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June 14, 2009 / kristieinman

>A family weekend in the woods

>We loaded up the kids and set out for our well anticipated family camping trip!We got 3/4 of the way and had to stop due to vehicular problems. So we camped at a RV site that stopped tent camping, but felt sorry for us and let us set up out back with the mosquitoes.

When I was going through the 570 photos (no joke) taken this weekend I had to do a double take on the faces of Bill and Harrison shooting the sling shot.They were aiming at water bottles – no water bottles were hurt during the filming:-)The next morning Bill was able to take the van in. He thought our transmission was shot (for the third time…). It ended up being a tire problem. We went to Tire Barn in Muncie a week ago to get some tires we had from another vehicle put on our van after they assured us the tires were fine. yeah right! So then we headed out to Brown County State Park!We had a sign like this not far from our home in Colorado. We didn’t know they could be green! They were usually red (high) and sometimes orange (moderate).I was totally amazed with Danni’s ability to keep up on the hike, we hiked over 3 miles, and a lot of the trails were ‘rugged’. (no we didn’t get lost, much to the kids’ dismay) She never once complained, asked to rest or be carried. Enoch also was perfect, he didn’t fuss at all!The kids got to play Tarzan for a bit with a vine they found hanging down!The head water to Ogle lake was so refreshing. Danni didn’t hear that they weren’t supposed to drink the water until it was too late – no parasites yet!
After that exhausting hike the kids played at the playground…then we walked around Nashville and got some very yummy ice cream…then we found a YMCA to get cleaned up at and went to the Indian Heritage Art show (IHA) that Bill was juried into AND won an award!The kids were such amazing troopers! It was a very long day and after we arrived home that night (around 10:30) we made them clean out the van and put everything away so Bill and I would be ready to leave early the next morning for the Zionsville Paintout.Bill got up on just a few hours sleep and set out on the garden tour that artists were welcome to attend and paint at. He did not only one amazing piece, but two! The juror for the show was Todd Reifers (click on his name to see his stuff…he was a major winner at the IHA show!)

He has great taste – Bill won the paint out!! You can see the blue ribbon on his easel.

It was a wonderful and exhausting weekend. Thanks for enduring all the pics, I had a hard time deciding what to post!

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  1. Wendy / Jun 14 2009 9:13 pm

    >Looks like a wonderful trip! You've made me yearn for a trip to Brown County.

  2. JoEllen / Jun 15 2009 2:25 am

    >First of all, congratulations to Bill for his awards! That is awesome!!Secondly, I love family camping trips. Go Danni! What a great hiker she is. I love the picture of all of you sitting on the steps/trail. That would be great for a Christmas card. I love the picture of Enoch crawling out of the tent too. What a cutie.Looks like you guys had a great trip!

  3. cate / Jun 15 2009 2:28 am

    >Great job Bill! I love all the pictures from camping, I'm glad the trip turned out even with the car trouble. We had those fire danger signs in Idaho too. They were only green in the middle of winter with snow on the ground.

  4. Kim E / Jun 15 2009 10:04 am

    >I'm always amazed at how digital pictures just pile up.

  5. Erika / Jun 15 2009 1:10 pm

    >So fun! What a great family trip!!! I love photos. Honestly, I think that's one of my favorite parts of postings (which I'm sure is obvious when it comes to my own blog!). Congrats to Bill!

  6. Charitons / Jun 15 2009 1:43 pm

    >You guys are such a fun family! The pictures made me a teensy jealous of all your greenery. What a busy weekend. We went camping with only one small little girl and I am pooped!

  7. Anonymous / Jun 16 2009 4:54 am

    >Congratulations to Bill for the wonderful creative work. sounds like family had a great time ….sorry about the car troubles. Sounds like one of my trips! Love Ya, Aunt Kathleen

  8. Family / Jun 21 2009 3:19 am

    >Please tell me you did not go to Nashville TN and not stop and see us!!!! Fun trip! Great job on the wonderful painting Bill.

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