Monday, April 18, 2011

Shane and Stratton's Camping Trip

     My boys had a special treat during Spring Break.  A really good friend of ours took them on their first camping trip.  They had NEVER done anything like that before.  I am so glad they were able to go.  Every boy should be able to go camping at least once.

     They went early that day, found their campsite, put up the tent and had a little fun before me, Sydney, and my parents went over for dinner.  It was a lot of fun.

     My mom used to camp a lot when she was little so she was familiar with a lot it.  It was new to me.  We fished a little, had hot dogs and of course s'mores before we left "the boys" for the night.

     Anybody that knows me knows how overprotective I am of my kids.  Overprotective probably isn't strong enough of a word.  But, they were with not only one of the nicest guys in the world, but, Cory, is the most responsible person, and an experienced camper and with most things outdoors.  I felt completely at ease leaving them with him.

     This being a new experience to all 4 of us, I did learn 2 new things.

1.  They don't need all the fancy gadgets and most expensive game systems to have fun on a Friday night.
2.  Maybe you should either be a camper or be a regular viewer of shows such as "Criminal Minds,"  "Destination Truth" or movies like "Friday the 13th."

     I worry about them having the video games and what "all the other kids have,"  but it turns out they only need a knife, tree, and rock.  Who knew they could have so much fun throwing a kife at a tree and learning how to skip rocks.



Shane and Stratton both caught on pretty quickly.




My dad is giving my mom tips on how to throw it.




Turns out, she didn't need much help.  She is with my boys a lot and helps me keep them in line.  It's probably a good thing that they now know Grandmother can throw a knife.

Sydney is so funny.  She isn't a tomboy in the least, but she is as strong as an ox and usually does in the first try what the boys work on for hours!  (FUTURE BOYFRIENDS TAKE NOTICE:  She can throw a knife too!)

 I like these two pictures.  They were learning from my dad, but Cory was probably the better teacher seeing how he was a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves minor league!  His rocks just kept going!



They had such a good time with just those basic things.  It was a Friday night and no electricity was needed!



I was impressed with the campsite when we got there.  Stratton is my little "McGyver."  He can put anything together so I knew he would have a blast putting up the tent.

I don't know what my dad is saying to Stratton.  Maybe he's telling him midgets live in the woods, who knows!


I'm not sure about this conversation either.  Shane must be telling them how many times he hit the tree with the knife.  (A LOT!)  Although, fishing wasn't his thing.  He kept getting the line all tangled up and when it ended up wrapped around a tree, he decided to go back to knife throwing!


You can't have a campout with s'mores.  Stratton's kept catching on fire though!



I am so glad we went out and spent some time with them.  Sydney enjoyed roasting marshmallows!





I don't know if it is because of my wonderful photography skills or the camera, or them being right in front of the fire, but this came out blurry.  It's still a keeper though!



     We left about the time it started getting dark.  I knew they were in good hands and I knew they were going to have a lot more fun after we left.
    
     This brings me to my second point.  We watch way too much TV, but our favorite shows to watch together are "Criminal Minds," "Destination Truth," and ANY scary movie.  "Destination Truth" is such a fun show.  A group goes all over the world trying to find the truth to legends such as the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, aliens, etc.  I got tickled as we pulled off.  My dad asked me if I thought they would be okay.  (He knows me and knows how I am about my security system.  He probably thought I was scared for them to be out in the open without an alarm system.  I kind of was, but I knew they were in good hands.  Besides, Shane had gotten really good at throwing the knife.)
     I couldn't stop laughing because dad asked me if I thought the boys might get scared and I said, "Maybe, I know what we watch at night, in the safety of our home with an alarm and other protection."  That's when I realized if you are going to be a regular camper maybe you shouldn't watch those things.

     They got home the next morning still excited from having such a good time.  I am glad I went for a little bit and have some pictures.  Because....... that's all I got out of the boys.  Any other information I was told,  "Cory says, what happens at the campsite stays at the campsite."   Hmmmmm, wonder what that means?!!!!!

1 comment:

~*Lisa*~ said...

It looks like they had a good time! Camping is one of my favorite things to do in the spring/summer! I think it's so good for the soul! Our family is big on camping, even when I was a baby, they'd take me with them. We started off tent camping, then upgraded to a pop up, and then an RV. When I got older I enjoyed bringing my tent. I always got to bring a friend with me. I have already taken my boys camping and they weren't even a yr old yet!

I had to laugh at the tv shows/movies. NEVER EVER watch Wrong Turn before you go camping out in the woods! Talk about paranoia! Usually the scariest things in the woods are snakes and bears(depending on where you live)! And it's true what happens camping stays there...unless it's caught on camera and shared on FB! =) haha!