In August, right after our computer crashed, we headed out for our annual St. Matthew Parish campout. That was a funny week--computer troubles/trip to Mac store, deciding to leave for camping a day early, and Marcus getting a promotion on the day we left…whew, it was a flurry of activity. And as you can imagine, camping (once a year!) is no small feat for our family to begin with. But we made it to Beverly Beach State Park on the Pacific Ocean by dinnertime, and got set up in our temporary one-night spot:
|Our Wednesday night site was right near the playground!!|
It was so awesome!
On Thursday we settled in to our weekend site in the loop that the church had reserved. It was a nice spot but we no longer had the play structure in our back yard. :o(
|Here's Marcus setting up his sleeping tent. We could all fit|
in the borrowed camper, but it was much easier to have the
menfolk sleep in a tent (they are early risers).
And of course we had a kitchen tent. Full table, large cooler, food bin, supplies bin, and 2-burner stove. Astroturf for the ground (we don't camp light). Worked out great!
Friday was a holy day and even though it was a church campout, we didn't have a priest in attendance until Sunday (for Mass). So we drove in to Lincoln City for Mass, then went out to lunch at Mo's, yum!!
|This isn't exactly "roughing it"….|
|The kids, including Seddy, were on their bikes|
for the WHOLE weekend!
|The other families' sites--one site had their|
sleeping tents, and the other had their kitchen
and "living room."
|talent show at the campground's theater|
|Bunny ended the show with "Let It Go" and she invited all|
the little kids (most of whom did not have their own acts)
to sing with her. :o)
|Saturday was also Potluck day--this year my friend Shirley|
(in charge of the campout) hosted a brunch potluck. It was
such a good idea, so yummy and easy!
|With the brunch done by noon, we had the rest of the day|
to play on the beach.
Every campout, each year, is different. I would say that this was one of the better years, mostly because we had the camper :o) but also because the campground was great with a lot of activity and amenities for a group campout. It also helped that the kids are getting older and not ALL of them have to be watched 24/7! The 3 older ones, and even Gemma for the most part, just took off and played with cousins all day. Seddy was a handful but it was so heart-warming to see him have a BLAST biking around (under our watchful eye) and thinking he was a big kid, too. Seeing their joy makes all the hard work worth it. I have a feeling it will only get better each year!
|The entire 2014 St. Matthew Parish campout group.|