This past weekend we went camping with our fellowship group from church. We went to Dogwood in Lake Arrowhead, Ca.
I have quite a lengthy collection of pictures(as you might guess.)
If I had to choose one word to describe the weekend I think it would most likely be something like.....
The girls were hardly recognizable through the layer of dirt and mud that covered them. At first I attempted to fight the filth by having frequent outfit changes, but when I quickly realized I was running out of clothes I surrendered myself to the grime.
Rebekah was constantly inventing ways in which to get messier. With many kids on the trip, and the competition being fierce for "Dirtiest Child"....... I think I can say with full confidence my child was the Winner!
We borrowed the Hoff's tent trailer and it was the RITZ in comparison to actual tent camping! So thanks guys we loved our luxury accommodations, and made great use of the shower faucet when we made a make-shift outdoor shower to hose down our children plus some others.
We shared our site with the Lee's and had a great time sharing meals, playing games, laughing. and eating like royalty. And Bekah was in heaven being surrounded by her friends.
We went into the village on Saturday. We fed the ducks and had a caramel apple.
The entire group got together on Sunday morning for some time of worship and fellowship.
Our friends all left on Sunday but WE decided to stay another day in the wild. Once everyone departed it was almost eerie how quiet the campground was. We had a wonderful time with just us. There were NO distractions (ie; computers, phones, house projects) It was just us and it was great. We even went over to Arrowhead Lutheran Camp and walked around the campus that holds a lot of fun memories for Josh and I. Our girls LOVE the great outdoors and never once complained about there being nothing to do. The dirt, the trailer, trees and overall atmosphere seemed to provide great inspiration for the imagination.
Daddy and his girls making s'mores. Bekah could have made them endlessly!
On our last day we went to Lake Gregory. It was a lot cooler than it had been over the past few days and being a week day allowed us to pretty much have the place (and shade) to ourselves. I think the lake was a MAJOR highlight for Rebekah.
The girls love the sun, the water, the sand and just being outside. :)
We rented a paddle board and a big peddle boat for a little bit. Rebekah and Daddy went all around the lake while Anna sat with mommy eating her fair share of string cheese and goldfish crackers.
We had a great four days with friends, with our family and enjoying nature! Times like these are so quick to pass and don't happen often enough. It is essential we make the most of them!