Justin’s Birthday weekend 2015

At the beginning of the year I told Justin that I wanted to go camping this year at least twice.  As the months flew by we planted our garden and watched it thrive. Our wonderful neighbors said they’d water our lawn/garden, (they did an awesome job) I’m sure Beau had a blast turning on and off the water.  I told J the week I wanted to go (it was the weekend of his birthday) so we reserved our campsite a week before and I started making my list.

On Monday before we left to go to Cody I had a little helper help me water my garden, he found out it is funny to spray his mommy and I.  Then he wanted to carry Tempe around so I helped him :D.  J and I went to Cody as soon as he got home from work.  We went to Shiki’s for dinner since it was his birthday dinner, then we went shopping for our camping trip.

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King Crab and Yellowstone Rolls
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The noodles remind of Mongolian.  (Super YUMMY!!!)

Thursday (8/13) was his birthday and I knew his parents wanted to do a family dinner.  We invited Marce and her little boy Beau to the party.  We went and got Cecily (Brandon and Stephanies little girl) she is staying with her other grandparents since Stephanie is still with little Gage. (Stephanie was pregnant with twins Barrett and Gage. They came a few months early and Barrett went back to live with Heavenly Father. Gage is a fighter and is doing good!).  After getting Cecily we went and got Marce and Beau. It was super cute when we were on our way to J’s parents house I’d blow my nose and Cecily would want to blow her nose also, then after awhile she’d give me her Kleenex. Cecily wasn’t sure of Beau at first but she warmed up awhile later and had fun with him!  It was so fun watching them play together.
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That night we packed and prepared tin foil dinners and breakfast burritos since we were leaving the next morning. I was excited because the weather had been in the high 90’s and it was time for a cool few days. We didn’t get up there till after 1 and it was a little cooler then it was down in town, but not much. His parents came and joined us for dinner that night.
Saturday night Justin went to air up the air mattress and not even 10 seconds later it popped. That night I kept hearing some scratching and running around and J goes “its just squirrels” and I believed him.
Sunday it was cold!  We were wearing our jackets all day and by 3 I needed a blanket (I was even sitting next to the fire and was still cold).
Monday morning I’m getting ready for the day and I see a bag move up and down and I’m like “crap there is something inside the tent with me or under the tent.” As Justin takes the tent down and starts folding it up I see him trying to kick something and ask what it was, his response “a mouse!” HA it wasn’t a squirrel lol!  The mouse kept going back to the tent and we don’t want to bring it back with us. So I take Tempe over there thinking that she’ll chase it, nope she bites it lol.  Justin felt bad so he put it out of its misery and I walked back to the picnic table.  I hear “there is another one!” So we had two mice under our tent lol.  That mouse got away, which is probably a good thing I know a little dog that would want to play with it lol. It seemed like the weather got cooler and cooler with each day. Each meal brought certain entertainment, squirrels mating, squirrels chasing each other, birds eating Tempe’s food. Sunday night I heard the same noises and J said it was the squirrels and I believed it. I love being up in the mountains, I remember camping every year with my family.
Enjoy the pictures!

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Its so cute!!

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First night of camping

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This bird is so pretty!

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Love, love this guy!

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I had fun taking pictures of the fire.

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Did you know that if you burn the wrapper of a Andi’s Mint the fire burns green for a little bit? No? Well it does!  We learned that a few years ago while camping with some of J’s family.

 

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The hole in the air mattress

Camping July 2013

H and D had taken 1/2 of Thursday and all of Friday off (7-11,12-13) . We were going to go to Utah to see my sister K, but we all decided that she should go to Arizona. So Justin and I decided to go camping, and it was a lot of fun! We didn’t go to the place where we normally go (which I was GLAD!!!). Instead we went up higher on the mountain so it would be a lot cooler.

Tuesday night we went to Cody to get things that we needed. Last year when we went camping our (awesome, big, high) air mattress was left in the sun in the tent and started to get lopsided so we decided that we probably shouldn’t use it anymore (I was sad because I loved that one, it was so comfy!!) so we bought an air mattress. We had to get new sleeping bags also because a cute little guy had an accent in ours (which is fine, it happens :D). We also decided to get a small (but not too small) canopy for shade.  It’s crazy because we never need 2 carts and that time we did. The next morning I took J to work because I needed to babysit for a few hours :D.  After I got home from work I washed and folded laundry, packed up some of the suitcases, and made sure we had everything on the list. At noon on Thursday D came inside while the girls were eating and we talked for a little bit. Then J and I left go get some food while we were getting things that we needed.  We went home and packed his parents trailblazer (our tires are bald and he didn’t trust them), grabbed the dog, and went on our way.  We got to the campground, found a place and J went go to pay and not more than 5 minutes later someone came into the campground wanting to know if we were gonna camp there. I’m glad we got there when we did!!  We had so much fun, I love being able to go camping. We set up the tent and canopy, ate dinner, and got ready for bed.

I woke up from tossing and turning and just listened to the rain. It rained all night long and into the morning. That morning we decided to make a trip back down to get a few things that we missed. We were only going to go to Dirty Annie’s, but we decided to come home to get a chair for Tempe and just get the stuff at home. When we got back up it was super nice to get away from the heat back home. The weekend went by way too fast. I told J that I want to come back up one more time this summer before it gets too cold, but this time also invite his parents.

So…during weekend we had a furry friend that would come into our camp and hang out. One day we were sitting under the canopy, and our friend came over and started sniffing around. We had our tubs and ice chest under a tree in the shade because the car was too hot. It climbed onto the tub and realized there was no food on there so it climbed on the ice chest.  It walked around for a bit and looked at us like “excuse me, why aren’t you leaving any food where I can get it?”  It started yelling and talking, then ran up the tree came back down and onto the picnic table. I realized I left Tempe’s bag open so J got up and shooed the squirrel away.  It climbed up the tree that was right there and started yelling at him. It was so funny!!  Here is pictures of our campground. 36501_10151715274267430_226422462_n

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1012807_10151715274172430_448054545_nThese are called Indian Paint brushes.  They are so pretty and I love them.  Its illegal to pick them, we had a ton around our campground.

photo (4) BEST hot cocoa ever!!

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photo (8) This one and the next one are from the morning we were getting ready to pack up and leave. photo (7) Here is all the pictures we took…..Sorry I got crazy with thinking of cool things to take pictures of!!

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These are called Elephant Heads.

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Indian Paintbrushes, they are Wyoming’s State Flower.  I love them, they are so pretty!

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We found wild strawberries =D

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Camping runs deep in my blood!! Growing up we would camp every single year with family and friends. I remember sleeping in tents, then trailers, and later a family friend had a cabin that we stayed in. I’m not big on spiders at all, and upstairs in the cabin were dead/live spiders *shivers*. I remember one year a daddy-long-legs was crawling on me, and I kept stomping and trying to get it off. Its funny now, but still hate spiders. I don’t like them anywhere on or around me. I can’t remember a year that we didn’t go. Sometimes we’d stay 2 weeks, and others we’d only stay 1.  Those are some of the best memories I have, and I want to share those with our kids.