But I know with absolutely clarity that today is the day before my second daughter's 6th birthday! Oh my Lydia, what joy you bring. We are ready to celebrate with balloons on the light fixtures and cake waiting for frosting and a little friend coming for a sleepover and a breakfast date with Daddy and presents to open. Lydia is one easy to celebrate little girl :)
Before the camping trip becomes too much a part of history I want to make sure and post some pictures. Matt and two other friends (fathers) joined forces and planned an incredible camping trip. God simultaneously planned an incredible summer storm with huge booms of thunder and light-up-the-sky lightning that made for a rainy muddy night, but the smiles were still big when they all rolled back home the next morning.
Pre-storm (hot and sweaty) hiking
and cooking (a repeat camping spot for Matt and the kids, this area is home to some sort of old youth camp so there are abandoned fire pits and concrete bench/tables with an incredible view of the valley below)
Something about a hot dog cooked over a fire... it just tastes better that way!
And a mini-celebration for Lydia's birthday with S'mores instead of birthday cake (of course!)
Worth it, at least I *think* that's what Matt and the other dads would say!
I know there are more camping trips in our future. John Paul is definitely ready (he got left out of this trip since the other kids were all elementary school-ers) and our Luke isn't too far off. Matt took Julianna on her first camping trip before her second birthday!