Ok not really it is only June 10th but we are finally able to use one of the best Christmas gifts we got-a weekend at Normandy Farms Campground.
We upgraded to the lean to and I am so glad we did because Saturday while we were out and about it started to rain. We were so busy that I really didn't worry to much about it. Most of our stuff was safe and sound in this lean-to. When we returned we found that a neighbor put all of our things inside and pushed the table way up so it was half under the rood as well. I think we lost maybe a roll of paper towels at most.
We have camped here before but it has been 8 years and we had a camper then. We are learning to become pretty good tent campers and have a nice amount of equipment so we can have some serious fun.
This was Ava's first trip since she was 3 and sleeping in the campers big bed and she is ready for her next trip. Everyone would love to return here. There are 4 pools including 1 indoor. I think the kids actually swam in all of them at one point or another over our 2 days.
One of the things I find so magical about camping is the sense of independence the kids get. I have always just had a trust and safe feeling while camping so they are pretty much allowed to come and go on their own as long as it isn't swimming and they tell me what they are doing.
This picture makes me particularly happy as Ava is really struggling with learning how to ride a bike. She has "learned" many times but not well and then it gets put on the back burner and she feels like every time is her first time. When I brought her 2 wheeler camping she was pissed but I explained that is how everyone gets around a campground of this size. Soon she was mentioning how there were bikes every where and more riders were little kids. While cooking dinner Friday night she says she is headed to the bathroom and off she goes. I sort of step out into the road to see her and note that she is setting up the peddles on her bike to ride there. (this is killing me a little)
I didn't mention it I just let her go whenever she wanted. She is frustrated and beating herself up about it quite a bit. She did the best she could with many starts and stops when cars, bikes, dogs, a leaf blew by but I just have to have some patience and encourage her to start again.
On Saturday they had ceramics. The kids were all blah about it but I took a look and was shocked at how professional a set up these people had. I expected a few magnets and a teddy bear and some paint trays. Oh Hell No.
You picked a piece out of dozens, they provided photos for inspiration, paints, apron and sprayed the piece to take home. All of us did a piece and they were good sized and I paid less than $30. He even sprayed Ava's skunk inside and out so she could put here outside if needed. ( she decided putting her skunk outside might deter real skunks from coming along. )
Saturday night was a rough start for our fire after all the rain so we walked to the store and got a fire starter. Luckily I kept the wood inside the car and it was dry. Around this beauty we talked about future camping trips we would like to take.
Next up Quechee Gorge!