true's dilemma: a big birthday party for all of his friends in seattle, or an adventure filled weekend at a campground. it was a hard decision, but he realized he loves to go camping. i agreed, we picked out the destination- chelan, the same place we went for true's 7th bday adventure. as it turns out, you need to book your campsite at chelan months upon months in advance. whoops. and as it turns out, you need to book any decent campground for the memorial day weekend months and months in advance. whoops again.
the errors turned out to be in our favor- the flying horseshoe ranch, the place aaron and i wed, had some openings.
we reserved two of those cute little bunk cabins...one for kids, one for adults. it worked out perfectly- the kids were free to be loud and tell stories and in general, be messy. the adults were free to sleep in later and go to bed later. our cabins were strategically placed close to the the fire pit.
it was so fun to see the ranch again and share the magic with our kids and their friends. there were lots of families and lots of kids...so we made lots of new friends. i honestly didn't see much of the children- they were off on adventure, safe in the acres of the ranch. we didn't need to set boundaries, and there were few rules that needed to be followed. there were horses and trails and ball courts, and fields and fields of grass-long and short. we rode bikes, we rode horses, we ate cake, we ate s'mores, we ate bacon. lots of all of that. we loved the impromptu drop in from the stonich clan, who stayed with us for another night and day at the ranch. having tina, gabe, ezno, jaxon, ethan, gus, dave jr, betsy, anne marie, dave and gigi for one big birthday dinner and party was really awesome. we can't wait to go back!
|the boys love to be read to. here, tina does the honors|
|getting ready for the ride! lots of boots to chose from|
|all booted and ready to ride horses for the first time!|
|true was nervous about this, but he had fun!|
|luca was a great little cowboy|