We just got back from a three-day camping trip with a number of families from our church. This is an annual event for our congregation, and while my family did not attend when I was growing up here, I completely understand why this event is such a hit! Most people spent the better part of last week up at the campground at Camp Casey together; we opted for the three-day version. In Doug’s words: “Let’s want to go back next year.”
A number of people hooked us up with all of the gear we needed, and we enjoyed three days of dirt-covered, s’more-slimed bliss together. Favorite memories from the trip include:
Elijah’s fearless swimming, and his mastering how to swim the entire width of the pool unassisted.
Elijah closing the shallow pool due to swallowing too much water during said fearless swimming and throwing up a bunch of watermelon.
Triple-decker s’mores, roasted Twinkies, and Elijah’s indignant response: “It’s not a SNACK, mommy, it’s a S’MORE!”
Mercy and Aaron’s first night sleeping in a tent. “It’s not even as dark as our bedroom!”
Mercy washing my grandparent’s old orange patio dishes in green basins just like I remembered doing as a little girl.
Elijah and I doing a three-legged gunny-sack race.
Mercy running wild with her “pack” of other kids, making forts, going on hikes, and building streams.
Elijah sneaking candy bars and eating them under the picnic table.
Daddy’s “Plercy” story in the tent (there are Plaaron, Pelijah, Plommy and Pladdy and Plingrid stories as well).
Elijah’s speculations about what wildlife we might encounter.
Aero Press coffee every morning!
The Kyllos’s sharing their crepe breakfast with us our first morning there.
Fog, sun, dew, and rain!
Afternoon swimming with fighter-jets overhead, much to Aaron’s (and Daddy’s) delight!
The mama and baby deer that visited often.
Singing by the campfire with people I love, and watching my kids learn the words to songs from my childhood.
Watching older kids take care of younger kids.
Hearing, “It gets better every year,” from knowing moms after Elijah threw a giant temper tantrum during Sunday morning worship.
Already looking forward to going back!