spontaneous camping

my husband’s business partner (and good friend) celebrated his birthday this weekend 
camping with his family.  
since they were camping locally – about 30 minutes away – they invited us to join them for dinner.
we decided to interpret that as “come join us for the whole weekend and camp with us”.
can you see how much they sound the same?
dinner… whole weekend… it could confuse anyone, really.

our friends were so kind to let us jump in on their weekend with them, especially so last minute.
we had such a great time.

all the kids played so well together (other than silas assuming he was master of all toys), and we adults actually had a decent amount of down time.

we went on a great hike saturday morning (with daddy-lead stretching), 
which silas capped off with a nice long nap (that i just had to join him for).

after nap we went to the beach for a bit, 
where the kids promptly corn-dogged themselves (wet body, dry sand).

silas was crazy about his freedom in the water where he kept going up to his shoulders 
and was singing loudly some sort of theme song – it was hilarious!

good thing swim lessons started today!

and to finish off the weekend, my baby learned to ride his bike without training wheels!
who knew that would be a tear-jerking moment?!

don’t worry – i drowned my mommy sorrows in peanut butter cup s’mores.
aaaand i may have had another one since we’ve been home 
(psssst!  the stove flame works just as well as a campfire in a pinch!).
today i am also guest blogging over at mique’s 30days for her “funner in the summer” series.
come for a visit!
i’m also a guest judge at the csi project this week!
and there might just be a giveaway for the winner…
the theme is “red, white, and blue” – so appropriate!
also head over to the magic brush for a little pleated poppy giveaway!
and last but not least…
i have added a TON of new products to my shop!
you know those fun new necklaces i told you about last week?
well, they all sold!
but… i have listed more right here for you!
also new to the shop are:
thanks for sticking with me through the longest post ever!
you rock!


  1. 1
    Mallerie Kristine says:

    Sounds like you had fun! How old is Silas? I can't even get my 2.5 year old to ride her bike WITH training wheels :(

  2. 2
    Claire Kiefer says:

    omg! peanut butter cup smores! I have to try those right away!

  3. 3

    wahoo silas!! he looked like he was having a blast on that bike. watch out mama! its motorcycles next! tucker already has his eyes on a quad he wants for his bday next month! *rolls eyes*. PEANUT BUTTER CUP SMORES???? omg, are you kidding me? i HAVE to have one right now!!!! those look so yummy! glad you guys had a fun camping getaway!

  4. 4

    Very cute pictures.

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    The Paper Mama says:

    Fun! I love all the kids stretching!

  6. 6

    SUPER fun! Must. Try. PBCUP. S'MORES!

  7. 7

    What a fun weekend! I am jealous. Your pictures are fantastic and the babies are beautiful!

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    Hannah Jo says:

    Hey! I just read your blog for the first time, but I LOVE the picture of hiking, all in a line…so cute! I also visited your big cartel store and everything there is SO cute!

    I am also a homeschool graduate and love reading blogs from homeschool moms

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    The Ducker Family says:

    LOVE your blog! I have never thought of putting a peanut butter cup on a smore! Oh dear, I'm in trouble! I must try that! :)

  10. 10

    looks like a fantastic weekend!!!! camping can be such fun with friends and of course the kiddos!

  11. 11

    Look fun! I totally want to eat a smore right now!

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    beachy keen girl says:

    what?! pb cups in a s'more! oh my goodness — I'm going to try this! :)

    p.s. the stretching picture is so cute.

  13. 13

    I just blogged about my kiddos doing some impromptu camping last week…in our backyard. They loved it!
    Checked out you store…love everything. I loved the way you displayed the headbands on the ball jars…I think this would look great in the kitchen or bath with stuff inside the jars…qtips, cotton balls, sugar, etc. So great.
    The necklaces…amazing! Note to self (and Grandma!)

  14. 14
    carmar76 says:

    Okay, those monkey/gorilla pj's are the cutest ever. The PB s'mores are going on my grocery list. And this post in its entirety was quite fun! : )

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    Tasha Griffin says:

    Thanks a lot, now I'm jonesing for some PB s'mores! I can't believe I've never heard of that…GENIOUS!

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  17. 17

    What a great surprise vacay! I can't blame you for tearing up about Silas' big boy riding skills. I cried as well when my oldest took off on his own. Sometimes those moments just get ya!

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