We vowed to camp more this summer. We don’t have a newborn. We don’t have an excuse. We thought our summer would have plenty of time for camping.
This summer has been SO CRAZY BUSY! Every single weekend, we have something going on! We managed a second trip last weekend, and it was lots of fun.
We stayed close to home this time…as in 10 minutes away from home. We try to visit this campground once every summer. This is the third summer that this campground has been under new ownership, and we’ve enjoyed watching the improvements they make each year.
This year, they’ve added theme weekends. Each weekend, they have crafts & activities to match a particular theme. This weekend was Christmas in July. (They’ve got a pirate weekend coming up…wish we’d be around for that!) The kids made Christmas ornaments and frosted Christmas cookies. There was also “ice skating” and “reindeer games” in the afternoon, but we thought our kids might be too young. They finished off the weekend with a “sleigh ride” (a wagon decorated to look like Santa’s sleigh) on Sunday afternoon. My kids watched and waved as the “sleigh” circled the campground, but they didn’t ride.
Alex’s ornament (with some help from Mommy in squeezing the bottle)
I’m not sure if it’s a gingerbread man or a pirate who’s been in a sword fight ;)
decorating Christmas cookies
(well…eating the cookies they decorated…)
At the campsite…
We brought the Buck for the boys, but JENSYN rode it all weekend!
She is very proud to be big enough to ride this.
ice cream & snow cones
The lake was MUCH smaller than usual, due to the lack of rain.
It was also nice & warm, which I appreciated!
Alex & Keith were able to swim to the island together.
Alex thought that was pretty neat.
Max chickened out and stayed with Mommy & Jensyn.
Camping with three very young children is HARD WORK! You can’t just send them to the playground or sit back and read a book while they dig in the dirt. You have to be on your toes almost every minute. All three kids LOVE it, though, and we enjoy it too. I must admit that, even though I don’t want our kids to get any bigger, I look forward to the days when we can allow them to go to the playground or ride their bikes around the campground while we sit in our chairs and enjoy a good book!
We have one more scheduled trip to go camping (on private property) with our Bible study group in September, and we have one weekend in August when we might go camping. We’ll probably book kind of last minute for that, as it’s just been so hectic that we might prefer to just have the weekend at home to do nothing ;)