Okay, despite my recent post about Camping with Kids, I really do enjoy camping with my large family. That is, I enjoy all the parts that are not completely miserable. And that’s actually quite a few.
This annual trip is made with our Boy Scout troop and river rafting is always one of the main events. This year Chuck decided that I would go river rafting…he didn’t really ask, which was great. I love a man who takes charge and sends me on awesome adventures! He also signed up Kalina and Enoch was already slated to go with his troop.
As I watched my daughters struggle, persevere and work together to erect their tent, it made me think of all the ads and media exposure about girls and self-esteem. I am a firm believer that positive self-esteem comes from hard-work, overcoming obstacles and facing our fears. It is a by-product of these challenges, not something we can instill in our children by passing out ribbons and applauding every small action.
The ever-amazing and handsome Owen came wandering into our tent site. For those of you who don’t know, Owen was born dead. Yes, you read that right. Once he was revived (and crashed a few more times) the doctors recommended that his parents cease treatment. He’ll be five later this month and has his share of medical issues, but he’s also a huge blessing to his family.
After river rafting, we headed into Leavenworth to walk around a bit.
Well, that’s what Chuck and I were doing.The kids were actually just walking around and biding their time until we took them to the Taffy Shop.
Once we arrived they started acting like kids in a candy store…
And, one of the most parts of this trip….Avi turned nine years old! We haven’t had a party yet for her or Apollo. Hopefully soon…like this weekend if I ever manage to get my act together and plan something…
And you may enjoy this video I put together which includes footage Enoch took while rafting through rapids (he wedged the camera in his life jacket) and a funny story by Tucker.
You may want to read about past Wenatchee River Rafting trips. 2009 Part 1, 2009 Part 2, <— this was the year we took 13 kids camping! 2013 Part 1, 2013 Part 2 <—–BEN! was with us on our trip last year!