We left our home as early as we could the first day, in order to be sure to enjoy some warm weather, before a cold front moved in. As soon as we were settled, the kiddos had their swimming suits on and were in the water.
This year was the first year that the kiddos were old enough and strong enough to jump off of the dock and swim around to the ladder. Dinomite and Princess loved it. Bulldozer... not so much. I'm still shocked he even tried.
Bulldozer has been saying for weeks that he wants to go camping. When we found out we were going to Grindstone, we jumped at the opportunity to appease his request. Of course, first we needed to figure out what camping meant to the kiddos. It turns out, camping means S'mores by a camp fire and sleeping in a tent. Lol.
Jason surprised us all with his scouting skills. (I love that after almost 10 years my husband can still surprise me with new skills I never knew he had.) He built a beautiful tepee fire down on the rocks right next to the water. The kiddos had helped him collect tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for the fire before dinner.
We brought the makings for S'mores. Each kiddo took turns down by the fire with Daddy roasting their marshmallows.
After the campfire was put out (Again, so impressed with my husband's skills!), it was time for phase two of our camping experience. Unfortunately we already had two kiddos who were a bit frightened by the sounds of nature in the dark around us. Bulldozer and Sunshine had asked to go back inside the house several times already. Sigh. Not even the bright stars in the sky could distract them.
We brought all of the kiddos back inside to grab blankets and then headed to our tent. Jason and I thought that perhaps once we were inside the tent, all together, that Bulldozer and Sunshine would settle down. Our plan worked only part way.