This past weekend we took the kids camping at Riggs Lake on Mt. Graham. We took various pictures on the way up the mountain to help pass the time and keep the kids entertained. (note: being a "true" camper, I have no make-up on - hence the reason why I look nasty!)
(second note: we left Joel with my mother-in-law because I am convinced we would have lost him in the wild!)
Erika, Lacey, Jarom and Jessica at Wet Canyon
Paul holding Lacey, Jarom and Jessica at Wet Canyon
So we made it up to Riggs Lake about 1:30 on Friday and quickly picked out a campground. And it's a good thing we got there early because it was packed by that evening. There were several family reunions going on as well as a large camp of drunks who brought up several large base speakers and sang karaoke. Thankfully they didn't do it all night long.
Jarom, Lacey & Jessica at our campsite
We desperately wanted to fish on Friday but it was extremely windy so we had to bag that idea until Saturday morning. But we actually ended up going home early on Saturday, even though it was great fishing weather, because the kids did not sleep well the whole night, they would not stop fighting with each other, and I forgot half our food in my mother-in-laws fridge down in Thatcher. If my cell phone had gotten service on the mountain, I would have asked one of my nephews to bring up our food - actually beg would've been more like it - so we had to have a fabulous dinner of s'mores and chips! We had all the fixings for a great wiener roast - only we no hot dogs to do it.
The kids posing in front of Riggs Lake
The girls were very excited about sleeping in a tent
As you can see in the picture below we had a slight "bear" problem. The forest ranger warned us about it and he was right on as you can see the proof here. This rather large brown bear made his way through our campsite and the surrounding sites looking for food.
Not what a mother wants to see while taking her children out camping
After the first bear sighting we decided to build our fire and get going with dinner. This was when I realized half our food was in Thatcher. Oh, and Lacey said the fire smelled terrible and kept covering her nose whenever she got within 10 feet of it.
Jessica in front of our tent
Bringing down what was left of our food to eat for dinner. Paul told me to strike some crazy pose but I didn't quite do it. (Note: Jarom had his hand over his chest because he was having anxiety attacks about the bear coming back - certainly felt a little anxiety myself.)
As we were eating dinner, Jessica yelled out that the bear was behind us (again!) and sure enough we saw it not 50 feet from our campsite. Paul decided to walk after it to snap a good picture as proof that we saw a bear in the wild. I was very nervous about him doing that and kept shouting at him to come back to the van.
Just wandering around looking for food
Here we are crammed in the van again waiting for the bear to leave (note: by this time Jarom was ready to pack up and leave)
I was having a great time messing around with the campfire. Paul said I was like the lone kid in the camp out that doesn't get involved in any other activities, just sits by the fire and plays with it. Maybe I was a pyromaniac in a previous life.
These next pictures are from the girls kindergarten graduation. They put on a nice program and had dessert afterward. My only problem was the horrendous way most of the parents were dressed; skin tight clothes with outlines of thong underwear, shirts several size too small or with plunging necklines, tattoo's everywhere, body piercings galore and just an overall sloppiness in dress and attitude. One of my friends sat on the front row only to have a lady squat down on the floor in front of her and turn around to say "don't mind my butt crack" and displayed most of her behind and thong undies for the entire row of parents!