Our miniature camping trip this year was a roaring success. There was no barfing in brand new cars, or torrential downpours like last year. The only drag this year was that Steve had to work on Friday and Monday, so I had to set up (and tear down) camp by myself. And when I say by myself, I wasn't actually alone - I had the baby of the house with me, and the three year old that stayed up until 10:30pm the night before to watch fireworks. (Note to self: over-tired three year olds do not make good helpers. They do not make good ANYTHING!)
We spent a good amount of time at the wickedly wonderful 1 acre wading pool at the park. Sadly the lake was closed (as much as you can "close a lake") due to high bacteria levels, so the pool was insanely busy, but we had a blast none the less. It's great to watch Griffin get older and be able to hang out with his buddies and be silly and play together independently. Of course, there's always the occasional tussle to referee, but when everyone is well fed (and well napped) they get along famously and can play well together for hours. Which, in turn, increases the parental relaxation scale. Everybody wins.
Corben is a born camper. He sat around, watched. Ate. Slept. Pooped. Got naked. Hardly fussed, despite the fact that he's trying to cut that second tooth (Gawd, his poor gums are SO red!) He was great! Corben jumps it up, camp style:
We decided early on in the season to do just a little camp trip this year, because we've rented a cottage for later on in the summer with some other friends. We thought it would be easier than camping with the lot of us, and for $300 per couple, we've got a cottage on the shore of Rice Lake for an entire week, with room for everyone (including the 5 children we'll have between us.) I'll miss our traditional week in the bush, but this weekend was more than lovely, and I'm very much looking forward to our cottage week on the lake!
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