Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Maiden Voyage :: A Daybook Following our First Camping Trip of the Summer!


Outside my window... 
Our family arrived home Monday night after spending four days and three nights at a beautiful, secluded campground in the midst of an old growth forest along the river. This particular campground is a favorite of my parents and they suggested it might be a fun place to visit for our "maiden voyage" in the motorhome!


I am thankful... 
that we weren't camping in tents and I had driven the van, otherwise I wouldn't have made it through even the first night. Rose ended up coming down with a high fever around 2am and my husband ended up leaving the campground to make a 2 hour round trip to the closest 24 hour store to purchase Tylenol, while I kept cool rags on her forehead. We have quite a long list of things to remember to pack next time!


I am thinking... 
We should have known better than to plan a camping trip the day after swimming lessons ended.  I guess I thought we'd make it through without catching any bugs this year since the classes were smaller. . .  Rose felt better by morning, but the next evening Chiquita started throwing up and Bud had a runny nose. Once again I considered driving home, but at least we had a bathroom for her to use in the motorhome and if I left with the van the rest of the family would have had a difficult time getting to Mass Sunday morning. Ultimately we ended up staying and I stayed at the campground with the sick ones while Sean took the rest to Mass on Pentecost. Thankfully it was a quick moving virus and it didn't seem to last for more than 24 hours for anyone, except Bud who is still fighting a runny nose.


Learning all the time...
Sickness wasn't the only challenge we had. Half way to the campground I called my Dad to ask a question and he asked if we remembered to fill up the water tanks. . . ummmmm.  no.  we hadn't. Thankfully the gas station we stopped at to fill up the gas and propane tanks had water available too.  whew!  It was a good thing too.  On Sunday our campground and everyone else in the area was without running water do to some plumbing issues up the mountain.  The water faucets and bathrooms were all out of service for the day. The whole weekend was a learning experience when it came to operating the motor home, but I think we are starting to figure it all out!



Celebrating the liturgical year...
It was interesting spending Pentecost in the forest!  While Sean took most of the children to Mass I stayed at the campground with Bud and Chiquita.  I built a campfire to heat water for white cocoa, washed strawberries, and filled a paper tray with some white donuts.



I had also packed along some candles, strawberries, whip cream, and angel food cake for a simplified version of our usual cake, though we kept the "mighty wind" to a minimum since a couple of the kids were still not feeling well.



My parents actually met up with Sean and the kids at Mass and drove up to stay the last night in their motorhome, which kept me from heading home on Sunday afternoon! ;)



We had so much fun playing Apples to Apples, roasting marshmallows, and listening to all of Grandpa's stories around the campfire. 


From the kitchen... 
I learned how to operate the motorhome stove and cooked the eggs inside...


...while Sean cooked the delicious Applewood Smoked Bacon outside! 


I am working on... 
a separate post with all the pictures from our hike on Saturday.  I already have way too many pictures in this post! :)

I am creating...
Snuggles enjoyed creating boats to send down the river.


So did Captain… when he wasn't busy skipping rocks.


Ranger had fun fishing…


… while the girls learned all about Grandpa's various hand-tied flies.


I am going...
to have to talk my my Mom and Dad into coming camping with us more often. It was such a treat for the kids to have this special time with their grandparents!  


I am hoping...
to see a beating heart in the morning. ♥

I am praying...
for the baby.  I haven't been feeling nauseous this week and that has me worried.  Please continue to pray for us.  I will be going in tomorrow morning for a 3rd ultrasound.  Last week's ultrasound didn't go as well as I had hoped it would.  {Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary. . .}

I am reading...
not much.  Please forgive me if I owe you an email. After being offline for days (we didn't even have cell phone service at the campground) I'm even further behind than usual.

Pondering these words...
from Mother Teresa:

"We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls."


I am listening... 
flowing water, forests alive with birds singing, wind through the tall trees, crackling campfires, the hum of the mosquitoes, and happy children!  I love (almost all) the sounds of camping!

Around the house campsite...
Chipmunks!  Bud had so much fun watching them each day.


One of my favorite things...  
S'mores!


This week's plans...
  • Monday: Arrive back home from Camping!
  • Tuesday: Laundry, laundry, laundry. . . 
  • Wednesday: Doctor's appointment for me (Blood Tests) in the morning. Friends coming for lunch and to visit for the afternoon! 
  • Thursday: My 3rd Ultrasound in the morning and another doctors appointment in the afternoon. 

A little peek at my day
The campground had an amazing children’s play area and I took some pictures of the children playing just before we packed up to head home on Monday. 


Despite the challenges we had such a great time creating wonderful memories as a family.  I'm looking forward to our next trip, wherever it may be!