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2017 Camping Trip

A couple of weeks ago we took the kiddos camping for 3 nights. I was scared. And I had to order stuff from Amazon, and make runs to target and walmart to get everything we needed. I saw this quote once, “camping, where you spend a small fortune to live like a homeless person”, and there’s some truth to that. That being said we still have nothing compared to our neighbor campers, we definitely need a tent shelter for our food, some adorable enamel dishes, camping stove oh and a large SUV to fit all this shit. Oh and did I mention I took a day to grocery shop and prep meals prior to going? But I’m just complaining/rambling because all in all it was a really really good trip. In fact Jonas asks me every night if we can go camping again. First off, he’s 2 how in the world is he old enough to say full sentences much less remember things???? So I have a feeling this camping thing is probably sticking around here and really that’s okay. There was a time when we were putting the kids down for a nap and it was SO hot in our tent and then a storm came rolling in and this amazing breeze flew into the tent and it was magical. 

Things I don’t want to forget about this trip:

  • Jonas calling himself ‘Jonas fish’ when he was swimming, which he wanted to do all the time
  • The kids being rockstars when we head to put up and put down the tents by just being kids outdoors, playing imagination with sticks, pinecones, chasing birds and just getting dirty. 
  • Jonas wanting to hug all of the bears (boo boo, yogi and cindy, not the real ones, we thankfully didn’t see real ones) at the camping resort
  • Nola having a special stick that she played with the entire time we were there and we ended up taking it home with us because we are suckers
  • Surviving 3 nights of people putting off fireworks
  • Surviving in a tent in a major thunderstorm
  • Nola being brave and standing under the bucket every time it pours water in the splash pad 
  • The time we got ice cream cones and then were reminded why we always get ice cream in dishes 
  • Watching the old school yogi cartoons outdoors

Here’s a video I compiled of all the footage I had while we were there. It’s long, so sorry about that, but my kiddos love these!

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kid’s star tank tops

First Camping Trip with the Littles

Memories I don’t want to forget on our first camping trip with our little ones:

– Nola was 2 years old, Jonas 3 months.

– The sight of Nola’s Minnie Mouse potty next to our tent.

– How I forgot hand sanitizer!!!!  I mean of course we washed our hands after going to the bathroom and we did have wipes, but I’m a little bit of a freak with the kids.

– How much we love and appreciate Uncle Ben.  What would we do without him?!  He helped put up the tent, helped build the fire, helped watch the kids, helped put the rain cover on in the middle of the night when it started raining, helped take down the tent.  Uncle Ben please come on all of our camping trips pleeeassse!  And I know that makes it sound like CJ and I were off relaxing in a hammock somewhere, but sadly with 2 littles we realize with camping it does take a village. I also packed my shot pistol just in case. I bought bulk ammo for it instead of buying in small amount. I made the right choice to buy in bulk because it was such a money saver.

– Before it started raining and the rain cover was needed, our tent has a mesh window on the top of our tent so you can look at the sky while lying down.  Nola and I chatted before going to bed, we were cuddly under the blankets because it was pretty brisk out and we talked about the big tree we could see…it was first a scary tree, but then we decided it was a beautiful tree (like so many things in life, am I right?).

– Surprisingly both kids slept really good!  Me, meh not so much, but probably not any less than I normally get.

– The next morning we had breakfast burritos and we thought Nola had grown out of her egg allergy.  We were wrong.

–  Guys, Devils Lake is beautiful and a must if you live in WI.

–  Thinking we need to do a lot more of these outdoor trips away from TV and social media.

–  Lastly how thankful I am for my family and how thankful I am to God for this absolutely wonderful, spoiled life He has given me.

Here’s a couple photos of our trip if you care to see:

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surfin safari

Recently our little family took a much needed weekend trip.  After doing some research I came across this place called Safari West that has wild animals and you can sleep in tents.  Now I know that many of our family and friends are campers and we think all of you are awesome, but after our last camping experience we realized we like the finer things in life and all that really means is a bed.  So when I told CJ we were camping he surprisingly seemed to be fine with it.  I’m not quite sure if it’s because he wasn’t really listening to me or just going with the flow, he’s good at both of those things :).

Since Safari West is in wine country we decided to hit up a winery beforehand.  CJ and I love love wine country and been there a handful of times.  After visiting a lot of the bigger wineries we are starting to visit smaller family owned one’s and loving them a lot!  We went to Vincent Arroyo Winery and got a private tasting and small tour of the winery.  Our tour guide was charismatic and a lot of fun to talk to and it started our little getaway on the right foot.  We also left with a delicious bottle of port.

Next we ate at a Calistoga and hit up a candy store to find chocolate to go with our Port for later that evening.  While scooping things out I saw these handmade popsicles and anything handmade I’m a sucker for these days.  They also had mini popsicles and after reading the ingredients I naively thought Nola should get one too.  It was such a mess and the popsicle was a deep purple color.  I should tell you I have a pet peeve for dirty fingers, etc. and having a baby is teaching me to let go.  Coincidentally we realized afterwards the popsicle that got all over Nola also looked like wine and being in wine country…well that made us feel a little unsettled.

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Now CJ still wasn’t quite sure what to expect when getting to Safari West, but soon found out that our tent was far from the standard camping experience.  I was going to let him sweat it out until he saw the place :).  People, if we ever go camping this is the way to go!  It was pretty much a hotel room w/ tent walls.  They had a space heater, the most comfortable bed, along with a full bathroom, it was lovely!!  We took a family nap where we got this beautiful breeze, we could hear the animals and it really was a moment where I wanted to freeze in time.




The next day we got to go on a guided hike around the grounds and to see more of the animals and the beautiful countryside.  Safari West also gives jeep tours, but they don’t recommend children under 4 years, so we will need to wait a bit to do that.  But if you do have kids who are older I think it would be an amazing experience.  I wish we could teletransport our nephew and niece because we know they would love it!

Overall this was an awesome short little trip and we made a lot of special memories!  Goodness I love my family so!



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