Monday, August 31, 2009

Virginia Beach Camping

Over the weekend we went on a short camping trip with some friends. I was looking forward to it so much because we'd been trying to make it to the beach all summer, and for various reasons it never worked out! We were going to go in July when my mother was here, and she was going to stay at home and look after Brogan (who had just been completely weaned especially!!) so that we could just take Avery and have a special time with her, but then she got sick again and we had to take her back up to UVa and cancel our camping reservations. So we were really looking forward to this trip! Especially me!!
We got up there on Friday afternoon and got home early Sunday evening, so it was just s short trip, but was fun nonetheless! I kept on forgetting to take the camera with us, and our camera has got to the point where it's just eating up batteries and half the time it won't even turn on, which is very sad, but here are some of the pictures we did manage to get.

We discovered that Brogan is a big fan of apples! He is so unlike his sister in so many ways....! Avery still doesn't like eating raw apples.


Our camp site. It was actually quite nice, and the bathroom facilities weren't all that bad in comparison with other camp sites we've stayed at. Ours is that big green and gray tent. It was too hot during the day for Brogan to nap inside the tent, which is why the pack and play is outside...although he didn't nap there either! He napped in the air-conditioned minivan :) After having lived with central air for 3 months, we are officially spoilt and wouldn't want to go back!! Before we had AC, it used to be refreshing to camp in the summer because it was so much cooler to sleep outside, but now it's just sticky and humid and warm! So spoilt....

The tarp and the supply tent. Yet more evidence of the differences between our two children: the tarp was for them to play on so that they didn't have to get all dirty on the ground. Avery happily sat and played, and if she wanted to get up, she would wait for her shoes and braces and walker, or would request to be picked up, but Brogan...

...the tarp was obviously too tiny for his needs, and upon being placed there, immediately had to plot his escape. Pine cones and dirt and prickly vines and fire pits are much better toys than any we provided and had to be explored....
...which is why his hands and feet looked like this during the entire trip...
...even within five minutes of being washed and/or showered.
What a boy!

Our last day there we finally remembered to take our camera to the beach! Well, not really, I made Gabe go back to the van and get it after we already got down there...! But how could we miss the chance to catch this on camera?
Two days and nights of camping had taken its toll on this little boy! In the 3 minute drive from the camp site to the beach he fell asleep, and even when Gabe picked him up and jostled him about a bit, he still was too exhausted to care, so when we got down to the beach Gabe put him down on this towel and there he stayed, fast asleep, for almost an hour!

Meanwhile, we kept a careful eye on him while we played in the ocean. We went to two different beaches while we were there, and this one was very calm (although it had a lovely view of big tankers and barges coming into Chesapeake bay and a big bridge halfway across the horizon), so Avery and Brogan really enjoyed being in the water with us. The other beach was a lot of fun too, because it was a bit rougher which made body boarding a lot more fun, but the little ones didn't really want to go in, and preferred playing on the sand by the water's edge, "popping bubbles" and digging holes.
Gabe's attempt to get himself in the picture with us :)

And Brogan slept on while Avery played with her Daddy...


After Brogan woke up, he had a great time being buried alive by Gabe...!

Avery thought it was pretty funny, but certainly didn't want to be buried herself!!

All in all, it was a very fun little trip, although I do look forward to taking trips like that when our children are a little older. The second night there was a family camping on the site next to ours - their youngest was probably about Avery's age, and while I was trying to get Brogan down to sleep, I was listening to them all sitting around the camp fire playing some sort of silly questions game, and it was just really cute, and made me look forward to being able to do the same thing. Of course, Avery is old enough now that it really isn't a problem if she goes to bed late every now and then, and she doesn't nap anymore, so that was fun, but of course Brogan is still young enough that he doesn't cope well if he doesn't get to bed by 7 or 8pm, and he can't go without his naps either. So the first night we were there Gabe and Avery went off with everyone else while I tried to get Brogan to sleep in the too-hot tent, and the second night, Gabe went down to the beach and did some night swimming while I helped Avery go to sleep and dealt with Brogan who had woken up and didn't want to go back to sleep. And then both nights I sat around by myself in the dark for a couple of hours reading a book with a flashlight, which is pleasant enough, but isn't exactly swimming in the ocean by moonlight. Ah well, one day we will all be able to enjoy that together as a family.

4 comments:

Hans said...

It looks like you had fun. Good for you guys.

Syme Family News said...

So sweet. Love your kids.

Gloria said...

Pretty neat,I'd say. Our family used to go to Virginia Beach every summer....next generation Virginians. whoopee!
Thanks for sending! love granny g

Sarah said...

Looks like you all had a blast! Love the photos!