Sunday, April 20, 2008

Camping Adventures

This past Friday, we left for our very first family camping trip!

Do you think we took enough stuff?!

The weather was beautiful and our campsite was tucked away in a little wooded area.

Putting up the tent.

Grace and Emily shared a bed on the left side.

Benjamin was on the left and Phillip and I were in the middle of the tent. Does it count as real camping if you use air mattresses? ;0)

Starting a fire.

Once the fire was going, our "Home Sweet Home Campsite" was all set up!

This was our view from behind our tent. There were plenty of birds to see and hear, including a Whip-Poor-Will that kept me awake most of the first night.

We also brought along two hammocks that were nice to relax in.

Off to go fishing...

Benjamin waiting for the big one.

We gave up after awhile, but it was still fun.

In addition to relaxing and fishing, there was plenty of time for eating yummy campfire food.

This was our breakfast the first morning: sausage, eggs and pancakes.

Benjamin enjoying pancakes before a cub scout meeting.

Emily was the best "biscuit on a stick" maker.

And of course we had s'mores in the evenings. Thank you for looking at a few picture highlights from our trip, we can't wait to go again in the fall!


Anonymous said...

It looks like so much fun! I think air mattresses are the only way to go!! Especially if I want to be able to walk the next day! =0)
This was certainly a perfect camping weekend.
Theresa in TX

Anonymous said...

great pictures! glad you had such a wonderful weather, looks like it was a lot of fun there in the wild! can't wait to start our camping trips too, but it's still a bit too cold here in the west coast to sleep in a tent, so we will probably wait a few more weeks, but then once we start, we'll be camping as often as possible throughout the summer :)

Anonymous said...

Ah, this brings back memories! It's been ages since we went, but I have fond memories, especially of the camp fire at night. My husband not only cooked the campfire meals but usually shopped for them, too, so that was a treat for me.

Anonymous said...

Oh, what fun!! We were several times a year campers before moving to the country. We love it. I'm glad your family had such a good time.

Anonymous said...

That looks so great, camping in the woods. Beautiful surroundings and the food looks so delicious. Have a great day !!

Tori Leslie said...

Aww, that looks like so much fun! We have never really been camping as a family, but hopefully soon.

I imagine you guys had some great family time and you're still closer because of it.

Thanks for sharing!

Eleanor said...

Wow! I love the way that car boot is packed. Did it look like that on the way home too? Somehow after everything has been opened and used, it's hard to get the luggage to fit again. Warm wishes Eleanor at Thatchwick

Nancy M. said...

It looks like a wonderful time with your family! I am glad you got to go.

Tracy said...

WOW! What a fun weekend! We used to go camping all of the time, and then the kids got bigger. It's very difficult to fit everything you need in a minivan. Didn't you think?

Unknown said...

Wow - great pics and what a great adventure. I am sure the kids will always remember their camping advenuture.

Anonymous said...

What a great first camping trip.

dot said...

Camping would be fun if you didn't have to pack and unpack all that "necessary" stuff. lol
Looks like it was a fun family time. The kids will remember it forever.

Unknown said...

What a great outing! And your pictures are wonderful. We were never campers. I still love to be outside more than anything, but prefer to sleep in a bed with a potty right next to me that flushes :)

have a great week

Jada said...

Great pictures! And looks like you all had a good time! My family is going "camping" in September - we rented a cabin, though! LOL When my siblings and I were little, we went tent camping a lot; over the past several years, we've used a camper; now we're graduating to the cabin. The camper is a lot of work and my mom brings everything but the kitchen sink! She will probably still bring alot even with the cabin!


Anonymous said...

It always amazes me how much stuff we take camping for the four of us! When it is just myself and my husband we get by with so much less, but without the kids it is not nearly as fun.

Simply Heart And Home said...


I've only been camping a few times but I loved it. The fresh air and the beauty of our surroundings was wonderful. It looks like you bought just enough to go camping. Thank you for sharing your pictures. Everyone looks like they are loving it there!


.. said...

Hi Kelli,That camping trip looks like alot of fun... I love to go camping. We usually try to go every year. Loved seeing the pictures. P.S. Thank you for posting so much and letting all of us see what your up to. I think your one of very few bloggers who post alot.Keep it up:)

Mommy said...

Looks like SOOOOOO much FUN! I want to do this with our family too sometime.

Susie said...

Hi Kelli,
Looks like such fun and your children will remember this fun family time for years to come!
Just the other day my daughter and I were remembering a fun camping trip we had taken more than 30 years ago!
(we always take lots of "stuff" too!)

Carole Burant said...

Hi Kelli:-) Oh wow, this post brings back so many memories for me. After my dad sold our little cottage when I was about 10 years old, he bought a tent trailer and we then went camping all over the place every summer. Our camping sites looked exactly like that shown in your I use to love camping:-) Doesn't the food taste that much better also cooked over an open fire? Yummmm! Why do you have to wait until Fall to go back camping??? By the way, glad you were able to fit everything in the van...barely!!! lol xoxo

Lora @ my blessed life said...

Oh, this looks like so much fun!! I think this year we're ready to start the family camping tradition, too. And I'm sure I'll be packing just as much--if not more--stuff for the trip:)

Unknown said...

You got to go camping, so lucky. I think that camping is not on the agenda here yet for another month or two. Much too cold!!!

Loved the pictures. Smores and an open fire two of my favorite camping memories.

God bless.

... said...

looks like so much fun. and it makes me want to go camping. we're actually going to try to get away at least one long weekend this summer to camp.

bisquit on a stick? i haven't heard of that one. sounds yummy, tho.

Rebecca said...

Looks like you had so much fun! What a great family time.

Kelly said...

You know I have never been camping but these pictures are wonderful and it looks like tons of fun! What a wonderful encouragement!!! Thanks for taking us along on your adventure!

Unknown said...

What a fantastic fun time you had! The place is just beautiful - it reminds me of the camp sites here in the mountains. There is still too much snow here for camping. I want to go SO bad!!! Anyway, I loved looking at your photos! Have a great night friend!

Missy said...

that's awesome! i love your photos. thanks for sharing :)

Sue Seibert said...

Looks like Pack Family Camping to me. And it looks like you had a great time. Our John, now 21 and an Eagle Scout, still loves to camp and fish and do all that sort of thing. His first camping trip was at age 3 months at Perdenales Falls State Park. Where did you all go? The boys always enjoyed going to Anahauc east of Houston, too, to see the alligators. Great camping. We always camped at Martin Dies when we went there on Spring Breaks.

Momma Roar said...

Isn't it so much fun to be outside all the time? I love that. I love eating outside.

It looks like you had a great trip - and I won't tease you about the air mattress..I think I soon have T talked in to buying one - old age is setting in - HA!

We go in summer with our church. It is so much fun for the kids (and us). I would like to start doing weekends with just the 5 of us, but I think we'll wait a few more years til the kids are a little older. I actually am not looking forward to it this year with a toddler and naps!

Rachel said...

looks like you had a blast! :)

Creative Life Studio said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time! I don't think air mattresses are cheating at all! :)

Happy Earth Day!

Mrs. U said...

What fun!!!!! It definitely looks y'all had a wonderful time!! Will y'all be going camping again?

Mrs. U

Jen said...

It sounds like you all had a great time. It looks like a blast. Glad to hear of the trip and the pictures are great. I'm not big on camping....but love to hear about it.

Michelle said...

Your camping trip looks like it was a blast! Funny thing...both my husband & I went camping every summer with our families - but we've never taken our kids, ever! (I must admit I have no desire to, either! LOL) Anyway, I'm glad you guys had a good time :)

Rose of Sharon said...

Oh my goodness, this looks like such fun! I can't wait to get back out there. We haven't camped since last summer and I am excited to go! What a sweet family you have!

Hugs, Sharon

Julieann said...

How fun!! I love camping, my husband not so much...LOL----of course if we could bring the air conditioner and tv, he would be thrilled...LOL.


Julie said...

OM Gosh - did the kiddos have to ride on top of the van?!!!

Jennifer Hoots said...

Oh, I remember camping with my family like that. I think air mattresses are a must, a deal breaker, in fact.

TJ said...

Is it considered real camping when you have an RV? Oh well, I enjoy my RV, and I'm sure we take way more for our smaller family when we travel.

Looks like wonderful weather! We still have not taken another trip because snow is still falling in the mountains (and around town, although it's not sticking here). Is there a reason you aren't going again this summer? We try to go at least once a month. I enjoy getting the kids (us big ones included) out in nature and away from all the things that overwhelm us at home.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Your trip looks like so much fun!

Loved your little flower baskets full of goodies! I'm always looking for new ideas such as this! :)

Hope you are doing well! ~Rhonda

Kathy said...

What a great family trip. Loved your pictures...Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Kathi said...

Kelli, You amaze me. You are so orderly and with it. This camping trip must have been so much fun for you all. It just looks so great. It makes me want to camp again. We have not done it in awhile. I am going to get some of those big plastic containers and some air matresses first. Thos Mother's Day flower pots are so cute.

Have a pleasant evening. Thanks for stopping by and wishing me well, Kathi

Anonymous said...

We camped many years when our children were smaller. I miss that. It's not the same with just my husband and I, though we still enjoy it.

Jodi said...

We love camping! It looks like you had a wonderful weekend. And yes - air mattresses are definitely allowed! :o)

Lori said...

Looks like you had a fun family campout.
The pictures are great.

Stopping by to say hello and say I miss you.
I know I've been terrible lately at finding time to post and comment.
Hope all is well with you and your family.
Love and Hugs, Lori

Anita said...

Oh, I very much enjoyed looking at your camping adventure pictures! I would have love to try one of Emily's biscuit on a stick!

Farrah said...

I loved all your pictures! You look so organized with all the nice plastic containers! :-)