Sunday, June 28, 2015

Outside sunshine!

The last four days have been spent outside enjoying the beautiful weather God has blessed us with.  I will never complain about the heat! 

Thursday we spent the day at Hungry Mother State park having an awesome day camp with our church.  We had a day long camp day to learn about putting on the armor of God.  We are so blessed with a thriving children's ministry at church that gives our kids lots of opportunity for learning and fun. 
Hope had such fun with a group of girls from church.  I am thankful that my kids will have christian friends from church to grow up with. 
I asked to do the bible lesson and activities because I love to lesson plan and I love to be crafty.  I found this cute craft on Pinterest!  The balloon would be so easy to pop without its armor on!  My favorite part of the armor of God is the helmet of salvation. I love the visual that we are protected by salvation from God. 

After a wonderful day at day camp with our church friends, we loaded up Friday to head to Yogi Bear camp in Natural Bridge for a weekend of camping for Hope's birthday.  She chose a weekend camping instead of having a party this year. 

Here was our home for the weekend.  We love camping so much-we admit that we are too prissy for tent camping:)  We love the time away from home, being together and making memories. 

Our cabin was small but had a loft for the kids to sleep in.  They loved getting up there together:)  GG and Pops went with us and they had their own cabin nearby.  GG is very prissy and camping is not her love. We give her an A for effort for going! 

The kids loved the waterpark at Yogi Bear.  There is so much to do for all ages. 

This little love turned six and she waited so patiently to open her presents. I simply cannot believe she is six already.....

They also had such fun on the big bouncing pillow.  There is putt putt, a lake to swim in, an obstacle course on the lake, playgrounds, basketball, and lots of planned activities to do each day planned by the staff.  No one should be bored while camping at Yogi Bear:)

The boys and Pops were in charge of our campfire each night because boys love fire?! We lost count how many smores David ate this weekend.  Family time around a campfire after a fun day outside is just precious to me.

Kyle is 13.  Thirteen can be a such a difficult age.  Kyle's interests have changed-no longer does he love a waterpark or swimming.  Hanging out with the family is not as cool, but Kyle certainly loves his Pops.  I love that I captured this sweet moment of Pops teaching Kyle some fishing wisdom.  We did fish Saturday morning but we did not catch anything. 

This. picture. melts. my. heart.  David also loves him some Pops and this picture sums up the sweetness between these two. Quality time together is why I love camping:)

These crazy fish loved the pool! 
At the pool Saturday we met Lauren and her Dad.  She is just a year older than David and she spotted us because she thought Kyle was cute:)  We had such fun with them. 

Saturday night we danced our hearts out at the beach party on the beach with Yogi and Boo Boo.  GG, Lauren, David, Hope and myself danced until we almost dropped.  What a fun place! 

Instead of cooking breakfast we went and had breakfast with Yogi this morning.  The food was great and there was time for a photo op:)  Hope was safe in her Daddy's arms when this picture was taken.  She loves Yogi from a distance:)

We are so thankful for summer because it blesses us with time to have fun with our church friends and to spend time together as a family.  Time is flying by so fast that I know we will never regret a moment we spent together as a family having adventures and making memories. 

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