Not flesh of my flesh
nor bone of my bone
but still miraculously my own.

Never forget for a single minute
you didn't grow under my heart
but in it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

New Hampshire Camping Trip Day 1

Ken, Gabriella, and I spent four nights (8/12 through 8/16) camping in North Conway, New Hampshire with Kathy, Kerri, Dave, and Ava. We had often vacationed in New Hampshire during summers when I was a child and I wanted Gabriella to have some of these same experiences. We originally had planned to stay in a hotel, but had also wanted to take Gabriella camping this summer, so we were able to accomplish both tasks at once, vacation in New Hampshire and camp! It was so much fun to relive childhood memories and share the same experiences with Gabriella.

The campground was one that Ken had camped at as a child. It worked out perfectly for the wormen because it was essentially located in the parking lot of the North Conway shopping outlets, so we had lots of fun with that!We arrived at the camping grounds in the afternoon and spent the rest of the day getting set up. Gabriella had so much fun exploring and "helping.":
It started raining in the early evening, but luckily it was the only rain we got while camping. Gabriella got very messy in the mud after the rain stopped! While we were waiting out the rain, Gabriella helped Aunt Kathy look through brochures and plan our vacation itinerary!:

Gabriella was so excited when Ava and her family arrived. Since it was so close to Gabriella's birthday she was still kind of in birthday-mode and she and Ava had fun trying to blow out the citronella candle.: Gabriella enjoyed a very big slice of pizza! Not a very traditional camping meal, but we got pizza delivery because we were not unpacked or set-up and it was rainy.:
Ken putting the "finishing touches" on the camp set-up:

Gabriella did not have any trouble sleeping in the tent. She fell right to sleep at night and slept straight through the nights.:We were on the go, go, go the rest of the week and had a very excellent time.

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