We have not been able to take a camping trip at all yet this year. But, we thought it would be fun to take the children for the day to go out to the lake. It has been much cooler in Arkansas than it normally would be for July, but that can make it much better for spending the day outdoors!
We decided to go out to one of our favorite camping spots, Jefferson Ridge. You can fish right off the bank, there is a great little swimming area, and a playground. The only negative is that the bathroom is quite a distance from the swimming/playground area (a woman certainly did not plan that!) and when you have little ones they can't always make the hike up the hill (and it is a hike!) so we drive back and forth to the bathroom quite a bit when we are there and today was no exception to that. The children had a great time though!
We played on the playground for a while.
Nick and Alex were not at all interested in the playground, they just wanted to do some fishing.
It wasn't long before the others joined them. Emelia had wanted to catch a purple catfish. We did not catch any of those, but they did catch some small sunfish. We lost half a fishing rod (still not exactly sure how that happened, but Alex was pretty upset) and we did not recover it.
Then we had a picnic lunch and got ready to do some swimming. They spent hours swimming. The water was not very warm, but the children did not mind at all. Lily was even brave enough this year to go down the water slide!
This crazy dog who does not like to go out in the rain and get her paws wet decided she was going to go into the lake after the children.
Chelsea even had a chance to come out there with us for a little while before she had to go to work.
We had a great time and I think the all will be sleeping well tonight!