There was a lot of walking to be done back and forth between our tent and the bathrooms. Little boys decided 10 minutes *after* the other had gone to the bathroom, that they too had to go...now! Ha! We were very blessed with wonderful weather. So thankful for that. Not all went as planned. The first night two of the boys were freaked out about sleeping in the tent. Jonah kept begging to go home. The funny thing, by the following evening he was saying, "I love this place! I want to live here forever!" So he got over his fears. Unfortunately one of the girls was experiencing extreme anxiety. Extreme. I didn't get much sleep because of it, and neither did she. However, when we got home, she slept like a rock until after lunch time! Being the Mom, meant I didn't get such the privilege of doing the same :-) Which made me very thankful that everyone wanted to just chill out that first afternoon home, and I got to take a nap with Aubrey. Phew.
We had some neat evenings at the camp. The first night there was an elderly couple who drives around the camp ground in their *very fancy* golf cart, giving rides to the kids. They insist that an adult goes with them, for safety, which I appreciated. I went along, and the kids loved the ride, singing and laughing all the way. The second night we had a bonfire, with s'mores. The s'mores were compliments of two families that we met earlier that afternoon. They were friends (each having 4 children), moving down from New York. It was a lot of fun. The kids had a ton of fun telling scary stories and running around in the dark.
A few other lessons learned:
:: It took 3 days to prepare for our camping trip. Lots of food prep and packing. But we only spent 2 days there.
:: Definitely must convince everyone else the importance of organization. I wanted all like items in one bag, but everyone else just wanted to throw things together. That meant there was a LOT of searching for things like tooth brushes, flash lights and food items.
:: We figured that the time it would take to uninstall the back seat of the van would not be worth the time and effort. Wrong! The van was packed to the hilt and it was not exactly a comfortable ride with things under our legs, and crammed in between people.
:: Simple, cheap, Dollar Store items really, really held the boy's attention, making the car ride go smoothly :-)
:: I'm very thankful I packed more clothing than we thought we would need. We ended needing pretty much all of it.
I'm quite certain there were more! Oh, yes, next time I really need to *chill out*. Which, for me, surrounded by woods, next to a deep creek....well that's just hard. But despite trying to keep track of everyone at the campsite and at the zoo, it was fun and I think all of us, save the anxious girl, wants to go again. Here are some of the pictures. Some came out really blurry. Something is really not right with my camera. I just got the focusing figured out and 'something' happened. Nothing physically that I know of (like being dropped or the like), but everything in the view finder is blurry, blurry, blurry, and it seems like the camera is not focusing properly (taking longer, not really engaging on the first attempt). Sigh. We shall see.
We had just arrived at the zoo, time to unpack our lunch and eat before heading in. We really try to not bring much with us, as there is a lot of walking!
It proved to be a lot of fun, a lot of work and in the end we were sad to go. We did have a sad arrival as we found that our baby male goat (he was about 6 months old) had died while we were gone. He had never been well since we got him. We made the decision, that should we ever get him well, that we would sell him as he wasn't fit for our purposes. He was taking another, out of the many over the past few months, turn for worse the day we were leaving. I had hoped with the meds we were giving him that we could see him through another bout of 'whatever was ailing' him. But that was not the case. I felt bad for the family that was taking care of our animals, as they were the ones to have to find him :-( Poor little guy.
I was able to get all the laundry washed in quick order when we got back. However, with the extra work, the long weekend, things fell apart with the rest of the house. With Jeremiah being home on vacation we were all out of sorts schedule wise. It took us the following week until we were completely back on track. BUT, I am grateful that we did indeed just jump back on the wagon! Phew!