2008 28/07

The Maiden Voyage

Good times, good times! This past weekend we took the new camper for our first camping trip of the summer to The Ranch. We made the trip with Tim’s family and some family friends. It is quickly becoming a yearly event for us. The Ranch is a great place with lots to do and is very kid friendly. As great as The Ranch is, the company is what makes the trip so much fun.

Abbi had an amazing time camping. Ben and Sarah (aka family friends) have a daughter, Emiline, just a few months older than Abbi and a son who is just a few weeks younger than Zoe. Abbi and Emiline were attached at the hip the entire weekend. And they played so well together. They shared everything and just took care of each other. It was so cute! Abbi even told Emiline that they were best friends one night as they were both getting ready to get in the tub. My heart melted!

Abbi spent her days playing in the dirt and sand (note to self – white shirts are not a good idea for camping), swinging, looking for frogs, eating ice cream, and she even got to ride a horse! Zoe spent most of her time getting passed from mom to grandma to grandpa and back again and sleeping. Tim was able to get in a round of frisbee golf and a game of tennis and then we were able to enjoy the hours around the campfire after the girls went to bed. Thank you Rusty and Tim for the reenactment of the golf story!

My biggest concern for the weekend was how Abbi was going to react to sleeping in the bunks. She has never slept anywhere other than her crib or the pack-n-play (yes, she’s still in a crib). We spent the days prior to camping telling her how cool it was that she was going to be sleeping in her special camping bed and we even bought her fun new sheets and a Dora pillow. Despite all that I knew we’d be setting up the pack-n-play for her to sleep in. There was no way she was going to sleep in the bunk. The girl proved me wrong! She LOVED her new camping bed. She went to bed without a problem each night and even took naps in the bunk without any fuss. It was heavenly. She even wanted to go sleep in the camper in her special sheets last night after we got home.

So the weekend was great. Great weather. Great food. Great memories. The over-tired kids, the mounds of dirty laundry, the hours cleaning the camper, the dozen or so mosquito bites on my legs were all worth it. I would do it again in a heart beat!

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