Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bass Lake Camping 2009

Our family camping trip was a lot of fun, although exhausting...and completely different with two kids! This is the first camping trip for the kids and they had a blast! It was hard to get a decent nights sleep, I mean is sleeping on an air mattress ever comfortable? I think not! Add the 2 kids into the mix and every noise they make throughout the night made this Mama sit up with worry. Other than the few nights of bad sleep we had a great time. There were 16 of us total and tons of fun and plenty of laughs!

I especially loved the moments that Travis and I spent alone with Landon and Brynne. We had breakfast together each morning, and took a nice walk one morning. The kids are growing up SO fast and I know that our annual camping trip will be one of their favorite memories. The trip was pretty relaxing, and we were sad to leave, but plans are already in the works for Bass Lake camping 2010! Can't wait!!

I have over 200 hundred pictures and am posting only a handful of them for everyone else to copy and save. If you are not my parents or one of the people who were on the camping trip, then I apologize for the million pics.
These are random and not in order, sorry ):

Dirty look from Brynne (nap time)~

Brynne spent 80% of each day trying to pet the ducks~

Sweet Landon sitting by the campfire~

Brynne definitely ate her body weight in sand~

Brynne and Landon in front of Miller's Landing~

Brynna was not too sure about sitting on this post! Too cute~

Ready for the lake!~

If Landon does it, Brynne has to do it too~

The kids first boat ride!! They loved the boat ride, but Landon cried hysterically when daddy was tubing and flipped off into the water. Landon got very mad at Uncle Nate who was driving the boat and cried until Daddy was out of the water!

Brynne, Landon, Mama on the boat~

Brynne took a fall at the campground and scratched up her face pretty bad~

Daddy splashing Landon~

Dina on the boat~

Playing in the sand~

We stopped at a petting zoo/farm in Tehachepi on the way home. I thought this pic was SO cute. Brynne is half awake and sick of traveling, Landon was happy and so excited to see the animals~

Landon playing in the sand~

Brynne taking it all in~

Landon splashing away~

The day use area we chose had SO many ladybugs. There was a nest in one of the bushes nearby. Landon and Brynne killed played with ladybugs all day. Brynne would show each and every ladybug she found to Landon who would always say, "Nice Brynne" or "Good job Brynna!" It was so sweet~

Auntie Clair and Landon looking at a ladybug~

Landon wearing Chuck's (Nate's dad) hat~

Landon, and Brynne building sand castles with Daddy, day one~

Landon, Brynne and Daddy build sand castles, Day 2

Maile, Dina, and I playing around on the tube~

Dina, Maile and I taking a ride~

Maile and Fredo on the boat~

Maile relaxing~

Me and my sister, Amy, enjoying the campfire~

Just the girls!

Maile, Dina, Clair, Amy, Me~

Uncle Nate and Auntie Amy, thanks for letting everyone use your boat guys!!~

Uncle Nate~

Sean, Travis, and Maile working the water balloon launcher trying to hit Nate as he brings the boat in....they missed! LOL~

Brynne and Mama taking a walk! She looks SO happy in this picture!~

Staley's, Bass Lake 2009

Staley's, late night campfire~

Travis and I on the boat~

Daddy tubing~

Travis getting ready to get wet!~

The kids were exhausted after sun, and fun each day! It was too hot for them to nap in the tent so each afternoon I would drive around from 2 to 3:30 to let them sleep...worked like a charm!

Some things I want to remember about the kids first camping trip...

*The kids did wonderfully on the 5 hour car ride up. They played, watched the DVD player, and had lots of snacks.

*I was amazed at how easily they both adapted to the changes while camping. Sleeping in a problem. Taking a 5 minute shower in a public problem. Using the public camping problem.

*Being 18 months old Brynne has become a 'light' eater and would rather snack off and on all day and just have milk. I remember being frustrated when Landon went through the same stage, so I know it will pass. Her pickiness was really apparent on this trip because I didn't have 10 things for her to chose from each day.

*Why don't tent manufacturers make quiet close zippers? Man, those zippers are LOUD in the middle of the night!

*Landon dropped his shorts more than a few times, near the water, when he 'jus haffa go pee!' It was VERY embaressing!

*Both kids LOVED the ladybugs, and ducks, but were terrified of the yellow jackets that were everywhere!

*We took Landon's bike/helmet, and Brynne's babydoll stroller so the kids would have something to play with at the campsite when we were not at the lake. It worked out great, and I am SO glad we thought to bring the few toys. Landon rode his bike each day, all over the camp, and Brynne followed him along pushing her stroller.

*We all 4 went to bed at about 11 each night and the kids (Landon) woke up bright and early at about 7 each morning.

I can't wait to go back next year. Having the kids makes everything a little harder, but a lot more fun! I know that Bass Lake holds all of the best summer memories for me and I hope the same will be true for Landon and Brynne.


Amanda said...

YES, the zippers.. OMG!
We bought a "tent fan" and it works beautifully although still a bit hot sometimes. Maybe look into that! ;)

Loved each and every one of your pictures. My favorite was the one of you and beautiful Brynna (with her on your shoulders)!

Erin said...

How FUN! I bet it was hard to just choose a few pictures to put on your blog =) I loved looking at of them! We have not attempted camping (in a tent, anyways) yet.... I think the kids would love it! Hopefully we can fit it in before summer ends!!

Mindy said...

What a beautiful place to camp and an even more BEAUTIFUL FAMILY!!! I love all the pictures. I could look at your precious kiddos all day long. Looks like such a fun time. You are so right...this will be something your kids will ALWAYS look forward to.

You and your sister are GORGEOUS!!!

Becky said...

That looks like SUCH fun! The pictures of the kids were darling (as always)...and I must say, you and your sister have the most gorgeous eyes!

The kiddos will always remember those very interactive family times.