Posts Tagged ‘camping’


Without further ado, all of us in our camping & make-up-less glory!!

Back row: “Little” brothers Matt & Bryan
Middle row: Jess-(Matt’s GF) Kay-(little sis, Bryan’s twin) Collin-(nephew, Bryan & Lindi’s 1st) Lindi-(SIL, Bryan’s wife) Mother, Dad
Front: Brandon and Me

The only family missing are my older brother Jeff & Jessica, and their 3 kids, Noe, Joseph, and Matthew who live in Arizona and weren’t up to the drive. I can’t say that I blame them there.

I have a big family and it gets to be more and more fun each year with the new additions. I am the 2nd oldest of 5 kids who are fairly close in age. Jeff is 13 months older than me, Matt is 21 months younger than me, and the twins, Bryan and Katherine are 18 months younger than Matt.

Growing up was interesting to say the least. Jeff was kind of a bully, I was always moody, Matt was into everything, Kay was whiny, and Bryan was sick a lot (thus grouchy). It is a wonder that my parents never had a breakdown. But for all our faults we all turned out pretty well. We get along great and annoy each other a great deal less than we did growing up.

I enjoy seeing the dynamics of how larger families interact and evolve through the years. It was definitely a different experience growing up then many of my friends experienced. As crowded and loud as it could be, always having to share, having to sacrifice certain things, I wouldn’t change for the world. I am close to my brothers and sister and I truly love them all and count them as friends.

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The Texas Hill Country

A View From the Top
Matt, Me, Jess, Kay, Brandon

We are back from our camping trip in the hill country. We started out at Garner State Park. I have been there as a wee one but couldn’t remember much about it except that it had “mountain.” The above picture is from our half day hiking adventure. The weather was actually quite cool and the sun only came out a little. But we had a good time hiking, exploring, and making camping stables like silver turtles and smores.
Growing up with brothers, (and a really impatient father) I didn’t really get much of a chance to help set up the tent. Matt assures me that it wasn’t any fun to set up the huge bulky tent and that I was lucky to get a reprieve. I was happy to set up the tent that Brandon and I received for Christmas a couple of years ago. We have a simple to set up dome tent that sleeps 4 adults comfortably and allows a 5’10” person to stand up fully. I figured I should get used to setting it up as we would have to take it down to move to another park in a few days.The absolute best part of Garner is seeing the night sky. We live in a major city so we have horrible light pollution. In Garner you can see more clearly and if you look close enough you can see bits of the milky way. There were even shooting stars though I couldn’t seem to be looking up when any of them passed.

And none of our travels would be complete without Chu II. My mother gave her to me a year and half ago when we traveled to my brother’s wedding. I was really sick and had lost my voice and was feeling pretty rotten so she bought me a stuffed cat to cheer me up. Since then we have taken her with us wherever we happen to go and include some pictures of her. We are making a little scrapbook of her travels.After a couple of days in Garner we packed everything up and drove 3 hours to Inks Lake State Park where my brother Bryan and his family were meeting us. It was much too cold (IMHO) to go swimming there so we occupied our time with canoing and rock climbing at the devil’s waterhole. We don’t have any pictures of Inks Lake because our camera decided to suck the batteries dry and we didn’t bring our recharger. I will have to get some pictures from Jess and my mother.All in all it was a nice, relaxing trip though I thought we spent way too much time in the car. By the time we finally got home late Sunday evening my body had had enough and I was ready to collapse in my nice, cushy, warm pillow-top bed. The Chu made sure to let us know that she was so happy to see us. She made sure to let us know all through the night by pulling things off the desk and “going shopping” in the shelves.

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