Last weekend, Jude's entire kindergarten class and their families went camping in Texas hill country.
Dan drove up with the older kids on Friday night. I stayed back with Evie. Evie has been the total opposite of our other two kids in that the girl refuses to sleep with us. When we were a couple months post adoption, I even went so far as to get her out of her crib and bring her into bed with us after she was already asleep [my mom is absolutely cringing right now, I guarantee it], and it was still a no go. She would wake up, start playing... or crying... and would.not.go back to sleep until she was placed back in her own bed. So I had a feeling the whole camping in a tent thing wouldn't go over well. (This story will apply later).
I drove up with E on Saturday morning and we had a fabulous day with the other kindergartners and their parents. We went for a mile long hike to a beautiful pond filled with fish. Most of the kids caught fish. We then hiked back and the kids cooled off in a crystal clear creek. [The next four photos were taken by the director of J's school.]
The kids had some down time.
Then after an awesome potluck dinner, we roasted marshmallows.
After marshmallows, the clouds were looking ominous and we were hearing reports that there was a big storm about to roll in. I didn't want to drive home 2 hours in the dark, in the rain, part of the way without phone service, so I decided to give it a shot and spend the night with Evie. We were having such a great time, I didn't really want to leave anyway.
Now, rewind to the first part of this post about Evie not sleeping with us.
Yep. It was not going well. Then Indigo decided to assert her independence and declare that she was not going to sleep with a diaper. No matter what (I think she was sensing a weakness in the Force).
Now throw in, "it was a dark and stormy night..." because it was. And for good measure toss in a little, "not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" because it's true, the entire camp ground was quiet except the Kovac tent.
Indi (after being told she would have to go home with mommy: "I! Will Coooooo - oooooppp - pppppperrrrr---aaaatttttte!"
Indi: "I wiiiiillll beeeeehave!"
Long story longer, we packed the kids in the car, Dan packed up the camp site (during a rain storm), stuffed the tent, marshmallows, sleeping bags, cooler, etc into the mini van and we all headed home together. The kids fell asleep, Dan and I talked on the phone once we got reception and our wet, tired, two car caravan pulled into the driveway around midnight.
I'll close with a couple of pics of our incredibly yummy konjo (Amharic term of endearment) baby. She's so cute I just want to eat her up. I must kiss those cheeks 20 times a day (at least!)