March 3, 2011

Camping With Kids

Saturday and night we camped up the road.  Like literally 5 miles from our house.  It's the perfect place - playground, water and electric, bath house, picnic tables.  With all the stuff we brought we weren't exactly roughing it.  We did sleep in a tent tho!

We got a group of 10 adults and 4 kids together.  The families with kids had one campsite and the other 4 adults had their own quiet campsite.  I'm sure they appreciated it :)

Here's our group of families with kids (Minus Peyton, she left my care around 4pm.  There's no way I was going to attempt having her sleep in a tent.  The five hours I had her out there wore me out!).  We all met in marriage counseling class at church just before we all got married.  That was 8 years ago.  The moms stayed at home with the kids for the first few years so our kids have known each other pretty well since they were born.  This trip was a little bittersweet because one of these couples is moving far away come summertime.  We're SO sad to see them go!  So glad we made these memories.
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These kids haven't played together much in the last year or more because of moms now working and kids having preschool during the week.  They didn't miss a beat.  To say they had a ball would be an understatement.  They've never been so dirty in all their lives!
air mattress with a leak = mini bounce house

They ran wild and free!
wild and free

They were so cooperative when I asked to take a picture.  In the crook of the tree you'll see the bird nest they built.  Who knew there were so many things to do in the woods.  They were easily entertained without our involvement most of the day.  These three have ten months between the oldest and youngest.
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This is a first - all 5 kids together!  And happily posing!
a first...all 5 of them

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Love It.
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a favorite
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It's amazing to me how girls know other girls.  These two bonded over the leaves.  K would pick up a handful and drop them and Peyton copied almost instantly.  They did this forever.
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We made dinner on the grill and over the fire (no picture of that one).
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S'mores in a fish basket.  That's the way to go!
s'mores made in a fish basket

A movie under the stars. I told ya we weren't roughing it.  Gotta keep these kids entertained!
movie under the stars

The kids slept until about 6:45am.  We made breakfast, packed up and were home by 11am and napping by noon.  Ha!
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I have more pictures to share that don't have so much to do with camping even though they were taken while we camped.  I'll save those for later.


1 comment:

Kristine said...

Looks so fun!! Love the picture of the kids in the tree!