Thursday, August 12, 2010

Playtime: Camping and Kids

I have been terribly remiss in blogging.


I could bore you with lots of details about how crappy I've been feeling and the mountains of not so fabulous emails, but I'm not going to.

So instead, I thought it was about time for me to actually, yanno, blog instead of just quoting (sometimes) old, (sometimes) dead people to you each week.

Based on this week's quote, we're playing right? Right.

Over the weekend we took the kidlets camping. Their
first time EVER. Husband was signed up for a volunteer project for C.A.S.T. for Kids, an awesome organization that sets up these outings for special needs kids and their families.

Anyway, so it was up at a nearby reservoir and instead of driving up at 4:30 a.m. (because he needed to be at the marina by 5:30-6:00 a.m.) we decided staying the night before was probably a better plan.

So we camped. We actually laid the back seats down in the Honda Pilot and turns out ... all four of us fit in there just fine! Sweet. No tent camping. Worked out great especially since it rained about a quarter of the time we were there. The kids? Didn't care.

We didn't really do much. The water was a ways away and COLD, so we didn't dare enter. It ended up just being a lot of hanging out, sitting around, chatting, watching the kids discover the outdoors. Oh, and roasting marshmallows.

I'd have more pictures, but my camera is still currently covered with roasted marshmallow. (If anyone has any tips on cleaning gooeyness off electronic devices, let me know?)

Oh, and if you were wondering (as I asked a Twitter/FB poll before we left), I did NOT take the laptop with me.

It was pure play time! Yay!

How's your play time been lately?


Stephanie McGee said...

Play time's been pretty minimal. I'm trying to cram in as much writing-related time as I can before school starts and I lose all free time.

Glad you had fun camping.

Sarah Bromley said...

That sounds like so much fun! Tim and I've been talking about taking the kids camping in the Ozarks once the heat in Missouri fades a bit. Right now it's so hot that I do think you could fry an egg on the blacktop.

WindyA said...

@Stephanie - It was good times! I'm sorry you're not getting much play time, but hey, you're on to bigger and brighter things, right?

@Sarah - You should definitely take them! They'll have a blast. I was so surprised at how cold it was up there! I had a fleece jacket on almost the whole time we were there! The elevation (combined with the weather) definitely helped keep it really cool.

ali said...

Um, there has been NO playtime. And we haven't ever taken our boys camping either! Oy, the parent-guilt!

Sounds like your time was perfect though. Thanks for inspiring me!

And sorry, no tips for de-gooeing electronics. :(

WindyA said...

Ali - I thought it'd be harder to take the kids camping, but it wasn't bad. And the weather was pretty cool up there when it was sweltering in the valley. Even with the rain, we all had a blast! You NEED to take them. :) ... this coming from the city girl, right?

Carolyn V. said...

Windy, That sounds like so much fun! We are taking the kids to the lake beach (I wanted to say beach, but that sounds like we are going to be near the ocean...We aren't, but still excited). =)

KLo said...

It sounds like a great time :)

And I've been struggling with keeping up with my personal blog as well ... the stars must be aligning strangely or something ;)