song: man on fire by edward sharpe & the magnetic zeroes


last weekend we took the kids on a much over-due camping trip. cedar has talked about camping for as long as i can remember & honestly, he & milo had become way too obsessed with tv (my fault cause i let them keep watching it) & i decided they needed a technology break asap. so with that, we loaded up the truck & headed out to torrey, utah & it was just what our family needed.

i had been to torrey once before but just stopped through, so camping there was pretty fun. i love the tiny town charm it has. we got there in the afternoon, set up camp & went out exploring what the tiny town had to offer us. we had promised cedar to make hot dogs & s'mores, but i was really feeling pizza so we stopped at a local pizza spot & ate dinner there while the kids played outside & then went back for our s'mores & cedars hotdog he wanted so badly (even though he already ate pizza).

we stayed up late making s'mores, telling camping stories & then wrestling the kids to sleep. when cedar was a baby we took him camping all the time & he was really great at it, still is! milo on the other hand is a whole different story. that kid is wild in all elements of his life. we tried him out first just in a sleeping bag & that wasn't working, so then we set up the mini crib we used to use for cedar when we camped & that definitely didn't work. we put him in the crib & cedar in his sleeping bag & left the tent to get them to go to sleep & milo just cried & cried while cedar sweetly tried singing him songs to make him happy. i think my heart would have literally melted if i wasn't so flustered with all of milos crying. after about 10 minutes of that nonsense austin & i threw the towel in & got in the tent with them & i held milo while he slooooooooowly fell asleep on my belly & cedars head somehow ended up on my legs. once milo was a sleep i was able to slide him into his crib & get a couple semi-decent hours of sleep in before he woke up crying because he was cold. the kid will not sleep with a blanket on him, so he kept waking up cold & i'd put the blanket on him & he'd be happy then all of a sudden it would be off. the boy is wild. eventually i just pulled him back with us where cedar had squeezed his way between austin & i on the air mattress that completely deflated during the night. sleep was not out strong point on this trip, that is for sure.

but the awake parts were worth it.

the next day we woke up, made pancakes, packed up camp & took a little drive around the area while we waited for winds to die down & temperatures to rise. once it was a little warmer we went into capitol reef national park. we stopped by the visitors center & decided to hike to the natural bridge. i was really proud of all the boys on the hike, aus carried milo in the pack which is no easy feat since he is the heaviest 2 year old, milo was happy as a clam the entire way & cedar walked the entire 2.6 miles. it was really impressive! i learned that as long as i kept asking him dinosaur questions he wouldn't think about how far we had gone or how tired he was, that & singing queen songs with him kept him going.

after the hike we had a picnic lunch & the kids ran around collecting more dirt. we also went to the gifford homestead for homemade pie & to hang with the horses. it was really so fun, the boys loved the whole experience.