We have a church owned campground about 20 minutes from our house, so its not as big a deal to pack up the car and head out for a Friday night campout. It's close enough that Ainsley, Taryn and I can go home for the night to sleep and for the big kids to get back early enough to play in their sports games on Saturday.
We LOVE these water barrel swings. You can easily swing 3 small people at a time! If only I had a big tree in my yard...
And there is no way that Taryn is going to let her older siblings out-do her. "I want a turn on the top!"
Nate, while mountain biking with a friend, found a new place for us to take some leisurely hikes. No major hills to climb, so perfect for little kid legs. This particular hike was the first time we came on our own as a family and Nate and the kids picked a route for us to go on. I should have been watching the map more carefully, because what I thought was going to be an hour MAX hike, turned out to be a 4 mile, 2 hour long hike. That's why they tell you no matter how long you plan on hiking in the woods, always take water - and we hadn't! No food either. For all of that, and Tanner's bathroom issues, the kids did a pretty darn good job of hiking.
Taryn in all her glory. I wish this picture wasn't blurry, because this captures her so well, and she's finally looking at the camera!
We survived! Water and treats for everyone!