Texas Camping 101

by lonna on April 19, 2011 · 7 comments

Yeah so this all took place not this last weekend, but the weekend BEFORE that.  I had hoped to be more on top of this to get all these on here but what can I say things go loads slower when you type one handed.

So our ward camp out was at this little place called Berry Springs. Gwen was sure that she was going to Berry City where Strawberry Short Cake lives, it was pretty funny. We arrived and started setting up camp…um that means that the kids and I wandered and unloaded the car then while James set it all up we were drinking all the drinks and eating snacks. Did I mention that it was in the 90′s while we were setting up? Yeah that is just how it is when preparing to camp in Texas.

A few other things about camping in Texas: We were caught in the middle of a burn ban so we packed up some dinner and snacks, talk about taking some of the real fun out of the great outdoors.  But we did have some good company.

Harry is looking in the dirt with two flashlights.

Stella is going to gnaw her way into that water bottle. And the camping man of the day Mr. Barlow himself.

Gwen’s favorite spot, the air mattress.

A little mingling.

Gwen is trying to be Christa’s best friend so that she can ask her for another cookie.

Harry and Lexi found a hole in the ground near this tree and they are using the flashlights to look in it to see what animal lives there.  I think it ended up to be a toss up between a mole and a snake.

The girls playing in the tent.

Keeper of the tent.

My little friend Miss Brooklynn.

Ah ha! See I was actually there. Thanks to Matt for taking this photo.

Now you may be asking yourself what good is camping if there is a burn ban, how do you make smores? Who goes camping and does not take marshmallows to roast? Have no fear my friends James has it all figured out. He brought a single propane burner that was good enough for all the kids in the ward to toast and roast and burn marshmallows to their little hearts content.

Now the night photos lit by the lanterns did not turn out so well, but basically the same things were going on, kids getting sticky with marshmallows and adults talking and singing to a guitar. Here is where I make the confession that I did not actually stay the night in the tent with miss Stella…we drove the 20 minutes home and slept in our beds while James braved the 74 degree low for the night temps and the two other kids all alone.  Lets just say as camping usually goes there was not much sleeping by anyone.  Stella and I returned in the morning for a yummy and bacon filled breakfast…

And to see Harry learn how to catch the football, he is pretty good if I do say so myself.

And Stella in the sling while we take down camp and pack up the car.

The kids played with friends while James is hard at work and I meander around taking photos that may or may not come out blurry. (big time hazard these days with Stella’s reach.)

After packing up and heading home the afternoon was filled with naps, doing laundry, and cleaning sticky things off of camping gear. All in all a fun outing and luckily the only injuries were a few bug bites and sleep deprivation.  So who is up for a camping trip?

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Ariell Dattage April 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Us! Pick us! We would love to go camping sometime, but like always we don’t know when… Looks like you had tons of fun with your ward though and I love how the kiddos roasted marshmallows! Very clever!

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Sierra April 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

Wow! Way to brave camping in Texas with 3 little kids. Pretty sure we went once when Hannah was about 9 months and Abby was 2…I think I can wait another 5-6 years before trying to do it again. Glad you had a fun time, even with the burn ban.

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syl April 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

what great times! I like what I see of Texas camping!

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Julia April 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

I’m not sure how I feel about camping. I bought Brian a tent 4 years ago but we’ve only used a few times, mostly in the back yard. But I do love a reason to roast smores. I’m glad the burn ban didn’t put an end to the smores.

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Kellie April 21, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Glad to see James still has his scoutmaster skills and that he is putting them to good use! Sleeping at home with the baby? You are a smart woman!

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Kim Frost April 25, 2011 at 6:58 am

James aren’t you suppose to be wearing a suit and tie?

Love the photos.

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Grandma Beryl April 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Love the photos also. makes me miss those kids and my big kids too. I was never much of a camper myself so I respect and revere those who are. Love you.

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