Our First Summer Vacation

I am here to say that we all survived our first summer vacation.   *Glamping away in our brand new camper that slept all 6 of us comfortably but by the end of 2 weeks I did realize how much I appreciate the square footage of my house when placed in a tiny space with all of us.

*glamping. n. 1. a form of camping in which participants enjoy physical comforts associated with more luxurious types of holiday

We went to the northern coast of California again this year and stayed in a little bayside town called Trinidad. Trinidad California I believe the population to be around 600 people…Wikipedia has it listed under 400 back in 2014.  If you include the population of freeloaders it’s probably a lot more.

We had one who climbed over the fence from the freeway, made her way through thick brush, and stopped to ask my husband for a cigarette.  She had been collecting butts of cigarettes, smoked by other people, all morning, apparently.  *shrivels at the thought*  She was sneaking in to use the shower facilities although it looked as though she hadn’t showered or brushed her teeth for quite some time.

She was about 20 something and I am guessing a heroine addict.

The campground we took over occupied for the majority of our trip was called The Emerald Forest.  I will be writing a review about the place in the near future.

The best part about staying there were the people who we camped with at the beginning of our stay.  They were from Redding, CA and were vacationing for the Father’s Day weekend.  They had kids who were our kids ages and taught 2 of my 3 littles to ride bikes without training wheels in literally a day.  Not to mention by the time nightfall rolled around all I had to do was put the 3 littles in their beds and they were out within minutes.

Campfire, cocktail, and shenanigan time!!!

Shenanigans included:

  • Pouring water in chairs without each other knowing
  • Poking each other with hot sticks
  • Roasting each other with witty comments
  • Karate chopping sticks
  • Laughing hysterically
  • Staying up way too late and probably disturbing other campers by breaking the quiet after 10pm rule

The following is a video of my teenage monster M after I had poured water in his seat and he sat in it…he pouted and went to bed.

The best part about the northwest coast of the US is that you can hike in the forest in the mornings and lay on the beach in the afternoons.  The average temperature during our stay was around 65*F.  The ocean water was super cold but the kids didn’t seem to mind as they still went in it.  As for me and the hubby, we just enjoyed watching them from the shore.

Below was the cove that we spent the majority of our beach time in…

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The first days hike was an easy one.  Trail was good and it was a little over 3 miles round trip.  But the next day was a lot rougher terrain and about 7 miles round trip.  I don’t care what my husband wants to argue about that.  My fitbit said so…

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When we started I was at around 1,000 steps and just under a mile logged.  The scenery was breathtaking though.  Or maybe that was just me out of breath and realizing that I need to get myself back to the gym.  On the other hand, my 4, 5 , and 6 year old were champs!  No strollers or carrying packs needed.

I will be posting more about our fabulous vacation so make sure you stay tuned!

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is gone

But in our hearts the memories will always live on

As we shuffle about and get ready for fall

And the next chapters of our lives become loved and enthralled

There’s only one thing that this mommy shall wish

That this summer of memories will forever be cherished

                              ~Trista Souza

I really can’t believe how quickly this summer has flown by.  We made some great memories this summer and now embarks a new chapter in all of our lives.  I have always been a summer girl but always look forward to the holidays and all the magic in the air that they bring.

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I took this picture on the last sunset of our vacation.  It was sad knowing that our vacation was coming to an end but a reflection of all the memories we had made.  Writing about our adventures and taking a ton of pictures will help preserve these moments that I know one day will just be moments to remember.  One day my kids will all be grown and moved away (fingers crossed) and have lives of their own to live.  It will be nice to be able to show them the memories of these earlier years and the stories I have written about their growing up.  It will be not only a collection of their lives, but also a collection of my own.

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~For The Love Of The Beach~

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Who doesn’t love the beach?  It’s all about the sand in your ass crack between your toes.  The sun on your face.  And the people who shouldn’t have left the house in that watching.  Personally I have always loved the beach which is ironic because I have lived more then half my life in the desert.  Maybe because I couldn’t afford to live at the beach…who wants to work when you live by the beach?  I would be calling in sick all the time.  Which as a stay at home mom would probably be frowned upon.

We are actually planning our family trip to northern California this summer.  A fabulous 9 nights only a mile from the beach.  We will be staying in our home on wheels camper all snug like sardines.  I am sure we will smell like sardines by the time the trip is over.  My husband has been rambling on about it for the past 3 months.  I of course just started getting excited about it over the past few days.  That was after the stress of having to pack a camper for the 6 of us settled in my head.  Luckily there are no diapers to have to pack this year.  I don’t know how we ever survived on vacations when we had 3 in diapers and 2 on bottles.  Bins, bins, and more glorious pain in the ass bins!

We have been to the beach many times as a family and I am quite certain that the mini van, we just traded in, still had bits of sand deep within the carpet and cracks of the seats amongst all the other bodily fluids memoirs of all our trips.

The following are some of my photographed memoirs (all by me) from one said trip.

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Photography 101: Warmth

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Warmth.  A beautiful sunset.  With every sunset comes reflection of the day in which is ending.