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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Camping in Winter

Last weekend we had our neighbors over for dinner and to let the kids run around together.  At the end of the night after many margaritas and beers, we got this crazy idea to go beach camping the following weekend.  While sitting around discussing our plan we were outside at 9 pm in t-shirts and shorts in 70 degree weather.  Little did we think that after having many weeks of beautiful summer like weather in winter the one weekend in January that we pick to go camping was going to be FREEZING and WINDY!!!
Non the less we packed our car like we were going for a month, enough food for weeks and two kiddos ready for camping!!  
I remember loving going camping as a little kid with my family and cousins.  We learned to water ski, drive the boat, drive the jet ski's and camp in a tent . . . yes a tent!!  
When Chris and I were dating the first trip we took was house boating at Lake Powell.  We went with several couples and camped the night before we got on the boat.  Every other couple had these little pop up two person tents that took two seconds to set up.  I brought my parents giant two room tent that took, 5 guys, 1 foreman and two hours to set up!! 
 I am not afraid of, and actually like camping yet all of my friends always laugh when Chris tells them we
 are going camping. . . . apparently I don't look like the camping type!!
Chris, our neighbor was in the military, so we got to go the beach campground on Camp Pendelton. 
 It was perfect!  Clean, right on the water and the kids loved it.  
It was super windy, like hurricane, tornado windy.  We lost more chips and firewood due to wind than I every thought possible, we even lost Brady once or twice

 . . . first he was up . . . .
 . . . and then he was down!!!
We only have a small little 2 person tent that Chris and the kids use to "camp" in the backyard. If I was going we were going to need a little something more substantial.  We borrowed Steph's tent and she told me it was super easy to put up.  I really did question how easy it was going to put up this giant tent.  But super easy was understatement . . . it was INSANELY EASY.  We are totally investing in one of those!! 

 
Casa de Hlinka and Hays!
Beach Camping 2014
Wind blown!
Grayson

The kids loved sitting around the fire in their chairs.  We tried to tell them to put their chips in a cup and then in their chair so the wind wouldn't know it over.  Brady dropped a chip and then leaned forward and all the chips out of his cup spilled out too and then he would lean over to pick one up and put it in his cup, more would fall out and then it was just a vicious cycle.  To funny to watch him pick up one only to spill three!!
Wind: 2 Brady: 0

I love Chris but he loves to make everything we do as hard as possible.  When menu planning for our 24 hour adventure, Erika and I, tried to make it as easy as possible.  Snacks, hot dogs, s'mores and pancakes.  Chris goes the the store and in go the hamburgers and the buns and the sausages.  Before I know it he has spent more for 24 hours of camping than we would need for a whole week at home!  But I love him and he does make it a lot more fun.  The sausages were great and everyone had a hamburger but me!!!




Nice hair kid!!

Carter 4, Brady 3, Grayson 2, Rylee 5
The kids all get along pretty well.  There is a lot of "Mine" on the part of Brady, everyone wanting the same toy and lot of tackling each other over some kind of toy.  Rylee tries to rule over the boys and sometimes they do what she says and then other times not so much!! 


Red Solo Cup I Fill You UP .  . .  With Chips!




So much sand blowing we all got free microdermabrasion . . Whoo Hoo!


We were dressed in many layers but there aren't enough clothes in my closet that would have kept me warm last night. We all wore the same pair of underwear we started out the day camping in for 2 days, wore our Uggs and gloves to bed and wasn't smart enough to think to bring an extra blanket!!!   Brady and I started off on the aero bed, later followed by Rylee leaving poor Chris on the floor all by himself :(  The next morning waking up was brutal.  It was bone chilling, like frostbite kinda cold when we woke up.  Brady was so cold, the day before not wanting to wear his hat or gloves, but in the morning he was begging for both of them!! 
Brady loves taking a picture now and is all smiles when doing so.  After it is snapped he wants to see it and almost always laughs!!





We made pancakes, hash browns, and bacon for breakfast and it turned out PERFECT!!  All smiles from the kiddos!
Beach camping was a huge success, even if it was super windy, cold, ran out of chips, wood and had to go to the commissary 3 times and almost got frostbite.  We were only 20 minutes from home and got to be in the shower and then in our bed 30 minutes from packing up (thanks to the unbelievably easy tent)!



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