"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Camping 2008

This was our 2nd annual trip up north to do a little camping sprinkled with Storyland. Once again, we borrowed Grandma Donna' pop-up as this Momma is not quite ready to go tent-style with these three freaks, ahem, I mean sweet, beautiful children of mine. ;pThis year we tried Glen Ellis campground thanks to a friend's recommendation and LOVED it. Our spot was right on the Saco river.And wouldn't you know, E.T was our camp neighbor! Oh how he loved to stare out at the water all day...The kids were anxious to fish but since the river was quite shallow, finding the fish proved to be difficult.That is unless you're a Wook and you take off on your own and come back 5 minutes later with this on your hook! (Excuse the distortion, actual size about 2 inches!)Caden kept busy carrying and tossing boulders into the water.Pebbles just won't do!Our second night there a rainstorm rolled in so what else to do but run around in your skivvies and splash in the (quickly rising) river!After drying everyone off (no easy feat!), the kids entertained themselves with a brand new first aid kit since we kinda sorta forgot to bring ANY toys to play with. :S Needless to say it was early to bed!
Not usually a fan of landscape photos, but I thought the ripples and pebbles made for a peaceful, calming image. And one I'll be staring at for some time after camping with those three.... beautiful, sweet children of mine....

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