Sunday, May 4, 2008

Back from our Maiden Voyage.....

It is Sunday afternoon and we are back from our very first camping trip as a family..... EVER. It was so much fun, we all had such a blast. Some of the highlights included playing candybar Bingo, riding on the hayride, playing with the fire, Smores, and Uncle Bubba's treasure hunt.

The weather, which was supposed to be totally crappy and rainy all weekend, was nearly perfect! Friday could not have been better. Saturday was dry (YAY!) but a bit on the chilly side. We layered up and stayed close to the campfire and all was right in the world. Sunday, again, could not have been better weather-wise. All in all I think there were a total of 40 or 50 rain drops the entire weekend, and they came while we were sleeping.

The girls did great in the pop-up (well, that is, if you consider waking up at 6AM giggling every morning great). They liked sleeping in different beds each night and didn't really mind that there weren't computer games to play or movies to watch (even though I did bring the portable DVD player and 6 movies JUST.IN.CASE.)

Daisy-dog was her normal chipper self (I think she slept 40 of the 42 hours that we were there).

Our campsite couldn't have been better. It was on a corner and we didn't have anyone camping next to us the entire time we were there. It was very quiet. From our site we could see the playground, which meant that the girls got to feel "SO BIG" because they could go to the playground by themselves without mommy and daddy tagging along. That meant mommy and daddy could unpack, set-up, cook, or just relax for a few minutes in peace and quiet. Mental note: always book site 12. Site 12 rocks. Hard.
Here are a few shots from the weekend:

This is our new camper all popped-up and ready for action, I am really enjoying it already! She is just the right size and an all around great gal. :)

A monkey on the monkey-bars.

Jen being sweet for 3.7 seconds. Then she snapped out of it.

My brother (Uncle Bubba) and his fiance (Christina or Tina for short) joined us Saturday and Sunday which added to the camping fun! Here is Jen taking a ride on Bubba's shoulders. There is a funny story about why we call him Uncle Bubba (his real name is Alex), which I will save and share in another blog entry. Stay tuned.

A shot I got of Jen just after she either:

A.) saw a bug.
B.) realized that we were staying the night with the bugs and not just turning around and going home.
C.) realized that there were bugs. Everywhere.

Steph playing candybar Bingo. Nope, we didn't win. Some 50 year old lady who bought like 15 cards won. Way to steal the thunder from a game that is supposed to be "for the kids". I hope she enjoyed all of her Kit-Kat's and Snickers.

Ron stuck in the train on the playground.

My sweet Stephanie.

All in all a great weekend. We are all exhausted right now but are looking forward to our next trip 3 weeks from now.....which is farther away and much longer in length (5 days and 4 nights!) Can't wait to see the face Jenny makes when she see's the kinds of bugs they have at Otter Lake...............



Anonymous said...

Andrea - Just wanted to tell you how much I love your journaling. Puts the reader (me) right there in the moment. I love your McDonald's story especially. And the description of Jenny and the bugs... ha ha. That one really had me laughing. In all, it sounds like you and your crew had a great time Camping - one of my all-time favorite summer things to do... Thanks for sharing with us.
- (other) Beth
PS: Missed seeing you at the crop yesterday - maybe next time.

Marlene said...

Yay!! So glad you had a great time on your maiden voyage! The pics are great. We all missed you at the crop, but totally understand that quality family time trumps even an all-day crop. ;)

Alex said...

Thanks for letting "Tina" and I crash in the pop-up. We need at least one more trip before the summer is over. Im glad you take pictures, I totally forgot to get my camera out the entire trip. Hopefully you have some of yourself and Tina!

psucolleen said...

oh man that picture of Jen is hysterical! Love reading of your adventure and glad the rain was held back to only about 50 drops! And there's that elusive brother you always speak so highly of.. all kids deserve an uncle like that. And love the picture of Ron on the train! Looking forward to seeing/hearing more of the adventures through your pages.

And poo on the "old" (ahem I'm less than 7 years from that!!!) lady who stole the bingo thunder. I hope she gets an extra cavity just for that!

Rachael said...

Sounds and looks wonderful!!! Glad you had such a great time!!! Lovin' the pics!!

stuffie said...

Glad you had such a great time! Love the pic of the kids hanging on the swing set...

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