Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Moms 'n' Kids 2013

For the third year in a row we've gone "glamping" instead of camping for our annual Moms 'n' Kids weekend.  The Pratos cabin is just so convenient!

We all arrived on Friday night after work and the kids immediately discovered the paddleboat, something they hadn't used before at the Pratos, or anywhere I don't think.  This thing was a hit!  It must be the freedom of getting out on the lake alone.

Instead of splitting up one big grocery list this year we just assigned one meal to each family.  Siri had cooked us up some taco meat for dinner and we had our choice of softshell tacos or throwing together a taco salad or nachos.  Alarik picked around his taco meat and pretty much just had chips for dinner.

Gavin had been on location for all of about 10 minutes when he managed to do this to himself:
 The perils of bikes on dirt roads!

It was too cool for swimming that evening so the girls entertained themselves by dressing up, then planning and performing a circus for us!

Bekah had the funniest mime routine I've ever seen

 Tell me this girl doesn't have "drama club" written all over her!

This was the grand finale.

 And afterwards they all gave autographs...how adorable is that?

Scott seemed to be the odd man out on this trip since he's the only kid his age not interested in dress-up clothes.  He really didn't mind a bit though.  He's always been great at entertaining himself.  He spent a lot of time hunting squirrels with a toy sword and a garbage can lid shield.

After the performance (and after Scott actually  ALMOST got a squirrel with that sword) it was time for s'more and then bed.

Alarik and I snuggled up together in the bunk house while Siri and the girls filled up one tent, the boys another, and Steph and Melissa each took a bed in the cabin.  Alarik was an absolute pain to sleep with.  I told everyone in the morning that it was like sleeping with a flopping fish that had elbows!  But it was pure joy to wake up next to his smiling face.  "Good morning, Alarik!"

"Good morning, Bear!"

"Good morning, Bekah!"

"OH...and Alayna!"

"Double OH...and Eleanor!!!"

Scott wasted no time getting back to squirrel hunting.

None here in the water!

The kids begged for me to let them take Alarik on a paddleboat ride.  I was a little leery, but I reasoned that he'd have his lifejacket on, he'd be sitting in between two "big kids" and paddleboats are nearly impossible to swamp anyway.   Alarik had gotten one of these new-style lifejackets for his birthday that are supposedly more comfortable than traditional ones, but this didn't look too comfortable.

He did love the paddleboat though and the big kids were proud to be able to bring him on a ride.

Us moms traditionally have mimosas with our breakfast.  Pinkies out!

The kids did some fishing:

 And they even caught a couple!

The kids insisted on swimming even though they all had chattering teeth, it was so cold!

  Craft time:  Siri found a cute idea for tic-tac-toe boards and Jesse cut us the log slices.

 Game time:  Steph found a hilarious game that involves throwing cheezy puffs onto your partner's head which is outfitted with a shaving cream-covered shower cap!

 Everyone wanted to swim one more time and they had a cannon ball contest.  Bekah won the prize for largest inhale upon descent!

And Scott had the tightest tuck:

Here's all those sillly kids!

And here they are with their crazy moms!

Moms 'n' Kids 2013 was a big success, but we did vow that next year we'll return to true camping.

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