Summer may be unofficially over tomorrow, but we certainly made the most of it. Our August was filled with many trips to the park and pool, get-togethers with friends, and our first ever camping trip as a family. Oh, and the Fair. We can't forget the Fair.
In early August we packed up the kids and headed to Jay Cooke State Park. I have to say, the trip went a lot better than I expected. Sure, the baby woke up screaming at 3 a.m. because he had peed through his sleeper. And yes, he attempted to eat fistful after fistful of pine needles. Overall, though it was a success. Clare had a blast. She was thrilled about everything, especially eating in s'mores and sleeping in her sleeping bag. We hiked and sat around the campfire. The weather was perfect and the bugs were nonexistent. What more could we ask for?
|More pine needles, please!|
|My happy little guy.|
|Family nap time. I managed to fall asleep in one of the camp chairs while re-reading Harry Potter.|
|Looking at the St. Louis River from the swinging bridge.|
|The beautiful St. Louis River.|
|Driving. This ride was incredibly loud and annoying, but Clare loved it.|
|My sister tried to get a family shot. Clare and Christopher weren't having it.|
|This is how he spent most of the fair.|
My parents are visiting this weekend, and we went to Minnehaha Falls this afternoon. It is so close to my house, I don't know why I don't get over there more. It was fun, especially driving around in the Surrey. Clare wasn't sure she liked it. She kept yelling directions at my dad, who was driving. "Slow down Baba Ralph!!" She is her mother's daughter.
|At the Falls.|
|Ready to ride.|