Last weekend we went up to Frazier Park, California to attend Frazierstock, hosted by Kevin's friend at his ranch home. It was a by invitation-only and we were truly honored to be a part of this fun-filled day. The day was loaded with kid-friendly activities, props, sports, arts, animals, music and food! I had a fabulous time with my friends and family. We snagged a front row camp spot close to the bandstand playing classic rock and the occasional country live music while watching our kids run around the big yard playing badminton (albeit Kyan and Micah were mostly trying to dig with the rackets or pretend they were rockets) in their too cute blue, pink and green masks playing monsters. Our neighboring camper's kid who was also Kyan and Sophie's age hung out with us all day. The 25-foot slip-n-slide also proved to be a big hit this year 3.5 year old Sophie and Kyan had a wonderful blast, totaling independent, holding their own amongst the bigger kids.
There were facing painting, a super fun swing hanging from a giant tree, a tie-dye station - this year's colors were purple and yellow, fitting of a Mardi Gras theme. Kyan wanted a blue dragon breathing hot fire from his mouth.
Here's Kevin raking the ground for our dear friends' campsite.
The boys somehow got roped into a volleyball match and it turned out to be the highlight and anxiety of my day, watching Kevin dig, paddle, set, block and basically do everything he could possibly do to injure himself and aggravated his sensitive lower back. Despite my apprehension, he made several great rallies and I was thoroughly impressed. I learned something new about my spouse.
Dinner time rolls around and the in-ground BBQ is extracted from its pit where its been smoking all day and everyone brings out their dish for the community pot-luck. I cut a chunk of lemon-lavender cake for us and put the rest out for the crowd to devour. Selam made my favorite Ethiopian curry and I'm glad I broke fast a few days ago for this meal.
After dinner the kids all resume more play.
The simple joys of playing on a dirt hill.
The band rocked on as the kids all went to bed listening to The Doors.
The next morning, breakfast was served buffet style with eggs, bacon and pancakes, croissants, muffins, morning pound cakes.
We had an amazing time as usual but this year was extra heart-warming because Kyan had his friends with him and we got to camp with Selam and Aron for the first time. It was truly fun, friends and family at Frazierstock and we've already marked our calendars for next year! Plus, last year, our friend took a great picture of Kyan and I, which I have been using as my profile picture so I need to come back each year for a through-the-years picture series of Kyan and I on this swing among the magnificent trees.
Thank you friends for hosting us and The Kassas for trusting and coming along with us on our adventures, creating these everlasting memories together. Let's do it again next year!