We started the weekend celebrating David's birthday. Just a few cards and gifts. You know, nothing says happy birthday like some new work shirts and Dockers.
Then, we headed to Payson for a camping trip with our friends. I say camping, but we have a cabin. It's kind of bare bones in that you have to bring your own bedding and towels and the stove doesn't work. But, hey, it has electricity and air conditioning. For us, it felt like a resort.
David was doing some trick where he puts a lit match in his mouth and then it goes out and he blows out the smoke. The kids thought it was pretty cool. This is as close as my husband gets to smoking. Well, other than him being smokin' hot. ;)
We basically all stay in different cabins. Several families join together and get the bigger cabins. So, we do all the cooking and everything in those. The boys got busy getting in trouble. I was just waiting for Ben to fall or Noah to go in that nasty water. But, they didn't.
It was funny though...Noah was climbing that white rail. Well, he was going around the outside. He came to the tree that Ben was on and decided to swing on the branch. Then, he realized he couldn't get back to the rail. We were chatting with our friends and I hear this little "help me". I ran to the rail and held him up. David ran around and got him. It was like a two foot drop, but Noah didn't know that. It was hysterical. We were in action in seconds.
Just a few friends were there, so we headed to the creek.
Then, all the kids kept going up the creek and we couldn't see them, so we sent Aunt Pam after them since she was the only adult with water shoes. Thanks, Aunt Pam!
The boys made a surf board.
Me and Pam.
Everyone brings food. We have themed meals, like Mexican and people sign up for main dish, side, etc. It was David's birthday and one of the girls brought key lime pie. It was soooo good. We sang to David.
Ben was telling David some story that had like 27 chapters.
And the kids were obsessed with the crawdads again.
The next day, we headed to the deeper part of the creek.
There was a lot more water this year, than last. This is how it works all weekend. You just kind of all help each other with kids. The Dads had an assembly line going passing kids down this steep part. It's so fun.
So, all the kids get passed down and I look down and Noah is half way up the hill. David had to go get him.
Here are all the kids swimming.
The water wasn't too cold, but it did have teeny tiny leeches in it. They were about 1/2 inch long. And after a swim, you'd have a couple on you. My kids thought it was a little gross, but it didn't stop them from swimming. I'm going to show them Stand By Me sometime and they will really get grossed out.
Ben used the waterfall as a slide, about 100 times.
If Ben could make money jumping rocks, he would. He loves it.
So, Noah had to follow Ben and was proud he made it over there by himself.
It was so different this year. Maybe my kids are just growing up or they are just getting more outdoorsy or both. But, they were awesome and needed little to no help doing anything.
They have a ropes obstacle course at the camp too, which was super fun.
Even Noah made it across without any help.
And you know David had to try it. He's a 44 year old kid.
And then it rained for a few hours. No surprise there. If you want it to rain in Arizona, just invite us camping. Luckily, we just went back to our cabin and rested. It was nice.
We were resting and Aunt Pam was doing another sangria.
The sun came out and there was more playing.
And drinking for Pam.... :)
We made another trip down to the watering hole that afternoon. The next morning, we did some ziplining.
It was time to go. We have a group photo, but we only used one persons camera, so I'll have to put that up here when we get it. On the way home, we decided to head to this place called Water Wheel Falls in Payson. Why not try a different swimming place on the way home. So, I read about it and it said it was 1/4 mile to the falls. Um, I don't think that person knows how to measure. It was closer to a mile and completely like rock climbing the whole way. That wasn't the problem. We were cool with the hike. We weren't okay with the fact that I just grabbed one bottle of water for all of us and no hats.
It looks nice, right?
What you can't tell from the photos is that it was so hot outside. I'm talking 90's and humid and the sun was beating down. Well, we can just get in the water, right? Wrong. The water was like Titanic cold. We were either going to suffer from heat stroke or hypothermia. Either way, it was nuts. We had to use the water to splash on our heads and neck, but there was no way we could get in it. We aren't wimps either. We ocean swim when the water is in the high 50's. This water felt like an ice bath. The only reason it wasn't frozen is because it was moving and close to 100 outside.
We made it back to the car alive and downed water and lemonade. Then, this happened, shocker, right? Ben was on his DS.
It was another great weekend. But, I'm glad we aren't going anywhere for almost 3 weeks.