Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vacation in Paradise

Last week we snuck away for three days to go camping in paradise. Literally. This is our third time camping there. The first time we went was before we had kids and we camped with some friends of ours. The entire weekend was spent in the water on a floaty visiting. It was glorious.

The girls "helping" dad get set up!

Thus a few years later with Zoelle just over a year old, we decided to go back. Of course, camping with a child was a bit different than we figured, but it was fun nonetheless. The last two years we have been unable to go back as we had a newborn each summer. Thus when the opportunity arose to go this year, we jumped at it.

Hanging out in the camper.

If you remember correctly, we sold our camper last year and I have been praying that God would provide us with another one. Well one day while my dad and husband were hanging out, they decided to go look at campers and found one almost identical to the one we sold. Thus with 13 kids (11 still at home), my dad decided to buy it and gave us permission to use it when we want. This daughter was pretty happy about that! :)

Pure joy!

But back to paradise. It was by far one of the best trips we have taken as a family of 5. It included: taking walks, playing at the park, campfires late at night with my husband, watching movies, reading books, swimming in sugar sand beaches, taking naps, trips to "town" for supplies we forgot, visiting a local ice cream/candy shop, singing "Knee Deep" by the Zac Brown Band, hearing Zoelle exclaim, "I love this, I love this SO much!", and much more.

Sliding down the big slide!

I came back refreshed, renewed, and ready to go back to Paradise. ;) But that will have to wait until next year....

I love everything about this picture! :)

Do you go on vacation every year? If so, do you go to the same spot or a new one?


  1. We don't always take a big vacation every year and it's usually always something different.
    This year we chose to camp a few time instead of take a trip. Last year we did a twin cities staycation. It just depends :)

  2. Oh, that sounds glorious! We never take vacations or trips at all, so I always drool over stories/blog posts that talk about what others choose to do!

  3. We don't take a big vacation either Salena (or at least we haven't yet), instead we try and camp here and there. It is fun even to get away for a few days! :)

    I bet it is super hard to take a trip with the farm. Bummer! :( Maybe one day you will get to getaway!


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