Thursday, July 26, 2007

Back from Vacay

Kids & Sunsets - nothing better.

Moms on playground equipment - just not right.
We are back from camping & my washing machine hasn't stopped running since Tues. afternoon. (Hence, the delay in posting camping pics Brenda.) We had the best time and the kids and adults all got along swimmingly. We decided to set up the "party tent" for the kids with Barbies, Polly Pockets, Leapsters, Coloring books, and a ton of markers. Between the tent & going to the beach every day, I started asking my girls every night when we laid them down for bed, "how was your day today?" Seriously... we never saw them. (Maddie and Ellie - YOU ROCK!) I read four books, (only one was not considered a "beach book") got a great tan, smoked the boys every night playing cards with my card shark friend Steph, and ate way too much food. Gorp, monster cookies, bun bars, & vander heide cheese have somehow all combined forces to tighten my shorts. :) Back to reality ... and frickin' portion control.

Most asked question while camping: "What time is it?"
Immediately answered by everyone, "I have no idea."
The word to describe the air & our beds in the pop-ups: "Moist". I know, that word kind of grosses me out too! :)
The girls.

The Party Tent

Good tan, bad hair.

Jeff's solution to Zach breaking his glass coffee pot.

Except for family pics that Steph took, this is the only picture of Jeff after a week's vacation. I, apparently, am NOT the picture taker in the family. Sorry hon. You looked great all week however.


Brenda said...

Sweet pics and even sweeter memories I presume.

What the heck is GORP?!

Laurie said...

Dutch word for trail mix.
Raisins, peanuts, M & M's.

Dana said...


You guys look great! I've been finding myself yearning for a good week of camping. People just don't do it around here. They go to Europe or some other ridiculous excuse for a vacation :)

Amanda said...

Very fun! I think I can count on one hand how many times all that camping gear that you watched us take out of the packages has been used... I'll have to ressurect it once I'm settled again and want to travel Michigan cheaply. Call me sometime! I'd love to see the "Guikema Gang".

Lynn said...

Looks like a fab time. I don't think you made it into the bad hair category let alone the camping hair category. You look adorable as always!

Amy said...

Wow!! Looks like you had fun...activity tent sounds like a great idea, I'll have to give that a try!!

chelle said...

VanderHeide Cheese?...sounds intriguing.

Jeff's coffee looks delish as well :)

Glad you had such a great time!