Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Summer 2015 Road Trip!!! (part one)

















I can't believe how much I love camping with my little family! There is just something so special about falling asleep like sardines and that damp air with hints of campfire and those crickets... I love the memories we take away from each and every time camping... I love the people we meet... the things we learn... 
Our girls have learned so many cool things just by camping... Camping gives them so much confidence and bravery! I mean lighting a fire with a flint stone... awesome! They are old enough now to pitch the tent all by themselves. They find the perfect flat plot and figure out which view from the front door they want... Tarp goes down... sleeping bags get unrolled. They have learned about trees and which leaves belong to which tree and what birch wood looks like compared to walnut... They know how to wash dishes in the river... and slice tomatoes with Swiss army knives. We love to decorate our sites wherever we go... always a pretty tablecloth, twinkle lights, and sometimes flowers but for sure fruits we find at little markets. We get our camping on and I feel so darn lucky to give this to our girls! Camping and giving them so much freedom and responsibilities also give me a little peace of mind... for one day they will be little women in this big world and gosh if you can camp pretty well you can do pretty much anything... :-)



Dreaming of Summer... a little.



















This summer we had a bit of a stay-cation to begin... It was amazing... it was just what we needed as a family... Being together, no hurries, no worries. Just kinda checking in with each other and tuning in to just that. The end of the school year was a bit of a stress field with so many pressures and stresses so many that I really cannot even begin to bore with you with... So just a few weeks of exhaling was so much needed! I mean really! Mid-summer we did go on a road trip... post coming in a bit... But the beginning of the summer was really nice for us. 
It gets quite hot here in the summer months so it's kind of the time when we stay in doors a bit more... fans on high and air turned cool... popsicles, watermelon.. swimming pools. We did a lot of art as well... worked on water colors which the girls are getting quite good at actually. I alway find watercolors are so difficult to get the paintbrush to do what I like, especially with details.... but I'm learning. I love how the summer months in our garden fills with the sounds of crickets and cicadas. The chirps are insane and you can barely hear each other... the the frogs get croaking and it turns to a rhythm from one tree to the next... it's so funny! I love how the summer months our girls hardly wear their shoes... not even flip flops... it's like the time of the year their feet are free... and believe it or not but Isabelle (our oldest) went from a size 13 to a 3... I swear it's because her feet get to be free. Their toes get to climb, pound on the Earth, and paddle in the sea... 

I still think about our summer...