Last Wednesday we headed out for a last camping trip before we started school for the year...it was great! It was also nice because we went the week after the public schools started back, so we had the cream of the crop to choose from for camp sites. :) One of the benefits of home-schooling... We had the river just down some steps with a great spot for the kids to fish and swim. We had Grandma along with the cousins and Aunt Dandi, we had a blast! I think that one of the best family activities you can do is to go camping! You work together setting up camp, then you play together enjoying the outdoors, cook together, sing together, and eat together! Your husband gets up during the night to take the kids to the bathroom, sees skunks around the campsite, so you decide that you are NOT going to the bathroom during the night, no matter what! ;) That would be one way to ruin a camping trip... You get to see deer, pet deer, black squirrels, brown squirrels, skunks, armadillos, frogs, what fun! You get to ride bikes, climb mountains (big hills in my opinion lol), swim the river, tube the river, swing off rope swings....lots to do together, we love it! I don't get outside much at home, so camping for me is wonderful! I miss being able to walk around the neighbourhood at night (due to lots of dogs on the loose) like we do a lot in Australia, also riding bikes is hard due to the same reason! Although we have now invested in bottle clips for our bikes, and have started carrying wasp/hornet spray! Not only does it kill wasps (which we found out the hard way that our son is allergic to...) it can also blind dogs or attackers from 20 feet away apparently, so maybe we can get out and about more now.
I'm a born-and-bred Aussie married to a born-and-bred Texan...but I'm the one with the biggest accent. :) I'm the second-oldest in a family of 7 children and everybody else lives in Australia. I now have 5 of my own children under the age of 11 and they keep life busy! I also enjoy sewing, gardening, cloth-diapering, and reading creative blogs :)