Friday, May 30, 2008

the fish just don't like me....

We had a nice but busy memorial day weekend. Chris did some work for a children's home in the mountains, yard work and dock work. Hannah helped me clean, we went to see Indiana Jones, did some shopping, had a sleepover , worked 2 services at church and a friend over on Monday. I cleaned house and "supervised" while Chris worked on the dock.

One thing Hannah wanted to do this weekend was go fishing. So Monday morning about 8am we went on the boat. She has been fishing at the dock - where I feed the fish - and can basically just drop a line in the water and catch something.

Not so easy out in the lake.

Look who was watching us leave - and in the same spot when we returned:
Look who's all wrapped up in a towel keeping warm:

But while fishing it is warm:

No fish got caught though. Hannah says the fish just don't like her.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

kings mountain....

Adventures in Camping 2008 - Part I

Our first trip of the season and we decided on Kings Mountain (SC) State Park mainly since it would be a relatively short trip, it was someplace new, there were hookups and reservations were available.

We picked H up early from school and were on the road Friday by 2:45. At 4pm we pulled into the park and were pleasantly surprised at all the trees and greenery - it was like driving down the blue ridge parkway! We had reserved a site just to make sure we had one but arrived early enough to scout out the campground and choose a better site.

We did our normal type-a anal set up - is this good? Maybe more to the outside, lets pull up, cock it to the left.....we have got to get better at just parking, leveling and calling it good. But once we decided (or should I say, I threw up my hands and said "enough, leave it here") it was pretty fast setup at the site. Chris and H pulled out the beds, I emptied out the gear then made beds, Chris put up the camper awning and a new tarp over the picnic table - all in all pretty easy.

We tried some new things this trip - we set up the camper awning, we hooked to the camp's water and electric, we bought a new 12x12 popup tarp to go over the table and had a 6' folding table to cook off of. It all worked well and the entire weekend went amazingly smooth.

As Chris and I prepared dinner, Hannah went exploring (looking at boys) on her bike. She spent alot of time exploring the campground on her bike and did real well on it.

Saturday we had a typical camp breakfast of sausage, eggs and camp toast. Aaaahhhh, morning coffee....

Then we went for a bike ride to the history farm (with old buildings of a cabin, outhouse, smokehouse, barn, cottin gin, blacksmith, etc...) and the lakes.
It was a bit hilly but Hannah and i survived. I had gotten new gears on my bike for mothers day and it worked sooo well - much nicer riding with 21 gears!! We went back to camp for lunch and some lounging in the sun then went to the National Historic Park to see the Kings Mountain Revolutionary War battlefield. We did a 1.5 mile loop, reading about the battle along the way and seeing a few monuments. At 5pm the park closed and we headed back to camp for dinner, a fire and s'mores.

Sunday morning was a beautiful day. Cool enough to have a fire in the morning and enjoy the site. We packed up and headed out by noon and were home and unpacked before the afternoon storms hit.

For our first trip of the season it was nice and close to home, had electric and water hookups and it was early enough in the season that it was not too hot. I enjoyed going somewhere new and Hannah enjoyed touring the park on her bike. We will put this down as a park to return to sometime when we have a short weekend to camp!

Friday, May 16, 2008

and I forgot...

today is my anniversary!
21 years.
And I still pretty much like the guy. Think I will keep him.
Plus he does ALL THE COOKING when we go camping!

bad blogger....

I have been a bad blogger. Seems I have focused my energy into creating a new website for FCI ( coming soon) and cannot do 2 things at once. So I thought I'd post a few pics since the blog has been pretty bare lately...

My new batch of green coffeee beans:

Our cat. Hanging out on the grill. Yesterday it was the jet ski.

This makes me happy. Chris put shelves in the camper closet and we each have a clothing bin. Hannah labeled them for me....even with smiley faces:

Also making me happy....we got our boat back from the dealer. Cleaned up and the gel coat repaired. yeah.

And today we are heading out camping. Check back next week for the first installment of Adventures in Camping 2008!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

not a good idea...

Chris and Hannah decided today that it was a very bad idea for me to go out on the back porch and roast coffee while all the windows in the house are wide open.

In fact, they were not very happy with me at all.

thank goodness that is over...

Chris had his colonoscopy yesterday - they removed 4 polyps but all looked good.

Unfortunately, they had to use a ton of anesthesic on him and he was a zombie for the rest of the day.

We are hoping today is back to normal.