Last weekend, my husband and I took the three oldest grandgirls camping for four nights. We left the 6-month-old at home with her parents! Here we are (below) ready to head off on our adventure. You’ll notice heavy smoke in the photo above. We don’t have any forest fires at a close, threatening distance to us, but there is definitely a lot of smoke in the air. Sometimes it is actually quite pretty!
Our camping adventure took place with hubby’s family, which meant all our girls’ second cousins on the Comer side were in attendance (along with their parents and grandparents) as well as one third cousin! Eleven children: one 8yo, one 7yo, four 5yos, one 4yo, one 3yo, one 2yo, one 1yo, and one 6-month-old!
In the photo below Grampa is scouting out the swimming hole with some of the girls. During these hot summer days, we walked over there several times a day for a cooling swim.
When the coloring sheets came out over at our campsite, our girls had plenty of company. Good thing I’d brought a good supply.
We were close enough to town to have day visitors from the family. One of our nieces brought paints and canvasses for all the kids. Their works of art kept them occupied for quite a while.
There was a very shallow creekbed right in front of the campsites — I can’t believe I didn’t snap a photo! — and the kids spent a lot of time playing in there between official swim times at the river. They caught minnows and chased frogs. One of Jim’s sisters caught a small garter snake and put it in a plastic toy box for a few hours. The kids enjoyed creating a habitat for their buddy before letting it go. Just minnows in this bucket, though.
And then this happened, and we have a confident new bike-rider in the family!
Bubbles are a girl’s best friend! And this was one dog that never tired of leaping after them, to the girls’ delight.
Of course, everyone ate well, too. Grampa in the kitchen made sure of that!
This was definitely a Do Again Adventure, but maybe once a year is enough?!?