Wednesday, August 5, 2009

camping is not for the weak

I will definitely say that camping is not for everyone. I once heard a woman we know say that her idea of camping is the Holiday Inn. And I would say that for those who feel that way....STAY AT THE HOLIDAY INN. LOL. It is a lot of hard work and it isn't fun every minute. But if you know what you are doing and you are able to work hard and still find joy in it, it's definitely worth the trouble.

We had a day where the kids did nothing but cry and we had 12 hrs of constant rain (thankfully it was over-night), but we still had fun. Maria FINALLY peddled her bike by herself. Both of the girls went in chest-high into the water and LOVED it. (which for some reason they never do at their Grandma's pool). They built sandcastles and played at the playground. Aunt Val taught the girls some Volleyball. Aunt Erin and Aunt Mel walked Jackson all over in his stroller. We had hobo pies and smores, and we melted styrofoam plates with steaks. I actually managed to get Josh to spend an hour with me playing cards and I read half of a book (Lord only knows when I will have the time to read the other half though lol). The tent didn't leak amidst all the rain...and MUD underneath. Josh did a little fishing (and a little "non-fishing" with the girls lol) By the end of the trip Josh actually said "I don't want to leave, I'm having too much fun." In the weeks leading up to the trip he was quite a fan of the phrase "this is gonna suck". So I was really surprised he loved it so much and was bugging me all the way home about when we were going to go again. I call that a success! I swear I have lots of pics, I just can't seem to get them uploaded onto my computer b/c my free 2 yrs of photoshop is up. So you will have to be patient with me.


Tricia said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation. Joe and I are "those people" who want to camp at the Holiday Inn. I enjoy the campfires, and water, but when it comes to sleeping... I like a bed. I commend you for taking your whole family camping. Now you need a vacation to rest from that, huh?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see that you had fun! We're looking forward to seeing you this weekend :)

Kara said...

I LOVE camping.. minus the work.. when we were in wisconsin.. we showed up and the trailer was already set up, sewer, electric, everything.. so it was nice! but its all worth it to experience the outdoors and 'quality' time with your family in a small space. would love to do it again!! glad you had a great time!

Danifred said...

Pre-kids, I used to camp all the time. I can't imagine taking the kids yet though. You are a brave, brave woman!