A little bit ago we decided to up and go camping. We had Opa with us, so actual tent camping was out. We hadn't really planned ahead, so most everything else was out. Trent came up with a cabin that some of he relations used as a hunting lodge, made a few calls, and off we went.
Trent and the boys went down on Wednesday evening, and the little ones went with me and Opa the next afternoon. Trent figured that since one hunting season ended on Thursday, while the next hunt didn't begin until Saturday, that we would have the place to ourseles. It didn't turn out exactly that way, but the boys had a good time.
The bigger three boys spent some time target-shooting with BB guns. There were a few targets hung in the trees, and the plink or ding of a target hit was a common sound. When they put the guns away, there were always 4-wheelers to zoom about on. It was a far cry from the quiet forest I had been envisioning. The riding up and down trails was curtailed somewhat when David wrecked one of the machines, and Trent realized that only licensed drivers should be driving. David smashed up his hand pretty good, and bruised some ribs, but fortunately nothing was serious. Chris, the only boy with a license, may or may not have smirked a little as he rode for the rest of the day.
Trent kept the little twins entertained in the mornings and evenings by starting the fire for them. Yes, that is a flame thrower. He had a great time with that noisy beast, and they were properly awed.
After the stove got nice and hot, Eddie and I popped popcorn on it. Or we tried to. The wood stove was hot, but not quite hot enough, so we gave up and used the gas cookstove instead. David shook the popper for me, and we all enjoyed hot popcorn. Yum!
We all spent most of the time outdoors, looking through telescopes, sighting up rifles, shooting BB guns, riding 4-wheelers, swinging on a plank suspended between two giant trees, or just sitting on the porch and breathing the clean, crisp air (when it wasn't full of the dust the quads kicked up, that is). Oh yeah, and we spent a little bit of time out back in the outhouse. I'll let this picture speak for itself.
It's nice to make memories as a family, even if it doesn't go exactly the way you planned it.