Grace Church Campout {2013}

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This weekend was the first annual church campout with Grace Church Bellingham. I won’t lie, it was a bit of a rough weekend at times. One child refused to use the campground bathroom to relieve his or herself of a heavy load all weekend…and ended up moaning and groaning in pain, doubled over, expecting sympathy from me.

There were plenty of fights and too much whining…tree frog, frog pacific northwest, camping in the pacific northwest, large family, large family camping, large family blog

But there were also adorable teeny-tiny tree frogs. knitting, teen boy knitting, large family, large family blog, camping large family, camping pacific northwest

And a handsome teen boy who enjoyed knitting by the campfire in the mornings.

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And another who played This Is My Father’s World on his harmonica for us.

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And a curly-haired boy who sipped hot chocolate for the first time ever.large family, large family blog, pacific northwest, camping in the pacific northwest, large family camping

And some pretty sweet times as a family around the campfire.curly hair toddler, curly haired toddler, toddler curly hair, curly haired boy, large family, large family blog, camping large family, camping pacific northwest

Apollo worked hard on mastering the art of log-walking.curly hair toddler, curly haired toddler, toddler curly hair, curly haired boy, large family, large family blog, camping large family, camping pacific northwest, double aortic arch, vascular ring, g-tube, tube fedAnd JUMPING!

Then there was the Mystery Poop. You know what I mean. Like when your husband says, “Hey, Honey, what’s that on your pants?” and you look down and say, “I don’t know, but it really looks like poop“. And then you realize that the smell of poop that has been wafting through your nostrils all morning was actually coming from your pants. But the thing is, you have no idea why you have a giant smear of poop on your leg or where it came from. And your  youngest child is potty-trained and you haven’t held anyone else’s baby…so you get cleaned up, but you are constantly worried by the Mystery Poop. Believing it could lurk around any corner. Just lying in wait for you. Where did it come from? Is there any more? How much more? Where will I be surprised by it next? Then you realize, with some sadness that this is not the first time in your seventeen years of mothering that you have been plagued by Mystery Poop. There were those slightly-too-plump raisins you caught one year old Adalia eating once…and who could forget taking a bath with toddler Adalia and baby Judah and finding carrots and peas suddenly floating int he water like a flock of colorful (if digested) rubber duckies. The good (?) news is, Chuck eventually found the source of the Mystery Poop. Apollo had stepped in a pile of dog doo that some fellow camper neglected to clean up…and it coated his sandals and stroller and my leg. Finally the mystery was solved, but to be honest, it didn’t make me feel a whole lot better…tubie, g-tube, tube fed, large family blog, large family

But there were funny moments. Like when Chuck had a can of Apollo’s formula in one hand and his coffee in the other and he accidentally took a gulp of formula instead of coffee! {And by the way, that is a re-usable coffee cup. No Starbucks runs on our camping trip}

And who could forget the real highlight of the trip: The Kids’ Olympics!IMG_1022 blog

Sweet Calvin was more  than ready to join in. I photographed Calvin’s birth almost three years ago…and his hair looks almost the same in this picture as it did then!large family, large family  blog, large family camping, pacific northwest camping, church campout

The teens had a rockin’ jump rope competition…large family, large family blog, large family camping, pacific northwest camping, church campout

Tilly and Enoch were the two finalists and in the end Enoch won, gaining points for his team.

I have plenty more pictures that I will be sharing in the next day or so…

And last, but not least, the winner of the Flash Kids giveaway is…

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Rachel who said:

I am always looking for reading workbooks for my kindergartner…

Send me an email, Rachel, and I’ll get you in touch with your prize!

 

 

 

 

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12 Responses

  1. Marie Lara

    Looks like it was incredibly fun & worthwhile! 🙂

  2. What a fun weekend! I love all your parenting stories so much! I think that mystery poop story is going to keep me laughing for a while 🙂

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      Thank you, Sarah. I honestly debated whether or not to include the Mystery Poop story. Glad it made you laugh.

  3. Hi Renee
    I just wanted to comment on this and say how much you inspire me in my parenting when I read your blog. I love that you explain how tough parts of your camping trip was but then focus entirely on the positive. I just returned from my first camping trip with my nearly 3 year old & 1 year old and it was such hard work but filled with amazing moments. I’ve been trying to focus on remembering those amazing moments & learning from the hard work & your blog constantly inspires me to ‘try again better tomorrow’ Often I think “I just have 2, Bakers Dozen Renee has 14!”& I’m in awe but thank you for your lovely blog, your daily parenting inspiration & the help you’ve given me just lurking and reading over the past few years.

  4. Bernadette Lock

    Just had to let you know, that I love “sharing” your families highs and lows. I was in fits of laughter reading the mystery poop paragraph (can totally relate lol and why is it little girls have the most ‘poop’ stories???? hehe) Love to see you guys enjoying some down time. God Bless
    Bernadette xoxo

  5. Looking at the picture of Apollo today, I had a thought I haven’t had in ages.. but he looks taller to me. He looks like he’s grown. Maybe it’s angles or clothing, but its a nice change because the poor guy struggles so hard for every cm.
    Mystery poop has happened to all of us. I hate the mystery poop smell in the house. We have a training toddler who goes mostly pantsless, a dog who had a bad reaction to medication, and open windows.. wafting poop smell terrifies me because there’s so many place it could come from!

    • bakersdozenandapolloxiv

      He has gained a pound since we added a third can of formula to his daily diet. I have had to loosen the adjustable elastic on his pants!

  6. First of all… ewwwww…..

    Enoch looks incredibly focused and can also jump incredibly high!

  7. I sent you an email. I never win anything 🙂

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