Thursday, August 21, 2008


We got to go camping! We got a call from StorAmerica on Thursday and they told us we had won a $50.00 gift card for gas. So on Friday morning we decided to go camping. We left friday after lunch (we had to come back to the house 3 times for things we forgot), then we picked up the gas card, stopped at the store and then we were finally on our way! We were going to go camp at a wilderness campsite but as we passed Lake Hemet we decided we would stay there. It was a nightmare and a dream all at the same time. There was loads of crankiness and dirt. Brad and I were EXHAUSTED as were the kids but it was so worth it. The campers next to us came at 9:30 and set up six tents and they were up making way too much noise until 1am (lights out is supposed to be at 10pm) I was the only one that had touble sleeping under those conditions. The weather was beautiful, it was 89 during the day and 60 at night. We all woke up at about 7am and had breakfast. Brad and the prince had to go searching for the reel for his fishing pole. When they were fishing the day before, the prince unscrewed his reel so when they finally caught a fish, the reel fell apart in Brad's hands. The fish had time to get caught around a reed so they had to cut the line. Catching a fish was sure a highlight. However when they were walking back to camp they realized they had dropped the reel somewhere. They went searching in the morning for it. Another highlight was the bulldozer climbing up this huge slide. It freaked us out but he was completely confident that he could do it and repeatedly did! The princess tried to climb up the slide at first but then she got scared. She said" Iwll stand down here(at the bottom) and tell Bulldozer GO BULLDOZER!" Then finally she got wnough courage and she was more excited about that than any of the other stuff! We also roasted our own hot dogs and made s'mores.
It was so wonderful to have been blessed with gas maoney to make a trip that we longed to take but wouldn't have been able to. Praise God for his blessings!

There were definitely some sad times!

And some curious times!

It was so beautiful there, I had never been before.

How many calories are there in dirt? If there is a good amount we might start feeding this little boy dirt because he seemed to enjoy it much more than any other food we feed him!


Cris said...

I LOVE IT! I'm so glad you got to go camping! The pictures are beautiful...even the dirt eating ones! Love it Love it Love it! Thanks for sharing! Hope all is well and you are doing great! With love!

Monica said...

You are brave. I would never dream of taking my kids camping at that age. I looks like you all had a great time!

We're going on our first all family camping trip next month. You give me hope.

Genny said...

Oh I'm so glad that you had a mostly great time! My parents had a trailer at lake hemet permanently when i was growing up and it is such a great place. And they had the same huge slide, lol!

Catherine & Morgan said...
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Catherine & Morgan said...

I love how camping allows us see God's natural beauty. So glad that you got to do it with your family. I'm sure that even though it was hard work on you guys, your kids had a blast!

4 under 4 said...

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