We left with my parents for Sterling the weekend after Memorial Day. I'm actually giggling because it was so memorable that we may not go back to Sterling...ever...to camp...ever.
And if we ever do, we will be triple checking that our camp site is not at the bottom of the entire area where any and all rain water drains toward and ends up flooding. (Yeah, you'd think that since summer thunderstorms are normal the campground would inform you of the possible risk of flooding should you even show interest in that specific and particular area.) We packed up all of our camping gear and my parents lead the way ahead of us in their new boat. This aquatic machine is only new to them, but was brand new in the 1980s. Its awesome regardless and definitely serves the purpose of fun in the water, but its very heavy and was about to show us who was boss!!!
My dad has always loved sailing. As a little girl, we lived in California for a time and my parents would take me sailing with them. Unfortunately I am TERRIFIED of water. I have a hard time getting into a public pool. I know that there is chlorine in the water. I know that there is no way possible for a shark to be in that water, let alone living and moving. It still doesn't dispel the fear in my head that the moment I even stick my toe in the water a shark has been alerted and thinks, "Crispy Creme!!!" or "Hot Pocket, warm and ready to be eaten." I realize its irrational. Guess what: I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU SAY. And thats just in a pool!!! Imagine how my breathing increases when its merky reservoir water and theres no way to see the bottom...or 3 feet from you. Yeah the very thought makes me shudder uncontrollably. Fortunately, my children ALL LOVE the water. So back to the weekend. My parents have been begging for a time to take our kids out on the lake and take them tubing. I LOVE tubing. I'm really good at it too because I don't want to get eaten by any sharks and the death grip on the tube makes it impossible to shake me off. Naturally I want my kids to all experience this kind of excitement. The bummer thing about tubing is that the tube is generally huge and no amount of blowing up by a human really gets the tube ride-ready. Memo to Grandpa: remember the compressor.
We got set up with our tents and got dinner going. What says camping more than sloppy joes? Well, maybe hotdogs says camping better...lol After dinner we decided to continue our little family tradition of going to Dairy Queen for sundays.
Poor Nafe got to stay in the back of the car. As you can see, she wasn't all that impressed. We enjoyed what we thought was an extravagant lightening display as we headed back to the campgrounds. Never in a million years would we have thought that display would soon be right over us and we were definitely NOT enjoying it. Keep in mind too, that this was 4th of July weekend and the campgrounds and town of Sterling were completely packed with people.
Anyway, as we got back to our site the rain had begun. We are in a rain RESISTANT tent...that is NOT the same as a WATERPROOF tent. Very important to point this out. A small, yet important fact. My parents were going to sleep under the canopy thing, but the lightening was a pretty big deterrent since its got metal pieces, so they opted for the boat. Apparently the seals on the windows up front were not sealed well because as soon as the rain began POURING, my poor parents raced back to our large tent. The problem wasn't just the copious amounts of rain, but that I noticed rain dripping on my face and sleeping bag. My kids were also becoming aware that they were not dry either and the lightening was like someone's headlights flashing every few seconds and the thunder was deafening. The storm's power was absolutely amazing. I haven't really been out in storms like this (go figure) so being smack dab in the middle of it with my 4 babies wasn't exactly 'fun.' Joshua was completely passed out and he was in his bassinet. The girls and Dunc all had their own raised cots. Rob and I were on a big blow up and even with all of our weight, suddenly we both realized that we were FLOATING.
|as you can see, everything was pushed to the south side of the tent. It was a mad dash OUT f the tent|
|this is an 8in hole right outside of our tent door. I stepped into it on my way out and it went up to my shin|
|Josh isn't a huge fan of his life suit.|
|I wish I could remember what he's saying now.|
|Nafe is not only terrified of water, she's not a big boat fan either|
|Josh had a good time chillin with Grandma|
|Issi thoroughly enjoying the water|
|Joshua is about to experience the magic of swimming with Daddy|
|by the look on Rob's face, I'm assuming Joshua wasn't ready for the temperature change! LOL|
|CLASSIC Riggins picture.|
|Natty is SO cute!|
|I have NO idea why every picture he's making this face. TWIT.|
|trying to convince me that water is fun and there have been no shark sightings.|
|well, this is US!|
|yeah...I did it. And yes, I'm actually plugging my nose.|
|This is when Joshua peed all over Grandma. HILARIOUS!|
|Our children get their love of water from their father.|