We have had a busy summer, but wanted to squeeze a trip in before school started. Since we are trying to save our money, we decided to stay close to home, and camp out. We went up AF canyon and camped at Timpanooke. We origonally planned to stay 2 nights, but glad we only stayed 1! It was a lot of fun, but with blow-up mattress that had a hole in it, and 2 little boys and 3 dogs, sleeping wasn't the most enjoyable part!
We had fun hiking around, making good food, and relaxing by the fire. Gavin thought it all was so exciting. He was so excited before we left to go camping, he just sat in the car while we were packing up the car. When we got there he kept asking Casey to make a fire. He also loved hanging out in the tent. In the afternoon, we decided to go lay down, and have the boys play around in the tent. Gavin just laid in his sleeping bag next to us. He was so excited to go to bed that night. We thought we'd put Kyson down first, but Kyson kept crying, so I told Gavin it was his turn to go to bed. I thought he'd have a fit, but he went right in and laid down. He did play for a little bit, but stayed in his sleeping bag and quickly fell asleep (we purposely didn't give him a nap, hoping this would happen). The next morning when it was time to pack up and go, he got kept saying "I want to sleep 1 more!" Meaning he wanted to spend another night here. When Casey was taking down the tent, Gavin stood in front of it and said "No Dad!" He had too much fun, and when you ask him about his weekend, he gets so excited and his face gets so animated as he says "Camping! Fire! I sleep in tent!"
Kyson was a very messy child at the end of the trip! He LOVED running around getting dirty, and getting the dogs dirty. I kept finding the dogs with piles of dirt on their backs. Kyson tried to do everything he wasn't suppose to do. Getting into food, climbing on the dutch ovens, picking on the dogs, etc. He was my little cuddler though. When it was cold and we were sitting by the fire, he would just sit on my lap and watch the flames. He had a rough time when it was time for bed. He is use to his warm bottle of milk before bed, but he only got a cold bottle, and he didn't like that! He was also up at the crack of dawn, but he did lay in bed with us for a little bit.
Casey grew up backpacking in the Uintas and camping out. He has good memories of those trips. Some day when our kids get older, I hope to create those memories for them, but for now, we'll settle for a night at a campsite at Timpanooke.
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