Monday, July 16, 2012


Nick and I decided long ago that when we had a family we were going to be campers. We had originally thought it would be a good way to get away without spending alot of money. Now that we have that family, we're realising it's also great way for us to spend quality time together without all the interruptions of TV, computers and the other sort of media our family is so addicted to.

This weekend was our first foray into the world of tenting and we made it back alive and in one piece. Dirty, tired, and a bit sunburned but in one piece. We took the kids to Jellystone campground in Woodstock NB which seems to be THE place to take your family as per many of my Facebook friends. It's a campground that caters to the kids with games, activities, playgrounds, water slides, pools and hayrides with Yogi Bear. Since we had no idea how it was going to go we thought going somewhere where there was lots to do might be a good first time place. At least we wouldn't have to try very hard to keep them entertained. I'm happy to say that the weekend went very well. The kids loved our monstrous 20 foot tent that was almost too big for our site and ran around in it all weekend. They especially loved the dual water slides and we took turns racing each other with each kid. Oliver and Nick played mini golf and Isaac made a friend with the little boy at the next campsite. We even got lucky and got to be the first ones on the hayride so the kids got to sit right up front with Yogi which was a big treat for them.

I don't have many pictures to share of the weekend because there were many water activities and then I also forgot my memory card. I did manage to get one on Saturday but had already missed many good photo ops. Here are some of the few that I did get.

The 20 foot tent wasn't a typo. You send your husband out for a tent and he comes back with a house.

They were having a 'Christmas in July' theme while we were there. These people really went all out including poinsettias on their picnic table.

I was disappointed that I didn't bring any lights or decorations but we just didn't have the extra room. We got to enjoy these across the way instead.

Yogi's nightly hay ride.

Apparently Yogi is Oliver's favorite bear. He told me that although you couldn't tell by the look on his face here.

Tank did really well with the exception of throwing up all over the the top of the tent as we rolled it out to set it up. I'm glad that wasn't an omen for what was to come over the course of the weekend.

The kids ate nothing but PB and J and Cheeze Whiz sandwiches all weekend but I didn't argue as long as they ate something. 

Our first time was a success and we will be going again soon. I do need to figure out how to pack more efficiently so that we can drag less stuff along with us. We need to leave room for very useful things like the coffee and Ice cube maker.

We said we wanted to be campers. Nobody said anything about roughing it.


Matt, Kara, Hunter and Cavan said...

So it is more of an amusement park that you can camp at? How neat! My kids would probably love it too!

That tent is massive!! ahahah like a circus tent says Hunter.

Jody said...

Love the photos (especially the one at the top of your page now :) - the tent is amazing and I'm really pleased the trip was successful! Reading this brought back good memories of camping as a child.