Sunday, April 12, 2009

~There's No Place Like Home~


THE VIEW FROM OUR CAMPER - REND LAKE, IL.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!! We have had a very relaxing Easter Sunday!! We got back from our camping trip around 10:30 this morning, so after getting things put away we pretty much hung out and didn't do much of anything. We had a GREAT trip though!! VERY relaxing and it felt good to do some "family bonding" over the past 4 days.

For those of you that either have already gone thru the teenage stage or are currently going thru it, I am sure you all know how far and few between those days are where everybody is together spending some ever so needed family quality time!! Especially, where everybody is getting along. And let me just say that is exactly what this family did!!

We fished, we played games and even sat by the campfire talking and laughing!! Exactly what the doctor ordered!! Heck, we even did a little antique shopping in this cute little down nearby, Benton, IL. It looked like something out of a storybook. The town "square" is all centered around the county courthouse. And all around the "square" are these quant little antique shops. I wish I had pictures but I had forgotten the camera at the campground.

However, we did have a little "adventure" early Thursday morning. About 1:30 AM we were awaken from a dead sleep by the camper feeling like it was being lifted off the ground. A thunderstorm had blown in and any other time we probably wouldn't even of been the wiser, except for the fact that being the inexperienced campers that we are (we have only owned our camper for a month or so) we forgot to put down the awning to our camper and the strong winds literally ripped the awning off of our camper. Talk about being scared!!

I felt like Dorothy in the Wizard Of Oz...there's no place like home, there's no place like home!! Needless, to say I didn't go back to sleep until the sun was coming up and I knew we were safe. But even though I feared for our lives Thursday morning...LOL!!...I wouldn't of changed a thing!!

5 comments:

Scrapper Mom said...

Oh Carrie. I'm so glad you guys had a great time and everyone got along. I know how much that means at this stage of the game. And oh my goodness... I would've been scared to death being in a camper during a thunderstorm!!

April said...

Hi Carrie~
Sounds like you had a fun and memorable camping trip! I do know exactly what you mean about having teenagers and it being hard to find time to spend together as a family. That's what I loved so much about our Spring Break trip...being together as a family! Glad you survived that scary thunderstorm...I would've been scared out of my mind!

Carrie said...

I am so glad ya'll had a great time! I know what you mean about trying to get everyone together for some family time its hard.

Sorry about storm I would have been scared!

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

What a great way to spend family time. I grew up camping and we had some wonderful trips and times. Sure wish Dh would embrace it! LOL

Cathy Cobblestone said...

Glad you survived that storm - I bet that was scary!!! So glad you all had a great time. I've got a while before we get to the teenage years but I think of them already - I can only imagine the challenges and the joys that come along with that age. Hope you have many more happy camping trips!!!! Blessings, Cathy