A few weeks ago we decided we wanted to go camping over the 4th of July holiday. The husband took the whole week before off work and went down to the campground early to get us a spot because we thought sure it was going to be packed on the holiday weekend (it wasn’t). He and Ella went down Wednesday morning and Louis and I followed Thursday evening after I finished work.
The first night was fun, albeit a little mosquito-y. We had a nice fire and I had some delicious marshmallows and s’mores. It even got a little chilly overnight which was nice because I got to snuggle down in my sleeping bag without sweating.
The next day we decided to do a little hiking and it was awesome except for a giant hill I could barely walk up and mosquitos. We literally passed through swarms of mosquitos. Yuck. That afternoon we headed back to the campsite and were not super pleased to find our entire campsite swarming with mosquitos also. Fortunately, our tent has a little attached screen room (thanks, Dad!) so we just relaxed in there until it was time to cook dinner. Even though we were covered in bug spray (which is disgusting in itself) we got practically eaten alive by mosquitos while we were cooking. We even went back to the screen room after dinner while we waited for our dessert to cook. We were making this super awesome apple crumble thing. It was delicious!
While we were hiding in our screen room enjoying our apple crisp and trying not to scratch our limbs off, we decided to head home a day early. Unfortunately the bugs were so bad it was just not worth trying to stay for an extra day. That night (Friday) there was a crazy rainstorm and when we got up Saturday morning the bugs were even worse! I piled on as much bug repellant as I could stand (I honestly think it made me a little sick) and we packed up as quickly as possible. By about 11am we were headed back to civilization in our bug free cars.
When I got home and got out of the car I was kind of surprised by the bug free air! I told the husband that even though we weren’t camping I absolutely wanted to have beanie weenies for dinner so we cooked baked beans and hotdogs on our stove in our air conditioned house.
Sunday we woke up and decided it would be a good time to head to the pool in our neighborhood for the first time. Early in the afternoon we packed up our towels and headed to the pool only to find a line of about 30 people just waiting to get in! And through the fence we could see that there were already so many people there. I guess it being over 90 degrees on a Sunday would make it pretty crowded. So we decided to head back in the early evening when surely there would be fewer people. Not so much. At 5pm there was still a line of people waiting to get in!
In the meantime we had gotten the bright idea to build a fire pit in the backyard using some left over paving stones from a garden project we completed last summer. It took a lot of work and most of the day…but look what we ended up with!
I am so excited and of course insisted we roast marshmallows and make s’mores! I mean, I only got to have one s’more on our camping trip so it was basically required! As much as I love our fire pit now, I am even more excited to use it in the fall when the days start getting shorter and cooler. I see many roasted marshmallows in my future.