Our family went on our first camping trip last Friday with some friends. I’m not sure why we decided to do this in June while living in Florida but we did and overall it was lots of fun. The girls and husband loved sleeping in a tent outside, me…not so much. Sleeping on roots and rocks while listening to animal noises all around me is not my idea of a good night sleep. Not to mention the fact that our tent was close to a very active set of train tracks. I counted at least 4 trains while I was “sleeping”. All that to say it was something different to do as a family and we created many great memories together.
Ashlyn brushing her teeth in the “bathroom”.
Our awesome friends who went with us.
The girls had fun playing outside, making smores, and swimming in the springs. They were great and have already told me they want to go again. I promised my friends that I would try it one more time in the Fall before giving up on camping.
Now we are off to the Keys with some friends who rented a house right on the water. We will be gone 5 days swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, and boating. Now that is my kind of vacation.
Last night Chris took the girls’ to our church’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance. This was Ashlyn’s third time going and Emily’s first. They got new dresses and Chris bought them red carnations. He took them out to dinner and kept them out way past curfew. They had a great time and were so excited when they got home to tell me all about it. I love the relationship he has with both of his girls. They adore him! Here are some pictures!
Here’s another contribution to the Rocks In My Dryer, Works for Me Wednesday blog carnival. This is something that’s given my husband & I a way to encourage our 5-year old daughter and give her some extra reading practice.
A few years ago my husband and I read the book Five Love Languages in order to find out what each of our Love Languages were. If you’re curious, the five love languages are physical touch, quality time, acts of service, words of affirmation, and receiving gifts.
Besides just using it for each other, we’ve begun to try to figure out how our girls feel loved by us. Ashlyn loves spending quality time with us, physical touch, and words of affirmation. So with Valentine’s Day just around the corner I decided to have her make a mailbox so my husband and I could leave her little notes to encourage her and let her know how special she is to us. She is so excited!
We took an empty box of garbage bags, covered it with paper, and she carefully decorated it with stickers, crayons, and paper hearts. Then, she found a special place in her room for it and made sure to show my husband where it was – hint, hint. She’s learning quickly.
She is anxiously waiting for her first piece of mail.
This past weekend our family packed up our things and headed to Southwind, a Young Life camp near Ocala, Florida. My husband was the Head Leader for about 300 highschool kids. He had to work but the girls and I had the whole weekend to relax and play. He ended up having a lot more free time than we thought though. Here are a few of my favorite pictures.
We decided to let the girls sleep together in one big bed. They stayed up until 10:00 both nights talking. It was so cute!
Getting ready to go canoeing with Daddy
Emily has been asking for a “big girl bed” for a couple of days now so we decided to give her one. On Friday, the girls were playing with some friends in the backyard so Chris and I took down her crib. I almost cried! When we moved Ashlyn to a big girl bed I was already pregnant with Emily and excited to have another baby. This time, we had to put it in the attic since there is no other little baby on the way.
The good news is Emily loves her new bed. When we surprised her with it on Friday evening she stayed in it for an hour reading books and playing with her dolls. She looks so little laying in it under all her covers. I just wish she would stop growing up so fast!