Sunday, June 26, 2011

Family Campout

We just successfully went on our first family campout! We've been camping many times with Ryan's family, but never all by our lonesomes. We have always bummed gear off of his family, but this time we went out and bought our own stuff. And I'm happy to say, over all it was a great trip! The boys loved it! We went down to Del Valle in Livermore, CA, only just over an hour away. The weather was perfect. It was pretty chilly at night though. I was freezing the first night, but changed things up a bit to warm up the second night.

This was our campsite. It was a little weedy, but the boys didn't care. They loved playing in the dirt. Seth and Justin were constantly dirty, literally the whole time. The minute we washed their hands and feet, they'd be back in the dirt again digging. As long as they were having a good time, I wasn't too worried.

We set up the horse shoes. Trey especially loved that.

Lunch is served!

Trey brought a little wooden airplane that broke on the way down, but luckily the camp store had just the same one, so we bought another. He was thrilled.

Just got the first ringer!

And I got the next few! Yep, that's right! You can't beat mama sass, that's what Ryan calls me!

All my boys.

We stayed two nights and had one full day there. We went to the lake that day and rented a boat. Justin and Seth were a little apprehensive at first, but by the end they couldn't stop talking about it. Trey's driving the boat here! Shhh! Don't tell!

Ryan took a dip.

I was in the back with Justin asleep on one side of me, and Seth trying to dive in on the other. Actually he wasn't trying to dive in, just trying to touch the water, but would have if I wasn't holding on to him.

Justin helping Ryan drive the boat.

I wish I had a better picture of Seth. He kept leaning over like this the whole last half of the boat ride and putting his hands in the water while we were moving (I was still holding him from falling in) and he was getting all splashed and cracking up. But here it looks like he's almost asleep! He was anything but asleep.

Once Justin had a little nap, he was all smiles, especially with his can of soda.

What cute boys I have, seriously!

As we were packing up to come home, the boys found a little creature thingy. I don't know what it was, maybe a ground hog. But he wasn't too afraid of us, he kept popping his head out of his hole.

It was a great trip. We definately want to go again.

Special Kids Day

Every year for the third year in a row now we've attended Special Kids Day. The Lions Club puts on this event for kids with special needs, and we are always invited. It's like a big fair that we get to go to for free! It's such a neat event they put on. There's free BBQ and tons of treats, tons of booths and a petting zoo and a fire truck and games and lots more. Anyway, we love it every year. Here's a few pictures from it this year, a couple of months ago now. My belly is a lot bigger now!

On the tractor ride.

Free popcycles, what can beat that?!

This year for Mother's Day the boys made me a little shrine. I heard them come into my room early in the morning and then sneak out. I was so out of it, I didn't see it until over an hour or so later. They were so sweet, they just played quietly in their bedroom until Ryan and I decided to get up. Trey is always the mastermind behind all these projects. And he is so creative and cute about it. He painted these stones and then helped Justin paint one for me too.

What we've been up to!

I know no one likes a super long blog post, but that's what this one is going to be! I just need to catch up a little bit and pictures is how I'm going to do it. This is what's been going on at the Dickman household these past several weeks. And there's more to come to, but I figured this was enough for one post!

We've been to a couple of 3D movies lately, and they are so much fun! Seth didn't even flinch the whole movie, he never took his eyes away from the screen even once, he loved it! Justin is accessorizing with all three glasses, plus his regular ones on the bottom.

Seth in his monkey mask.

Seth jammin' on the guitar.

Justin having fun with bubbles in the tub!

We went to the petting zoo at Tilden park and this was the best shot of this cow's tongue! I can't believe how long their tongues are! Justin LOVES to feed the animals and is pretty much a pro at it.

Seth got pretty comfortable too after a while. In fact to make the pieces last longer, he was breaking off tiny pieces of lettuce and feeding it that way.

All three boys!

Just a cute picture of Seth in his hat, and Beast (Justin) in the background.

This one is for you Amber, you wanted me to post a belly pic! By the way, I don't think I formally announced it on my blog, but we are expecting another one! Due October 4 and it's a girl this time!!!!

We're trying to get Seth potty trained, we're not having too much success yet. And now Seth is potty training the giraffe!

Trey just recently started Cub Scouts and he got his first awards this last Pack meeting. He became a Bobcat and I got to paint his face, that was great.

Tonight we had Family Home Evening and for the activity we played, "Guess the Feet." It's a cute little game I learned from a friend where everyone hides under a blanket and one person has to guess who's feet belongs to who. It's great for the little ones!

Everyone got them all right! It's not real hard. :)

Justin lost his two front teeth! This isn't a very good picture of it, but I think there's nothing cuter than a little boy with 2 missing front teeth! I'll get a better picture later.

These boys love to play in the water in the backyard. This week was hot so they did it a lot.

Seth got his own goggles this year and loves being like his older brothers.