Fourteen people, two tents, one pop-up and a giant canopy/kitchen complex. Eight days and nights of family time with my whole family. Countless memories.
We had a fabulous time camping, hiking, walking, beaching, shopping and eating. I am thankful for these times together. As the kids get older and busier, finding time to schedule such vacations is harder and harder, but still ever-so-important. I’m grateful I have such a wonderful extended family!
On the front end of our camping trip, I took a Mother/Daughter trip with my oldest girl. We were able to head north a day earlier and spend time shopping, exploring, and laughing. I’m telling ya – I can really laugh with this girl! Nobody else laughs at my ridiculous sense of humor like she does. We were both doubled over in laughter more times than I can count (slightly problematic while I was driving!). What a blessing she is to me!
And at the end of our trip, my husband took a Father/Son trip with our oldest boy. They backpacked on a remote island and ate freeze-dried food and beef jerky and did lots of boy things. They enjoyed the time together as well, and I am often reminded lately just how mature my son is becoming. Personally, I would take my girl trip of shopping and hotel-sleeping over backcountry backpacking any day, but I guess that doesn’t sound very appealing to dudes.
And now we’re home again. The remainder of the camping laundry is still sneering at me from the laundry room floor. My to-do list is long. But it was all worth it, for those memories made sitting around the campfire, working together at the campsite and playing at the beach.