Sunday, August 3, 2008

It's official: I like camping!

We're back from our Jolley family reunion camping in beautiful Umpqua National Forest in Southern Oregon! I was admittedly anxious about going camping because I've never done it before (unless you count Girls Camp in our A-Frame cabins). Although I had great experiences then, I was never really loved the actual roughing it. :) I was mostly just worried about taking two little boys who would be out of their routine. I imagined that no one would sleep and we'd all just be grouchy with meltdowns galore. So I was very excited that my first experience would be with the professional Jolley family. At least I'd have help if the kids were driving me crazy! Well, it turned out that I had nothing to worry about. The boys slept like angels at night, and they loved the great outdoors! And you know what? so did I!

5 of Darren's 7 siblings made it out along with his parents and it was so wonderful to spend time with everyone. Joseph and Justin had soooo many cousins there to play with! The Jolleys have been going to Horseshoe Bend campground for years and they know all the good things to cook and all the great hikes to take. Here are some of the many highlights:

Joseph's first fishing!

Joseph and Kellen, best buddies

Daddy and Joseph

The biggest pinecones you've ever seen!

One of the several beautiful waterfalls we hiked to!

My hottie fly fisherman husband

The boys loved playing in the tent.

The Jolley family tent

Darren's cute sisters, nephew Easton, and parents!

Gotta love Grandma and Grandpa! The ones who made this all come together.


Jennie Minor said...

I love the pic of you guys at the waterfall. The boys faces are adorable! So glad that you guys had fun. Call me when you get a minute. I would LOVE to catch up.

Jonathan and Michelle said...

I LOVE the pictures, you got some good ones! It looks like you had a lot of fun! It doesn't look like anything I would enjoy doing at all, but I am so happy that you found out that you like camping and you got to spend all of that time with the Jolley's!

Alexis loved the postcard, thanks for thinking of her, and we can hardly wait until you guys come and see us in October!

Courtenay Beth said...

Jill, what a blast! I'm not surprised at all that you loved camping, 'specially with the Jolley clan...they do have it down to a science! I remember Bruce not changing his shirt for like a week...I am hoping he spared you that tradition:)
Your boys are getting so big, and I love those giant Jolley smiles, SO cute! Glad you got to have some quality camping time!

Shannon said...

Very cute pics! Looks like you had lots of fun! I bet having in-laws to help out made it that much better :)

Carol and Bruce said...

I'm so glad to hear that you loved it! I really never doubted that you would, it was so fun to have you there and you were such a good sport about it all. I don't recall helping you with the boys much though and wish I could have been more help but they just seemed to be having fun all the time. I know it kept you going though.
I loved that Jospeh and Kellen could just come walking over to our camp to visit whenever they wanted, if only it could be that way every day. I have the cuttest photo of Justin with his dirty face and scratches but I'm kinda afraid to show you how dirty we let him get that one day.
It was such a blast, thanks for giving it a chance.

Emily said...

I'm so glad you liked it! I was a little worried, but blogs don't lie.

Seriously, your boys were born to be campers...they did so awesome. I was way jealous.

Wasn't that all just such a blast? I'm ready to go again.

Jenni.Jolley said...

love it love it love it! It looks like you've got some cute pictures that I need to see more of!! Jill, I just had SO much fun! Really, i was so proud of you!! you're a GREAT camper. Better than me because you did it with 2 babies! way to go!! Im so glad you came and it was SO fun to see you!! I had a blast with you, darren and the boys!


Lori Qian, the Family Narrator said...

Awesome pics! I've learned that camping is all about who you go with and how prepared you are :) It looks like you guys had so much fun!!!

Brenley said...

I am so glad that camping was so much fun! Any time with the Jolley's is a fun time! ANd they sure do know how to camp!