July 19, 2010

Hume Lake Take 2

Well it's about time I update ye old blog. What a slacker. I really did want to post sooner, but could not justify shirking my responsibilities.

It was time for Hume again. So we packed{and repacked} our bags and typed our itineraries...

Ok, it was John who typed the itinerary. Isn't he so cute planning our little trip??

And off we went!

One of the biggest appeals to staying at Hume, are the constant reminders of God's glory.

I love these signs scattered throughout the camp. One of my favorite signs reads Proverbs 12:16: A wise man overlooks an insult.

I'm sure this verse could save many friendships!

We stayed in a perfect little cabin that suited our needs just right.

John took Finn and Calvin to see the Giant Sequoias, while I napped in the cabin with Ollie and Twain. Here is Finn's rendering.

And of course there was baseball. Lots of baseball at Meadow Ranch.

My little team in the cute dugout.

Ollie preferred to feed Twain than play ball.

Hume was so good for Ollie--it brought out his spirit of adventure once again.

Ollie has been scared of the outdoors lately. At Hume, he returned to his old self and was escaping every chance he got.

Upon returning home, Ollie is no longer afraid of our backyard(he had been boycotting our backyard since the sprinklers went off on him)! Hume is just therapeutic.

I wanted to spend more time trying to figure out the lighting in this cool green bathroom hallway, but people would have found that creepy, no?

Besides, it's a crime to spend too much time indoors when the weather is so beautiful.

One of the biggest treats was hanging out with a very special girl.

Ally and Aaron were lodging just up the street from us. If you know Ally, you consider yourself blessed. Ally is beautiful inside and out. She is one of those rare gems that really cares about helping other people. Plus she's super fun and incredible with kids. She truly inspires me to get down on the floor to read to my kids more.

Her family is beautiful and I love them all so much.

They accompanied us to Boyden's cave.

Ever been inside a cave?

The very instant I stepped inside the cave I thought "Oh...no..."(Think Phoebe Buffay from Friends. That's exactly how it sounded in my head--Oh...no...).

The claustrophobia was suffocating.

There, in front of my friends and wee brave family, I was gonna have to chicken out. Every one was gonna know I was a skeerdy cat. And I thought the Nemo ride was bad. Ollie and I stuck together at the yellow-gated-entrance(going in...out...in...out....in...out) while the rest of our party forged ahead into tight, dark cavernous spaces. I admire their bravery. Truly, I do.

I really wish I brought my camera because{from what I saw} it was truly enchanting.

Here is Calvin's sketch.

See? Enchanting! And you get bonus points if you can spy Calvin's bat. (yes, there was a real live bat at the entrance to the cave.)

Finn and Hannah totally hit it off. They were constantly huddled together over rocks and sticks.

We got to borrow Hannah from time to time. She might just be a keeper.

Yep she's a keeper alright. I will have to invite you to their wedding.

At Grizzly Falls.

Strangers watched in awe as I photographed Twain's tumble...and subsequent drama-queen display.

Sundays at Hume are kind of special. They hold a big church service in Ponderosa Chapel for all to enjoy. Unfortunately, I took too long getting ready that morning and was left behind watching a certain mischievous Oliver and Twain.

My punishment?

I had to watch them go up&down&up&down&up&down&up&down the cabin stairs ad nauseum. Oh it was punishment indeed.

Stairs kind of scare me. I have mental images of my boys tumbling to their doom. We tried gates earlier in the week, but they seemed to create even more treacherous conditions.

It was time to let the boys learn to climb stairs. I figured the more they practiced the better they would get. And besides, I am trying very hard not to be such a freakazoid helicopter mom. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

We are still celebrating our fat little ankles...

and oozing pudgey ooey gooey baby goodness. (does anyone find it odd that we liken our babies to Cinnamon rolls?)

Our last night at the Hume dock.

We could stay here all summer.

And now, off to pack our bags for a day-trip to Yosemite. Weee!


  1. I love that fact that you are wearing jewelry...chunky bead even though you are "Camping". Such handsome guys you have!

  2. wow..such a beautiful place!!!!!

    love the pics!!

    and..i seriously can't believe twain is getting so big...is it just me?!

  3. What a fun family trip. I miss Hume so much...so many awesome memories from up there. Thanks for all the reminders in your photos!

  4. I'm with Kara. I was thinking, she even accessorizes her tee shirt and jeans while camping! Love the photos - especially the one of Twain at the picnic table. Perfection.

  5. I love love love Hume! I have so many found memories of going there every summer from when I was like 2 to 22 :) I miss it and you pics captured it so well...makes me want to go there now! I am glad you got to go have a wonderful time with your family..those are the memories they will treasure!

  6. Ah yes, I love to wear my yellow cholie beads every chance I get...but now that you mention it, I feel pretty silly wearing a necklace camping:) Though Hume seems more like vacation than camping!

  7. I have the best memories of Hume Lake...so jealous of that trip. Looks like a blast.

  8. We are taking our kids for the first time next month (well, Ella has been but can't hardly remember it). Your pictures have me so excited. Except we are camping - at the campground with no showers and no hook ups - and that is what has me very askeered. :)

  9. I want to go to there. Next summer, next summer I shall. And maybe we can overlap?? =) and Ally too!!!

  10. Davi, looks like you guys had a great time! Love the pics of you guys with Ally's crew, especially the ones of Finn and Hannah. Looks like a wonderful place to spend vacation. We may have to try it next year too!

  11. ahh...I heart Hume...

    I still have very serene and lovely dreams of that place from time-to-time.

    there's really no other place like it, is there?

    hope you had a milkshake at the snack shop by the lake...

  12. Fun! Love Twain's cute shoes! You're so brave to go on another trip after this one...

  13. I grew up going to Hume and it holds SO many special memories :) One of my best friends lived up there and we attended multiple family camps throughout the year ever since I can remember. And Wagon Train too! I've yet to take my own family but think about it every year, it's just SO beautiful up there! This looks like such a fun trip, I loved seeing all of your photos :D

  14. I love your pictures as usual!!! I have got to learn how to use the lighting better like you do. We love going to camp at Grant's Grove and going in to Hume to hang out and swim at the cove......we have some great memories there also. Sounds (and looks) like you guys had a great time!

  15. so fun! we loved getting to see you and your crew! i look forward to planning finn / hannah's wedding with you! :)

  16. I loved your post of Hume Lake. It brings back so many memories of John being there. God has truly blessed him to be able to take a trip back with four handsome sons and a beautiful wife. Those are memories that last forever. Your photos are so incredible. Great job. Thanks for sharing....what fun.

  17. oh.my.goodness. these are soooo adorable! i adore both of the family photos and the picture of finn gazing at his cute little friend are priceless. this made me want to go to family camp...

  18. oh.my.goodness. these are soooo adorable! i adore both of the family photos and the picture of finn gazing at his cute little friend are priceless. this made me want to go to family camp...

  19. your photos are always so wonderful.

  20. Hume looks amazing! Love the itinerary. Your hubby is very organized! Glad you all had fun and enjoyed a little break from every day life.