We survived. We took all of the boys camping and we lived to tell about it. In fact, we thought it was so fun that we want to do it again. Can you believe it?! We spent two days camping at Plaskett Creek twenty or thirty miles south of Big Sur and it was beautiful. Both Steve and I were a bit nervous about taking the kids camping since, as you know, we have three very small boys all under age four but, we were surprisingly pleased with how it turned out. Since it was our church's annual campout, we had wonderful company and there was no shortage of fun things to do. Caleb managed to get himself covered head to toe in dirt within the first ten minutes. This picture doesn't even do it justice. He seriously looked like a soldier camouflaged for deep battle in the jungle. I'd already wiped off most of the dirt at this point. He is a magnet for these things. We started off the trip with a caravan drive down with our good friends and neighbors. After setting up camp, the boys ran around until dinner time. There were so many places to explore and visit. My friend Allison and I were novice campers (meaning we hadn't taken our families camping yet) and so we both lamented all of the things we forgot to bring once we got there. Luckily, what she forgot, I brought and vice versa. You've got to start somewhere huh! At least we brought firewood and matches. This lovely couple came up to us as we were leaving and asked if they could have some matches since they forgot theirs. However, I couldn't be too judgmental being as though I forgot to bring any sort of bowl and also a huge pot. I had this little tiny pot to boil water in. It was pretty sad. Needless to say, however, we had a great time. It was so fun to sit around the campfire and talk. We learned even more about our friends as they told us stories about their life before children and we had some good laughs.
We also had such a fun time getting to know the people from our church more. It always seems hard to talk much to people after church because the kids are running in opposite directions and we usually have to leave on the earlier side since both of our younger two take naps. So it was just nice to be able to chat with people over dinner or while the children played.
These are the after pictures. I think that everyone was quite pleased with how things went.
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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