Camping, The 4th, and The Civil War

We went camping, like millions of other people this past weekend.
It’s not something we usually do (camping over a busy weekend, that is.) and it’s not where we usually would camp.
When we camp, we like to camp.
Shade trees, dirt, river/creek/lake, tents, showers optional.
However, we do like my family (you’re welcome, you guys), so we made the sacrifice of camping at a State Park with them all. πŸ˜‰
Even with 100 other people, far more pavement than dirt, no shade trees, neighbors with radio’s blaring and outdoor tv’s (oh, yes) playing late into the night, we had a great time. πŸ™‚

A boy and his bug catching equipment.
What more could you want?

Krista & Brad cooking community breakfast!
One of the things I love about camping with my fam: we rotate meals and each only have to prepare one breakfast and one dinner for everyone and fend for ourselves for lunch.
The one cool thing about being in a state camp is that they did have some pretty cool activities for the kiddos, one being a bike parade on the 4th.  We gathered at the amphitheater and decked the kids’ bikes out with streamers, ribbons, stickers and flags that the camp provided.  Then we paraded the bikes around all three camp loops.  The older folk in the RV loop were even sitting out in a line along the street and waiting for us.  I love when people feed into the kids’ excitement like that!

Zeek got his “moca-ycle” all decked out.  πŸ™‚

(You can see that Asher even got to be in the parade, via mommy pushing the stroller!)

Didn’t take long for him to konk out!

So pleased with himself!
We went to a friends’ house for a BBQ and watched the big city fireworks at night.
Didn’t really take any pictures of the day, but did manage to snap this one of Asher on his first 4th, in the same outfit Zeek wore on his first. πŸ™‚

(Zeek, July 4th, 2011)

This is pretty much how the boys watched fireworks the entire show:

Zeek with his “eyes closed” because the fireworks were scary… and Asher laid back and taking it all in.  πŸ™‚
The next day, my family ventured over to the Annual Civil War Reenactment at the Willamette Mission Park in Brooks.  Skyler and I went 4 years ago, a couple months before we got married, and had an awesome time!

Front row seats!

And BOY, the action sure came close!

Zeek watched intently, mostly like this.  The cannons were pretty loud.

Then we walked around the camps visiting with people and checking out their cool period camping gear.  (And saw how die-hard and way-of-life this is for some people!)

The kids learning to do laundry.

The Confederate camp:

We spent quite a while talking to this lady Jessie.  She and her mom were both very friendly and enjoyable to visit with.  πŸ™‚
Skyler folks and brother came to visit (since we were only about 20 min. away) and the men all went to play frisbee golf at the day use part of the camp.  They stayed and visited a while, which was so fun to have both families together and relaxing.  Most often we’re all together at a busy party where I’m running around like a crazy lady! πŸ˜‰

Giving Asher some licks of dehydrated banana…

The next morning, we took a family bike ride, the first ever for little Adder Bug!
Love how cute he is in his wee helmet.  πŸ™‚

Yes, the boys were both whining (exactly the same way, mind you), for the first 5 minutes.  Then they konked out.  Zeek loves the wagon, he was just mad that he couldn’t ride his motorcycle.  Asher is still getting used to the wagon and was due for a nap.

We had a great and relaxing time and met a cool family across the way from us.  A family of 9 (NINE!) kids, 8 of whom are boys!  They’re all grown and mostly married now and have been camping there on the 4th, in those same spots, for the last 20 years.  πŸ™‚  We kind of want to go back to this campground next year, just to see that family again!  
Anyway, hope everyone else had a great 4th and long weekend also!

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