Friday, July 24, 2009

July 17th~Husband is 28!!

Last weekend was quite the occasion. With adventuresome spirits we gathered the family (and our sis-in-law Stef, whose hubby is away in Iraq) and headed to Maupin, OR, where we camped along the deschutes in celebration of Nate's birthday. There is nothing that this boy would rather do then camp and fish. None of us was aware, though, that the allowed camping sites in Maupin, failed to include trees, or that we would feel like we were camping in death valley for the next three days. We did see a few camp sites that hugged the river, but with little ones, we opted for a treeless, grass-hopper/burnt-grass site. Oh, yeah, with no campfire allowed. But who really cared? It was a 100 degrees the first two days. Regardless, camping+family+the friends who met up with us on the second day+river+dance parties amounted to total fun.

With my husband on my heart, and another year of his to celebrate, I leave you with some of my thoughts on this camping trip and his kind soul...


Tired, hungry, and heat exhausted, he would still offer you a hot dog first.
When you realize that you actually have no tent in that "tent-bag" he'd invite you to take his tent and sleep in his truck bed under the stars.
Even though you got that huge ticket due to irresponsibility, he'd offer to pay for part of it so your trip wasn't ruined.
Even bright and early on his birthday morning, he'd bring coffee to all of those who hadn't yet moved.
He invites strangers to join the lantern-light, listen to the music, and hear a few of his stories.
He'd make you a clearing in the brush, under the trees, at the waters edge so you could cool off.
On his way out to go fishing, he'd hand you one of his drinks when he realized you didn't bring one.
He'd even make you a place in the rocks to keep your drink cool and so it wouldn't get carried off by the current.
How'd a girl like me get so lucky to call this one my hubby?
I love you, Nate! Happy Birthday!

Rickey taught Brooklynn how to cooler-drum

One hot baby

The first family picture in a long while

Imagine that same hotdog in the dirt and picked up again a few times

One stoked girl to be camping...a natural


Keri July 24, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

It looks like you guys had fun. Your kids are getting so big...and cute!

Jeannie July 25, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

You guys are troopers to camp with NO TREES! Cute pics!

amber johnson July 25, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

Glad you had fun Cass. That's great you could do for Nate what he loves, on his b-day. Too bad it was so hot! We're going this coming weekend. I'm so excited. It's been a long time for me...Hope Nate enjoyed his b-day.

Erin July 26, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

Oh HOTNESS!!!Too hot! But so glad you had a great time regardless! That's great spirits & attitudes! I loved your thoughts on Nate & the trip. So sweet! The fam is gorgeous as ever too. :)

Oh, and I see above that Amber is coming! Tell her Hello and take LOTS of pics!!! :) :)

Emily July 26, 2009 at 6:21 PM  

WOW sounds like fun! Cute family pic:) I also enjoyed the JK wedding dance... let's get together soon!

Janet Fonoimoana July 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM  

What a dear Nate is! I totally enjoyed reading your sweet comments about him. I can definitely see why you love him!

b davis July 28, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

You guys are so cute! Happy Birthday Nate!

McCully July 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

Oh yes, the tentless tent bag.. haha I still have no idea what they did to it, Jon still hasnt told me yet. haha. Thank you by the way for letting me sleep in your guys tent, it was wonderful waking up to "MoM, DaD.. from Asher!" Put a smile on my face!

All the things you wrote are very true! but at times he could be a stubborn butt, as we all can be at times! "Cassie,Get away from the edge" When you had a clearing of 3-4 ft. HAH. I love you guys.

“You must write every single day of your life... You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads... may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.” ― Ray Bradbury
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