Family Camping in the Rain

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Sometimes I set amazing goals for myself like:

I will post on my blog every day.

I will update Love on a Mission.

I will do the laundry and shower.

I will singlehandedly save the world and end hunger. And violence. And knitting with icky, acrylic yarn.

And other days I get stuck with acute neck and back pain or am recovering from photographing a birth or both.

I’ll let you guess which one today is.

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No worries, I have now swallowed half a bottle of ibuprofen and will carry on to wildly entertain you with photos of our camping trip in Oregon. 

You are so very welcome.

Family camping in the rain. What could be more fun?

Spicy sweet little Charlotte’s feet in a puddle.

Camping in the rain…not really on anyone’s bucket list, is it? Our first night it poured. Just as Chuck and I got into our tent, I felt a few drops of water on my face. Never a good sign. Chuck, being the valiant gentleman, hopped out and got to work on the problem right away. 

The problem lay in the tent fly touching the tent. Chuck grabbed some rope and clamps but couldn’t quite get it off of tent…Until he grabbed a fun-sized Snickers bar to gather the extra material. That did the trick!

We were literally saved by a Snickers bar! Too bad the aren’t sponsoring this post. Thanks, anyway, Snickers People.

Camping in the rain can still be fun! You just need the right attitude and some fun sized Snickers bars.

Camping in the rain can still be fun! You just need the right attitude and some fun sized Snickers bars.

At least there wasn’t burn ban on, so we were able to keep warm with coffee, campfires and friends.

Camping in the rain can still be fun! You just need the right attitude and some fun sized Snickers bars.

Chuck bought these really cool Non-Poke-Your-Brother’s-Eye-Out Roasters and we loved them! I reviewed them here if you are interested in learning more.

Hezekiah and Tucker loved grabbing the used Via coffee packets and filling them with water for a morning “jolt”. Don’t worry, it was more the idea that jolted them than anything else. I imagine they got .00021 mg of caffeine. No need to call the police or suggest I start drinking decaf.

Camping the rain can be fun...especially if you have Via coffee to keep you sustained.

Besides, look at these poor boys…would you deny them a bit of coffee and joy?

 I didn’t think so.

Camping in the rain can still be fun. Just bring warm clothes and snickers bars for your tent.

Camping in the rain can still be fun! You just need the right attitude and some fun sized Snickers bars.

Ella didn’t mind the rain. Of course, she had a camper to sleep in and can’t walk…

Camping in the rain as a family can be fun as long as you have the right equipment.

Camping the rain can be fun...especially if you have Via coffee to keep you sustained.

I’m not sure if you were able to pick it up in the video, but Apollo learned to ride a bike with no training wheels! This is a huge milestone for him. While he hasn’t lagged behind any official milestones (other than eating and sleeping) he has lagged behind his siblings. At our church campout another child his age asked me why he couldn’t ride a bike….as dumb as it is, the comment hurt*. This kid has overcome so very much in his six years…riding a bike has been pretty low on the priority list. 

But now, here he is. We bought him a balance bike a year or two ago and he mastered that. He spent three days riding around the campground  with training wheels on this bike (it is new and he was leaning to pedal). Then Chuck took off the training wheel and Enoch took him out for a spin. He was able to ride independently within minutes!

Apollo’s milestones are always bittersweet for me. I am so proud of him and so thankful to have him alive and healthy…but as my last child, my pride is always tempered with bit of sadness too…

*The child’s question was fine, and he had no idea about Apollo’s health history. It was upsetting to me to see him lag.

More camping adventures to be continued…

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10 Responses

  1. Is it camera angle or has Tucker had a massive growth spurt and overtaken Hezekiah in height? I noticed in a photo the other day, and now today’s makes it look like he has too.

    • I think it is that Tucker is standing closer to me. Hezekiah is actually the one growing…he is now about an inch taller than Tucker for the first time in YEARS! He is 17 months older than Tucker, but they have been the height for years.

  2. Congratulations, Apollo! Wonderful news. Guess what? I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was SEVEN. But have ridden all over since, and on some very big hills in France.

  3. I had a kid that didn’t always meet the milestones when he should. He could do other things though and that’s what you need to focus on in these conversations. My kid could do multiplication in his head at 4 but didn’t read until he was 10. When asked something like that, I would say “He has not learned that yet because he’s been working on learning other things. When he’s ready to work on it, he’ll do it.” I think it’s important to answer these kinds of questions (especially when asked in front of the kid) in a way that preserves their dignity. 😉

    • I am admittedly sensitive to “milestones” with Apollo because his first 18 months of life, when he was literally starving and we were dealing with a mystery illness doctor after doctor kept saying, “but he’s reaching all of his milestones” as if that meant he couldn’t possibility be seriously ill. I am really a “they will get there in their own time” kind of mom. Or was, before Apollo 🙂

  4. everything in God’s timing…he has come so far and praising God for each and every milestone he passes.

  5. Maybe now he can show the twins how no training wheels is done! Okay,auve just Caleb. You know once he’s off crutches and a boot

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