We finally made the jump and took our first family camping trip with the kids! We love camping and have been anxious to go, although leery about how the kids would do. This weekend we took the plunge... It was just an overnighter down at Detroit Lake, Oregon - but perfect to get out feet wet (literally). A few days ago we visited the big G.I. Joes Annual Tent Sale (the man-version of Nordstrom's anniversary sale:-)) and picked up some new family-friendly gear, including a three room tent. LOL - when we packed up the back of the truck before leaving, we couldn't believe how much we ended up taking! Needless to say, we used everything we brought - this is much different then the days of Ryan and I going alone. :-) We also brought our niece Hadley along, as she is great entertainment for the kids (and us). Norah, Emerson and Hadley were great and we can't wait to camp again in a few weeks at the Butler Family reunion!
Things to remember...
A truck bed filled with things for just a one night trip
The mess three children can make with a licorice snack
Putting up a 3 room tent larger than our master bedroom
Emerson's obsession with the fire "HOT"!
Norah and Hadley paddling faaar out into the lake
Emerson signing ball over and over, as he pointed out each and every one of the floating markers
Emerson throwing rocks in the lake - and at his family
Ryan only planning on wading in, but then ending up drenched
Emerson's tent suite and port-a-crib
First family hot chocolate from and by the fire
S'mores made with Nilla wafers
Taking a night-time walk with Norah and Hadley - past the lake and with a stop at the amphitheater for an impromptu dance performance
"Scary" stories by Dad, Mom, Norah and Hadley
Cards by camplight with the girls
Jones' very own camp chair
An hour with Norah chattering away in the dark - and Hadley repeatedly telling her it was time to go to sleep.
Waking up early with Emerson and making breakfast over the fire for when the rest of the crew woke up.
The ride home taking a lot longer than the ride there!