Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Labor Day Camping

I wanted to thank everyone for your willingness to continue to follow us after we changed the security measures on this blog. We changed the privacy mainly after I added the Feejit bar to the side. I started seeing some strange people viewing our blog, and decided to tighten things up quite a bit. So thanks for hanging in there with us and still showing interest in our crazy and at times ordinary lives!

Since we had Labor Day weekend free...one of the few all summer...we decided to attempt camping as a family. Because we've never done this with 3 kids, we decided to start small-in our backyard. It definitely was a huge success! The kids had so much fun, the weather was perfect, and we really enjoyed time together as a family! Maybe next summer we will actually leave the backyard--it's definitely WAY easier to attempt at home then somewhere else!!!

Helping set up the tent the day before
Thanks VanderVeens for a wonderful wedding gift--the tent that is still in great shape even after many uses!!!
Loading up the tent with all their treasures (C & J were so excited to use their new sleeping bags their cousins handed down--they are Lightning McQueen!)My eager campers!

Getting all organized!
Learning how to open & close the tent
Roasting hotdogs and eating pudgy pies. Mmmmm!
Our style of smores...just plain marshmallows. Ryan and I made hot apple pies after the kids went to bed.
Splitting wood to add to the fire
Good example of the teamwork they often showA very excited camper. She and I slept out there an extra night just the 2 of us.

The campers all ready for bed...they did mess around for quite awhile, but slept until 7:30 the next morning! We were quite pleased about that!