Monday, May 25, 2015

Camping, Lots of Fun, Lots of Work

We have a blast camping and think we have finally gotten the hang of it, going on our fourth year now. I'm not scared of bears attacking us in our sleep. Packing is a lot, but I have it down to a science by now. But, my fitbit doesn't lie.

The weekend before camping, I was getting everything ready. The goal on the fitbit is 10,000 steps a day. I hit that goal that day. I never left the house. That's just walking back and fourth getting stuff ready. Crazy.

This was my fitbit on Saturday. You know a nice day of relaxation in the woods. The lines each represent how many steps in a 15 minute period.

Yeah, 16,000 steps. I don't think I sat at all.

Then, comes the night time to rest. Yeah, doesn't look like I did a ton of that either. Every pink line is when I was awake or restless.

But, aside from all the work, it truly is lots of fun and we love going.

We went to the same place as we went last year, but this time, it was hailing when we got there. What? Luckily, there was only 2 tent families, so we went under the ramada. Everyone else, has a trailer.

And it was cold. Really cold, like my toes didn't warm up for 3 days cold. But, the kids didn't care.


There was lots of hot cocoa drinking.

And in between rain storms, we'd head in our tent for some family time.

We went on hikes.

And walked logs.

And we climbed lots of trees.

Noah loved to collect fire wood.


Our group of friends is girl heavy. Noah is a lucky guy.

We played hockey.

And during one rain storm, we let the girls go in our tent and play on ipads. Typically, it's a no electronic weekend, but it was only a few minutes.

Ben would walk around and come up with stories with himself as the hero. He called himself Indiana Ben. I don't even think he's seen the Indiana Jones movies, but I'll have to show them to him.

We played baseball.

And took Woody for a walk.


And we went to the lake. We didn't fish. It's not really our thing, but the water is pretty.

Noah threw rocks in the water.

And Ben jumped on logs.

Here's proof I was there.

Noah played tug of war with a rock.

Here's Dakri and Josh by the campfire.

I had read somewhere that roasting Starbursts was delicious. They were okay, but David came up with his own creation. An orange starburst roasted then stuffed in a marshmallow and roasted. Kind of like a creamsicle. He said it was good.


Someone brought sparklers for the kids. FUN!

The boys got a pound of bacon to themselves. They were happy.

Here's our friends trailer and our cooking area.

Noah with sweet Clara.

David took the boys on a walk and found this cool teeter totter tree. We had to go back. Emily's friend Alissa came with us.

There was more tree climbing.

Even Noah tried.

David his hiding behind the tree to catch him.

The teeter totter tree was so awesome, we took the Suttons there. Poor Alanah had a fever all weekend, so she'd come out when she was on a motrin high and then would be down and out for a few hours when it wore off.

We were supposed to spend three nights there. We woke up on Saturday and the forecast said rain and thunderstorms the entire day. It was cold and rainy that morning. We debated on what to do. We didn't want to try to pack up in the rain. I always say that two nights is good and just leave before dinner of the third night. What do you really miss? Dinner and a campfire. The next morning, we eat an easy cereal breakfast, pack up and are on the road by 9:30. So, early Saturday, we decided we'd leave that day, but we'd stay for as long as the weather would hold out. Turns out that it held out the whole day. It was actually sunny and warm out at some point. If I had a crystal ball, we would've stayed. But, it was really nice to come home and get a good nights sleep.

To make the kids happy, we decided at 4:30 to build a fire and make smores before we left. So, we did. Truly, that's all they really want with a campfire anyway.

While we were driving, I turned and found the kids like this. Something tells me they had plenty of fun.

It was glorious to shower and sleep in our beds and wake up fresh to tackle the mountain of laundry. David took care of the car which was a disaster. Everything is put away and waiting for our next camping 10 days. God help me.


Anonymous said...

Fun, fun, fun! Great pics! Looking forward to our "camping" trip! Now get some rest! Xo

Linda said...

LOVE all of your photos!!! :) Looks like a ton of fun!
And guess, what we ALMOST camped this weekend. ALMOST. It would have been my first time ever camping and staying in a tent, even if it was in the backyard of our friend's cousin's house. But.... Tony, the cousin, suggested to Jim that Jim and I could have a comfy bedroom inside the house and not have to set up our tent and it didn't take more than 5 seconds of convincing for Jim. So.... I still have never camped, LOL>

I can't get over the fact that it was cold there where you camped - here it was in the upper 80s this weekend and that weather pattern is continuing this week.

Love, Linda

Anonymous said...

We loved all the pictures and even though it was cold and damp it looked like you were all pretty active and making the best of what nature had to offer. I love that the kids are having that experience and having friends to share it with as well. We did lots of camping as kids but never were we there with anyone we knew. I was the one who got to sleep in the back seat of the car because I hated sleeping in the tent but never the less what we did during the day was always fun,mostly swimming and playing at a beach. We never really tented in the woods and only when Mom and Dad had a camper and later a motor home did we venture into unknown territory... (I was an adult by then) Anyway glad you all seemed to have a great weekend despite the weather and thanks for sharing.☼