Ahhhh! I’m exhausted. Man oh man, I guess camping will do that to ya. As much as I love camping, I would be lying if I said I loved all the prep work and clean up that goes into the whole ordeal. The quality family time, fun memories, and enjoyment of the beautiful great outdoors all make it totally worth it though. However, I will say, two nights is officially my max when there’s no running water. Sitting on my own toilet and taking a nice long shower never felt so good!
So anyways, yes, we braved tent camping with our 15 month old toddler, and of course he did amazing. Not only did he do amazing, but he absolutely LOVED it. I swear the kid was in heaven the entire weekend. Digging through the dirt, playing with rocks that he continually told everyone was a “ball”, and chasing around the dogs were a few of his favorite things. He is certainly ALL boy.
He surprisingly took really good naps (one of them was snuggled up to me, and I wasn’t complaining one bit about it), but nighttime was a little bit more of a struggle for some reason. Hunter’s wake-ups paired with noisy rain (yes, rain … I’ll get to that in a minute) and a sucky air mattress made for two nights of less than stellar sleep, but we survived.
And yes, there was definitely some major rain that happened both Friday and Saturday evening. Fortunately, we had a huge covered ramada (we were camping on our friends’ property where he had a covered area for his horses), so it wasn’t too big of a deal. It mostly just made for a noisy night of sleep and lots of muddy stuff, but hey, a little mud never killed anyone.
There was lots of eating, playing card games, chatting, four wheeling adventures, and just hangin’ out. We also wandered to “town” where they had a fun little 4th of July parade on Saturday morning. Below are several photos that family members and I captured throughout the weekend. And yes, most of them are of Hunter and some of my food, because let’s be real, those were two of my favorite parts of the weekend.
Breakfast burritos! Yum.
Having way too much fun!
Diiiirty after a fun four wheeling adventure!
Yes, those are DIRT lines!
Two peas in a pod!
Hard at work!
I only had about 50 of these cookies throughout the course of the weekend!
Helping Grandpa cook!
Got my Organic Valley bag, Mom!
Sitting with Grammy & waving the American flag at the parade!
Amazing photo by my cousin, Kirsten!
An absolute blast of a weekend with friends and family – we are blessed!
Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend too!
What did you do this past weekend?!