Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Camping Trip ~ Mother's Day Weekend

We went camping last weekend...for a little getaway and for Mother's Day.  I've been wanting to go and Keith obliged so off we went.  I'm going to be completely honest...I was a little nervous going into it.  It sounded like a good idea but I knew could go one of two ways...total success or total nightmare.  But really, isn't that how everything is with small children?!  But I'm learning more and more that making memories is an investment.  It can be a lot of work...a lot of planning...a lot of packing and loading stuff up...but worth it.  Always worth it.  And this time, everything worked out beautifully.  Such a great way to spend my Mother's Day weekend.  My heart is so full and I feel like I've been refueled!

Here is a recap of our trip.

We headed out Friday afternoon about 3pm.

Saw fell asleep for a good part of the way...after we played the game of him throwing everything he could get his hands on and then whining until Mommy would hand it back to him. 

We got there around 5pm.  Set up camp and then it was time for dinner.  We didn't grill Friday night since we knew we would be busy setting up.  But Saw enjoyed his ravioli - but I think he was most excited about eating outside.

It was beautiful and the weather was perfect all weekend.

We spent a lot of time chasing this guy around.

And that can be exhausting but so very rewarding ~ like when you scoop him up and giggles follow.

He was so happy.  So happy to spend so much time outside.  So happy to be on a little adventure.

After dinner, playing and a bath, we took a moonlit stroll through the campground.

After we put Saw to bed, Keith and I just hung out.  I mean, you can't camp without playing domino's, right?!

And eating smores!

And we were up bright and early the next morning.  After breakfast we decided to go for a walk and see the waterfalls that the park was famous for.  And just a random side note: this park, Natural Falls State Park, is home to the tallest waterfall in Oklahoma and also where "Where the Red Fern Grows" was filmed.

And the waterfalls didn't disappoint.  This is from the observation deck at the top of the falls.  And can I just stop here and say, when did I become so afraid of heights?!  I mean, I've been skydiving before, but I was so nervous.  Well, I know, the truth is I was so paranoid that some freak accident would happen and one of us would fall off -- it was terrible.  So, moving along.

We decided to ditch the stroller and walk down to the bottom of the falls.

And there was no way this little wiggle worm was going to get out of our hands.

They were beautiful!

But nothing beats this view!

And Cooper loved it too.  I think finding this little steam was his favorite part of the trip.

Stopping for a family photo. 

Smothering Saw in kisses ~ which never gets old to me but clearly he was over it.

Playing with rocks.

Then it was nap time.  Praise the Lord the pack and play fit in the camper...made sleeping so much easier.  We all actually took a nap and it was so nice!

Then it was lunch time -- Keith cooked us hot dogs over the fire.

Then we spent the afternoon playing.

We played with bubbles.

And sidewalk chalk.

Which was a little messy.

We literally just hung out and everyone was so content. 

And then my Mother's Day feast.  Oh man, was it good!

After we got our bellies full, it was more of the same.  Playing, bathing, strolling, and then bed.  Then Keith and I just hung out by the fire.  Talking about how much fun we were having, how much we love our boy, how excited we are about another one, and envisioning future camping trips with our growing family and lots of kiddos (and a bigger camper).  Well, I did most of the talking...Keith was just going with it.

At one point, we were talking about Mother's Day and I said, "being a mom really is the greatest thing in the world" and Keith replied with "yeah, but it looks pretty exhausting".  Totally cracked me up ~ guys have no idea!  And while there are days that can be, they are so easily forgotten.  One grin from him totally erases the fit he just threw 2 seconds earlier.  I swear God programmed mommies brains to work especially like that.

After breakfast on Sunday I was given some gifts from my guys.

Then we went for one last walk.  And just to keep it real.  While I was trying to rig up the camera to balance on the stroller for a family picture Cooper decided to squat and relieve himself.  Nice, huh?  We couldn't help but laugh.

Being his mom is the greatest joy of my life. 

One last family picture.

Then we were on our way back home.  It was the perfect little trip. 


Amanda said...

Oh I'm so jealous of ya'lls fun little family trip...it looks like ya'll had a blast! Those waterfalls are pretty amazing...my hubby would have been trying to jump off of them knowing him! :) I can't believe how big Saw Man is getting...such a beautiful family! Love you!

Kathy Jo said...

Tiff, your words just draw me in and I feel like I am there with you! What special memories you are making with your family and I KNOW there will be many more! Sawyer looks like he had a GREAT time and he will be a pro to teach baby brother all about it!!!

As usual, your pictures are beautiful!!

Much love to you all!!

BeLLa said...

so glad you all had such a fun and awesome trip. you have a great boy scout to make everything wonderful. saw is precious. xoxo

morgan823 said...

Such a sweet post! I'm not a fan of camping or wasn't years ago but your post makes me wish we had a camper and could go sometime! Love all the pictures.

brother said...

Looks like fun... hope we can join y'all next time! Love you