This past week we went on our annual family camping trip. We went to the Michigan Creek camp ground, near Jefferson Lake. We actually went to this same campground two years ago. We were able to get the same exact camping spot, and were so excited about that. (It was right next to the bathroom, which is always a plus). The last time we went to this spot we brought our yellow lab puppy Jasper with us. It was a disaster taking him. This time was so much more enjoyable. We did take our dog Misty with us but she did great. It was so nice to get away for a few days and just relax as a family. We hung out, went exploring, went fishing, and ate yummy campfire treats. Lots of memories were made and we came home filthy and exhausted. Here are some pictures I took. I wish I had gotten more.
|Like I said, we brought Misty with us. She did great. She didn't even need to be tied up because she stuck right around with us|
We bought little papasan camping chairs for the older three when they were younger, and it was so fun to see Scarlett enjoy them. I couldn't get enough of seeing her lounging in them. I think it made her feel like such a big girl =)
Here are Lexi and Levi carving their swords. You gotta love the box cutters! haha
|Brandon brought his blow torch along to help get the fires going, lol.|
|When her little camp chair kept tipping over, she decided she liked the big camp chairs better.|
There was area to go exploring that led to a river. The kids loved exploring, and Scarlett wanted to be right there with them
|The kids loved playing in the river. It made me a little nervous when they were climbing across the rocks, but luckily no one ever fell in!|
Alexis was determined that she was going to catch some fish with this plastic bag. She tried all different spots, and tried her hardest to get one! She even lost the bag at one point, and tracked it down way down the river.
When deciding on where we wanted to camp, one of the priorities was going somewhere with no fire ban. Having a camp fire was a must for us. It just doesn't feel like real camping without one!
We did smores the first night, which is always a hit. We forgot our marshmallow roasters as home, so we had to make some out of sticks.
Here is Scarlett munching on a marshmallow before we even had a chance to roast it! She loved those marshmallows, and didn't even know the difference between a roasted and non roasted one, so we just let her go to town on it.
Brandon brought his fly pole, but we didn't have any poles for the kids, so Brandon made some out of some tree branches and fishing line. They worked great and we actually caught three fish with them! I wish I had gotten more pictures =( He had the kids catching grasshoppers in the field to use as bait, and the fish loved those grasshoppers! We threw all but one fish back, which Brandon cooked over the campfire that night.
Scarlett was fascinated by the outhouse. After I told the kids a scary story about an outhouse (mom fail), they were afraid to go alone, so we spent a lot of time waiting outside the door for them =)
The second day, we planned on going to Jefferson Lake to go fishing, but it ended up raining off and on all day. So we just stuck around our camp site. The kids made friends with two kids at a campsite next to ours and had fun exploring and catching grasshoppers with them all day. In between downpours, Brandon took the kids fishing. It was a great day.
That night we made banana boats. Alexis has been raving about them ever since she had them earlier this summer at youth conference. I actually had never heard of them! You take a banana, cut it down the center (with the peel still on), and stuff it with goodies. We had mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and reeses pieces. Them you wrap it in tin foil and roast it over the fire. When it's done you have a gooey yummy treat.
Here are Brandon and the girls filling theirs. Brandon was a little unsure of it as you can see by his face. Levi wouldn't even entertain the idea, and opted for a smore instead =)
|Here are Alexis and Tori's stuffed and ready to wrap. I could not believe how much they stuffed into theirs!|
|Waiting for them to be done! They ended up being pretty tasty, but a little weird at them same time, lol. Alexis finished Tori's when Tori decided she didn't like the banana flavor. It was fun to try something new!|
|Here's a picture of me to prove that I was indeed there =)|
Getting ready for camping trips, and going on them is always a lot of work. But the memories made are priceless and I wouldn't trade it for the world.