Last weekend… well I guess two weekends ago now - we went camping at Money Creek Campground. Sadly, this was the only time we actually got out camping this summer besides the Robertson’s backyard test run.
We arrived Friday afternoon along with the majority of the gang who was joining us for the weekend. We had dinner and chatted for quite some time. Luck would have it that we all were ready to retire right as a light rain started. Unfortunately Tyler and I learned an important lesson about how we need to sleep in Blue. Viv likes to fall asleep downstairs so Tyler decided to just sleep down their with her and I went up with Conner. That was a bad idea. I couldn’t sit comfortably to nurse Conner and after a bit of frustration I finally made Tyler switch and climb up with a passed out Viv and sleep up there. It was a poor night sleep on my end but oh well.
Conner’s camp chair (Viv kept trying
to jealously push him out of the kid one)
Saturday morning we all woke bright and early to the slightly before 7am train that ran by - oh, did I forget to mention our campsites sat directly next to a frequently used railway? At first the kids freaked out at the thunderous roar and “choo choo” of the train but we were able to eventually make it something exciting when we felt is nearing. Even though it came by every few hours, all the kids seemed to sleep through it at night.
That morning we walked to the beach down on the river and the kids had a blast playing in the sand and water even though the sun was not yet out and it was pretty darn chilly.
Playing and hanging out at the river
The beautiful and ever so pregnant Nora
After naps we all went to a “toddler friendly” hike around a lake that turned out to be rather intense because it appeared seldom hiked with lush overgrown plants (including prickers blackberry bushes), lots of mud, down trees, large roots and difficult to navigate terrain even for us more experienced hikers. All of our shoes and feet were completely soaked from the deep mud in spots but at the end of the hike (which mind you was the beginning as it was a circle) we found the beach we were searching for and it was a lovely spot to swim and wash off as the sun was beginning to set.
Cute Camper Conner
All the kids went to bed and we had another fun evening with friends around a campfire. Saturday night’s sleep went much better after our lessons learned the night before. I actually felt slightly rested rather than run ragged with the early morning wake-up call.
After an leisurely breakfast and some fun playtime we all started packing up to head out. Our trip had come to an end. Vivian fell asleep in the car almost immediately and when we arrived home rather than transfer her, Tyler popped the top and took a snooze above her while I headed inside to nap with Conner. I got the short stick on that one because Conner was not even remotely interested in napping. So when Tyler and Viv woke up a few hours (yes plural) later he took the kiddos and I got a short but much needed nap.
Camping with kiddos is a lot of fun but sure does wear us out!
Family camp trip