We went on our first family camping trip last weekend!
We camped with a bunch of other families in our homeschool group. Seventeen families went – about 50 kids! – so we basically took over the campground. Here is a picture of a few of the moms on the first night of camping. The lady on the rock organized the whole trip and is the founder of our group. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her – she is truly an amazing woman!
She named our camping trip “Camp Runamucka” – which I thought was pretty clever. Right?!
She even designed camp shirts and a camp banner for what we hope will be an Annual Camping Trip!
Since this was our first camping trip for our family, we had to get gear! Mr. M scored some awesome deals on camping equipment – and I did, too! One hand was not talking to the other, which is how we ended up buying three tents! LOL Needless to say, we had plenty of space to sleep. Haha
Originally, I was going to drive up to the campsite by myself with the kids and set everything up – and then Mr. M was going to drive up that night after work. The campground is about two or three hours away – so after Ellie (4 months) had such a horrible meltdown in the car the whole ride home the day before (on Ginger’s Birthday) – I realized that was not going to be possible.
Luckily, he was able to shift his work schedule and come up with us on Friday! We were soooo happy to have him come with us! 🙂
He’s serious about grilling, can you tell? 🙂
I realize it might sound crazy to go camping with a 4 month old (and a 3, 6, and 8 year old!) – but Ellie did awesome! She is really happy just to be with us, wherever we go and whatever we’re doing!
The girls were excited because their friends from homeschool group were there – and they got to run around and have lots of freedom with them all weekend. There were some horse campers nearby us – and the girls loved visiting the horses and petting them (with permission from the owners, of course)!
We roasted marshmallows and made S’mores. Ginger (6) did not want to roast her marshmallow because she said she’d be sad to hurt it in the fire. We sang songs around the campfire. We stargazed (since we can’t see the stars in Los Angeles!) – and the girls pointed out the constellations to us! Paprika (8) knows more about astronomy than I ever will.
Before bed, we read Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) aloud around the campfire, under the moonlight. What memories we made!
The big girls in their “Camp T-Shirts” 🙂
Ginger loved climbing all the boulders near our campsite. This huge beast was right beside our campsite – and every time I turned around, I’d find Ginger at the top of it!
On Saturday, we went swimming in a local lake/stream – and I didn’t get any pictures of that! The weather was HOT (100 degrees!) so the girls were ecstatic to go swimming. Violet (3) loved splashing in the water, and even dunked her head under water for the first time!
At night, it was cold (in the 40s) – and we definitely didn’t pack enough blankets. We were all huddling together for warmth that first night!
Overall, it was an awesome trip! On the way home, we stopped at In ‘N Out for a trip treat – and enjoyed the air conditioning on the drive back to Los Angeles. 🙂 When we got home, we had never been so happy to see flush toilets and have a hot shower! All’s well that ends well…