So, August 29th we packed up the Durango and drove out to Little Diamond. We got there for dinner in Grandma and Papa's trailer and thankfully they had already set up a giant tent for us. Here is where we get to be extra grateful for my generous parents. Kerry had found a giant three room tent at a yardsale with lots of extras for $25. They lent it out a few times, and then brought it for us to use on this trip. We had been using the tent my three sisters and I grew up camping in which had a divider and worked great, still fitting four sleeping bags and a pack-n-play, but not much else. It was so nice to have space for clothes, to split up the baby napping from the big girls, and to have room to get dressed and move. And then the last day of the trip my folks just gave us the tent, saying they knew our family would only grow, and would we please bring back the small one when we could. Seriously, Steve and I were both blessed with such amazingly generous families and we continue to be blessed by our loved ones. We are so grateful.
Anyway, back to our trip. Saturday morning we woke up and had decent weather so we went for a walk with the girls. I thought we'd only go a little ways down to the pond at first, but Daddy had different ideas. The girls did so well considering we hiked the whole way around the little lake they have there. A week or two before, there had been terrible wind storms that had knocked over a lot of trees, so we had to kind of find our own way at times instead of using an established path like they usually have there. Here was Papa helping Ellie in a tough spot. Mckayla was carried much of the time.
After our walk we headed back to camp where the girls loved watching Grandma leave treats out for the numerous chipmunks that live at the campground. Word spread, and by the end of the trip Grandma's pile of sunflower seeds would have 4-6 chipmunks in our campsite at a time.
After lunch and naps it was time to head out for the main event - fishing! Where it was the end of the season and a holiday weekend the fishing was free, which was nice. Here was our whole group - minus the photographer. Papa got started and then...
The next day was a little cloudy and threatened some rain, but we took advantage of the time we had. The girls enjoyed playing on the swings some. Ellie will sit on a swing now if she is in control and nobody pushes her. Mckayla will swing forever.
Later that night we all got a bit more fishing in. Here Ellie holding another of Papa's giant fish before tossing him back in the lake.
So thanks Grandma Sun and Papa Rose. Thanks for a wonderful tent we look forward to using as our family grows. Thanks for a fun weekend at the lake camping. And thanks for keeping your promise to our girl so she could enjoy holding tiny slippery fish as she threw the poor buggers back in the water over and over. It was a lot of fun.