For those of you who are new to this crazy tradition here is the run down. We take Dad's, Jenn's, and Megan's (where we are kindly invited to stay) trailers, along with Ash and Rob's tent (Dawn and Aaron get a hotel. I am beginning to think that they are the smart ones). We camp in the middle of Gladstan Golf Course in Payson. Sometimes I don't know if it's worthy to be called camping but we do get dirty. We usually stay from Friday-Monday over Labor Day weekend. This was my first attempt to stay the whole time with my 3 little ones. We didn't quite make it, but we tried;)
Friday-I got there early with Josh and waited as everyone arrived. We went to Pizza Factory for dinner (all 23 of us) and then hung out at the campsite until the kids were tired enough to go to bed. Aly woke up 3-4 times this night and as a result, I held her the remaining 4 hours to let everyone else get some sleep.
Saturday-the men golfed and the rest of us went to the lake to water ski. We got back to the camp, showered, ate, and headed in to town to go to the carnival. Yep, we are trailer trash and carnie trash.
Aly and I slept in the van this night to keep her from waking everyone up. She managed to keep me up most of the night however:)
Sunday-we began the day with a trip to the ER because Tobe tripped and landed (nose first) on Jenn's trailer stairs. He had to be sedated and have about 6 stitches in his nose. He was so brave (even braver than his mommy). I was a mess. I bawled all the way to the hospital until Brett told me to pull it together because Tobe needed me to be strong.
Shortly after we got to the ER my dad came to take care of me while Brett took care of Tobe. I was so grateful to have him there for moral support.
He will have his stitches taken out in 5 days and they will do an X-Ray to see if anything is broken.
When I got back from the hospital, Jane had a fever and Aly has been teething. Needless to say, I was ready to give up. I did hold out so Brett could go biking with the guys but then I had had it. We packed up and headed home. My kids crashed at 7:15. I am looking forward to a good night's sleep.
I am glad we decided to go to Payson even though it was hard. Nothing is the same without mom. But I feel that if we continue in the traditions she helped create then she will be there with us. I think we all felt a little emotional at times but we still enjoy being together as a family. It helps to have support as we try to get used to this new normal.