Recently, we were invited by some of our friends to go to their cabin in the mountains in Big Bear, CA for the weekend. We brought E up there once before when he was 10 months old, but it was just a short day trip (photo from that trip here). Now that he is walking, we had so much more fun! He got to go on his first couple of hikes in the forest, and we collected wildflowers. We stumbled upon a whole bunch of really interesting things in that section of the forest, so we brought him out early one morning for a “formal” photo shoot (those photos will be coming soon to the photography blog). In the meantime, here are some of the more “casual” photos from the weekend.
Exploring with Daddy. 🙂
I think he was trying to convince me to let him hold my big camera. Not completely sure.
E and his little best buddy, having lots of fun play time. 🙂
We all went to the zoo while we were there. Unfortunately, we went during nap time for most of the animals but there was still plenty to see.
He may look grumpy but that is his serious, interested face. 🙂 It was also very hot.
Poor three-legged bear!
Adorable little baby smiles!
Such a gorgeous view! The trip had us itching to pack up and move out to the country. 😉
Recently, we pledged to participate in the Great American Backyard Campout organized by the National Wildlife Federation. I set up the tent and our little camping area Friday while my husband was at work. Whenever we have gone “real” camping, I have been limited to what we could fit in our Jeep so I could never get our campsites as pretty as I would like them. At home, that wasn’t an issue so I could make it as fun, glam, and bohemian as I wanted. 🙂
We actually had so much fun that we ended up camping in the back on two different weekends! We may leave this “campground” set up for the rest of the summer. 🙂 This was E’s first experience camping and he loved it! We can’t wait to bring him camping to a real campsite.
We live on a hill and have no privacy from our neighbors above us. To give us a bit of seclusion, I hung curtains around our pergola.
Hand soap, lotion and lantern.
Old fashioned hand washing station (E loved this!).
Mason jar water glasses for each of us.
Drinking water with fresh mint.
We used E’s train table as our picnic table.
Our dogs joined in on the fun.
We roasted smores. We came to the decision that I am the smore making master. My husband thought his would win since he has been camping more, but I grew up going to beach bonfires every summer. 😉
Stella loved sleeping in the tent!
E loves his little books, and stashed lots of them in the pockets inside the tent. As soon as he woke up, he started grabbing books for story time. 🙂
This is something my husband and I have been talking about doing anyway with our little guy, and now we have the perfect reason! We can’t wait to show E his first camping experience, right in our own backyard. The best part…$2 will be donated to save wildlife for every person that participates!
I can’t wait to share pictures of E’s first “camping trip”! 🙂