Geerlinks’ Family Camping 2014- photo dump

In an attempt to do one final Geerlinks’ family camping 2014 post, I’ve just put the last of the great camping photos here. Forgive the large number of photos; its the picture hoarder in me (affectionately named so by my dear husband).

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Two-on-one Grandma and Grandpa to Annika time. There may be lots of grandkids now but moments were seized whenever possible for intentional time.

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The whole group of us. How we’ve added to our numbers over the past three years!

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Grandpa found this seat for us. Cousin moments.

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We played together… urgh… sometimes tackled each other… urgh… Isaiah tackled Ezekiel more but watch out Isaiah… he’s bigger!

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Matching

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Love her to pieces

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Mommy time– Sarah relaxing and holding her precious baby

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Just another day at the beach

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Crawling straight into the water

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Kids bath time at camp. Aunt Krista, Aunt Amanda and Uncle Bradley had the production line going.

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Adult play time… keep away with the frisbee

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Annika’s first canoe ride. She got in on the last few minutes after Mommy and Daddy had a little date. Each day a different couple got to go for a canoe ride while the Aunts/ Uncles/ Grandparents babysat.

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A typical afternoon at the site. Babies in the dining tent to keep them away from the bugs. Have arms- will fill.

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Every day nap time on the camp site. These two strollers were almost constantly in use with some combination of babies sleeping in them.

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Daddy’s playing ladder ball with their babies attentively supervising.

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Games time with the Daddy’s

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Annika got more and more comfortable with Uncle Bradley this week of camping and by the last day was even excited for him to throw her in the air, exclaiming “again, again” each time it ended.

Overall it was an amazing camping trip. Pulling off a week of camping and all the corresponding food and gear for 11 adults and 4 kids was quite the feat, but it worked out so well and was an amazing gift to have the time together. We are looking forward to next summer already.

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Beach Days- camping 2014

With the weather getting cooler it’s just a reminder that I need to keep looking at our beach pictures from this summer to remember the amazing times had.

On our family camping trip this summer, I think we were able to go to the beach every single day. For a summer that’s been full of below average temperatures and lots of rain, that’s saying a lot. Really our week of camping seemed to be one of the best weather weeks of the summer! DSC_3535Isaiah came alive playing in the sand. He enjoyed eating fistfuls of sand. My hope was that after doing that once or twice he would be discouraged by the texture and not do it again; wishful thinking Mom. He kept going back for more.

DSC_3681DSC_3559DSC_3690Annika loved playing at the beach and got much more brave with her swimming this summer. She was very excited to jump off the dock to someone treading water beneath her.

DSC_3688DSC_3694The adults took turns watching kids and playing games or reading books. Such a relaxing place to be!

DSC_3568DSC_3498I look back on the photos with great fondness of many beach memories. Looking forward to next summer already.

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Nine Months

Nine months ago yesterday Isaiah came into this world and we got to meet this little man that would be joining our family. It’s crazy to think that finally we’ve known him outside the womb as long as we “knew” him inside. It feels like he’s been around forever! DSC_4608During Isaiah’s eighth month he learned many new things. Here are three of the highlights of this month.

1. On Aug 28, Isaiah’s first tooth broke through on the bottom left! It feels like a big accomplishment since he’s been “working” on this since four months old. It looks like the one beside it might follow close behind. DSC_4560

2. This month Isaiah has completely become interested in books. It’s amazing to watch him so enthralled in the story. He turns the pages willingly, almost with a swat of his hand. He has two books that he likes most of all. “The Little Blue Truck” and “Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes”. Mommy or Daddy could easily recite either if asked. Before bed we read Isaiah stories. He now knows that the basket beside the glider has his books. He will nearly dive out of our arms to peek into the basket in anticipation of the next story to be read.

3. Earlier this month I put Isaiah in the swing at the park and gave him a push. He fully broke out in giggles. It had been a while since we were at the park and I think he forgot how much fun the swings can be. Since then we’ve been making it more of a habit to be there and Isaiah sure loves it.

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Isaiah’s giggles have turned to full out laughs this month. He brings so much joy to our home. We are crazy in love with you little boy.

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Ergo Time

One of many “flashback-to-camping” posts:

With three babies under seven months on this trip, Ergo’s were in high demand. Babies were carried to and from the beach in them, were rocked to sleep in them, and were just plain held in them so mommies/ daddies/ aunties could have free hands for the other many tasks of camping with a group our size. Here’s the photo journey of these well used items.

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There were so many more “Ergo” moments not recorded on camera. Krista, Eric, Bradley, Jon… these Mommies and Daddies got their “Ergo time” in as well.

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