Last week we tossed around the idea of going camping over the weekend. We almost didn't do it, but we knew we deserved a weekend getaway and the kids would have a lot of fun! So we packed the car and made sure we were ready by the time Paul got off work on Friday and left for the most relaxing weekend ever!
We got lost. We were almost to the lake when we took a wrong turn and drove a long time down the wrong road. Whaddya gonna do. We did get back on track and found where we were supposed to be. Paul headed straight for the lake to go spear fishing and the kids and I went down to the beach!
Max absolutely loved the water. He didn't act afraid at all! He enjoyed playing in the sand and water. It was the perfect temperature too! I enjoyed watching my kids play and have so much fun. I enjoyed just sitting and knowing I didn't have to do anything!
Doesn't this look funny? We're here in the mountains and there are seagulls!
Paul and Kirby didn't get any fish that night, but they had so much fun! Can you tell? They would try again the next day and still come back empty-handed, but they had a great time being out in the water and almost catching "the big one."
The scenery was just beautiful and I knew I had a very relaxing weekend ahead of me. Laying around on the beach, reading my book, playing with my kids...it was going to be fantastic! The kids did not act bored once -- sleepy, yes, but they were running around everywhere enjoying their first camping trip!
Zoe looks so funny in this picture, but it's the best I could take of her eating a s'more!
The kids were having a blast eating s'mores and being around the campfire!
Even baby Titus -- who didn't leave my side.
The next day we enjoyed a yummy pancake breakfast and waited for the sun to warm us up a little bit. As soon as it got warm we got dressed and headed to the beach! We spent many hours down there and it was wonderful!
Sometime in the afternoon we had to say goodbye to Paul's family. The kids HATED to see them go, since we just got there. We had fun with them the one day we got to see them! Gram helped sweeten the sad moment with cookies, though. That helped. :-)
Even Titus got a yummy cookie!
Here is a picture of my beautiful family on our first camping trip!
After we took our family picture we decided to take a walk by the lake. While walking I noticed lightning on the other side of the hills and kept bugging Paul with my worries of a storm coming. He assured me over and over that the wind was blowing the storm away from us. No worries.
We got back to our tent and the wind had picked up some. We decided to just go to bed and we were sure the wind would calm down soon. The wind only got worse and worse, and guess what happened? The lightning was right over top of us!
The wind ripped the rain cover part of the tent off -- I like to call it the roof -- and that kind of freaked the kids out, but I put them all to bed anyways while Paul got out of the tent to try to fix the problem. This is what happened next...
Me: Ok kids, let's hold hands and say our prayers. 'Thank you, Jesus, for this wonderful day-"
A gust of hurricane wind came and completely leveled the tent with the kids and I in it! You should of heard the screams of terror from the kids! They were beside themselves! It's actually pretty funny now!
Paul tried putting the tent together when I noticed a huge gaping hole in the wall of the tent. Oh, did I forget to mention the borrowed tent? ::sigh:: How disappointing.
We finally gave up once the lightning got worse and it started to sprinkle. I packed up the kids real quick and then Paul and I packed up our camping area in the dark. It seemed like it took forever, but we threw everything in the car and then left just as the rain started to pour.
We made it to Great Falls and we both were exhausted. We found a hotel room on priceline and decided to head home the next morning. We got to the room, put the kids to bed, and I headed to the bathroom to take a much needed shower. Titus started to cry but I didn't even care, I wanted a shower so bad! I went to start running hot water when I went looking for shampoo and conditioner. There was none in sight! There was soap, but no shampoo. Then I noticed the sign that said any extras, like shampoo and conditioner, could be purchased at the front desk. ::sigh:: So I gave up and rescued my crying baby who didn't calm down and go to sleep till 4:30 in the morning.
Paul got up in the morning and went to the continental breakfast to bring something back for the babies. When he came back, he tossed a couple packages of muffins on the bed for the kids. When I asked what they had for breakfast he said packaged muffins and fake fruit. Haha! Perfect! The kids loved the muffins, so that is great! They got something in their tummy and Mommy and Daddy headed for Starbucks. Liquid breakfast. :-) Yummy!
We spent the rest of the day in Great Falls and then headed home around dinner time. Once we parked Zoe said, "Can we go camping again?" I'm thankful they're not scarred! As soon as we got home I threw all three babies in the tub! I enjoyed my hot shower -- and my shampoo and conditioner.
So our weekend didn't work out the way we planned. It kind of was a bummer. But we had fun and we have some laughs about the kids' first camping experience! Hopefully it will work out a little bit better next time. Ha!