Tuesday, May 6, 2008


Two years ago we tried to camp with our friends at Christopher Creek. This was our first attempt at a family campout. Sure, Tony takes the boys to Fathers and Sons every year (once they turn three) - but this was going to be the whole family - 3 days, 2 nights. It was June, mid to high 90's, almost no water and campfire restrictions. The one night we were allowed a campfire (after 7pm), Kyler fell into the firepit and burned his wrist! Kyler refused to nap during the day and didn't sleep that first night. He sat up in the tent saying 2 of the 3 words he knew - HI! MOM! MOM! HI! - over and over again!!!!!!! IT WAS A NIGHTMARE!!! So last Thursday, as our Utah trip unravelled, who would guess that I would decide to join my friends up at Christopher Creek. They were going from Thursday to Sunday, but I opted for a Friday/Saturday return to camping. Tony and Mita stayed behind and I packed up the van for my three sons. After a quick trip to Walmart, we hit the road by 9:00 am. It's an understatement to say that my friends were SHOCKED to see me pull up to the campsite. Colton and I had some help from friends in setting up our tent and then all was calm. I could sit and play games with friends, the kids played and didn't bother me and I brought up food I didn't have to cook. Everyone had a great time - my friend, Deanna even made a chocolate cake for me and they sang happy birthday to me Friday night! The top photo was a rare one, Asher and Logan would be gone for hours at a time. They only came into camp for food! Kyler, Kevin and Bryce are in the next photo. Kyler and Kevin played Spiderman, PowerRangers, etc non-stop Friday and Saturday. They were really good and never left camp on their own! Colton had a good time as well. He didn't have someone to pair up with, but he was really nice to a lot of the younger kids there - I think he enjoyed being alone in the creek the BEST! It ended up being a perfect way to spend my birthday!


becca said...

You are a BRAVE woman! That first family campout sounds ridiculous. Kyler really burned his wrist??? Ohhhh, so sad.

It's amazing what a couple friends can do. I'll keep that in mind next time we plan a camping trip!
And, how do you get chocolate cake at a campsite? I bet it tasted PERFECT. Happy Birthday!

Jen said...

Happy belated birthday! We did think of you the day before your birthday. Close enough right? What a trooper you are being a single parent camper! Seriously, you have no idea how much the thought of that makes me cringe. I'm a one night, one day, with my husband kind of camper. At least they get some camping experience.