Monday, June 8, 2009

"Naturally" Busy


We went on a family Camping trip this weekend. It was our first since we had Kerrigan. Gary's Cousin Dianna is leaving for the air force in a week, so Gary's Mom and sister planned this camping trip for all of us to spend time with her before she leaves. 3 campsites....2 trailers.... 3 tents....3 kids....11 adults....5 dogs. A great time!

We already know that Kyle is a good camper - Actually he is a great camper. He is in his element - the best behavior you could witness out of him is while we are camping. (too bad we don't do it more often). Vivian of course goes with the flow wherever, but comments like "this is the best camp ever" came out of her mouth this weekend. it makes me feel all warm and happy inside to hear the kids say things like that. It's way better than just a "Thank You". Vivian was 18 months old the last time we went camping. She didn't remember any of it, so in a sense this was her AND Kerrigan's first Camping trip! Just something about getting as dirty as possible, and having it be OK - they love it! We don't own our own camper anymore, so we were very thankful that a friend let us barrow his camper trailer. I am not a very good tent camper, and add 3 kids to the mix, I would be a miserable tent camper.

I took many pictures over the weekend - perhaps they will help show how much fun we had:
Of course, what would camping be without S'MORES!!!

Helping Daddy cook breakfast............And then eating camp food all day longQuite a crew for Dinner - Steak, chicken, and Ham.......not too shabby!

Jiffy - Pop was a new experience for us! the girls love their Popcorn, and this was fun too.

I always thought you cooked jiffy-pop over the campfire, but come to find out, the handle isn't long enough........come on Jiffy- Pop makers, Longer handle would make it more kid friendly!

There were many trips to the Horse stables - this was one of their favorite things to do. I didn't mind - once you get used to the smell, it was a great place for pictures.........

There were also Many many bike rides, and a fantastic blow-up canoe trip around the lake that I didn't get pictures of because the camera would have definately gotten wet.

This successful vacation, although a short one, got us thinking more about our much anticipated trip to Disney coming up in about 6 months. I worry about my sanity on vacation with these 3 busy Children. We will be in Florida - not just a mere 10 miles down the road in case life turns bad. I worry that in Disney Kyle will "mistakenly" pinch his sisters, which will then set the mood for a day full of whining, retaliation, Stubborn moods...etc.

The good news is, we are staying at the Disney CAMPGROUND! It will have all the great excitements of camping that the kids like, along with transportation to the parks. My mind is much more at ease....... but if things DO get out of hand, and we need a break from naughty kids, This may be a good option........

8 comments:

~Thought's By Dena~ said...

love the pics....camping is such fun...get away from it all!! Smores....oh yummy and a good ole breakfast outdoors..another yummy love the pic of the kiddos up on the wood fence..the little one looks like she is trying to say "stinky" with her expression!!! hehehe and the lst pic...priceless!!!!

CynthiaK said...

You've given me hope that our planned road trip to the east coast this summer (three kids in the van for hours and then camping and whatnot) is actually possible...and might actually be enjoyable! Thank you!

What a great looking time you had. Fun stuff!

corin said...

I am glad they had a good time! It is nice that your kids can enjoy a simple camping trip. I cannot wait to get kyle on the trail for a backpacking trip :)

Meme said...

You won't have to worry about naughty kids at Disney, remember it is the happiest place on earth. The kids will have so much see and do, we will just keep them busy and hopefully get to see it all in the short week we will be there. Can't wait!!! It will be like our great weekend only 100 time better.

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

I cant wait until Princess gets older so we can go camping! Looks like everyone had a blast!

Jennifer W said...

Looks like alot of fun. I'm glad you got away!

Jen said...

I think that going camping is the best thing to do with kids. Looks like you guys enjoyed every minute.

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