREs for dinner. Not long after, it started raining on us. Of course! Thankfully, my hunky man had made me a super soft and comfy bed to sleep on in the Element, so all three of us just opened the back and snuggled in there, listening to the rain and thunder. It was heaven! It poured pretty heavy most of the night…. we backed the tailgates of our two cars together with our friends, folded up the seats, and all had a pow wow in them. It was a nice way to make lemonade out of lemons and at least get some fun hang out time. There were these huge and prehistoric-looking flying bugs that kept dive bombing us and our lantern that we had hung up. SO nasty. I’m not normally that afraid of insects, but once one flew directly into my hair and made that weird buzzing noise in my ear, I was kind of done for the evening.

Buddy and I slept in the car, and Jordan used the tent. When we asked Jonah earlier if he wanted to sleep with me that night, he said, “No, you too BIG! Daddy is smaller!” Out of the mouths of babes 🙂 We were all so exhausted, we had a nice rest.

The next morning, we had breakfast and headed over to meet up with our good friends, Ammon and Jes, and their family at the parade in downtown Flagstaff. It was sunny and maybe a little too warm, but I think it made us a little nostalgic for small town living. Down in the Valley, it’s way too hot and big to do anything too exciting on the Fourth… you mostly just try and watch fireworks from inside of the car in the air conditioning somewhere. Jonah waved his little mini flag the ENTIRE time and was really excited to see the remote control cars going over jumps and the fire truck that sprayed us with a hose. He also was SO excited to see his friends Emma and Adele (or Miguel, as he called her… hahahah). This picture of them warms my heart.

IMG_0261Later on, we went with the Barkers to a BBQ in their friends’ beautiful backyard and got to enjoy the nice weather. And eat apple pie, which is obviously the best part! Buddy kept disappearing into their house and looking through all of their rooms, which was cracking me up. Seriously, no shame! We had a really great weekend, and I’m so glad we all got to spend such a fun time together celebrating our country. Maybe it was just the pregnancy hormones, but I kept getting choked up during the parade and feeling really teary and proud. I’m just so grateful for our lives and my sweet family, and I know we are lucky to live here. ‘Merica!


The Links


Jordan and Jonah have been spending some father/son time on the golf course lately, and I think its safe to say that both of them love it. Little man brings along his toy club set and gets to help Dad drive the cart… the best! I’m so grateful that Jordan has been off of school this summer and that we’ve been able to spend more family time together (and, honestly, that he’s been able to give me a mommy break sometimes and have fun “dude time” with Buddy 🙂 ).

They sent this sweet video from the course a couple of weeks ago, and every time I watch it my heart turns to mush. I love my guys! And I can’t believe Jonah is growing up so fast. You stop it right now, little man. Okay? PLEASE!!?

A Camping We Will Go


Back in the Fall, we took a little Friday night family camping trip up to Flagstaff. It was still really warm down in Phoenix, but it was starting to get pretty brisk up in the mountains. It was gorgeous being up in the pines and seeing some autumn leaves, but we probably waited a little too late in the season to go. It was cold! When we first got up there, we picked a camping site and set up our tent. A little while later, we took a walk down the road and found another site that we liked better. Because we are crazy/sometimes indecisive, we picked up our whole tent (full of pads and sleeping bags inside) and carried it down the road to the other site. I’m sure it looked pretty comical.

We have taken little man before when he was smaller, but this was one of the first times we have gone when he actually kind of understood what we were doing. He loved roasting marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate, playing with pine needles and sticks, and getting warm by the fire. When he was a baby, we would put all of our seats up in the Element and throw his pack n’ play in there to sleep it. It was an awesome/warm/comfortable place for him to spend the night. Now that he is bigger, he hates it and will only sleep (or move around all night long kicking us in the face) in the tent. We had fun, but we all got a little chilly and didn’t sleep much that night, so we were ready to head home by late Saturday morning. One of our favorite things is to just be in nature and enjoy the outdoors… we will definitely be going again once it warms up!


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16402261001_f9f3c7155a_o<Besides being totally hunky, my Eagle Scout husband is pretty fantastic at building roaring campfires.)



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