Monday, June 4, 2012


We finally did it - we took Mary on her first CAMPING TRIP! She LOVED it!!! We had a lot of fun! We left Saturday morning and drove about 2 hours until we found a suitable spot in Pike National Forrest. We had just bought a new tent and wanted to try it out. It's twice the size of our old tent. It was awesome! It was two room dividers so that Mary couldn't see us when she was napping. We set-up camp and then it started to rain on us, so we hung-out in our tents until it stopped. It was actually really fun, Jake set-up a chair and Mary just ran around playing.

This was right before the rain hit. Mary was playing with everything that we were throwing in the tent and Jake was staking down the mat as the rain started.

We didn't have time to eat lunch before we set-up camp so here is Jake in his chair just eating and waiting for the rain to stop.

Mary, of course, tried to get into everything. She was having a blast!

"Mommy pick me up!!!"

What a cutie!

After the rain stopped Mary was having a great time exploring, getting dirty and falling all over the place. Do you like her 80's outfit??? Pretty much these were the clothes I didn't care if she got dirty. (Except the shoes, I need to clean those. And I need to get camping shoes!)

The Kirby's came with us. We're all just hanging out by the fire.

Mary learned how to get in and out of the camping chairs. It quickly became one of her favorite things to do on the camping trip. And she did not want any help. If the chair started to tip we had to catch it because she would push our hands away if we were touching it. We often had to reclaim our chairs.

Just hanging out. Mary often will take a wipe or napkin and wipe her face, but during the camping trip I learned that she knows how to blow her nose into a wipe. It was really funny. I had no idea she could do that. She so much fun to watch!

Playing with her wipe. See the big log on the fire?! We did end up burning it all. It was an awesome fire. So warm and perfect!

Trying Daddy's hat on over and over again. I love those big blue eyes!!!

This is the next morning. Mary kept going to Alli and begging food from her. She's such a little scavenger sometimes. She loves to make the rounds and eat what everyone else is eating. 

About a year ago we got a new camp stove and this was the first time we got to use it. It was awesome! We loved it!!!

Mary once again stole Jake's chair. She was just lounging, waiting for breakfast.

Just chillin with Hayden. They thought they were such big people. It was funny!!!

BREAKFAST!!! YUM! Apple Fritter, bacon and chocolate milk. Could anything be better than this, I don't think so!!!

Overall the camping trip was so fun and a great success!!! Mary napped in the pack-in-play and slept okay in it. She did wake-up a few times. We had to take the wall down in the tent so she could see us, that seemed to calm her down enough that she could sleep. It got pretty cold that night, but she stayed under the covers and I think she stayed warm. In the morning she came and snuggled with us in our sleeping bags. She thought that was the funnest thing ever. She kept smiling and giggling. It was really fun! She is such an outdoors girl. We are definitely doing more camping trips!!!

We went to the doctor today for her check-up. She is growing well and moved up to the 50% for her height! They said she was right on track. And to make it better she didn't have to get any shots today!!! There was a vaccine shortage and the Dr. said she'd be fine until her next check-up so that made me and Mary happy!!! 

Happy Monday!!!!!!!!!!

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