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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Trail West Young Life Family Camp, Buena Vista, CO - Part 2

Here are more pictures from our wonderful week at Young Life Family Camp:

Going back down the mountain...

...and enjoying the view

On the bus ride back to camp...

...and still smiling!

Three smiles...

...four smiles...but not all eyes forward...
...and the best picture of Brad & the boys with "Luke LaRoo, Chipmunk Wrangler"

Happy 15th Anniversary to us!
Jamison on a pony ride
He did great coming down the small hill!
I think he would have liked to go around again...but other kids were waiting
Nathanael on a pony ride

Doesn't he look grown up?!

"Okay...straighten up and hold on"

"I made it down the hill!"
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"Okay, at least I got my hat back"
Rancho Caballo, where we rode horses

While there are no pictures of us square-dancing as a family, we all had a great time. Jamison got to dance with us, and Nathanael remained firmly attached to my arms while I tried to "swing-yer-partner round and round."  At least doing the "do-si-do" only requires use of the legs, not the arms!  I laughed so hard at Brad's antics during the Virginia Reel that I thought I'd either fall over or drop Nathanael.  (Fortunately, neither of those things happened, and with help from some friends we managed to make it through the dance!)

A real, live Pronghorn!

We know she's female, since her horns are short.

Giraffe feeding-time at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

It was so hot, but the boys had fun anyway
"You want me to stand next to what?!"

"Okay, so it's a FAKE mommy lion...much better!"

We could see smoke from the zoo...
Young Life headquarters
It's easy to find a place to fit in when you're little..
After we left camp we took 2 more days to get home, making a stop at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.  We had planned to avoid the Texas heat, but found ourselves in 100+ degree weather anyway.  We also witnessed the initial phases of the Waldo Canyon fire outside Colorado Springs.  The fire looked to be extinguished when we left the next morning, but we later learned it had flared up again, and had quickly done some serious damage.  (Please continue to pray for rain, fire containment, and the safety of those affected.)
Playing with "bugs" on the floor at the hotel

...sometimes the places are fun, too!

Brad requested this stop, but we all opted out of the 72oz steak challenge. The boys enjoyed the atmosphere and animals on the walls.

Trail West Young Life Family Camp, Buena Vista, CO - Part 1

Keeping busy in the car
Last week we took the boys to their first week of Young Life camp...and they didn't want to come home!
Entering Colorado!


So precious to watch them sleep!
They look so sweet!

Almost to Young Life Camp!
Checking out the playground in the aspen grove.
Day 1 and I love this place already!

Playing inside Fort Chisman
Who's under that hat?

"My brother is SO silly!"

Pulling Daddy into the silliness...
"You can't see me under here...right?"

Our view of Mt. Princeton, in the Collegiate Peaks

Wrangler Breakfast

Arriving at breakfast on horseback

"What? I'm too messy?!"

Enjoying some french toast we "caught" on a plate

"Yes, I DID catch my own french toast"

Family picture, and my eyes are closed AGAIN!
Jamison on a pony ride - he had so much fun!   
Nathanael was nervous at first...

So serious
The boys loved having "Daddy's day off" every day.
Looking up through the aspen trees at a perfectly blue sky...
Someone enjoyed the storage cubbies in our room
Dessert was quite the experience...
...everyone liked some part of it...
...and some of us liked all of it...

"How do I separate the chocolate from the lemon custard?"

Caught brown-handed!

Those who served us did so because they love Jesus - what great examples for our boys to see!

View from our balcony  :-)

I could get used to a balcony...

What's with these faces?!

"Hmmmm...what trouble can I cause today?"
More original artwork

Chipmunk...but where are the wranglers?
Visit to Frontier Ranch, where Brad went for YL Staff Training in 1995
Getting ready to start the hike

On the way up...check out that trail!
Sitting on a pile of rocks on top of the Continental Divide...amazing view!
Jamison and I on top of the Continental Divide