first camping trip of the season

Jun 16, 2017
The weekend before school got out we took the kids on our first camping trip of the summer.

It was only 30 min from our house and we could not believe we had not discovered this place until now.  

I love red rock and I was happy to discover some so close to home.  

Utah just keeps surprising me. 

The kids made friends with the families camping just down from us and had a blast exploring all trails behind our site. 

The hammock, like always, provided hours of entertainment.  
We played a few rounds of "pooh sticks".  You know from Winnie the Pooh.  It's where you drop a stick in the water on one side the bridge and then run and see if come out the other side.  

It's always thrilling. 

It was a pretty great trip.  Much better than our previous camping trip where we woke up to snow. 

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Bear Lake

Aug 26, 2016
We had one last hurrah before school started (school started at 8:00am the morning after we got home).  

It was an actual vacation, not just a "family trip".  You get what I'm saying? That means it was actually relaxing and I only yelled and swore at the kids a few times. :)  

We have decided that Holly is coming on all Navasard/Rensink vacation's from here on out.  It was heaven having her there.  

Weather was ideal, all kids but Ruby slept soundly, the lake was perfection, and the company was pretty good too.  

We mostly hung out at the beach and played in the amazingly shallow water, as one should when visiting Bear Lake.

We did make a visit to the Minnetonka Caves, which were awesome.  And well worth the 800+ stairs.  

We also tried Bear Lake's "famous raspberry shakes".  But, take my advice, always stick with chocolate.  

And we of course explored the campground and took note of what spots we want next year. 

We even got to play games once the kids went to bed.  I can't remember a recent camping trip where I have had any energy left to play games at the end of the day.  It was good for my soul.  

The only real stress of the trip was getting the paddle boards from the rental place to our beach spot.  Next year though, we'll have it down.

Back to real life after an amazing camping trip with some of our favorite people.  And yes, we wake up looking this good. 

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Glad you got to have a relaxing vacation. Looks really fun!

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Always an adventure

Jun 30, 2016
To celebrate summer starting and to see if we were prepared for our Olympic National Park camping trip, we headed up Provo canyon for a few days.


These kids are in their element camping.


Macey was our pro marshmallow roaster

We took the kids fishing.  We did not catch anything, but it was exciting non the less.  

Miles was dangerous with his pole, not really a surprise there.  

While waiting to use the one vault toilet, I got to teach Macey how to make flower crowns.  

Ruby did not appreciate hers and destroyed it as fast as possible.  

The hammock provided plenty of entertainment and injuries.  

It eventually had to be taken down though, cause the kids were getting too wild with it.  

There was plenty of room to explore behind our camping spot.  

We made a fort.


Caught Bugs.

Picked Flowers

I always had a lovely "vase" of flowers on my picnic table.  

And played a lot of hide and go seek (my favorite part of the trip).  

We of course went on a hike.

Ate amazing campfire food.  

played games.

And I loved getting to hang out with these kids without tons of distractions and friends around.  

This pretty much sums up Ruby the entire trip. . . Wild Woman.  

One of the best parts about camping is they are so tired, they sleep amazing.  

Love these people of mine.  

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That's pretty amazing - camping with four little guys and just you and Paul. Todd and I decided last summer it was too much work til the kids are older. He went overnight this summer with just Hazel and Jack and they had fun. Maybe next summer! Anyway, I'm really impressed with you and Paul.
I want to go camping with you it looks so fun! Glad you get to have this time with all of the kids.

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A camping Adventure

Sep 12, 2015
We introduced The Rensink Family to our favorite camping spot.  

They approved, because it's awesome.  

The kids (and Brenden) kept themselves busy playing in the creek and getting as dirty as possible.  

Ruby once again settled right back into the camping lifestyle.  

We pretty much had the entire campground to ourselves, so we went on lots of walks exploring the different sites, aka keeping Ruby out of trouble and out of the fire.  

There was signs everywhere about bear safety, so Crew was demonstrating how he would protect me from the bears if we were attacked.  

As you can tell, I felt very safe.  

There were of course games being played.  

And what's better than playing cards by the light of a lantern!

We also roasted S'mores.

And Paul and Brenden participated in a Chubby Bunny contest with the giant marshmallows.  Paul was victorious with 3!

We had an eventful night of rain, thunder, lightning, and sharing our bed with Ruby.  

It's what camping with kids is all about, right? :)  

We went on a little nature walk that morning to keep the crazies entertained. 

The best find was these giant leaves that worked as perfect umbrellas, since you know, it was raining.  

We nailed another hiking selfie.  

We are sure glad the Rensink Family moved closer and that they are always up for an adventure.  

And seriously these boys and their "Hug Dance".  Best friends.  

The sign of a good time.  

So grateful we have these mountains to explore!   

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First camping trip

Jun 10, 2015
The first weekend of our summer, we saw our favorite camping spot was open, so we decided to be brave and take the kids.  

Other than some wrestling, screaming and sleep refusal from the hours of 8:30-10:30 by these boys, it was actually a fairly pleasant experience. 

The site has a perfect little spot to swim and play.  We played lots of punch ball, boat racing, and volleyball in the creek.  

We taught Macey and Miles the fine art of playing War.  

and we also played may rounds of Go Fish.

We roasted hot dogs and made s'mores.  

Went on a little hike.

These bug houses I got the kids were the biggest hit.  They were catching and releasing bugs all day long.  

Macey found about 50 rolly pollies on our hike!  luckily she didn't want to take them from their families, so she made sure to release them before we loaded up into the car to go home.  

Ruby was in her element camping.  

Getting dirty, eating dirt, finding sticks, playing in the water, and constantly trying to visit her fellow campers.  

I certainly questioned our sanity taking 4 small kids camping a few times, but it was well worth it.  They've been begging to go camping again ever since.  

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A bug house is a genius idea for camping! I must copy you. My kids are in heaven when we camp, although we've never tried it with water. That looks like fun, with the swimsuits and the wading. But so much fear of drowning in the back of my mind... How do you do it? I'd like to give it a try.
Yes, Angie, i do have a fear of drowning, but I just pretty much sat there the entire time and they weren't allowed to go in the water until we had the tent and everything set up. Besides, camping on water is really all I know. :) Instant entertainment and no kids wandering away into the woods.
Fun memories camping. Those are the kinds of sites I grew up at. Looks like you had a great time. Love the bug houses!

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