Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy Campers

In Front of Our Tent
This past weekend we spent our days at Hume Lake with friends. It was Maggie's first time sleeping in a tent and our first time as a family camping in the beautiful mountains. Now that we know what a great camper she is, it definitely will not be our last.  Even though we stayed for two nights the time went by so quickly that we weren't able to experience everything we wanted to. We aren't complaining though because it gives us lots to look forward to for next summer.We had such a great time.

Our Families During the Nearly 3-Mile Walk Around the Lake

Before Heading Home
Maggie Eating Breakfast in Her Jammies

Thursday, August 12, 2010


On Wednesday Maggie and I went to the Sequoia National Park with my parents to tour an area from a recently published book called Timely Exposures by Jackie Weiner. The walk was guided by the author. Despite the chilliness in the shade we had a fun time in the mountains hiking, looking at old Sequoia tree stumps, taking photos, enjoying the flowers, spotting a couple spotted fawn and hearing about the area from an expert researcher and a forest ranger. Maggie enjoyed herself too, but the walking part got a little rough for her. Most of her walking was assisted by one of my parents because falling became a frequent occurrence. Darn bumpy trails.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Last week Maggie was having a particularly good time in her pool so I decided to grab my camera and get a few shots. As you can see she's having a blast and couldn't stop hamming it up for the camera.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Maggie's Tree

Earlier this summer my dad decided he wanted to single out a tree at the cabin and designate it "Maggie's Tree". He had a sign made (by a local Shaver Lake dude) and he cemented a rather large post into the ground to secure it. We had a fun time debating which tree it should be and, after extensive analysis and voting, we chose a pretty white fir. The location is great--clearly visible from the driveway and entrance to the cabin.  Each year we're going to mark the post with Maggie's height and get her photo in front of it. This year was special because we were able to get a photo of her with both sets of grandparents. Hopefully future photos will be just as great.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Family Reunion

Last Thursday Chad's folks came for the weekend to visit. We had a great time and are so glad they were here. They took Maggie swimming and watched her on Friday so Chad and I could have dinner at Slates (yum!). Saturday we all went to the cabin. We had lunch with my parents before they headed back down the hill. That afternoon we went for a nice hike and enjoyed the gorgeous weather and clean mountain air. All in all it was a great visit and Maggie loved playing with and getting to know her grandparents from sunny San Diego. I'm pretty sure they felt the same way about her. Unfortunately we didn't get many photos of the weekend because video seemed to take priority. Maybe someday I'll learn video editing and get something interesting here on the blog.