July in Montana...What to do? What to do??
Who? The Taylor's, The Humphrey's, The Olsen's and the Child's. What? Boating, kayaking, canoing, games, food, great friends, hot tub, a turtle that the boys found which laid an egg, you know- all the normal cabin stuff. When? Weekend after the fourth. Where? Seeley Lake in a beautiful cabin! Why? Why not?
And what would a summer in MT be without some good ol' tent camping? Rob got the camera while I got the gear. Thanks hun. Husband of the year award nominee!
One of the perks of living in MT is that campgrounds are close to home and since Claire was only a couple of months old we decided to go to Blodgett and Rob would stay with Brooke and Ella while I came back to the house with Claire. The first item of business was to run. Just run around. Luckily for us there was a trail perfect for little runners. Next on the list was junk food, hiking, the river, star-gazing, hide-and-go-seek, and climbing (not in that order).
There was a big boulder that was perfect for the girls to climb and it was flat on the top so they had to put on a show for us. I am sure some woodland creature stopped to listen. I would like to point out that we may be roughin' it outside but my girls have skirts on! We may live in MT but they are still my girls!
Rob said that the girls' favorite thing to do that night was to listen to camping and fishing stories around the fire. They also got new flashlights and Rob took them on a night walk. They didn't want to come back home the next day but rain was coming fast so Rob quickly got the tent down and got the girls out of there. But they REALLY didn't want to come home yet so they waited for the rain to stop and then played in the river.
These simple activities are what will convince the girls that they had the best childhood ever. I can't help but think that we have all become so commercialized and spoiled. I blame this on Walmart. In today's world (I can't believe I just said that) parents are planning huge vacations which cost 1/4 of their salary and then get mad when their kids throw a fit because they are too tired, but those parents didn't spend all that money for their kids to whine so they better smile and have a good time or else!! Anyone who has been to Disney World knows exactly what I am talking about. I am guilty too. I just dragged my kids around Utah for three weeks and had to get in as much as possible because who knows when we will be back. Actually, we will be back for Christmas and I am sure we will do it all again and I am sure my kids will get tired and I will get frustrated. Which is a big part of why we live where we live. I am thankful for a grounded and balanced husband and kids who want to explore the wonders of dirt and sing on a rock. And I am grateful for simplicity.