For our family, camping is always memorable. Thankfully, for us, all of our memorable moments were really good ones this time. However, in preparation for the camping we often anticipate the worst to happen and pack enough things to make even difficult circumstances pleasant. On this particular camping trip, we had no agenda but to rest, spend time as a family and enjoy being together for nearly a week–what a treat!
The trip started off with a nice five hour drive north stopping a few times to fill up on fuel as we advanced toward Sulphur, Oklahoma. Paul and Davia took some time with Priscilla to run around at a fuel stop and found a big bison statue to climb on for a picture.
We enjoyed a stop at Pizza Hut on the way with a few of David’s siblings who rode in the van with us.
We finally arrived and Paul, Davia and Phillip seemed so happy to be with Grandpa and Grandma Waller along with their cousins.
One of Paul and Davia’s favorite activities was watching Grandpa build a fire and cook over it.
Grandma enjoyed the children’s fascination over selfies
Little Niagara Falls
On one of the days we decided it would be fun to explore some falls that were local. There was a stream that had a series of rapids and water falls. While grandparents were watching our kiddos during nap time, we waded, swam and floated downstream.
Because of the rather cool temperature of the spring fed stream, it took a little persuading to get us all in.
Once we got going, it was a bunch of fun.
We all sat on a log that had fallen over the stream taking a moment to warm up. Even though it was in the mid 90 degrees, the cool water had a few people shivering.
In the evenings we enjoyed Bible time and singing hymns together. What special times!
Each of the aunts and uncles seemed to make time to invest in Paul, Davia and Phillip.
Of course we made time for lots of fun too. Playing board games, football, swimming, etc.
Each evening one of the ladies was responsible to make the meal. This allowed the challenges of food preparation to be shared, thus, allowing many to carry the load so it did not all go on one person.
Phillip was such a happy camper.
Davia kept us laughing. She somehow sat down in the mixing bowl. Thankfully it was empty.
“Daddy, can you help me with my shoes?”
Jiffy Pop popcorn over a fire was an intriguing thing for us to try. David’s dad told us that it has been around for many years though it was a first for most of us to see.
We brought a few bicycles that the children enjoyed sharing.
Of course our children’s favorite thing about a campfire is roasting marshmallows and making Smores!
To top off the whole week, we took a family picture. David’s whole family with the exception of one married sister who live in Canada, were able to be together.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1).