|Helping cook oatmeal for breakfast|
My family has been getting together for our annual camping trip at Woods Canyon Lake every summer for over 20 years now. My mom very happily makes the following year's reservation when we leave each year. We've grown from the original group of about a dozen people to a much larger group of siblings, spouses, children, grandchildren and even more family members when we are lucky enough to have them. There were 30 of us this year (plus 8 dogs) and it was a fantastic weekend.
|A few of my awesome sisters - great sports for a picture on Day 3|
The escape from the heat of the valley is reason enough for most of us to look forward to the trip. Adding in volleyball, hiking, endless hours of tabletop games, fishing, boating, creek play and more, made it a fantastic weekend. For some of my family, this is the only time we'll see each other all year. Even those of us who do not truly enjoy tent camping
I was sad to see the last of my family leave this morning. So, I am indulging myself with just a few pictures and a whole lot of great leftovers instead of cooking tonight.
|Cousins working hard to relocate an enormous log from the creek.|
As I flip through the handful of pictures I remembered to take, I realize that it really would be nice to take more than a few pics next year. We all tend to get so caught up in the fun of the trip that pictures are forgotten until we are headed home.
Have you ever attempted to get three two year olds to face the camera at the same time?! This is the only shot I have of the three of them standing in the same picture! We spent most of the weekend chasing them.
Consider yourself warned, family members. I'll be bringing a fully charged cell phone, camera and a spare camera battery next year!
|Everything tastes better when eating outdoors!|
ONE YEAR AGO TODAY: Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal with Dried Apples and Cranberries