Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Masons First Camping Trip- The beginning of a Tradition

This summer has been one to remember, from spending countless days at the splash pad, to mason's one year birthday, to going to California, and of course the several hikes and memories we have made together. Since getting married I have loved camping ...well not when I'm camping and I'm sleeping in my tent while a huge thunderstorm is happening (this occured on our 1 year anniversary), haha but maybe its because I never did any camping while I was little but there's something about getting away from everything, all the noise and traffic and being surrounded by fresh air, little critters,and of course eating countless amounts of smores that I just love so much!

This time around we got to bring Mason camping with us and wanted to take a little trip as our last goodbye to summer. We drove up to Deer Creek Reservoir after Rex got off from work and I want to first off say that never do that again if it can avoided because we were stuck a little in rush hour traffic and ate a late dinner but anyways. We finally got up to our campsite and got the tent ready, put our dinner on the fire pit (see what we made below) and enjoyed a beautiful walk down to the lake. The sunset was incredible and we all hung out by the water. Daddy would watch all the boats being towed back in, and mason and me sat in this little sandy spot , put our feet in the water, and collected rocks which is our favorite! The water was perfect, especially for it being past 8pm!

We then walked back up to our campsite and started getting to eat our yummy smores! Mason got the first smore and he LOVED IT! Haha he kept trying to steal daddy and mommys smore but before we knew it little man was rubbing his eyes and it was time to get ready for bed. We slipped him in his pjs, said a prayer and laid him in the tent. I was surprised by how well he did! He laid down, hugged his patches, and went right to sleep. Rex and I went back to our fire pit, talked about life and each other, and finished our smores. Soon enough it was getting really late and we also started getting ready for bed. While we were getting into the tent we noticed mason sleeping right next to the tent door, almost like he was waiting for us and well that's when it all went a little down hill haha.

We were surrounded by two party camping people. One group were college kids and the other group were older but partiers haha. It didn't help mason sleep that you could literally hear their conversation from our tent but also the loud music they were playing. Did I mention at one moment around midnight the college kids decided it was the perfect time to play their flute. haha why would you play a flute at midnight? Anyways other annoyed campers got to them before me, but honest I was entertained by mason! He was between Rex and I, and all he wanted to do was walk around the tent, cuddle with dad, and tickle my face, which ended up him laughing at himself and me laughing that he was doing that. Haha I swear mason cranks himself up and he has such a great big heart. At one moment mason cuddle with daddy and even fell asleep...I wanted to tear up as I saw the two boys I love with my whole heart, sleep together with a big embrace.

Mason fell asleep at around 1 am and woke up at 8 am. We then ate breakfast which was yummy eggs and potatoes! Oh also note to self! Don't forget to bring salt, because eggs don't taste too good without any.

Once breakfast was over we let mason take his nap, which he did really great with because all the party kids were gone, so mason took a nice 2 hour nap, probably also tired from a long night haha. Once mason woke up we packed up all our stuff and headed down to lake where we got our swim suits on and went kayaking. Mason loved it, especially when boat waves would come near us and the kayak went up and down. It was warm but luckily dipping into the water cooled us off, which mason wasn't too happy about. We then ate some lunch and around 3pm headed back home. It was a small trip but it was truly the perfect trip I could have ever imagined for us! We decided that we are going to make this a tradition, to do this every year! We loved just hanging out with us each other and really bonding! I love my family and I loved seeing mason experience this for the first time! Looking forward to our next Riches Camping Trip!

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