Sunday, May 27, 2007

Our Memorial Camp-Out

We had our first camping trip of the year on Friday nite. It went better than last year's camping adventures - then I had to wake up every 2 hours and feed a screaming Jonas. This year I had to wake up about every few hours - but this time I only had to locate the moaning/crying child (either Jonas of Miles, of course), then feel around for the blanket, then locate the sleeping bag, then put all 3 back together again. Then all was quiet for another 2-3 hours. It wasn't bad.

I'll narrate the rest of the trip with our pictures:

Miles was so anxious to help Ben get the fire started. It's all he could say when we got there: "Let's make the fire, Dad. Let's make the fire, Dad." And on and on. He was a great helper by gathering up dried pine-needles.

Here is the Big Boy finally roasting his hot-dog. He ended up burning it and so that one was given to Ben to eat. (One of the many things dads are good for!) He then cooked another one. He ate the entire bun-part before he ate the hot-dog. The kid is pretty near being a vegetarian. I have to bribe him to eat meat. Crazy kid.

Jonas DID NOT want to wait and cook his hot dog. He wanted it right then and there! That's Jonas for ya! He was okay once we gave him the bun - he sat quite content in his chair then.

After dinner we went down to the water and fished and threw rocks. Ain't he a good lookin' fisherman??? I defnitely think so.

We both caught a fish here. There was Ben's Sunday lunch (he loved it, he says). I love the other picture b/c Miles is all blurry b/c he was SO excited about the fish, jumping all up and down (Miles, not the fish)! Last time we fished he wouldn't touch the thing. This time he touched it, poked its eyeballs out, and carried it the whole way back to our campsite. He told Ben that he could not cook it b/c "I need him." Sorry kiddo.

Rise 'n Shine. Miles let us sleep in until a lovely. . . 6:30. Nice. He did good for a little bit and came in the sleeping bag with me - that lasted for about 5-10 minutes. Then his whispers became loud "Wake up, Jonas!" "Wake up, Jonas." Jonas did wake up and by the looks and sounds of it he wasn't too pleased about it. :)

After breakfast we went on a little "hike" down by the river. It's a really beautiful area - I think almost any area is beautiful when it has a river. The weather was perfect for us.

We had to "check-out" of our campsite by noon, so after we had packed all up we went to check out another lake - about an hour from us. So we went there, weren't totally impressed by the area, but did some more fishing. Ben and I both got another one and then we headed back home.

It was a really great family camp-out. On the way home Miles kept telling us not to go home and to go back to the campsite. He told us some "naughty people came by and knocked down our house, so we can't go back." He would tell us this over and over and over. (But don't worry, his toys were okay - they just had "fallen out of the house, but [were] not broken.") I was able to convince him that we would go and check on the house - if it was knocked down we could go back to the campsite. If it wasn't, we'd go inside. We slept quite well that nite. . . in our beds.


rebecca said...

Sounds like you guys had a great time. I love the story about Miles concerned about your house in an attempt to convince you to live in the tent forever.

Megan said...

Your boys are so cute. I just love the picture of Miles roasting his hotdog. He looks like a little man.
Things are crazy here - finally got all the wallpaper off and our stuff is coming tomorrow - yippee!!!

erin said...

love the pic of jonas in the morning. i know exactly how he feels!

Niederfam said...

I have to agree with Erin, I think I wake up just like Jonas.....:) Dang. Looks like fun.

erin said...

i forgot to mention that the chairs are perfect! i bet the boys loved them. i can't wait until you can use the third one...

emily said...

yes, the third PINK chair will be pretty fun! they are great chairs - love our REI credit card and accompanying dividends. :)