Saturday, April 11, 2009

Camp Out 2009!

Ah, the wonderful spring time! This past week was my oldest daughter, Karalynn's spring break. She wanted to do something fun during her time off from school so I decided to take her and my other two daughters camping. This was my youngest, Gabriella's very first time going camping! We took Kara on her first camping trip at age three and Gabriella's not far from as she will be three this year so I figured this would be fun for her. Let me note though that I did this of my own will and completely by myself so it was just ME and my THREE daughters!

We left plenty early during the day and got to our campsite just in time to have lunch. I set everyhting up on the picnic table and we all enjoyed our PB&J sandwiches. I gathered up some wood for our camp fire while the girls finished their lunch and then we got our tent set up. I was glad that we got there early as most of the other camp sites filled up quick during the evening. Since we had all afternoon, we took a short hike down a trail close to where our site was. We made it all the way down the hill until we came to a sign that pointed left and right. Instead of picking a direction we decided to hike back up the hill to our starting point!

We played some card games in our tent and played the 'quiet game' to see who could be quiet the longest in hopes that we MIGHT actually get some nap time in but alas, no, my kids ended up playing more in and outside the tent as it came time to start the fire and get ready for cooking hot dogs. We enjoyed our dinner and later enjoyed making some smores just as it was finally getting dark. My girls put on their own little show where each one sang a song by the fire and I had to pick who would remain and who would be out. Kinda like american idol I guess. I ended up picking Gabriella as the winner. Watch the video to find out why! What an awesome ending to my day!!

Well it WAS awesome until about 12:37 AM. Gabby's first trip to the rest room. Thankfully I was within site of the restroom only 2 sites down. I learned my lesson from when I took Lacy on her first trip to make sure I camped near the rest rooms! We get all snug in the tent again til about an hour later and Gab's gotta go again. I decide to keep my shoes on this time and just lay on top of my sleeping bag so I'll be ready to get up AGAIN if need be but it's cold by now. Was supposed to be low of 44 but it ended up going down to at least 39 degrees! I couldn't sleep even with my two coats on over the rest of my clothes. I also started feeling sick like I needed to puke. So not only did I make a few more trips to the rest room with Gabriella, but I also made a few of my own! I never got any more sleep until between 5 and 6AM! Needless to say as soon as it was light outside, I threw everything in the back of the van without folding up anything(it's still there too) and we headed home!

But wait! ...I felt better now! It was nice and sunny out and was warming up! We stopped off at a few places along the parkway on our way home and even ended up going to Cracker Barrel for breakfast. So all in all, it was a very enjoyable camping trip except between the hours of 1 and 6 AM!!

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:3-5

1 comment:

Krista Phillips said...

Love it, honey! you are such a good Daddy for doing that!!!! MMMMmm!