It was time.
We’ve done a ton of day trips since moving to Arizona but we haven’t camped since before I was pregnant with Payson!
We got our tent and sleeping bags out of storage, packed up some food, and headed off to the Rim.
The weather up there was in the 90s but felt really cool to us. (Of course we’re used to 110 temps)
While I took care of the kids, Allan set up our campsite.
All the organized campsites were full so we picked a spot off a dirt road on the way to Black Canyon Lake. There were a handful of other people camping there so it seemed like a safe place to spend the night.
We were so nervous about how Payson would do on a campout. Turns out he was easy peasy while we got setup.
He kept his binky in his mouth the whole time and didn’t eat any crap from off the ground.
He loved wandering all around the campsite with his sisters.
He found lots of treasures.
And did throw a mini fit when Brooklyn wouldn’t let him scatter her rock collection.
He got only a bit dirty.
The bugs were very fond of Sierra. Not a good thing when Sierra is pretrified of them.
She’d told me, “every day a bug gets on me and I get it off with my hand really fast!”
Don’t worry about Payson, I didn’t leave him alone on that chair except for the five seconds it took to take this picture 😉
He really liked his new booster chair.
We drove to Willow Springs Lake after we’d eaten. (Those pictures in post below)
We got back from the lake and Allan made us all hotdogs. We also had some chips and, of course, marshmallows!
Brooklyn ate her entire hotdog! This is crazy because she usually refuses even a bite of a hotdog.
After dinner I crawled into the tent with Sierra and Payson. The second we got on the air mattress Payson started screaming. He was not happy with the idea of sleeping somewhere other than his crib. He finally fell asleep laying on my legs but it didn’t last long. He kept waking up screaming every ten minutes. It was pretty bad.
We finally called it quits around 1:30am. We were exhausted and Payson and Sierra at that point would just not sleep. Allan loaded everything up into the car while I stood by the fire rocking Payson. Allan put both girls in their carseats and folded up the tent. I put Payson in the car (he was finally sleeping at this point) and we started the drive home.
It was 4 in the morning when we arrived.
We got to bed at 4:45am.
I woke up at 8am this morning to Payson crying. He had diarrhea and it had gone all the way up to the middle of his back.
Then Sierra got up and peed on the floor.
I’m so tired I hurt.
I’m so glad I come up with these brilliant ideas. Camping next weekend, anyone?