Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 Week in Review: #16, #17, and #18


The last few weeks have been full of camping trips, conferences, and rain. We spent the last weekend of April at our church campout. It was the first time they've done it and we're hoping it becomes an annual thing because the kids had a blast. The campground is owned by our church and it is very family friendly. There are cabins, a mess hall, lake with canoes and paddle boats, firing range, playground, and more. We opted to sleep in a tent because that is what the kids wanted to do. The cabins are very basic so I thing I would have preferred a tent anyway.

When we got there, my husband first set up the tent with the kids and then off they went to gather firewood for the fire. The kids are far more helpful in the great outdoors than they are at home, and helped daddy carry the wood and gather pine straw.

Families brought their own food to cook over the fire. Bridget really wanted to have veggie kabobs instead of a simple hotdog, so that's what we did for dinner. George made me very nervous near the fire. Next year I hope he'll be more cautious and give me a break (but then of course Liam will be toddling around and I'll then be worried about him).

Liam spent about 20 minutes in his stroller until he had had enough and he had to be held for the remainder of the camping trip. I can't complain too much, since he was rather snuggly. It was very cold that night and we spent the evening by the fire because it was time to turn in. George fell right to sleep but poor Bridget was freezing and could not fall asleep for a long time. I moved closer to warm her up and Liam slept between us. I was pretty miserable with it being so cold that night and did not sleep much, and neither did my husband. Once the kids fell asleep, they slept through the night.

The next morning, the kids went on the lake with daddy. After that we had breakfast and then I packed up the tent and supplies while my husband took the kids to the playground. After the van was loaded, I joined them with the camera. They were having fun on a see-saw. My husband had George and Liam on one side and Bridget on the other. Bridget especially was having a grand time.

Two weeks after our family camping trip, my husband and George went back for the father-son campout the church has done since even my husband was a little boy. My husband's father also went with them. While the weather was much warmer this time around, it did rain briefly. Instead of a tend, this time my husband opted for a cabin and air mattresses. While it rained, George rode his tricycle around the cabin (we really need to get him a bike).

It did not rain long and soon George was back playing outside. We all really enjoyed the camping trips and want to do more camping in the future.

While George and daddy were on their camping trip, Bridget, Liam, and I had some fun at home. We ended up sleeping on the floor in the living room. Not very comfortable for me, but Bridget had fun and it was special for her.

She got to play with Liam on George's truck. She pushed him around (slowly and gently). Liam loved it! He was all smiles and so was his big sister. I'm glad to have Bridget around to help play with her brothers. She is especially helpful with Liam.




We've been working on drill sheets a lot. We're close to the end of her Primer math book. She enjoys the drill sheets right now because if she gets them all correct, I draw a smiley face on her paper. It doesn't seem like much, but she likes it and it makes her feel proud. It's the simple things.


The kids have been listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe on audiobook. I have not done much reading to them this past week because I got a cold for the first time in years. First my throat hurt to talk even though I still had a voice. Now, I don't have much of a voice and when I do try to talk a lot I start coughing. I think the cold is nearing its end.


Due to being sick, I haven't done much cooking this week. The most elaborate meal I made was spaghetti... from a jar.

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