Monday, July 29, 2013

Caaaaamping. Sort of.

Our playgroup wanted to plan a camping trip for the Spring for our families.  We landed on an early weekend in May… a month that it typically WARM here in Texas.  When the weather forecast said to expect the lows at night to reach the 30s, we knew we couldn't tent camp with all our littles.  Instead of pulling the plug, we all piled in a cabin for the weekend. The weekend was crazy, but a total blast. Here is the story of our time away in Broken Bow, OK.
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Egan was thrilled to be in Oklahoma.
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Once we got settled into the cabin, we all took a walk with the kids to see what was around.
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There was an endless supply of sticks, rocks, dirt piles (huge… I think they called it their "castle"?)
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We brought a "Kammok" to hang between trees and lounge in.  It's basically a hammock that folds into a small pouch but can hold something like 400 lbs.
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The kids had a blast in it two at a time… taking turns swinging each other.
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After dinner we got a fire going and made s'mores, of course.
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Smores with preschoolers is quite an adventure with fire! and sticks! and chocolate! and MARSHMALLOWS! I never expected it to be such an adventure for the adults too!IMG 5419  1
Pretty sure Mia still had marshmallow in her hair when we went home at the end of our trip. She wasn't afraid to dig right in.IMG 5424
And neither was Claire.  It is a pretty safe bet to say that all the kids were just a big sticky mess by the end. Oh, and they were majorly hyped up on sugar… right before bed.IMG 5427  1IMG 5430IMG 5431
Blake got to do bedtime stories with lots of the kids while the others got ready for bed. They were reading "The Monster at the End of this Book" on the iPad.  One of our favorite stories.
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The following day we made it into Beaver's Bend Park.IMG 5439
Our main goal was to ride the train while there. Here are all the kids (except Sloane) before the trip.
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And everyone who made the trip! What a crew!  We love these folks so much!
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After riding the train, we walked to a playground to let the kids loose. Sloane, who is not normally a fan of swings, was happy to swing with daddy. As long as he didn't go too high.IMG 5489IMG 5509
After the fun at the park, we headed back to the cabin for nap/rest time for the kids. Sloane of course took an epically short nap (love her), so we let the big kids rest in our room and watch some Veggie Tales while the other kids napped. This is where the "sort of" camping came in really handy.
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While I can't say that all of the "camping" was glorious…. ahem… Sloane screamed more than she slept the first night. No joke. Oh, and I ended up sick the second night. There's nothing that can out weigh our love for these special families and precious time with them. What will our camping trip of 2014 hold? We can't wait to see!

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