Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Camping 2009

Judging from the way things went this Labor Day weekend, Enz and I have come to an agreement that camping with the babies was a success, and we look forward to making this a yearly tradition for the family! All in all, things went well, and we thank our extended family for inviting us to be a part of their yearly camping trip.

In the weeks leading up to the trip, both Enz and I were a bit apprehensive on how things would go, and whether or not we'd spend the entire weekend away. We knew it would be a little tough for the kids to get adjusted to the new surroundings, and thought that maybe a one night stay would work out better. But then we figured that we'd have to break them in sometime, and what better time than now when they're really young?! Not only would we have to account for them, we still had to take into consideration how much we'd have to pack for ourselves, so this trip was sort of a "break-in" period for us as a family unit. After the weekend was over and we were safe and sound at home, we realized that we were fully prepared for everything and anything, and we breathed a big sigh of relief that it all went so well!

The first day was great, with the kids excited for being out in the open air and having a beach to play on. Our aunts and uncles were entertained by the little ones, and the cousins didn't seem to have any issues with having the babies around. Once nighttime fell, it was a different story. Since the kids didn't have the comforts of their own beds, they became a bit unruly at bedtime even though we tired them both out. We figured that all the excitement would have died down, and we even let them stay up later than normal, but it almost seemed like the fresh air energized them! Once they finally did go down, Enz and I were exhausted so we took the opportunity to catch some much needed rest. Of course, even after staying up so late, both Makenna and Isaiah were up at the butt-crack of dawn, full of energy and ready to tackle the next day!

The rest of the weekend was pretty much spent relaxing at the beach. Makenna enjoyed playing in the water and running away from the crashing waves, while Isaiah was perfectly content on the shore playing in the sand. When the occasional wave reached him, he laughed it off and just continued to fill buckets with sand, and dig for crabs. Makenna joined her little brother once the water got too cold, and she too was happy just playing in the sand. At bedtime, the second night was much easier, as the kids were fully spent, and both fell asleep in our arms. Putting them down was cake, and they slept through the night without moving an inch-that's how tired they were!

When we finally got home, the kids were once again full of life. As much as they enjoyed being away, they loved being back home! Then again, Makenna was already inquiring when we were going "bye-bye" again. Its apparent that they both enjoyed themselves, and we look forward to doing it all over again next year, with the kids a year older, and us a little wiser on how to run things ;)

The kids curiously exploring our "home" for the weekend

Breakfast chatter

On a morning walk/ride around camp

Mommy and the kids on a morning hike

Daddy and the kids on a morning hike

Makenna and mommy's morning faces...

Isaiah enjoying the wet sand

Makenna staying dry

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