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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Camp Ozark Adventures: Part 1

First of all, pure success...we made the trip from Texas to Arkansas with two double jogging strollers and a car top carrier full of our belongings strapped to the top of our loaded-down van...straps flying in the wind...semi-trucks passing like hurricane force winds. We made it. And so did our stuff. I can only sing my husband's praises for this huge VICTORY!
We have been basking in the gorgeous weather here! (Prior to today, which is rainy.) It has been absolutely gorgeous, couldn't order a more perfect temperature. It's been a sweat-free camp, and I didn't even know that existed. I don't feel so disghusting at the end of the day that
I want absolutely nothing to do with myself...to run away from ME.
We took a hike with the entire camp up to the cross (at the top of a mountain) with the kids. Now, hiking was not in my vocabulary years ago when Rusty met me. I am a changed woman. I am a good wife. (At least for hiking. I don't know about anything else.) I actually like the physical challenge. However, I'd enjoy it more if there were not the risk of my children falling to their death. Much more.
These pics tell the story of what my kids have enjoyed the most. The newest addition to Camp Ozark...bumper boats that SPRAY other people. What could be cooler than that, at least in Jax's mind?
I believe I'm eligible for "Mom of the Year" for getting on a boat with Justus and letting my
children spray me relentlessly for about 15 minutes. The kids barely got a drop on them, but I was soaked. But it was fun.
Emma, of course, did the zip line and ropes course the very first thing when we got here. She is as fearless as ever.
We are sleeping four kids in a one-room cabin, which feels very
"Little House" to me, minus the air conditioning unit and the refrigerator.
We are having a great time!
Love to you, our friends!


Nicole said...

Called Rusty's office today! I then remembered where y'all were when they said he was out!!!! What a fun bonding experience for the whole family!!!! ENJOY! and have a safe trip home!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe we're lucky enough to still get your blog when you're on vacation!! Yea!! You look like you and the kids are having a BLAST!! Good - cause you guys deserve it :) Much love!!

aggie07 said...

Yay!! It looks like you are having SO MUCH fun!!! I am so glad. I can't wait to see all the pics when you get back!!

Kathryn, Michael & Alex said...

So fun. You do get mom of the year for getting wet!!!
Hope you have a great rest of the week and look forward to hearing "Part II"

Erin said...

So much fun!! I'm so proud of you for enjoying this whole camp thing so much! It gives girls like us hope. haha. Glad to see you're having so much fun. I totally wish I could ride the bumper boats with Jax. Enjoy the rest of the week!

Hendrick Family said...

Way to be a camper and a hiker! You are having so much fun. You've always LOVED Little House, so what an experience. You need to make sure to have a deep, meaningful talk with Emma one night, while all the other kids are in bed watching you brush Emma's hair. That's so Little House!! It's making me laugh just thinking about it!

Glad you're having a blast...but I'll be glad when you get home! Miss you!!!

Garratts said...

Can I be Ashley Bacak next summer and go with you. Looks like so much fun.

I could pass as the much older daughter, right?