Monday, August 13, 2012

our first tent camping trip....success!

We recently had our first tent camping trip with the girls.  Brian and I have loved camping since we were kids and we couldn't wait to share all the fun that comes with camping with our girls.  We decided to try a one nighter first since it would be less intimidating, we also chose a camp ground that was relatively close to our house.  The campground that we chose was Manchester State Park in Port Orchard, WA.  It is a beautiful park with really nice sites and a great rocky beach for some fun exploring, more on that later.  We brought Kelti's bike and Ashlyn's scooter so they could ride them around which is a favorite activity of theirs.  It was really fun for Brian and I to see how much improvement they had have on them in just the few weeks that they have had them.  Ashlyn's bike wouldn't fit with everything else we packed...looks like a bike rack is in order for us.

 breakin the law!

Checking out the seaweed!

We took a drive into Port Orchard to explore the town and then decided to head on over to Bremerton where Brian lived for a short while in elementary school.  He was able to drive us to both houses that he lived in, it was fun to see where he lived and hear some of the stories from him growing up.

We roasted smores with cinnamon bun and coconut marshmallows, yummy!!  `Both girls got to stay up late, which I don't think they appreciated one bit!  Ashlyn was asking to go to bed...too much fun for one day I guess.
A little lesson on being safe around knives and sharp sticks.  Brian was a great teacher and the girls were listening with rapt attention!

Roasting cinnamon bun marshmallows on the new campfire sticks daddy made them :) 

love these two!

We all slept in our new tent, that just happens to be Coug colors! :)  I think the girls really liked the tent, minus there not being a nightlight...  Before we got any of our gear in the tent they were having a great time racing back and forth inside the tent.

Of course we forgot some key things that would have made the trip even better, one of which was a diaper for Kelti to sleep in at night, bad job on mommy's part. :/  We tried to help with this by having both girls go potty before we went to bed, but it was a no go.  So Kelti and Ashlyn had accidents during the night...not fun to clean up two peed children, change them and find a good place for them to sleep. Of course they peed at different times during the night so I got to wake up twice! Thank goodness I packed enough extra clothes even though we were only there for one night!

We had a yummy camp breakfast, is it just me or does food really seem to taste better when camping...something about it sure is special.

We went for one more bike ride down to the beach before packing up and we had a great time exploring.  We flipped over big rocks and found crabs, anemones and other sea creatures underneath.  All four of us had such a great time exploring the beach and seeing who could catch the biggest crab.  Ashlyn was fearless grabbing the crabs and other sea stuff!  Sadly I forgot to bring a camera to the beach exploring so no pics of all that cuteness.

Right as we were leaving Ashlyn commented that she wanted to stay forever, glad that camping was such a memorable experience for her and the rest of us as well!

Here is one really odd thing that we found on our trip....

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