Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Into the woods...

With most summer days here reaching over 90 degrees with 100% humidity, we welcome Fall, and cooler temperatures, with open arms! We can finally venture outside without sweating through our t-shirts, and having to listen to incessant whining about how hot it is from our very heat-intolerant 5-year-old!  (poor thing!)  But...I have to tell you... I am not really what you'd refer to as an "outdoorsy type".  I would much rather stay in a nice hotel, with my own bathroom and a hot shower.  I don't really like getting dirty, and I hate bugs because I always end up getting eaten alive.  And if I'm going "camping" I'd much prefer camping the way my in-laws do it - in a RV.  Ha!  But until we can work an RV into the budget, we will stay in a tent because my Jesse just loves camping.  And this time around, I was really excited to collect my boys under one tented roof, and find some adventure in the woods.  And we definitely found some adventure!  We ventured into the "wild" of Jekyll Island, for one of the more memorable family times with my little ones.  And despite, colder-than-expected temperatures, a really grumpy Jesse, extremely loud quarreling raccoons at 3:00 am, a deflated air mattress, a broken camp stove, forgotten groceries and can opener, and attempting to pack 2 adults, five-year-old, toddler, and 2 dogs onto the only remaining queen-sized air mattress, we had a great time together.

Located smack-dab between Savannah and Jacksonville, Jekyll Island is an awesome place to visit!  It has a little bit of fun for everyone in the family - gorgeous beaches, miles of paved biking trails, gigantic, sprawling hundreds-of-years-old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, the old plantation home made of tabby, Horton House, and a beautiful historic district, that was once owned by the richest people in the world.  And it was just so nice being able to enjoy all of it with my boys!
Micah eating a pre-breakfast muffin while Daddy went to get replacement eggs for the ones Mommy forgot at home. 

Cooking bacon on our tiny camp stove since the Coleman stove was  busted.
Brothers chilling in the wagon, after Jesse finally got over his case of the grumps.
My boys at the Horton House

Jesse showing us how to jump
Swinging with Bean
The squirrel who ate all of Jared's Chex Mix.  Poor Jared.
This is when he decided he loves camping.
Micah likes chilling at the camp site
Our home camp
Wagon walk with Daddy
Roasting marshmallows 
Micah likes S'mores!

and we all loved camping!!!


  1. This is excellent. It at least LOOKS like you had a lot of fun. I think adventures where just about everything goes wrong make for the best stories. They're good for creating family lore. Also, you look like me in these pictures. I don't know if it's because I have a yellow shirt like that or because I wear my hair in a ponytail every day as if I'm camping. Hmm... :o/

  2. Awesome. Thanks for sharing the pictures and sweet (and sour) memories with your boys! Looks like you had a blast!