A Campin’ We Will Go

Andrew said he wanted to go camping for his birthday, and since we LOVE to camp we thought it would be fun. We have been wanting to take a trip down to the Wolf Education Research Center ( http://www.wolfcenter.org/default.aspx) for a field trip, and decided to try out the state park at Winchester Lake for camping. 🙂 We loved it, even though the bees were down right awful! We will defiantly come back. Next time to fish! 🙂

 

This was all the way at the parking lot (good 100 yards to the wolf pen, large lens totally zoomed in) we got to go inside the first fence with a staff member and  one of the wolves came right up to the fence.

This was all the way at the parking lot (good 100 yards to the wolf pen, large lens totally zoomed in) we got to go inside the first fence with a staff member and one of the wolves came right up to the fence.

SO stunning. She is looking right at Andrew, who was making an odd (to her) noise.

SO stunning. She is looking right at Andrew, who was making an odd (to her) noise.

Flora's head and one of the wolves coming to the fence.

Flora’s head and one of the wolves coming to the fence.

A bit of water play.

A bit of water play.

Pretty. I love thistles.

Pretty. I love thistles.

HUGE RED moon on our last night. Lovely Sabbath evening.

HUGE RED moon on our last night. Lovely Sabbath evening.

Sunset our first night.

Sunset our first night.

View from our camp site. :) 12, loop b. While the water was not really swim able we enjoyed playing in it a bit and we rented a canoe and saw a good portion of it.

View from our camp site. 🙂 12, loop b. While the water was not really swim able we enjoyed playing in it a bit and we rented a canoe and saw a good portion of it.

Home for three nights. :) One night we had a wonderful thunder storm. Since this is a new tent (rain fly not pictures) we were happy to try it out in wet weather. Perfect. :)

Home for three nights. 🙂 One night we had a wonderful thunder storm. Since this is a new tent (rain fly not pictures) we were happy to try it out in wet weather. Perfect. 🙂

Our first night we walked around part of the lake, then went to the out door stage area and watched a movie by PBS on wolves. It was perfect, as we went to Wolf Place the next evening.

Our first night we walked around part of the lake, then went to the out door stage area and watched a movie by PBS on wolves. It was perfect, as we went to Wolf Place the next evening.

The lake is part old lake and part old saw mill log holding pond..it's long and rather odd shaped.

The lake is part old lake and part old saw mill log holding pond..it’s long and rather odd shaped.

On our walk

On our walk

Throwing rocks.

Throwing rocks.

Hugs :)

Hugs 🙂

Towns Sign. Tiny town, but had a wonderful mesume of its history that we did one of the afternoons to avoid the awful bees. The lady who walked us though was a born and raised resident as well as her parents. She graduated in 1957 and LOVED how cerious the kids were :) We spend a good hour and 1/2 going through everything. She even let the kids try one of the old hand ran washing machines. got the irons down, butter chuns etc. At the end they got to ring the old church bell. It was quite fun.

Towns Sign. Tiny town, but had a wonderful mesume of its history that we did one of the afternoons to avoid the awful bees. The lady who walked us though was a born and raised resident as well as her parents. She graduated in 1957 and LOVED how cerious the kids were 🙂 We spend a good hour and 1/2 going through everything. She even let the kids try one of the old hand ran washing machines. got the irons down, butter chuns etc. At the end they got to ring the old church bell. It was quite fun.

Flora said this one had a "cup holder" Sounds good to me! :)

Flora said this one had a “cup holder” Sounds good to me! 🙂

Miss F :)

Miss F 🙂

And regular ones too. :)

And regular ones too. 🙂

Side saddles the kids could try.

Side saddles the kids could try.

Stopped off here for a leg stretcher. :)

Stopped off here for a leg stretcher. 🙂

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5!

Yesterday, Andrew turned 5. Infact the first words out of his mouth when he woke up at 5:45 were, ” I be 5 yet?” When we responded with a still sleepy sounding “yes, your 5 now” Sir Boy preceded to jump up and down saying “Yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!” Even while using the bathroom. He had some clean up to do.  After everyone was up, we started with our birthday traditions. The night before I make the cake, then we start the day with cake for breakfast (along with coffee for Daddy and i 😉 and presents right away. This way the bithday kiddo can enjoy playing with his new goodies all day. And that’s what he did.

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Pip and Pocket

We have added two kittens to our house hold. We had two tom cats adopt us (Charlie and Copy Cat) but they were indoor/outdoor cats, and Charlie went missing and Copy Cat was made to be an outside cat only since he would NOT stop peeing inside. Copy Cat still comes around our place to eat a bit, but that is all. He would rather roam…he is a great mouser though, so I have no problem feeding him a bit. With having no cats inside or close to home, and since our little town is surrounded by farms we can get overran with mice. I hate mice. We love cats…so a simple solution was to get an inside cat or two.. So we found Pip and Pocket. They are about 12 weeks now…and a loads of fun  🙂 Here’s to hoping they are excellent mousers! 🙂

 

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4th FireWorks

On the 4th of July the kids went camping with Grandma and Grand Pa to Winthrowup. Aaron and I took a nap and then went to the pond (same place we fish)  to enjoy watching the fire works people were setting off in our small town.. I am not good at low light photo’s but I though a few of these were fun. 🙂  It was a bit odd not to have the kids for the 4th, but they had a blast!

The kids and I went they got home... Sure missed them! :)

The kids and I went they got home… Sure missed them! 🙂

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A Pleasent Suprise

The end of June we had a pair of barn swallows build a nest under the roof by the back door. It was fun to watch them, since we could see them from our dinning window. Not very long ago we were pretty sure the eggs had hatched, although we never saw evidence. Day before yesterday, sure enough we saw big beaks, and bald heads! 🙂

 

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There at least two…

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The adults have such pretty colors! 🙂