For as long as I can remember, my mom's side of the family, the Kidds, have always had a campout in July. Many fond memories have developed from the Kidd camp over the years and it's fun to now have my kids sharing in that experience.
The last few years we have been going to a beautiful little site that overlooks the whole valley.
Sometimes we camp one night with our kids and sometimes we don't.
This was a time that we didn't so we just drove the short distance both evenings to spend time with everyone.
I think it was the day before or maybe even the day of that Grandma Kidd ended up going to the ER because of some severe pains. She ended up "camping" in the hospital and we missed her and Grandpa terribly.
The first evening, Ben was easy and was content to just sit with Grandpa or do his iPad
I apologize for the rest of my pictures. Most of them seem to be blurry.
Mom gave a wonderful program the first night on our family history complete with pictures and stories.
Matt pondering on the view of the valley below.
The next evening we went up and Ben was in heaven in the blow up pool. Thanks Amber for providing that...it made his night!
(no pictures since my hands were busy keeping him from drowning :)
To get him out we had to literally drag him out with the promise of popcorn.
A little bit more of a challenging evening than the one before :) but I had a lot of help from everybody and he was very happy so it was okay.
With the help of Aunt Norma, the kids put on a cute version of "The Princess and the Pea".
Then it was time for some "Minute to Win It".
Mom flung that shoe on the table in record time.
Josh literally got his on the table on the very last second!
It's a little bit harder with tennis shoes :)
Andy and Abby tried out Uncle Jo's hammock.
And then I had Andy take Ben home (we drove separately for this very purpose) so they could get to bed and the rest of the kids and I stayed up to play our new favorite game...Ligretto..or Dutch Blitz, or Pounce or Nertz...whatever you want to call it :)
Uncle James has such long arms and always wins this game so we made him sit the farthest from the piles of cards :)
Abby didn't want her picture taken (hmmm...sound familiar Mom?)
Thank you Abby :)