Friday, August 14, 2009

Off to the Sequoias

We're heading out again this morning for our annual trek to church family camp near Sequoia National Park.

It's our favorite event of the year (seriously, right up next to Christmas!), and it was almost canceled this year. The boys start asking about when we're going back as soon as we get home. We've thought about spending a whole summer working at camp when the boys are old enough.

They love waking up and heading outside to the trees and fresh air, spending all day exploring and playing outside. I love that, and the fact that I'm not responsible for meals, and follow them around with my camera, or just sit by the campfire and knit and visit our fellow campers. Every year I come back and wonder how I could make home more like camp...

This year I was inspired to make them field bags for taking with us on our walks along the nature trails around camp. They were very easy, and I finished them up yesterday just in time. (I need a deadline for this kind of thing!)

I used two pairs of capris that don't fit me anymore (ahem, must have been the dryer...) to make four bags. I needed my own, too, of course! I was honestly surprised at just how much they liked the idea when I was done with them. I filled them with notebooks and colored pencils, glue sticks and baggies, just in case.

It's funny, I've been reading a lot of Charlotte Mason and nature study blogs this summer, and making sure we save time for outdoor exploring in the next "school" year. But really, the boys were born naturalists. Eldest may not like to draw, but he keeps a notebook of every creature and plant he's ever seen and heard the name of in his head.

So, the bags are less for inspiration, and more a practical solution to the problem of "Mom, will you hold this pinecone for me?"

As if that were really a "problem"!


~Bobbi~ said...

Love those bags! Have a wonderful trip. We've been wanting to get to the Sequoia's. That's so bad considering we don't live that far from there!

Melinda said...

Have a great time guys!! I love those bags, Amanda. Very creative way to use up your old pants. You're a great sewer!

Lisa said...

Wow! Those bags are so awesome!

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Amanda, you are becoming quite adept at using my sewing machine. Your bags are too sweet!

Toni said...

those are really nice bags. Sound like a fun and amazing time at the camp enjoy:-) The idea of volunteering all summer would be awesome, hope you do that some day.

Have a fun time:-)

Bona Fide Mama said...

nice! love the bags!

mandi said...

ooo- can't wait to hear all about your time! i love family camp...wish my church would do it annually.
the bags are great! i've seen them and have thought to make some now that we are official charlotte masoners. whatever that means... the official part, i mean.
last thing- i think your idea to work at a camp all summer is fantastic! do it!

Lori said...

love your bags! :^)

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