[This is an extremely long and very photo heavy post. Just warning you it might be one to skip.]
Our first campout as a family in almost 5 years! The last time we went was a miserable failure so no matter how bad this one went we were determined to make it work anyway!
And I have to say upfront, there were some pretty bad moments!!
But there were WAY more fun times and good memories made than bad 🙂
So we got to the mountains really late. Like, 10pm? Really late! We meant to leave earlier but Allan has been crazy busy at work and can’t leave early and I wasn’t even ready when he got home because that week had been really awful for me and I was trying to just catch up on cleaning our house and preparing for a trip? Just hadn’t happened.
We checked out two or three different campgrounds before settling into one at Black Canyon Lake. The other two or three were totally full. In fact, that weekend was the busiest we’ve ever seen the mountain lakes area!
The kids had the time of their lives being outdoors. Living in the desert for the last four years they’ve been indoors more than is healthy for children 🙁
Their faces told me clearly what was going on in their minds, “sticks!!! dirt!!! rocks!!! trees!!! Is this heaven?!”
Around lunchtime we drove to Willow Springs lake to set up at a picnic table there for Brooklyn’s little birthday celebration. The whole reason we’d gone camping was because she requested a camping birthday 🙂
The last two years Allan has been the one to buy her cake. It’s a fun way for him to feel like he did something for her birthday (since he’s so busy at work all July) and it’s extra awesome because we get the cake for free from our local Basha’s! I like free.
I spent five minutes taking fifty pictures of her. I had a super cute outfit picked out and put together but she ended up mixing different parts of different outfits together instead. Since she’s 9 now and really wanting to be independent I let her. But I’m kinda wishing I had some pictures of her in the outfit I put together.
We took a couple snaps of her pretending the balloons were carrying her away. That was her idea and we had fun with it. I have a really cool picture from this series that I’m going to print giant for her wall. I’ll share it when it’s on her wall, for now just this “outtake.” (I love this one, she’s so funny!)
Allan was really happy when I let him pop all the rest of the balloons before we went home. He hates balloons. (Probably because our kids argue over them, cry over them and let them go frequently which is littering!) (oh and actually we kept two balloons for Brooklyn to bring home and have in her room)
We let Ember play a lot in the water. She was pretty soaked by the time we were leaving so I took off all her clothes and her diaper and put my shirt on her. I tied a giant knot of fabric in the back so it would stay on her and she had a makeshift dress.
Poor Sierra always falls asleep on long drives and her head is always flopping around like crazy. We try to bring blankets or pillows or use sweaters or stuffed animals to support her head but nothing ever works 🙁
That’s the end of our very long, loaded with work, family campout. Success.