Church Camp 2014
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Every year, our church goes camping. Click here to see photos from last year’s camping trip. I always look forward to it and come back with so many great memories. This year the weather was perfect; mid-80’s to 90˚F with a few cozy thunderstorms. We camped from Wednesday to Sunday. Here’s a peek into our trip.
I always love to change up the old routine and camping was just that; daily! Every morning, I woke up when the air was still crisp and cool. I cranked up the tent heater, propped my cold jeans near it and quickly got dressed; wrapping myself in my cozy sweatshirt before stepping out.
Somehow my husband and son slept in at least a half hour after I was up which is the opposite of what happens at home. After washing my face and brushing my teeth among the trees, my first stop was the campfire that warmed my face as I leisurely applied all of my makeup (camping is no reason to look like a cavewoman ;)).
Once my parents had the coffee maker going (powered by their generator), I pushed my flat-iron into the spare plug and spruced up my hair (don’t judge me).
During the day we had all kinds of adventures; we picked wild huckleberries in the forest, went fishing often (and there is absolutely nothing like freshly caught, pan-fried trout; I’d eat 2-3 trout at a time). Once a fish was on the line, the kids would grab the pole and reel it in, which they loved. We also went boating, swimming in the lake, hiking, walking, attended church services outdoors, and entertained the kiddos with games.
The nights always looked the same; visiting the neighbors campfires, cooking up s’mores, and roasting sausages over the flames. I’ll miss it. All, except for the bathroom situation. Yeah there’s nothing like having a faulty lock on the door and having someone walk in on you. :-O. Yeah I was happy to come back to a real bathroom and my shower.
Every year, the littles get a little bit bigger, but they’re still so little and cute. I love da babies!
I think breakfast was my favorite meal of the day.
That penguin sweatshirt. I can’t resist squeezing my nephew. He’s such a darling.
My explorers. My son never once missed his iPad or was short of fun things to do.
This little guy was panning for “gold” and all kinds of treasures. I need to get a real pan kit. That would be so fun!
This is the same spot our family occupies every year. That’s our tent to the left 🙂
Here’s my sis Alla setting up the watermelon eating contest
We had lots of games planned for the kids to keep them busy. They sure had fun.
The youngest campers put together bible skits and had the most creative costumes. They did an amazing job! Meet the lion from Noah’s Ark. I can’t get over those sweet whiskers secured by discreet industrial black tape.
So long camping. See you next year! This is the entire group minus about 10 peeps who didn’t make it into the picture. We might be outgrowing our camping spot! 😉