Friday, July 30, 2010
When recently in McCall, I had Steve take me to an antique shop that I wanted to check out. When we pulled up the drive to the shop, I spotted this camper parked out front, and just knew that it had to be a Sisters on the Fly camper...and I was right! As it turns out, the antique shop wasn't open, but the owner just happened to be there, and she graciously unlocked her camper so that I could have a look inside. Unfortunately my dark pictures do not do it justice, but it was just adorable inside. Now, I am completely obsessed about "getting to work" on my tiny Cardinal.
Here is the dinette area. In this camper, the table folds down and the seats become an extra bed. My camper does not have a dinette area. The most important item on my wish list is a super comfortable bed, and in a ten-foot trailer, that will take up most of the floor space.
Here is the bed. Above the window you can see something that looks like a window shade. It is actually a hammock, original to the camper, which stretches out and hooks over the bed, for extra sleep space. So cute!
Seeing Gloria's camper really got me day-dreaming about all that I can do to my camper. I virtually have a clean slate, as it is pretty much empty on the inside, except for the kitchen. It will be a lot of work, but I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy doing it.
Before I can get to any of the "fun" work of decorating my camper, I have quite a bit of repair work to do. I have a leak to contend with, but in the dry Idaho climate, I'm not too concerned. Must attack that first, though. I also have some scary blue carpet to tear up, and a floor that needs some heavy-duty scrubbing. Next, I will post some pictures of my little gem, in the condition I purchased it in. Let the renovating begin!
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Happening upon a real, live Sisters on the Fly camp trailer (more on that, later...)
Afternoon naps (it cracks me up how they are in the exact same position)
Digging in the dirt with my big boy
The dishwasher - - I do not have a dishwasher, and I have to say, it was soooo nice to not have to wash dishes by hand, 5 million times per day. Our rental also had a microwave - - something else I do not own - - but I kept forgetting to use it because I am so accustomed to life without one. This reaffirmed the fact that I can definitely get by without having one.
Post-dinner ice cream at The Ice Cream Alley
Having this guy all to ourselves, out of his nutty Army environment. No ringing cell phone. No distractions. It was wonderful!
Sunday, July 25, 2010
We love you, Margaret!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
The boys missed Vacation Bible School at our church this year, because we were in Maine while it was being held. Luckily, our town has no shortage of churches, so we mosied on down to the Catholic church on Monday and signed up for VBS there. Keep in mind that Griffin Does Not Go Anywhere Without His Mother, so I was very proud when he willingly went (and stayed, without shedding a tear) on the first day. By the end of day two, however, he wasn't as happy, and by the third day, he cried hysterically when I announced it was time to get on over to "school". Camden, who was having a great time, was distracted by the knowledge that his grandparents are currently in town, and was afraid he was going to miss something if he was gone all morning, so by Wednesday, I had a couple of drop-outs on my hands. Cest la vie!
Some of you may have figured out (hi, Kate!) that I've had another blog for a few months now. I decided to keep a separate blog to chronicle Steve's upcoming deployment to Iraq, mostly so that I can have it printed in book form, once the deployment is over with. Also, I really wanted to keep this blog separate, because this is the space that I write about cooking, creativity, my boys, and my family. I don't tend to vent on this blog about the every-day stresses in life (because everyone has them, but who wants to read about them, really?), but I wanted a space where I could write honestly about going through a deployment. So, if you would like to read about that portion of our lives, then please feel free to stop by Way Out West: The Deployment Chronicles.
Did you see this article in the New Yorker? It really has my mind abuzz. Will try to organize my thoughts into a post in the next few days.
Friday, July 09, 2010
Spending time with old friends. We enjoyed a lovely evening at the Cox home in Bowdoinham...so great to visit with Tony and the girls, and to see Eunice and meet Wells.
My 20th high school reunion...it was so much fun reconnecting with old friends. I had a wonderful time over the two days of events and am so happy that I actually remembered to take a bunch of pictures!
The Maine Maritime Museum. The boys loved it, but Camden was crazy about it. The boy loves ships. I think we could have left him there and picked him up at the end of the day and he would have been fine with that.
Boothbay Railway Village. Another huge hit with the boys. Again - - could have plopped the boys on the train and left them there to ride all day long. We will definitely be going back, the next time we are in Maine.
The magic show at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. We met Max and Dani there, and had the best time! Camden was tickled that he got to assist the magician.
Visiting Maine is always a bit tricky since both of our families live there, in that it is nearly impossible to fit everything in that we'd like to do. I think each time we go, we learn something new that will make our next trip a little easier. Throw two little kids in the mix, and we kind of just have to "go with the flow" based on how they are holding up. The boys did a great job, are good little travelers, and I'd say they adjust and adapt very well. I'm so proud of them!
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Amato's Whoopie Pie
Pancetta peas from our dinner at No. 10 Water
Moxie (at Reid State Park, no less)