Sunday, May 22, 2011

Father and Sons

I am really starting to like this blogging thing. A monster is being created in me. Carolyn is going to have to fight me now to see who gets to blog first on our fun events. I don't have any competition on this post, because Carolyn didn't come with us. We went on our yearly Father and Sons outing. I told Carolyn I wasn't taking any boys who were still in diapers but I knew Carolyn needed a weekend off with no boys, so I took Treyson (he is close to being potty trained but still quite not there). Anyways, I thought for sure I was going to be eaten alive with three crazy boys, so I wimped out and invited my Dad to come along with us. He saved me and made it a very enjoyable trip. Thanks a ton Dad for your help and the boys really appreciated having you there. Here are a few pictures of the great time that we spent up by Forest Lakes.

My dad spent hours getting the "Spider" ready to ride and the boys had a blast driving around the forest looking for bones and going on adventures.

The boys helped find fire food that kept us warm throughout the night. It was freezing. Note Treyson had to wear his Batman pajamas under his shirt because it got so cold.

We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows until about 11:30 at night and we had a blast. Maybe a little too much sugar cause you can see the glazed over look on Kai's face and the screaming in Treyson.

It was a perfect night for seeing stars and enjoying being out in God's Country. I love going to the mountains and just relaxing by the fire.

My Dad found us all walking sticks and we went exploring around the forest. Luckily we didn't get lost this trip. The Gardner's have a bad habit of exploring and then losing our way back to the vehicles. (I don't get what Trey is looking at in this picture)

We went to a fish hatchery that my Dad took me to when I was little and the kids loved it. We had a great day relaxing and just hanging out together.

I love this picture. The boys love hanging out with Grandpa and would follow him anywhere.

We found a rope swing that was awesome. Kai was the bravest and we had to pull him off of it. He had no fear. I think he gets that from his Mom who is fearless when it comes to roller coaster and other thrill rides.

ME not soo much. Do you see the shear panic in my eyes!

Griffin did awesome too.

But I think the most fear came from when we all watched Grandpa go. I thought we would be dragging him out on a stretcher.

I couldn't let my old man out do me so I got a little crazy and think I had to change my underwear after that little stunt.

We had a blast on the swing!

We also found a tree that was about 20 feet off the ground and had to walk out onto it. Griffin wouldn't stand up and Kai wouldn't let go of my leg. Only Trey and me were able to make it out to the edge of the tree.

We had a blast playing in the river and felt bad for all the fisherman because I think my boys scared the fish away within a mile of where we were playing with their screaming and throwing of rocks. The water was freezing but we had a lot of fun playing in the water and giving the boys a bath from getting filthy dirty during our campout.

I love my boys! We had a great time and are already planning our next trip. Next time we are bringing Mom with us. We missed her but I think she had a good time spending the whole weekend alone and doing her "Girl stuff". She deserved the weekend off but we really did miss her. She would have made the trip even funner.

One last shout out to my Dad. Thanks a ton for coming with us. It wouldn't have been as fun without you. It brought back a lot of great memories of camping when I was growing up and I hope my boys can have the same great memories. I love you POPS and we have to do it again real soon.


becky d said...

Okay Jeff! You go! You are going to be compitition for the blog! First of all - were you even swinging in the swing picture? I think who ever was taking the picture just made it look like you were swinging a little - however - when I saw you on the hanging down swing you were really flying there! The pictures are so cute - it must have been your dad taking them and the one with all four of you in the water with your pants rolled up needs to be framed. Thanks for being a good dad! We love you!

Shirl and Bill said...

You caught on real fast. The blog and pictures are great.....

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