Our Trip

We’re back and we had a maw-va-lous trip, simply maw-va-lous. And true to my nature I have pictures. Lots and lots…and lots of pictures!! ๐Ÿ˜›

This is the third year that a group of moms and I go for a week long camping trip with our kids but without husbands. The last two years there were four moms and ten kids in total. I wouldn’t call it relaxing but it sure was fun. This year, though, two of the moms couldn’t make it so that just left my friend, C, and I. We had such a great time. She has three children and, of course, I have two. And they all got along famously.

We’ve been going to the same campground each year because it’s very family orientated. It certainly isn’t the secluded foresty type of place that Adrian and I go to, but it’s just perfect for moms going alone with their children.

We arrived Monday afternoon and spent some time setting up camp and relaxing. Then in the early evening we took a walk to the beach. It started out civil enough where the kids were calmly wading in the cool water…

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But soon enough it progressed to this…

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As I watched them having the best time being carefree and swimming with their clothes on, I had a strong feeling of contentment wash over me. THIS is what childhood is all about. ๐Ÿ™‚

The next day was hot and gorgeous so we headed to the beach. In fact, we did that almost every chance we could so you’ll see a lot of beach pics.

Besides swimming, the children spent plenty of time building in the sand. They displayed such teamwork and vision. It was one of my favourite parts of the trip – watching them play hard together like that.

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Being a camping resort type place there were a variety of activities available. One of them was a “money scramble” on the beach. There were coins hidden in the sand and all of the kids had to dig for them…

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To my heart’s delight R has suddenly taken to reading. I just had to snap this picture…

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There was a sand castle building contest on one of the days, and the children participated with fervor. You can see the cobble stone pathway that they worked hard on adding. Alas, they didn’t win but they did get a freezie for participating. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Someone built a ship…

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Some adults got together and, using a plastic tub, built this large castle…

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With all of the activities available there was still time to paint nails. This is my daughter, J, on the right with friend, N…

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My friend, C, just bought this used tent trailer last Friday. Adrian and I are starting to think about going this way rather than always tenting. It would nice not to have to pack all of the plates, etc. EVERY TIME we go.

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In addition to the beach we spent our time doing all of the other fun things the campground had to offer:

A swing ride…

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Go-carts…

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(C and her daughter, J)

A petting zoo…

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Several playgrounds…

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A train ride…

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A horse drawn wagon ride…

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Even mini golf…

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But always we returned to the lovely beach to bask in the sun…

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Read…

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And, of course, build in the sand…Camping with Friends 2007 046

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This is what they worked hard at building the last afternoon. A series of ponds…

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And amid all the goings-onย it was just great spending time together…

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I can’t wait until next year!

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About Debbie

I am a stay at home mom of 2 energetic children. I homeschool them as well. I have a great husband who, after 7 years of working away from, finally has a job where he is home every night. We are trying to learn how to live together again along with adjusting to the lower pay that came along with the job change.
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17 Responses to Our Trip

  1. Sirdar says:

    WOW!! That looks like a wonderful trip. The weather sure held up for you. The kids look like they had a great time playing in the water and the sand. Neat campground with all those other activities. Some great pictures in there too.

  2. poeticscot says:

    Got to agree with Sirdar, ‘wow’ – what a great time you and the kids have had – and look at all that sunshine ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    How true – when the mood takes – just follow the kids example and enjoy – swimming, building castles and just having a fun time ๐Ÿ˜€

    So many great photo’s too – all amazing – and the last one of you all – a reunion – next year – for you all – for sure ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Pamela says:

    what body of water is this???

    any trouble with mosquitoes?

    nothing better than digging in the sand.

  4. Dawn says:

    It looks like a great time. What a wonderful photo array and great memories. It is great there were so many things to do, never a dull moment.

  5. Joy T. says:

    Great photos you took Debbie. Really captures all the fun you had!

  6. Steffi says:

    WOW…what wonderful pictures of a nice time together in the camp!I wish we were there too!

  7. Baba O (Claudine's Mom) says:

    Thanks to you Debbie for taking the pictures—Thanks to Claudine for forwarding them to me.
    It was good to see how the kids enjoyed themselves.
    A picture is worth !000 words
    THX

  8. Heather says:

    Looks like you had a blast…what awesome weather…spending tons of time near water is always a favorite of mine!

  9. Carla says:

    Fabulous pictures!!! Looks like great fun was had by all.

  10. Debbie says:

    Sirdar – The weather WAS awesome for us except for one night with a big storm.

    Peter – We did have a wonderful time and enjoyed the sunshine. None there for you yet?

    Pam – It’s called Buffalo Lake in AB. Nice and shallow. Some mosquitoes but not too bad.

    Dawn – Thanks. There certainly was a lot to do.

    Joy – Thanks. Man it was a good trip this year.

    Seffi – It would’ve been nice to have ya!

    Baba O – Hey!! Thank-you for commenting. I’m glad you enjoyed the pics! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Heather – Mine too. I just love spending time by the water.

    Carla – Thank-you. It was a great time.

  11. poeticscot says:

    Debbie, the wonderful photo – you captured so beautifully of ‘J’ leaving the sea – and this inspired the me to write this poem for you.

    ~ Freedom of โ€˜Jโ€™ ~

    How wonderful a scene
    Captured for all to see
    The imagination within
    Those childhood eyes.

    Eyes sparkling
    In the sunlight
    Excited with joy
    On this beautiful
    Sunshine of day.

    Joy to be in the sea
    At long last
    To swim
    So free.
    Fun and laughter
    It brings happiness
    To you
    I see.

    Dreams will be
    Of this day
    For sure
    As you watch
    โ€˜Jโ€™ play
    In the sea
    Of dreams.

    Childhood
    Is a special time
    That we all have had
    But none is more so
    Than to see
    Your own child
    At play.
    Sweet Dreams.

    ** I do hope you will frame this particular photo – as you are able to capture the scene so beautifully and the expression on ‘J’s face too.

  12. Debbie says:

    Thank-you, Peter, for the lovely poem. You do capture so poignantly the mood of that photo.

  13. poeticscot says:

    Thank you for allowing us to enjoy such a wonderful post and to share in the joy of viewing your equally wonderful photos.

  14. poeticscot says:

    I tried yesterday to also place this poem of your son ‘R’ reading by torchlight – see if I can post ๐Ÿ˜•

    ~ โ€˜Rโ€™ โ€“ Torchlight Reading ~

    Reading by torchlight
    In the quiet of night
    Alone to sit here
    And enjoy
    The peace.

    Alone too
    To visualise
    The scene
    As I read.

    The mystery
    Starts to unfold
    As I turn over
    The page.

    My imagination
    Is now deep within
    The book
    As each picture
    By torchlight
    I see โ€“ guides me
    Along the adventure.

    Time uncertain
    Nor care about
    As I am too
    Wrapped up
    In my new book.

    โ€œHow does
    It endโ€?
    How should I know?
    I have not quite
    Finished yet.

  15. Debbie says:

    Another great one. Thank-you again. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s certainly how I feel when I’m wrapped up in a book – I hope he feels the same.

  16. poeticscot says:

    I forgot to ask about the ‘Tent Trailer’ – perhaps you can write a post about it!!

    How does it work, does one climb up inside and it is secure? I can see a little of the photo, but still uncertain of it.

    In need of guidance, as I am considering going camping in early autumn.

  17. Debbie says:

    I’ll try my best to explain soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

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