After 5 years of being a stay-at-home mom, I found the wonder of mothering slowly starting to get crowded out by the mundane feeling. I realized our world seems to surround people with the negative, and complaining about blessings seems totally acceptable. So I decided to fight against that "normalcy" and focus only on the positive. I look back to my first year as a mom when everything was new and keeping house was fun and I aim to have that attitude again. This blog is my outlet to showcase the daily miracles that surround me in my blessed life as a stay-at-home mom so that I will never forget the wonder of it all.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Camp Logan

Our sweet Logan turned 7 this week!  Its hard to believe its been 7 years since a long, slender, baby boy with a HUGE mop of red hair was placed in my arms, making me a mother......the very thing I'd wanted to be since I was a tiny girl. 
As is our tradition, we went on a birthday camping trip, in honor of Logan.
There were presents in the camp site...

....JUNK food....

.....Papa joined us for a night....

...and lots of biking and skateboarding in the campground in the mornings.

We went camping locally, at our coast.  So there was LOTS of beautiful beach time.  I often forget what paradise is at our fingertips.  The first day, I decided to leave my bulky camera behind, and just enjoy the adventure with my family.  I do that every once in a while, and rarely regret it.  But this time, I DID regret it.  We hiked along BEAUTIFUL cliffs and down into a tiny little cove that looked as if it had white sand.  On closer inspection, the "sand" was tiny bits of white shells.  Just beautiful.  There we found amazing tide pools and a large kelp bed.  We spent a long time examining that magical world that seems almost alien-ish.  SOOOOO amazing!!  Our active birthday boy had loads of fun climbing on the large rocks in the cove too.  I'm determined to take some homeschool friends back to the cove one day for a science adventure in tide pooling day.  I promise I'll take my camera then and post pics.  It was just beautiful! 
The pictures above are of Kian and I lounging in the cove just across the street from the campgrounds.  The big kids went to explore caves with Daddy, and that was just a bit too close to the "noisy ocean" for Kian.

*****  Side note, look what FINALLY fits Kian!  Remember these pants?  I made them for his 2nd birthday in October.  I made them a bit big to account for his cloth diaper booty, forgetting the fact that he was about to potty train.  Just 2 weeks later, he was potty trained and these pants just never fit.  They're still not the best fit, but I'm thrilled to see them on him.  I love them.  They were upcycled from an old pair of corduroy pants of my Nana's.  We call these type of pants "long pocket" pants and they are our favorite style around here.  My blog friend just happened to post a similar pair she made for her son.  Check them out here. *****

Back to camping, castles were made... 

..... a teeter totter of sorts was made (and later turned into a balance board and bike ramp)...

...and a certain little blue stained face boy (more junk food) was not made to nap and so crashed in mama's arms during bedtime songs, MUCH to my delight!

And so, this boy is 7!
This hormonal, emotional, pregnant Mama had a hard time.  I realize the older my kids get, and the more kids we have, the more emotional I get at birthdays.  So hard to let go and watch them grow up!  On top of that, birthday boy had a bit of a birthday tude on our camping trip.  I had a slight freak out and assumed 7 came along with attitude.  But I was happy to see that once home again, my sweet boy returned to his normal sweet self.
And I calmed down.  :)
Why must they grow up?!
Its too much for this Mama!


  1. I love this camping tradition, and I wish we lived where you live. Happy birthday to a sweet little (big) boy. And it seems as though Kian is a little scared of the ocean?! Macyn was too. She would hold me so tight if we got too close. She did this until last summer when we went to Maui and then she learned to love it, but it took her three years.

    love you and your family.

    1. Yes, Kian is nervous of the ocean. He LOVES it though. Funny. I think he is in awe of it.....but doesn't want to go too near it. :)
      Love you and your fam too friend!

  2. Logan has the sweetest smiles in these pics!

  3. Happy birthday Logan! What a fun tradition, and to live so close to the shore, very nice! My husband and I also joke about bonsai-ing kids to keep them small! But at what age?