August 25, 2013

Camping trip to Lake Roosevelt

On the road, Daddy heading us north!

Mommy providing back-seat entertainment as usual :)

Sawyer Dean lookin all serious & grown-up! 5 1/2 months old.

We went to a place called Marcus Island Campground which is on beautiful Lake Roosevelt, a little over an hour's drive from our home in Chewelah.

We saw a sign for a "walk-in" campground so we went to check it out, it was AWESOME!  So we chose that site to set up our camp. 

Bennett grabbed a stick, first thing... anyone surprised?!!  :)

Daddy was the first one to jump in!

It was pretty chilly water but not too cold to go for a swim.

Bennett liked it when he was in Daddy's arms, but didn't want his whole body in!

Bennett got to go skinny-dipping if you didn't notice :)

Sawyer got to put his feet in the water too!

We put our chairs down in the water and it was so incredibly relaxing to hang out there in that beautiful place with our two little boys :)

Sawyer sure seemed to enjoy his outdoor naps!

Mommy & Bennett enjoying some yummy BBQ chips... the BBQ chips are becoming a tradition already for our picnics and camping trips!
Mommy enjoying a cold refreshing Bud Light Lime as well :) :) :)

Doesn't get much better than this!

Laurel bought a little air mattress to float on for her relaxation session :)

Bennett so badly wanted to join her on the raft...

...but he quickly changed his mind after he started floating away from mommy & the safety of the shore!

It dropped off SUPER quick on this shoreline, Laurel could probably barely touch the ground where she was at in this picture!

Daddy getting wood chopped for the dinner fire, with his brand new axe from the cool store "Big R" in Colville!
We had brats, corn on the cob, and brown beans for dinner.
And of course for dessert was *s'mores!! 
(Members of my immediate family will understand that!)

Sawyer just hanging out, loving life!

Many of you saw this picture on facebook already, but this is the unedited version of it.
As my observant sister Emily already pointed out, you can see Bennett napping in the tent and Sawyer sitting over by us at the campfire :)  Erik & Laurel are playing a game of cards in this pic.  It was a very peaceful moment... I soak those up because they don't happen all that often!!!!
We left the fly off the tent for the first time overnight... and boy did we like that!!!  As you can see, the whole top part of the tent is a screen like it is on the sides, so we had an amazing view of the stars all night long... so unbelievably beautiful :) :) :)  And it was a full moon too so we had a perfect night light for the boys!  

Laurel out for an evening swim.

I love how this picture turned out of Laurel swimming!

A wonderful ending to a wonderful day.

Laurel stayed in Erik's little 2-person tent on the other side of the campsite (you can see it below), she had to leave when the sun came up to go to work, what a trooper!

Erik getting the morning fire ready, we had scrambled eggs, bacon, and camp toast for breakfast!  Bacon is probably Bennett's #1 favorite food, and eggs are a close second :)

Time for Sawyer's "Nap #1" as we call it!  (Out of his daily 4 naps! He's such a great little sleeper!)

This is Erik's morning creation... "woo hoo bars" (Hershey's chocolate bar) melted on some camp toast... Interesting flavor, but he loved it!!!  And that's me down there enjoying my morning coffee by the water's edge :)

We could only spend one night there since I only had Monday & Tuesday off, but it was so great to be able to head out and do this little family camping trip.  It's unusual for Erik and I to have 2 days off in a row together so when it happens we always take advantage of it to the fullest!

While we were setting up camp to head home, both the boys both just conked out, it was pretty darn cute :)
 Hot, dirty, and exhausted!

Here are a couple cool Panorama shots of the campsite that Erik got with an app on my cell phone:

 I had to hold perfectly still!!!

Awesome memories of an awesome family camping trip :) :) :)

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