Sunday, April 10, 2016

Camping with Thor the dog

Camping is a family favorite and because our spring will rapidly turn into a sweltering summer we took advantage of a beautiful weekend and went camping in Cold Spring, Texas. Recent torrential rain in east Texas left most of our campgrounds partially flooded so we literally booked the very last tent spot in southeast Texas! Let the fun begin...

Setting up tents is quite the project with little ones and pets on site! A family nap was in order after such exertion:)

Family nap time was reward for putting up our tents. I looked up and felt such gratitude for the majestic trees watching over our little family!

The hubby is writing a book...guess he felt inspired by the peaceful quiet of nap time on the campground!

Thor the Great Dane puppy and Scarlett have a love/you bug me to death relationship:) He will be bigger than her in not so many months so learning to place nice is paramount.

I love camping for the sitting around with family, no list, no agenda, no schedule...just complete relaxed enjoyment of the moments. Brittany is sharing such a moment with her girls.

I usually travel with something creative to do. Stamped images and markers are my "go to" carry on craft. Annabelle and Scarlett felt quite grown up with stamped flowers and"real" markers from Grammie's stash:)

Brittany and Travis are creating an outdoor adventure family. They are never daunted by taking babies almost anywhere...and the babies love it!

We love family bike rides. When the kids were young we would often take a Sunday afternoon bike ride since it was the only day Michael took off from med school studying. Camping bike rides are always on the activity list!

Thor or rather "Sor de dog" as Scarlett calls him is already spoiled and seems to think he is a child!

No camping experience would be complete without smores! We like to add a bit of twist with reeses cup smokes...try it!

Another camping must is pancakes.Our family icon Uncle Joe would hold "Pancake flipping 101" tutorials when I was a kid....I am continuing the tradition with my grandchildren. Why is it that pancakes taste amazing outdoors?

More sitting around sipping hot chocolate without a care in the world....totally love camping!

Riding to the bathroom can be quite the adventure when it is on the back of the car or on the trailer. I remember the thrill of riding in the back of my dad's work truck "back in the day" the 70's before seat belts, bike helmets, when we lived with less fear:)

Riding to the front of the campground was the finally adventure. So long camping till we meet again:)

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