Friday, August 27, 2010

Elevator Camp out

We are so blessed here in Colorado, with such amazing friends. We went on our first camping trip together as a group, this last weekend! We had such a great time! The only bummer part, was at the last minute, Erik found out he had to work overtime. It was very sad not having him there. But, more on that later!

The road we took to our camping spot! The trailer stayed attached this time, so all is good!

When the final destination is this, you don't mind a few bumps in the road!

A very exciting part of the weekend was when Abby caught her first fish. Actually, she caught two fish!!

Those little Barbie poles work great, especially when the pro's, Kellie and Jason, hook her up with an amazing lure.

Cooked that baby over the fire, yum!!

Abby isn't a huge fish fan, but she was such a good sport, when we told her she had to take at least one bite of the fish she caught! Ella finished it off for her!

Jason and Kellie brought their boat, it was a highlight of the weekend. All the kids had a blast! Thank you Seth for taking the little guy out! He saw this picture and started freaking out, "boat, boat, fun!"

Heather did piggy tales on all the girls!! Matty felt the need to be in the picture too!

While I was waiting for Ella to do her thing, I took this picture because I thought it was funny! It's not an easy trip to these outhouses , but apparently anyone can find them! I actually fell on my way back from using them, which isn't saying much considering I fall on perfectly flat ground, but really it was a hike to get to this outhouse.

I guess it's like the drive-up ATM machines. I looked it up on and the only reason there is Braille lettering on the drive-up ATM machines, is because it's cheaper to manufacture one kind of ATM, that can be used in all situations. There is no downside to doing so (other than it makes people scratch their heads and gives them something to talk about).

So now back to my elevator man. My guy is one of a kind. He has done some crazy things in his short life and this time is no exception.

Last weekend, while we were camping, he was working some long overtime hours. He has done this many times and it still blows my mind, how long he can go without sleep. I got a taste of it, when I drove across country with my mom and the kids. I was awake for thirty-four hours straight. Your body starts to do weird things with lack of sleep. I don't recommend it.

He had worked a seventeen hour day and decided it would be a good idea to stay the night. With the kids and I gone and the fact that it was already 11:30 at night, it just made sense to not make the hour commute.

Now, where to sleep was the question! The logical answer to that question, would be to utilize one of the rooms in the five diamond, Four Seasons hotel, or one of the multimillion dollar, high-rise condos. But, he got detoured. On his way up the elevator, a small malfunction in the operation room, caused it to come to a stop between floors. This trapped my dear husband, somewhere near the 22nd floor. Being to tired to deal with it any further, he scrounged up some bedding-like material, that was strewn about the elevator cab. He laid down in the small box, suspended in the air and passed out.

Bright an early, he broke out of the elevator, well rested, to commence his thirty hour day of work!! He's crazy! I am so thankful for my dedicated, hard working husband!

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Erik will be forgoing his cozy pile of elevator scraps for his warm, comfy Thermarest! Hopefully!!!

Same place, same peeps, a whole new set of camping memories!

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  1. Hey there,

    I'm here from BlogFrog's Follow Fridays.

    Love the blog.

    Your children sound so funny! Especially Ella. I cracked up regarding her first day in Kindergarten.

  2. What a great trip- and someone caught a fish!!! Looks like you created great memories for your kids. I love the sign (Road Damaged). It says a lot about life in general I think! Found you from blog frog. Great visiting!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog! your blog is adorable :) I also live in the rocky mountains. Have a great day

  4. Love the pig-tales pic! What a cute group.

    Great blog. I'm coming from BF's FF, but I will be back again!

  5. That sounds like a great trip! Your photos are really gorgeous (as are the subjects!).

  6. Visiting from BFFF... :)

    GORGEOUS photos!!! Those views are breathtaking! I live in the App mtns so 'my' mountains look much different. I would love to visit the Rockies.

    Have a great day!
    ~ ~

  7. Love the pig tails. Your husband is such a trooper, to simply lay down in the elevator and take a nap. I'm glad he got some sleep. You have a beautiful family.

    Have a great weekend.

  8. What a fun trip. Beautiful pics too.

  9. That's a pretty awesome day w/ the Barbie pole--- ROFL!

    ps- FF from BF. Have a great weekend!

  10. Stopping from Mom Loop! I can't believe he slept in the elevator. The fishing trip looks great!

  11. Hi, visiting from bgff. Love the blog. The story of your camping trip made me lol! Hope to see you @ my place.

  12. What lovely photos - such beautiful scenery! I found you via blogfrog, and I am now your newest follower! Cannot wait to read more. Stop by anytime - the coffee is always on!

  13. Looks like such fun! I found your blog at blogfrog and am now a follower. I hope you'll check out my blog and do the same! Look forward to getting to know you in blog world :)

  14. Poor guy!

    I wrote a post today too about camping this weekend in Colorado!