Friday was Jeremy's birthday!
"The Kids" and I had a basket of goodies for him. His "real" present hasn't arrived yet, but it's a cool piece of fastpacking equipment. With a cool name, "Bivy."
On Friday we had the van all packed and I locked up the house and went to climb in, only Jeremy wasn't in the driver's seat. The kids announced right away that he was in the tree! Haha, good one; I wonder how long I would have had to look to spot him if the kids hadn't spoiled his surprise. :)
Boys took a great nap on the way, and we even got most of the van unpacked before they woke up, which was sweet!
Jeremy preparing cheesy potatoes for the grill:
In case you were curious what the inside of our tent looks like, here it is all neat and tidy before we actually use it. This is the parents' side:
And the kids' side:
Lots of extra blankets for the kids, it gets cold at night. The double sleeping bag we used this time the kids used last time we went camping, and three of them in it was a bit of a stretch. So this time I set them up with their own little air mats with separate sleeping bags and blankets on top, and it worked out much better. Hayley & Ada used to be ok together, but three is just too much. Camping is a learning process with the growing family. Isn't all of life though.
Here is B helping Daddy... helping being a generous word. But isn't he cute.
Eating an apple, when suddenly,
a look of concern causes me to turn and see
that this guy had tripped on his way out of the tent. Learning curve. Haha, literally. Not laughing at my son though, I consoled him. After I took a pic. When kids bleed, no pic. No blood here.
Crazy females. I like these two. I predict we'll have some good times together! Already do. :)
Let's face it: everything a dad does is the most exciting thing ever to his kids. Building a fire ups the excitement to a new level. The little people are watching.
Beef, it's what's for dinner. Steak! Thanks, Jeremy.
Sides were Jeremy's cheesy potatoes and I made broccoli on our camp stove.
Bummer, no pics of s'mores. Those are so good though.
After putting kids to bed, Jeremy and I had a good convo by the fire. Love those moments! He made me laugh. He's a keeper. :)
That night, Blake woke up and spent the night in our bed, boo. I kept waking up with him there, but I didn't want to get out into the cold again to try and put him down in his bed, because I knew it probably wouldn't work anyway. His blankets would be all cold, etc.
Leftover coffee cake, scrambled eggs, bacon, raspberries, potatoes cooked in bacon grease in two different shapes, and the few leftovers from last night's dinner rewarmed in bacon grease. That was the best part!!! Steak bits, broccoli and cheesy potatoes sauteed in bacon fat, so delicious with all the spices and everything. That part was just on my plate, everyone else was dubious, but I gave Jers a bite and he agreed it was good.
The breakfast club.
Jeremy taking the kiddos on an adventure while I cleaned up.
While waiting for them to get back, I snapped this pic on the bear proof food bin where you store your food here while camping (each campsite has one):
Not sure what a murrelet is, but sounds like it's having some tough times. Or being part of the food chain, take your pick.
The five had a blast on their adventure and decided to show me the new trail they had taken, the Creek Trail.
Lemme just say, AAAAHHHHH. I had Blake on my back and I was a little nervous going through this part myself, that water there is pretty deep and the path is a bit loose. Watching Seth, my Mama heart beat a little faster. This was a good trail for Daddy to take them on while I was not present; sometimes Mommies have a bit too much worry in them!
Seth did great though! Guess I wasn't worried about the girls; they scurried on so fast that I didn't even have time to worry about them.
1600 year old tree, they claim. How could they know without cutting and counting the rings? Maybe they have other ways of measuring such things.
This giant tree provides a play area.
This pic needs Ada's arm photoshopped out and a funny caption to go along with Seth's pose.
Walking through giant tree.
Other end of giant tree.
Seth climbed up on giant tree and was running along the top. I had a tough time with that too... as you can see, this thing is taller than Jeremy. Apparently he didn't climb up there the first time, so he must have gotten braver on the second adventure. Keeping up with the sisters.
They have a little store at the camp. Basically a little building with a window along one side so you can see everything, and you tell the people inside what you want and they grab it for you and you pay. Not a store you can physically go in. They also sell ice cream, so Jeremy got the three oldest a cone (they shared a few licks with B), which they loved!
After this the kids and I took a nap in the tent. Everyone fell asleep except Hayley, but thankfully she read a book and let me get a nap which I really needed after the restless night--felt so much better afterwards! I can always tell when I need some extra rest to make up for inadequate sleep.
Dinner Saturday night was burgers, cheesy potatoes (we can't get enough!) and carrots that I cooked on the camp stove.
More s'mores, kids' bedtime, I took a shower, then another nice chat by the fire with my fav.
That night, Blake slept fine all night in the pack-n-play, praise the Lord! That was wonderful.
Sunday morning we had scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit.
Packed up the van, Hayley lost her tooth, and Jeremy set out to run to Rancho where we would pick him up later.
Good camping trip! Much more relaxed than last year when Blake was a baby. Freedom in not having a baby! Must keep reminding myself of these things when the baby urge kicks in. Although lately with these boys, not having too many wishful thinking of more kids anytime soon. Learning a whole new gender right now! Haha. They're good though, I do enjoy my sons a lot. Just trying to learn to be a good mom to them. Bought a couple of books on boys recently and already started one and used a tactic that worked great. Need to read more!
You'd think that growing up with four brothers I'd have a handle on things. Totally different when they're your own kids and you have to pay attention to them, LOL. ;) Just messin, I love my bros too.
Thank you to Jeremy for the fun weekend, you're a great husband & dad! We had a great time celebrating your birthday with you!