Day 20 and 21: Camping (kind of)

We spent the weekend camping in the mountains with family and friends. I say ‘kind of’ camping, because actually we were using Grandma’s two bedroom cabin with bathroom and kitchen.

Granted, with my family of 12 plus 2 friends in a cabin of 800 sq feet or so, it was cozy. John and I were in one bedroom with the 3 yo, 6 girls slept in the second bedroom, and 5 boys were strung all over the living room floor. This was full enough that I had to step over a boy in a sleeping bag to open the fridge and begin breakfast each morning. Nevertheless I am not entirely sure that camping is a true definition.

Adding to the fun was the fact that John’s sister’s family of 7 was camping a few minutes’ walk away. The weekend included fishing in the rain (and catching lots of rainbow trout!), hot dogs indoors with our entire group of 21 people, hiking miles up and down the river, fishing NOT in the rain (and catching more fish), and staying up late laughing, talking, and playing tons of different games: Mafia, Up the River, Apples to Apples, and others. Gibberish a game played kinda like this– provided some of the best fun of the weekend. It is a wipe-your-eyes hilarious improv game, especially when acted by my very uninhibited 14yo and 16yo sons.

It was an outstandingly fun weekend, made even better by the fact that ALL of my children were able to come, and that their good friends and our relatives are such nice people. When it was time to go home, I think we were all a bit cranky at the thought of returning to normal life.

Meals on Saturday
Breakfast: Pancakes, sausage, grapes
Lunch: lasagna, bread, salad, cookies, apples
Dinner: Hot dogs, chips, carrots, grapes, pumpkin mochi, chocolate

Meals on Sunday
Breakfast: scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, toast
Lunch: fresh trout, lasagna leftovers, sandwich bread, apples, grapes
Dinner: Refried beans and chips, cheese, sour cream, salsa


  1. You’re out far from civilization and there are kids in sleeping bags. Yes, it’s camping.
    Heather BT

  2. I’ve spent many nights in a tent… I much prefer your style of camping (ie- w/ running water and a stove!) How fun!

  3. Sorry I’ve been incommunicado! I finally have posted on my 30 Days progress here:

    It includes a brief reference to camping!


  4. What a fun family-filled weekend. I’m the oldest of six kids and I know my mom loves it when we are all together. ~heather

  5. Friends make any experience wonderful – rain or not. The best thing as those crazy sleeping arrangments will be remembered forever by your kids.

  6. *sigh*

  7. well almost a year later i am back on your website (which i love) i am starting the 3o day no spending challenge, and am so looking forward to it. i did it last year with great success and decided it would be good to start today (being the 1st of august.) thanks for your encouragement to be wise stewards of our husbands hard earned money.
    blessings to you through our Lord Jesus Christ