Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mud vrs The Dumas Family

This year for memorial day we decided to head up to the mountians and camp. We started off the trip by backing out and then deciding to go ahead a try. We knew the weather was going to be wet and cool. One of our four had a bit of a cough, but we decided ok, lets go for it!
We brought along a friend and our two dogs which meant to were really loaded up! The drive up was really good, not alot of traffic. We started looking for a place about 5 pm and ended up stuck with a place at 10:30 pm. (When I say stuck with a place that is very literal! We got stuck and just put up the camper. Note alot of stressful moments of backing a camper and tempers here.)
We finally got to into beds about 11 ish and had a nice rain to put us to sleep. The next morning we had to make the camp area livable. Ty and I moved pine needles in all our mud areas so the kids wouldn't be falling and tracking mud all over.
We played most of the day under the cover of tents from the rain occasionally having a dry spot to run through the forest on a quick walk.
The kids had some new toys to play with bb guns, archery sets, and knives.
Can't believe we didn't have a run to the hospitial! We went fishing in the evening to Black Canyon Lake but didn't catch a thing.
I didn't even get out of the car because Princess P had fallen asleep and it was just too plain cold to be out there fishing.

The kids had a quick fire before the rain started up again and then we were off to bed. The next morning brought sunshine and a ray of hope that we might actually get some of the mud to dry up so we could get out of the mud. We decided to go to the lake and fish while the weather was nice. We headed for Willow Canyon Lake. There were open spots for parking at 9am on a holiday weekend so we were excited. Then tons of people filled the lake and there wasn't an open spot on around for fishing. Luckily we had saved a spot before the rush and were actually catching fish.
Of course every-time a kids caught a fish there would be some sneaky fisherman come in and put his pole right next to ours. Poor manners in my opinion! Trying to steal someone else's fishing spot! BOO to them!

After fishing we headed back to camp. We caught 6 fish and thought we would eat them for lunch. But after seeing big black clouds start to come in we quickly decided to load up and try to get the camper out of the mud. WE DID IT!! Yeah, and even on the first try as the rain quickly started fall. We threw everything in and jumped in the car and headed down the mountain. On the way home we had a blow out on the camper. Luckily the sun hadn't set so we had light. We had a really nice officers pull in behind us so no one would run into the back of us on the busy highway, and our spare was not flat! Yippee! We did it and the kids loved camping! So for all the downs at least we caught some fish!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mothers Day Tradition

I love my mothers day book and each year I put in a new picture I'm amazed at how fast the year has flown by. This year Kelsey and I went on a shopping day for my mothers day gifts. The kids were very generous this year. (He He) I got some perfume and a couple of new shirts and some earrings.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Blessed our mess.

Church trees in full bloom.

Central Christian East Valley- Gilbert

This past Sunday we finally had our youngest, almost 2 yrd old, blessed at church. We didn't plan a big party like we did the r other children, but we did have some friends and family join us at church. There were a TON of other families up on stage with us too, so it was pretty informal. Here some pics from our day.

The whole family got up on stage to show our love and commitment to Princess P. blessing. (It's gonna take all of us to raise this last one.)

Princess P did really good and loved the attention.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

My oldest turns 12?

Ice Skating when it is 103 degrees outside is the perfect summer birthday party. We had so much fun going ice skating Friday night for my daughters 12th birthday. Yikes, twelve

Mom and daughter on the ice!

We even got Dad and little P out there a couple of times. Not sure who held who up on those laps.

My great sis n law happened to be in town and helped with the cake pops. WoW were they fabulous! Thanks AMANDA!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Mothers Day Plants

Today we made some pots and planted them for our Moms. Here are some cute pictures of our day.

It's getting hot in here!

So with the warm weather we had to venture outside! I'm so excited to get to spend some time with my nieces this week. I'm gonna love on them as much a possible! Here are some photos of our fun day at the water park.