The Anderson's FINALLY went camping! We have thought about it, talked about it, planned for it, but never done it - until now. This past weekend we went camping with several of our dear friends. It truly was a great weekend, and our sweet kids blew us away as they played hard, slept well, and LOVED camping! Camping with a 3 year old and an 11 month old might not be easy, but it is SO much fun! Our kids were troopers - seriously, they were amazing! The Sweeneys, Schillingers, and Rhodes camped as well, and all of the kids (and adults) had a blast! On our way home on Sunday, we detoured to the Timpanogos Cave and hiked to the top to tour the caves. It was fun to have such a great shared experience with such dear friends! We look forward to more weekends like this one!
Kickin' it by the fire. (Notice Cameron's feet. This is what their entire bodies looked like by the end of the weekend.)
That is one cute camper!
This one too! I could eat them up!
Bridal Veil Falls near Provo, Utah. We hiked around at the bottom.
Brothers from different mothers!
When you gotta' go, you gotta' go.
One of the many great views of the weekend.
Saturday morning breakfast: fried eggs, bacon, and hashbrowns. YUM!
The hot breakfast cook!
Yep, they are all with us!
We (adults and kids) hiked 1100 feet to get to the entrance of the caves.
Inside the cave! Peanut, don't touch!
Some Sweeney (boys) and Rhodes (girls) children! Pretty stinkin' cute!
Another amazing view from the weekend. The coolest moth I have EVER seen.
The Andersons are so blessed to have The Jones family in our lives. We say all the time how we can't imagine living life without Pete and Jenny (and Parker and Easton). Rob and Pete have been friends since childhood when they played together on the same baseball team. That led to an inseparable high school friendship, and despite the fact that Rob went to Tech and Pete went to A&M, a close college relationship as well. Who knew they would then end up in Park City, Utah together one day. We continue to hear stories (some better left untold) about their shared experiences and life lived together. The stories are endless involving football games, off campus lunches, late nights, road trips (including hitch hiking to Vegas), hunting and fishing trips, Sundance tales and the many stories from the Park City bachelor pads the two shared. (This was before they lucked out and married two amazing women. Seriously, who did the laundry and cleaning back in those days?!)
So, it makes sense that Rob and Pete would have sons that love (and hate, at times, especially when one has a toy the other wants) each other. These two little boys have a very special relationship. It is sweet, and one I hope they will have forever. When apart, they talk about each other and wonder what the other is doing. When we pretend to talk on the phone, it's Parker we call. When we drive into town, it's Parker's house we see, when we do something fun, it's Parker who would like it as well. When we eat something good, it's Parker who likes it too. And when we say our prayers, it's Parker who is always mentioned. (He usually comes after the bouncy houses, but he's mentioned nonetheless.)
My prayer is that this bond is one that will last a lifetime - just like their dads. We can do without some of the near death, totaling trucks, hot tubs during Sundance experiences their dads shared, but celebrate the new experiences these two will share in the years to come! We love you Parker!