Friday, October 23, 2009

Catching up: Labor Day Camping

We got home from church Sunday of Labor Day weekend, and I got to thinking. I'm not one to let a perfectly good vacation day go to waste, and with no school or work the next day, I suggested we go camping.

Me: Honey, why don't we do something spontaneous and pack up the car and go camping?
Honey: Go take your pills and lay down.

So it took a little convincing, but Brian got on board and the kids jumped right in and started packing. (Isaiah had already arranged a sleepover at G&G's house, which he chose to keep instead of camping with us.) Within an hour we had food packed, gear loaded and we were on our way. Where? We didn't know. Life is short! Live spontaneous!

I was actually prepared to pull off the road somewhere and set up camp by a creek, dig a hole in the ground, and call it good. However, my Darling Husband's idea of roughing it is rolling the dice at a Motel 6. So we compromised and found a campground.

We ended up finding a lovely site at a small campground, right on a creek, and with a bathroom near by!

My studly Mountain Man got the fire rolling.

Noah and some chips. Actually, as I go through the pictures, Noah is holding chips in almost all of them. No wonder my kids like camping.

Camping is so much fun!

Noah is off on a Manventure.

Keep in mind it was a balmy 68-or so degrees. But my Girl was determined to swim!

Enjoying a sausage dinner.

Biniam LOVES sausage dinners!

Here's my kids' idea of roughing it. Cramming into the van and watching a movie on an 8-inch screen. But hey - that left Brian and I alone by the campfire for the evening. A date in the woods!


Jonnie * Dylan * Cece said...

I totally love it!!! You're such an amazing mom and wife, I adore the spontaneousness...

The best part, Brian "go take your pills and lie down", that's sooo funny!

spoonerbyrd said...

In all things camping, we shall continue to live vicariously through you. Sending my love and wishes for more wonderful camping excursions. xoxo Although, I would love to share the chips with Noah...if you think he would share with me. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow...that was a lot of catching up to do. But worth waiting for. I guess my favorite photo was Biniam and Emma hamming it up at the party.

Love all you guys!

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John said...

Sometimes those quick trips are really memorable. When I was about 11 my dad took our family of five to Yellowstone in a 924 Porsche. We did it in 4 days and we had to pack light. That trip was more memorable than some of the longer ones we had been on