This past weekend Quinton and I took the kids on our very first family camping trip. It seems a little late in the game for us to go camping, but outside of backyard camping, we just haven’t ventured out to do it.
As the kids have gotten older, we’ve realized how little quality time we really spend together as a family. As luck would have it, we heard about a camper trailer that was for sale and we thought it was a great deal and decided to buy it.
Our first trip was to Ink’s Lake State Park near Burnet, Texas. It was absolutely beautiful!
We spent our first evening roasting marshmallows and making s’mores. Later that evening we played a never-ending game of Uno.
It was fun playing cards with the kids!
We even got a little rowdy!
And it’s good to be mom…the camera-lady gets a great view of everyone’s cards!
Saturday morning we got up early and went fishing…
After a while we got a little bored.
So we decided to go cliff diving!
Just a little higher now…
Here comes Crazy Joe creepin’ to the edge…
I can’t believe my 7-year old is jumping off like this!
No, not Careful Ray…he’s not even sure it’s safe to get in the water!
(I don’t blame him! I wasn’t sure either…but we jumped in together and it turned out to be just fine.)
After a big day of fishing and swimming, we were pooped!
(At least Quinton and Punzie were!)
I woke Harry up too!
Sunday morning we slept in and had a late breakfast, then went for a long hike. The Hill Country of Texas is gorgeous!
After we got back and cleaned up, we sat down and had a family devotional and talked about God’s beautiful creation that we were able to enjoy. We also read about the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus got away to pray and talk to God. We talked about how we can find times where we can be quiet and find a place to be with God, whether it’s at home in our room or on a camping trip with the family.
Overall, it was a great weekend. We enjoyed each other so much and we’ve decided to try our best to get away on a camping trip at least once a month. We’re also planning on using it as an educational opportunity to teach nature, science, history, geology, etc.