One of our favorite vacation spots. Every year we simply add a new kid to the mix. This year we went when Griffin was just 3 months old, the youngest we have ever camped with (our first year we had no kids, the next time was when Peyton was 11 months, and the last time was when Jovie was 9 months). But because he was so young he basically slept the entire time we were there; truly, it felt like the entire time. He slept for 12 hours straight for the first time while we were there (at night), he went on a bike ride for the first time and basically fell asleep every time he went into the trailer. He loved and still loves being carried in the chest carrier and fell asleep on all our walks. And he even did pretty good in the life vest. He wasn't too fond of it at first and once he realized resistance was futile he fell right asleep for almost the entire 3+ hours we floated down the river.
I'm not going to lie I was having some anxiety as we prepared ourselves to go and for about the first day we were there. But once things got settled, it ended up perfect and we all had a blast! Yosemite has been dubbed my kids favorite vacation ever! (Granted they don't have much to compare it to. It also might have to do with the fact they basically ran wild with cousins the entire week we were there, with very little parental supervision).
So here is the 1st part of our week in pictures:
We took a long time getting to the actual park, making a lot of fun pit stops on the way up. What should have been about a 7 hour drive ended up being a little over 11. But it flew by because we got out so much and played. Plus the drive itself was so pretty and we left at about 5:45am, so the kids slept most of the morning.
Here we are ready to take off. The kids got into the car pumped. Peyton fell asleep pretty fast, Jovie basically talked non-stop the first 45 minutes or so, then finally conked out. And there's Griffin. My good sleepy baby.
First stop, Erick Schat's bakery in Bishop. It's amazing and the crowds don't lie. Totally worth going.
Next stop on the way up was Mono Lake. We took in the amazing views at different areas around the lake. Touched a tufa (which we probably shouldn't, but.......), had a nice picnic lunch and played for a while on the playground and in the actual lake.
These tufas are ancient and were once under water. It's pretty neat. Check out the link I posted above for more info on them and Mono Lake.
I have so many favorite photos from the day, it was just so picturesque.
That one above is probably my most favorite. Dang my husband is a hottie!
Then we continued on our drive, and finally got to camp. We set up our tent, played games for a bit, were visited by some neighbors across the way who literally were glowing and hit the hay.
Monday July 25th! PEYTON'S 6th B-DAY!!! This little girl is almost never home on her b-day, little summertime love. Last year we spent her day in San Francisco at the end of our vacation with some of Wes' siblings (here), the year before we took her to D-land, and the year before that we were driving to Yosemite again (here). She is barely 6 and has already had more adventurous birthdays then I have.
Of course we decorated our camp so when she woke up it was a surprise, and she wore a special pin all day. When she woke up (I must admit I forgot it was her b-day) and she looked at us and said, "Are you aware it's a 6 year olds birthday?!" It was so cute and funny. Boppie even put up a huge flagpole with a b-day flag on it so anyone passing by yelled out their well wishes. More on her b-day celebratories to come.
The kids all started the day becoming "Jr. Rangers" which was a must do on my little camper's lists.
The 3 amigos... always together
And these 2 were caught walking around holding hands a lot too!
We attempted a grandkid photo in order by age... but the baby-Broberg boys would have none of it.
Upon first glance it looks like a nice photo, with some obvious holes of course.
This was as we tried forcing Tate and Emmett in. They wanted OUT!
And this was Emmett in the background after he was released.
After our Jr. Rangers were done with their program we headed out for a loooong afternoon of floating the river. Sadly no photos of this due to the dangers of water with phones. But it was basically Wes dragging us along. Beautiful beautiful views around each and every bend. Peyton and Asher rode in their own tube. Jovie and Griffin slept on me most of the time. Ella was mad at the mere thought of getting wet. Carter caught a water snake. And everyone had a good time. There was a rope swing that some of the group tried out. The little b-day girl was one of them. The first girl to try it too. Sadly the rope was way too long and as she released it, she got it stuck between her legs and it dragged her back onto the dirt and rocks. Luckily only minor scrapes and bruises and hurt pride. My heart truly hurt for that sweet little brave girl. Wes also did it, and that same dang rope wrapped around his body giving him a good little welt and rope burn.
That evening we all came together for dinner and to sing to Peyton. I brought little mini cupcake muffins she could blow out. The family was oh-so-sweet and brought her presents to open. It was a pretty spectacular party! After presents we headed into "Halfdome" (AKA Curry) Village for ice cream. We told the worker it was Miss Peyton's b-day and they hooked her up with a huge ice cream cone! We all enjoyed our goodies as the sun set and the kids performed on the stage for everyone outside. (That was almost all of the kids favorite part of the week. There nightly performances.... "Come on creatures!")
I think I'll cut this post here as I've already included too many photos. And we still have 4 fun days to go!