Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Birthday Camping (7/20)

I'm so behind on my blog! Back in July we went camping for my birthday. I think it took everyone by surprise that I mentioned doing that for my birthday. Drew and I hadn't been camping since I was pregnant with Autumn. So it was long over due to give it a try.

On Fri. my family went up and got to the campgrounds early in the afternoon.
Autumn was really excited.

 It was the second to last weekend of summer before school started so all the campgrounds were pretty packed. Drew immediately set up the tent, we ate lunch which was sandwiches and chips, and we got everything situated right before it started raining.

We all went into the tent and talked, played games, and at one point Autumn asked us all to be quiet and she immediately passed out and slept for an hour and a half. Thank goodness for technology because that kept the younger 2 totally entertained.

We just hung around waiting for everyone else to get up there. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and gorgeous weather.

Mark and Christy's family arrived at the campsites around dinner time. We grilled hamburgers and hung out. Drew made his dutch oven peach cobbler and we used that as my birthday cake.

 It was really fun to have campsites right next to each other. The kids had so much space. We built a great fire, and while all the other adults tried to put kids to bed I watched the fire go out and when it started to rain I went into the tent.

It rained the whole night, and I was miserable. I got maybe 2 hours of sleep. Thankfully my kids slept till 7/7:30 and were all in really good moods.

In the morning Mark made pancakes and bacon, and they also brought donuts and cantaloupe.

We tried to take pictures of all the kids, but a few weren't having any part of that.

 This one is my favorite. The next picture speaks for itself, I love the faces on each of my kids:

Then we went "fishing." Well Drew went fishing and the rest of us watched the kids splash and play. Or if your Mark, he sunbathed.

 Cannon came, he helped keep the kids entertained. They loved throwing sticks in the water and watching him swim back with them.

 These boys are so imaginative. They were putting their sticks in the water and pulling them out quick and said they were fishing.
We went back to the campgrounds and we ate lunch and then packed up our site. While Drew was loading the van these two boys found something very entertaining to do. It grossed me out, but boys will be boys.


 I wouldn't consider myself sold on the idea of camping but I did have more fun and enjoyed myself more than I thought I would. If I could sleep in a tent and on an air mattress then camping would be awesome. I am so thankful to have some family near by and have them join us camping. It would've been much more boring with out them.


Christy said...

I want your camera! All those pictures are so cute!

Rebel said...

I LOVE the pictures! They are wonderful! I miss your kids so much! I wish Brooklyn and Bailey (& Ben!!) could play together. I bet she would have a blast. It looks like y'all had a blast!

Cindy Ardis said...

Oh my gosh! I love those pictures! What fun, you did a great job capturing it!