We've been having fun. On Labor Day Friday we planned to go camping, but I called ahead to the nearby national forest and they said their campground were full. So we did the next best thing: we set up the tent in our backyard and roasted marshmallows over hot coals. The kids thought it was all sorts of fun but the 5-man-tent was in no way fit for 5 people, even with three of them being small, and Chris and I ended up shoved in the corners. But when I woke up way too early and saw my whole world all in one tent, it was pretty sweet. We also hit an Idaho Vandals volleyball game. Chris's cousin Alyssa plays on the team and it was so fun to go cheer her on. This past Saturday Chris took the kids on the city bus (all of which have Washington State Cougars painted on them, so the kids call them "Cougar Bus") up to spend some time on campus and get ice cream. Quinn will tell you all about "me sissy daddy John-boy red cougar bus mama stay paint door blue." She's a story teller, that one. Carly also got invited to a birthday party for a friend at school. They welcomed John and Quinn and all three got to dress up like pirates and go on a treasure hunt. Its a simple life, but its the kind of simple we've been looking forward too.
The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and life on the Palouse is good.