Monday, November 12, 2012

Camping trip

We had a partial trial run of our Disneyworld trip this weekend.  Keith packed everyone into the bus and drove down to Birmingham to meet me for a weekend at the KOA.  He got everything loaded in the bus by Thrusday night and got all the kids in and settled for the trip and left at 430am on Fri morning and they made it to Bham by 11am CST...wow!  What a feat!  I was very, very impressed.

We rented 2 little cabins...the girl cabin and the boy cabin.  We got everything unpacked and situated and headed to pick up O then to the Galleria for some carousel action and some mall foodcourt.  Alex is so hilarious about the mall.  She wants to buy everything.  It is pretty hilarious.  Unbeknownst to us, it was the official tree lighting ceremony...so there was a Santa arriving with a train full of elves to turn on the lights.  There were performers and lots of people.  A jolly time was had by all.  I can't decide who had the most fun on the carousel.  We headed back to the cabin and went straight to sleep.  Violet slept pretty good, I suppose...ok not really.  It didn't really matter because the comfort of the beds is definitely NOT the selling point of camping with the kids!

Saturday was super fun...we got up and dressed and headed to the Heart of Dixie Train Museum where we played on some trains and took a short ride on a real train.  The weather was perfect, we sat on an outside car.  The trees are perfectly autumnal right now in Alabama and the temperature was just about perfect.  It was really a beautiful day.  After the train ride, Keith had a brilliant idea (this may be a tad sarcastic) to take the kids to toys r us and mill around.  Yes, I was slightly afraid...6 un-napped children in a toy store the likes of which the majority of had never seen...mmmm...sounds like fun.  It wasn't nearly as chaotic as I thought it would be.  We got some ideas for Christmas presents and we didn't actually buy anything so that was good.  At one point, they announced over the loudspeaker that they had a very special guest in the story...Glen who was celebrating his 8th birthday...happy birthday glen.  A few minutes later, Benjamin brought me a toy and said.."is this for 8 yo?"  It said 8+ on it so I told him yes.  He responded by telling me that he was going to get it for Glen because Glen was turning 8 today.  It took me several minutes to convince him that we didn't need to buy Glen a birthday present.  Fortunately for most of the people reading this...You have no idea what it is like to try to convince Benjamin of anything....geesh!

We had pizza for dinner and a great, big, roaring campfire over which we roasted marshmellows and made s'mores.  Mostly, the kids made the s'mores and I ate them...the things I do for my kids!  Everyone was exhausted at bedtime and we headed to bed.  Violet slept exceptionally well Sat night.

Sunday we woke up and got ready for church.  We missed the 9am service by about 15minutes so we went to the Alabama Veteran's Memorial.  It is a beautiful memorial- about a 5 minutes hike on a path up a very gentle incline with tons of beautiful trees.  The kids ran around and we had a very relaxing hike.  Then off to church.  We went to the Church at Brook Hills.  I have wanted to visit there since I read David Platt's book Radical.  He is the minister there.  They have an interesting thing there on Friday nights called Secret Church which is all about bible study...no bells and whistles.  It is inspired by the secret churches in China..churches that are really and truly all about God's word.  David Platt wasn't preaching on that sunday, but apparently on the secret church the friday before, David Platt and Fancis Chan were both preaching.  How super cool would that have been...oh well...I had fun eating cookie cake at the antithesis of secret church...the Galleria!
the kids loved Brookhills though.  O was trying to think of a way to get his mom to take him back next Sunday.  She refuses to take him to church because she wants to sleep in. 

We had lunch, met up with Lilianna...who had been in NoLa with her bio dad for the week.  Went back and played at the campground for the rest of the afternoon.  We did all of our family christmas shopping on Amazon.com, had another campfire with some good quality s'mores and rearranged the cabins.

I had to hit the road around 10pm after I tucked everyone in.  Keith and the kids left this morning and have had one heck of drive home...through rain and the usually impossible traffic in Chattanooga. 

I had a super weekend.  I posted a couple of pictures of our trip on facebook...the carousel and our brand new family stickers on the back of the bus.  They are starwars stickers and they rock.  Darth Vader, amidala, biker scout, leia, ahsoka's x3 and troopers x2.  There is room for one more sticker...i'm just saying hahaha.

I can't wait for Disneyworld...our trial run went pretty good!

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