9.03.2008

:: Kekuli Bay ::

:: So we took it upon ourselves to plan a camping {yep, you heard right, camping...tents and all} with our two kids and our friends M&L and their two little girls ::

:: So off we go @ 6:00 am Thursday morning to hit Starbucks just to meet up outside of Abbotsford @ Tims for breaky and off we go on the great adventure! ::

:: We left rain and came upon lovely blue sky just before the tolls ::
:: And more blue just after the tolls, isn't it a beautiful thing!??! ::
:: Here are M&L trailing behind us ::

:: Then we hit the lakes, look at that water! ::

:: We landed at the campsite around 11:00 am and started setting up camp, all the kids were so patient while we set up the tents and unloaded for an hour or so ::

:: After we finished @ the campsite we were off to the park to fly the kit and play on the Playground ::

:: Here's Madelyne helping Uncle Paul ::
:: Here's Emma waiting for the kite to fly ::
:: There goes Jacob down to the railroad tracks, he is a lover of trains right now ::
:: Madelyne decided to join him ::

:: We headed down to the water to give our feet a rinse - it was beautiful water, so clear and clean...just my kind! ::
:: The babes loved playing with the rocks and splashing in and out of the water ::
:: What a beautiful view huh!?!!? ::
:: All of us got a lot of use out of the Playground ::

:: We had some clouds, some rain & some sun, but it was all worth the beautiful rainbows that appeared ::


:: More playing @ the Playground ::
:: I even got in on the slide action {& yes, I let Paul play around with my camera - just kidding;) }::

:: We hiked up to the look out and I caught this shot of the "B" Girls ::

:: A shot of the railroad tracks ::
:: Jacob goofing off by the water ::


:: See Cole's two little teeth buds on the bottom...they still have yet to break the skin! ::
:: Jacob & Paul enjoying the campfire ::
:: Jacob's first taste of S'mores ::
:: Jacob & I toasting a marshmallow ::

:: Madelyne climbing the fence at the back of our campsite ::
:: Madelyne getting some love from Jacob. Sometimes it looks like hugs other times it looks like a tackle...we never really know! ::
:: Cole in his trusty playpen. Thank the Lord for Playpens! ::
:: Cole playing in the pool Paul made for the kids - pretty much he just tried to eat the rocks ::

:: All the kids got baths in the lake, as did we but this is the only shot I got of Cole just after he was bathed. It wasn't a pretty site! ::
:: The hot stuff I was camping with...sans Matt, I don't know where he was at when this delish shot was taken ::
:: Paul & Freckles...um, I mean Me ::
:: Our site, look at that view! ::

:: Coley & Paul playing in the food tent ::
:: Matt & Emma enjoying some nacho chips after dinner - look at those baby blues! ::
:: Paul & I at our last campfire ::
:: Cole & Paul on our last day @ the lake ::

:: Jacob fast asleep on my lap @ the lake on the last day ::
:: Until next year we wave good by to the lake, the sun, the railroad tracks, and the great memories ::


:: I can't say that it was all rosy, we had our fair share of drama, it's tough to camp in tents with 4 kids under 4, especially when the weather doesn't always cooperate and I thought I read on the Kekuli Bay website that there was running water & electricity to each site. There wasn't. But all in all it was a wonderful vacation with great memories for us and our kids - Thanks M&L, if your up to it we'll see you up there next year! ::

10 comments:

Rachel said...

Your photographs are incredible. I love the different perspectives you take. VERY nice!
And for the record I think your freckles are marvelous!!!!!!!

Kori said...

I'm with Rachel :)

Maybe we'll run into you next year at the campsite!!

Jessi said...

I love you're new camera...what amazing shots you were able to capture...you are so talented. While you were away I tried something new with inspiration from you...I covered a cake with fondant...and I have to say, it turned out pretty good! Glad to see you back in these parts! We've missed you the past few weeks! Love, Jessi

Tawn said...

... as I scrolled down, I wondered how long it took for you to upload all of those fantastic photos *grin*. It always takes me a lifetime, it seems.

And I appreciated your blip on how everything wasn't perfect - your photos tell a fairy-tale and I was, like, "why are our camping trips chaos and tears??". SO FUNNY *grin*. And girl - no running water - you are BRAVE!!

Super memories with super friends. Looks like you had a really great time!

Jason and Kristin said...

Love your pictures, Shawna! Looks like a beautiful place!

Laura said...

Looks like you had fun - and I don't doubt there was drama! But what wonderful memories and experiences you're giving to your kids, that's awesome. Great pics my friend! That one shot of Jacob sleeping... so sweet, he looks like a baby still!!

Crystal said...

awesome Pics!

The Samy's said...

Looks like you guys had a wonderful time and such beautiful pictures Shawna!!!

Dustin and Chelsey said...

What a fun trip! It looked amazing and refreshing in so many ways. There's something amazing about getting away from the business of life.

Lisa B. said...

Thanks for the invite - we had a blast and made some great memories!

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