Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Camping Fun

Amid the myriad of panic attacks when I'm thinking "holy hell this article just needs to come out of my brain already," Andy makes sure that I de-stress a little bit.  This past weekend we took the girls camping at one of our favorite places in the world near the college town where we met.

Our fabulous friend Cindy let our girls take a tour of the Arabian Horse Farm where she works.  The girls were in LOVE.  Mayzie Faye especially loved this donkey whose name is Mazey Day.  She just HAD to get a picture with her. 

As is always the case in Indiana during the summer, the cicadas sing their humming clicking songs of searching and leave their shells all over the trees.  We finally found an actual bug, and not just the shell.  Annika was enamored! 

When the girls met this foal, they were head over heels.  They fed this not so shy girl apple slices and giggled every time her lips tickled their hands.  It was so much fun to watch their little faces of absolute joy.  

I think they might have had more fun fishing if we had actually caught anything.  Our friend Heath briefly reeled a fish in that had the unfortunate mishap of being in just the right place at the wrong time.  The fish got hooked in the eye on Heath's first cast.  Good thing there was a playground nearby. 

Mayzie was more interested in looking adorable than actually fishing.  

It rained on us, but we didn't really mind.  We still made sure that the kids got their s'mores with the giant marshmallows that Andy found calling to him at the store.  I just adore Annika's face in this picture.  She was laughing so hard and I couldn't help but kiss her sticky sweet cheeks after I snapped this shot.  

Our camping crew had a great time despite the crummy weather.  The kids even entertained themselves much of the time while we adults sat and had actual adult conversation.  

There were bunches of laughs and giggles and good times to be had this weekend, and I needed more of that in my life.  Mayzie won the good behavior award, though I might take it away for all the potty accidents she had.  I keep trying to remember that it's a looong process, and we were in a strange place.  

We even had some old friends that live in a nearby town come over and visit us at our campsite.  We took the kids to the swimming pool.  We took the girls for outrageously humongous dinosaur ice cream sundaes.  We took so many trips to the bathroom with the kids that we lost count at some point.  We all slept in one giant tent because the other tent didn't have a rain fly and it was pouring.  We had fabulous dutch oven breakfast casserole and roasted tofu-dogs.  It was a deliciously savory and sweet weekend that will not ever be lost in my memory.  It was beautiful and messy and frustrating and hilarious and scrumptious in every way possible.  This is the kind of weekend when the juice runs down my chin and hand from taking a giant bite out of life, and I couldn't be more thankful for having been there.  

GFunkified

15 comments:

  1. Awesome pictures and it looks like you had a great time. So many smiling faces!
    We are elbows deep into camping season here as well, next trip coming up in a few days. I could never picture myself going camping when we still lived in Germany, but I guess in Canada it comes with the territory.. Of course the motor home helps as well, I'm just too old to rough it in a tent ;)

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    1. We went camping once in Germany, but it was a bit of a mosquito ridden thunderstorm disaster. We laughed through it all of course, but I could have gone without bug bites on my unmentionable bits.

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  2. OMG I WANT TO SQUEEZE THAT BABY HORSE!!!!!!!!!!! What a fun trip! fun fun fun

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    1. I KNOW! That 2 month old foal was so precious!

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  3. I love how you describe this! You are a brave woman for camping before potty training is well established, I just have to say. :) Aren't cicadas so pretty?!

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    1. Cicadas ARE pretty! We were so worried Annika was going to hurt it, but she just placed it gently on a pole and watched it fly away after its wings were dry.

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  4. Those pictures just scream summer to me! And bring back fond memories of camping with my grandparents when I was a kid :)

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  5. Super fun and you are so right about that picture...her face is the definition of childhood joy! :)-Ashley

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    1. I just love capturing those moments of joy. Here's hoping they keep coming and I'm always as quick with the camera.

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  6. What an awesome camping experience! I am not much of a camper, but this makes me want to go buy a tent :) My daughter would DIE over that foal!

    "This is the kind of weekend when the juice runs down my chin and hand from taking a giant bite out of life." I LOVE this, if only life were made up of nothing but those kind of weekends!

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    1. Wouldn't that be lovely to have only those kind of weekends? Do it, go get a tent and get out there!!

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  7. That sounds like such a nice weekend! Of course there were erg moments.. there always are.

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    1. Exactly, but you just can't let them overrun the whole experience. I want to remember them all though.

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  8. Oh man, I LOVE this post! The pictures, the truth in what your camping experience was like, ALL of it! Thanks for sharing and for putting a big smile on my face! :D

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Elaine. The truth is always so much better than a glossy version of my well-rounded life full of all varieties of experiences.

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