Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our long weekend in Cottonwood with friends

Cae in the tree

eating breakfast (or was this dinner?)

sunshine thru the trees

buddies on the walk to the creek

fiona rosy

cottonwood fluff

the beloved "totoro" tree

rock throwing

rowan in the creek


digging holes

that wee blue speck... caelan on the other shore

whittling a widdle bit

snacks on the picnic table

painting with a friend

marshmallow time

nightly campfires are the bomb!

walking around the campground 

the convo between three 5 and 6 year old boys!

at the creek again... with LOGAN!

fiona having fun on daddy's lap

crawdad hunters

feet in the creek

the kiddie pool the kids built

one of the dad's hiding in the grass

What a great weekend. This is our second year going up to Cottonwood for the annual Verde Valley Birding Festival. We didn't do much of the festival stuff, but there was a heck of a lot of fun happening. Many, many, many hours on the creek, a fishing trip, hikes, snake spotting, tree climbing, nightly marshmallow roasting, sunshine, chilly nights, rising with the sun, crashing EARLY, playing, playing, playing! And not a single computer or TV screen seen by all the kids for 4 days! It was so beautiful watching them run and play in nature. Building dams, catching crawdads, mooching snacks, laughing... oh the laughing, and the scooter riding, and the talking with other adults for hours. Why don't we live like this all the time?
Can't wait until next year!


karen said...

four days without a computer! That is an accomplishment, love the outdoor photos and the water :)

sustainablemum said...

What a great place to stay for a few days, I can see why you want to go back.

SuzyQ said...

I love the pictures of the stream. Kids and water are a match made in heaven :)

Lisa said...

These pictures brought back memories of camping when I was a kid, doing all these same things. I felt like I was right there at the campfire! ;)