first camping trip of the season
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.
Always an adventure
A camping Adventure
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!
First camping trip
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.