out camping

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We headed to the mountains Easter weekend.  It was a needed reset to our busy and work-filled lives.  Unplugging was a marvelous idea, indeed.

Let’s not talk about the all night party bunch.  Then we’ll forget all the good moments that we had.  We might block out the fact that we were all together and enjoying a camp fire and marshmallows.

How do you create memories on a budget?  What are your favorite childhood family times?

I always loved camping and spending the day at the river when I was young.  I haven’t forgotten even one of those trips.  It takes some planning and effort, but I think we are going to make a summer habit of these short weekend adventures.

in the wood and by the lake

We headed to the lake for a two night camping trip.  As with everything in our lives, it takes some planning and work to venture out with our family.

I gleened some wonderful tips and healthy/camp-friendly food ideas from Kitchen Stewardship in the Big Woods e-book.

Foil packet dinners rock!

We are fortunate enough to have gained a pop-up trailer through a trade.  It has 1 queen, 1 full, and 1 twin bed.  It’s just perfect for our family of little ones.  Packing wasn’t a big deal either.  I put together a zip bag for everyone + a hair and a toothpaste/deodorant bag.

In everyone’s bag went their toothbrush, underwear, undershirts, and socks.  In a laundry basket everyone had a pile of clothes.  In yet another basket went shoes, jackets, hat, gloves.

It is always a bit of work to go somewhere with our family, but it’s also much-needed.

I found a cute idea for scavenger hunt bags (Pinterestaholic? Yes…) and the kids did this while we packed up camp on the last day.

I really enjoy watching the kids be free to roam about in nature.  The lakeside camping spot was an added bonus.  A borrowed aluminium fishing boat made for a busy dad…making multiple trips around the lake.

*Note to self*

Only foil packet dinners are coming next time.  More marshmallows.  No pancakes…they take too long and make too much mess.

Also, try more campfire cooking.  Less being isolated in the trailer.

Take more pictures.

Sit by the fire with husband after the kids go to sleep and enjoy the quiet nature.

What are your camping tips?  I think just the hubby and I will be heading out in a couple months.  Suggestions?

a minor update

For all of you who have been praying for Josie…THANK YOU!  Your prayers have truly been felt.  We are peacefully awaiting the Doctor call that will determine whether she needs surgery now or later.

We are packing up and heading out to go camping tomorrow.  Nick recently did some trade painting for a pop-up camper.  We are all so excited and busy as we gear up for our first ever family camping trip.  I’ll be back here Wednesday, hopefully with Josie news, and certainly some camping fun photos.