Camping Trip – sort of

We planned a camping trip with Kevin’s parents this fall. We didn’t want to go too far from home because the last time we took Daphne camping, she woke up in the middle of the night and screamed hysterically and would not go back to sleep so I eventually took her home. Kevin’s parents stay at KOA campsites all the time so that is what we went with this year. Our lives have been so crazy this fall that we didn’t do a lot of research before we decided on a place to stay so we made reservations at the Granite City KOA. Once we got there – we realized that it wasn’t quite what we were expecting. It was in the middle of an industrial park – so no hiking and not many trees in general and no fire pit. That was probably the more disappointing aspect because the girls were looking forward to roasting marshmallows and it just isn’t the same over a charcoal grill.

The cabin was clean and nice but in the end we decided to just stay one night and head home for Saturday night. We spent a little time at Eckert’s on our way home and then the girls just played and played with Grandma and Grandpa! The weather was beautiful so we still spent a lot of time outside – it was just at home in our own backyard!!
Here are a few of the pics from the weekend:

Yep, we are letting our kids watch a movie on the I-pad while we are camping. We figured if we can watch the Cardinal game (game 5 of the NLDS against the Phillies – so worth it!) while camping that they could watch a kid show on Saturday morning.

The girls all wanted to ride the ponies at Eckerts. They have a fascination with horses right now so this was their highlight!!

A Camping We Will Go . . . Again?

Alright, if you have been reading my blog for awhile or you know me well, you know that I don’t love to camp. I do it occasionally because Kevin likes it so much. We went camping about a year ago (well, actually, Lucy and I slept at home – I was 7 months pregnant and was not about to sleep in a tent). Then we went camping again this summer for Father’s Day.
In early August, Kevin started talking about camping again . . . this year! Ummm, I don’t think so. Daphne struggled with her sleeping and I just didn’t want to do that again. Once she was asleep, she was fine, but she had a hard time falling asleep and I just didn’t want to go through the stress of her waking everyone else up in the campground! Kevin asked me if I would consider going if we stayed in a cabin. I think my response was something like, “I guess I could consider it.” Well, that was all the okay Kevin needed. He made reservations that day for last weekend!
His parents are big campers so we invited them to go with us – the cabin sleeps 8. We went last weekend to Klondike Park. The cabin was really nice – but it would have been even nicer with a kitchen and a bathroom – ha! The weekend ended up being pretty cool – especially once the sun went down. Daphne REALLY struggled while we were there. She didn’t take ANY normal naps. She slept occasionally in the the little hiking backpack thing, but really didn’t want to sleep in the pack n play in the cabin. Friday night we put her to bed – lots of rocking, swaying, singing, but about 9:30 she woke up screaming. I calmed her down and put her back in bed. More screaming. I tried putting her in bed with me – she was fine for a little while, but not sleeping. Then she started crying and she cried and cried. Kevin and I finally decided I should take her home – we really didn’t want to risk keeping the big girls up ALL night. We were just about 30 minutes from home so I drove her home – slept in my bed in my nice warm house!!
Daphne and I headed back first thing Saturday morning. Norah and Lucy seemed to sleep well and we excited to eat pumpkin pancakes for breakfast! We were busy all day hiking, playing, and running around. If you live in the St. Louis area and you have never been to Klondike Park, you should go. It is really nice! The trails are nice and they also have paved paths – we took the girls bikes so these paths were perfect! The girls totally wore grandma and grandpa out with all their walking and running and bike riding. Seriously, Norah could hike FOREVER!!
I took Daphne home again Saturday night and Kevin, his parents, and the girls headed home mid-morning on Sunday.

Surprise – Happy Early Father’s Day

I’m not great at surprises – in fact, I pretty much NEVER plan them because I usually spill the beans or mess something up. This year Heather and I decided to plan a surprise camping trip for our husbands. Kevin and Ryan had been talking about going this summer and the kids were asking too. I knew if we could pull it off, Kevin would be really surprised, because I don’t camp often.
Heather and I decided on a weekend and a park. Norah and Savannah made books about camping for their dads. The last page said, “Surprise! We are going camping tomorrow!” Heather scanned in Savannah’s book and posted it here . We had dinner on Wednesday night and the girls gave Kevin and Ryan their books.
The kids really did great! They were awake later than anticipated on Saturday night (that would be thanks to Lucy who was WIRED), but all in all they slept great. Daphne had a hard time falling asleep at night and didn’t nap as much as she would have at home, but once she fell asleep at night – she slept all night! Because of the lack of naps, Daphne cried more than normal. Kevin actually thought she did fine.
We really didn’t do a lot while we were camping. No hikes this year – I forgot the Baby Bjorn. The kids went swimming in a little water hole – totally grossed me out, but Kevin thought it was fine (I did make them take showers immediately following and again at bedtime! Ha!). The kids rode scooters around and basically just played together the whole weekend. There was a nice playground right in the middle of the campsites – perfect for us. The kids got along great – it amazes me that they pretty much never have any squabbles.The weather was INCREDIBLE and the park was very nice. We had great food and fun with the Morrisons!
The only issue we had (well, besides Lucy keeping her sisters awake on Saturday evening) was Norah waking up wheezing and coughing in the middle of the night on Saturday. Totally freaked us out. She hasn’t needed any breathing treatments in almost a year, so totally forgot to even take the nebulizer. The more she coughed, the more she cried and the more she cried, the more she coughed. Nice. We were able to get her calmed down and got her to drink some water and she finally went back to sleep. Kevin and I didn’t sleep very well because we kept checking on Norah. We decided we needed to head out as soon as we could pack up so she could get home and start her breathing treatments.
We were home by lunchtime and the girls rested in the afternoon. I think by now they have completely recovered from a lack of sleep and Norah is talking about the next camping trip (which Daphne and I may skip out on).