Monday, July 25, 2011

The great outdoors!


It's been a couple years since we have taken a camping trip.
We decided it was time to dust off the gear, pack up and
head to our favorite spot in the mountains.
We would have no TV
No cell phones,No computer!
Just peacefulness, nature & some much needed family time!
Enjoying the great outdoors at its best!
Yummy camp food!
Why is it that camp food always taste so much better?
My favorite part of camping is the morning and evening campfires...

And of course roasting marshmallows for smores, and evening talks around the campfire.

You couldn't ask for a better morning stroll.
This was my morning walk.
Right to the most delicious coffee bar. This makes up for being without technology,
a warm cozy bed, and a nice warm shower!
The same owners have owned it since we have been coming up here! They make the best mocha's ever!
yum!

There is lots & lots to do!
If you want lots of quiet time, you can hang out at your camp site.
Or you can bike ride,boat,hike,hangout at the lake...

you can watch a movie under the stars in the evening...

And there is always something crafty going on!

Something new we tried this year was kayaking!
A little scary, but fun.
My older son didn't hear the leaning to much to one side
would end you up in the water.
Clothes and all he ended up in the water!

If your into more action you can hang out on the beach!  In the winter it snows up here and this year they had lots, so the water was still very cold!
{I should say more like ice water!} Not a whole lot of swimming going on!

We also took a 2 hour hike around the lake. Whew! A little out of shape I am!
The boys were determined they could out hike us!
We saw these crazy kids that were jumping off the edge into the lake!
The most amazing views in the hike!
{Warning lots of pics!}
Lots of hidden little spots to enjoy!

The hike takes you on many different terrains!

Some really cool paths!
Very cool hidden away cabins!
Love the beds outside on the deck!
{As I'm getting older this is looking much more appealing than the tent and a blow up mattress!}



This is a little kinda hilarious....
A pay phone on the hike,but no phone!

The wild flowers were so vibrant and pretty!
We made it around the lake! Whew! It was definitely a hike!
Love this little shabby chic chair it was on the path facing the lake!

Minus the freezing nights and the bugs it was a wonderful and peaceful getaway! As you can see it wasn't a total kind of {roughin' it} camp trip, but any kind of  tent camping definitely helps you appreciate a warm bed and a warm shower!

Now back to reality!





Friday, July 15, 2011

Garden Goodness!

Well, we had a bit of a slow start with our garden, but now, Oh My!
garden of plenty!
seems like they grow overnight!
Our tomatoes are a bit slower. We have tons of cherry tomatoes,they are all green right now,I have a feeling they will be ripe all at the same time. Lots of salads!  I think we will have to give out bags to our neighbors.
Not to shabby for not having much of a green thumb!
Especially the up keep, we don't have a sprinkler or drip system so its remembering to
go out and water.
All well worth it though!
Happy Day!
Elizabeth

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Balance......

Pardon my absence lately
I'm not the greatest at juggling and balancing things
So
I've been working on a little better balance
Being a little less stressy
Working on setting some goals
Dreams
Passions
and
Balancing
that all
with
the most important
my
Faith
&
Family

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance. Brain Tracey


I hope you all are having a lovely summer so far!

Elizabeth