Monday, May 21, 2012

Birthday adventure, part 2

Kinda late posting about the rest of my birthday trip. I need a vacation to rest up from my camping trip! It's hard work. Worth every second of it though. Saturday, which was my birthday, was just what I wanted. I had planned to make a crockpot french toast casserole for breakfast, but that didn't happen. I got lazy. A and I both slept a little later, then made plans for the day. She wanted to hang out with her new friends she made at the campground, so I left her decorating a cardboard box/race car while I went out yard sale-ing and antiquing. Not that I left her completely alone with strangers. I'm not THAT bad of a mom. Our friends decided to stay at the campground and relax, so she was supervised! After they finished their cars, they hit the water area for some cooling off fun!

After about two hours of riding around and hitting yard sales, I figured I had done enough damage. For $18 though, I racked up! Got an old Coleman camp stove ($15), a little jar for my crushed red pepper from my garden($1), 3 plastic tablecloths (still in the package) and an over the door rack that I could use in the camper ($1), and probably what I was most excited about.... a huge box of silverware for $1!! I took it back to the campground and washed it all up and sorted it out. 12 table knives, 13 forks, 14 spoons, a whisk, and a large serving spoon and fork set. Oh, and about 6 baby spoons! Half of them were just the plain plastic coated tipped kind, but the others were old, one was even engraved. If I was a really good responsible blogger, I would have gotten pics of my goodies to post, but I was too excited to think about it! 

For supper we had some grilled chicken, tossed salad and garlic bread, then later my friends made an apple dump cake in the dutch oven. Again, I was too busy eating to take pics!

After supper, A and I played a game of mini golf  (she stomped me, but was gracious enough to not keep score) then decided to watch the karaoke on the beach. There is a pond there with a beach, and the shallow end is roped off so kids can play in the water. They also had dancing on the beach. Now, this isn't some dirty dancing type thing like in a club. This is mostly little kids out dancing with their moms or dads, occasionally a husband will get dragged out by his wife. The best part though? Watching Yogi, Boo-boo and Cindi out there dancing! Yogi doing the Wobble is hilarious! It's very much a family friendly event, and actually I never saw anyone doing anything out of line all weekend. Anyway, A wound up singing two songs that night! She loves to sing, and I am just busting with pride that she is brave enough to get up and sing in front of people! Her favorite song is by One Direction, called Beautiful. She sang it plus one other song. 

Here's one more pic for ya. I was not ready to leave. I can't wait to go back!  

Headed back on Sunday, with a stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch. I had made plans to go out to eat with my daughters for a quick supper when we got back, since two of them didn't get to go camping with us. What they didn't tell me was that they had been planning a surprise party for me! I thought it was strange that she texted me and said they had to get a table in the basement of our favorite Mexican restaurant. All my kids (my homegrown ones except for one and my in law kids) were there, plus 2 of my best friends!! Had a great dinner, complete with a turtle cake made by my bestie K. (yes I am slightly turtle obsessed, and another side note: Despite my frequent use of the word bestie in regards to K, she still has not taken the hint and gotten a giant oil painting of us to hang in my living room. I guess I'll have to get it done for her birthday!)

And even my husband remembered my birthday. (After being reminded by me and him fussing at our oldest for her not reminding him. Is that her job now???) He took me to see Avengers (awesome!!)

This has to go down as one of my best birthdays ever! Just because of all the love I felt from my family and friends. I am so blessed!!


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