Our very first camping trip as a family was a BIG success!! We had our annual ward campout on Friday night. It took place at an LDS owned wilderness campground, called Long Valley. It's up North just past Strawberry. Bill was able to take a half day so we left Gilbert around 1PM and got up there by 3PM. Bill and I setup camp, and Will and Olivia jumped right in with the other kids and started exploring the camp area. It was so beautiful up there, and perfect weather! It was around 80 degrees during the day and got down to 30 degrees during the night. After setting up camp, we cooked some hot dogs and hot chocolate around the campfire. Then we all changed into our warmer night clothes, and hit up the main campfire for s'mores and other fun! All of the kids were in heaven up there. It was so fun to see how they were so entertained by nothing but the wilderness and themselves. They were busy climbing, building forts, catching lizards, frogs and other bugs and just running around being kids. The next morning, the ward provided a yummy breakfast of breakfast burritos and lemonade. After breakfast, we packed up camp and then just hung out until we decided the kids were ready for naps. One of the families in the ward brought up a zipline that kept everyone entertained for a while. When we the kids were officially "done" we headed home and washed off the inch of dirt that we were all covered in. I'm still doing loads of laundry!
Setting up camp
Long Valley Campground
Roasting hot dogs - I was so impressed with Bill and Jack's awesome campfire making skills
Olivia just relaxing. She thought she was so special in her little chair.
William and Jayson - these two were BFF up there...they didn't leave
each other's sides the entire time. So cute!
Chowing down on the goods
The main campfire - everything was just getting started.
Brother Rigby teaching Will to play the guitar
This is what I woke up to in the morning. Olivia slept like a rockstar! She was snuggled down in her mummy bag, and was nice and cozy. Bill and Olivia slept on one air mattress on one side of the tent and Will and I slept on the other air mattress on the other side of the tent. Will slept just ok. He was so excited about what was going on that he kept waking up and saying, "I have to go potty," or "I want to go back to the campfire." However, he did do better than I anticipated.