Friday, March 17, 2006

Smelling smoky but still survived

I am happy to report that I survived the campout this week!  Oh and I was wrong about the 4 mom's and 20 was actually 22 kids.


We had a great time!  I'm telling ya, it is so much fun to go camping with other families.  It makes all the work of camping, like cooking and cleaning and averting disasters, much easier!  It also helps to go camping with a superwoman like my friend Dixie.  She is a fun, homeschooling momma of 9 children.  She also brought along 2 nephews and 2 extra friends of her children.   We were quite a sight caravan-ing behind her passenger van and large trailer full of firewood, ice chests, a bzillion bikes and luggage!


This is where I would've inserted a few pics I took but I'm experiencing technical difficulties with the computer that actually has the pics stored on it...


I can now say that I think I know what it takes to feed a very large crowd when all you have at your disposal are a few cast iron pots and a campfire.  I know we ate a lot better than what we would've eaten had *I* been in charge of the meals! 


There was not a single sandwich or bowl of cereal eaten.  Instead, we had spaghetti, chili, stew, chicken and veggie foil packets, pancakes and bacon, fresh donuts, hushpuppies, peach cobbler, homemade biscuits and gravy, and of course s'mores!  Mmmmmmm...


Dash and Tank had a blast hanging out with both the older and younger kids.  And playing with LOTS of fire!  I think their favorite activities were putting pinecones and pineneedles into the fire, roasting marshmellows, and running down this very steep and giant hill (and falling, of course!).


It was such fun staying up late in front of the fire and just talking late into the night.  There were enough older kids to feel comfortable with the children buddying up and playing hide-and-seek at night.  Dozer and another really little one pretty much played in the mud together near us mommies.  Talk about head-to-toe d-i-r-t-y!  It's a good thing that kids and clothing are washable or I'd be in a world of hurt.


Well, since I can't insert pics I better stop now before I lose my audience!



Marshie (who is muy glad to have the conveniences of a soft mattress, hot shower, and a gas stove-- and my laptop!)



mamaduso said...

How on earth can you go camping? It is wet, wet, wet, cold, did I say wet, here! Were there any men there? If not your are some brave souls! My husband doesn't think I like camping but I do. I just don't want to be the only momma-too much work. I like to share the duties. We've never done that though, but I think it would be fun.


gal51 said...

Glad you had a good time! Sounds like tons of fun!!!



OurLittleSchoolRoom said...

Sounds like you had fun. I guess that is the way to do it, share the work, share the fun. If I could eat like that on a camping trip, you just might be able to persuade me to go.



eyecorn said...

How fun!! What great memories your children will have. I had visions of that trailer with all the bikes and stuff :) That's the fun of it all...all the crazy stuff.

We did a 4 week camping trip out west once in a rented class C camper. We made peach cobbler in the peaches can...yummmy and we did ham and yams in foil. But the best part....the electrical outlets and the onboard bathroom! Is that really camping???

You did the "real woman" camping and I'm proud of ya'! Your boys will be talking about that trip for years.

Leigh2 said...

I'm so glad you survived...and you ate better than we did here at home all week! LOL You actually made it sound fun...maybe I'll let dh talk me into camping. Some day. (Of course, then we'd have to talk our almost fourteen-year-old who is addicted to all things electrical to come along.)