There was a burn ban that prohibited open flames this weekend, but we figured after all that rain, we were safe warming everyone up and trying to dry out some pillows to use. It didn't stay dry for long, and another wave of rain WITHOUT the wind came through, sending us all to our wet tents to try to sleep for the night. The rain lasted until after midnight as I prayed that God would mercifully put the kids to sleep for the night! And as I lay on my big man cot, in a dampish sleeping bag, on 1/2 a pillow, squished to the side with a 3 year old taking more than her share of bed, with rain dripping on my forehead. .I discovered a whole new meaning to the song "Rain drops are fallin' on my head." and I laughed out loud hysterically, getting the kids' attention. .No one else thought it was funny. .
Not even a little bit!!
But if you don't laugh, you're gonna cry. .right???
When I walked out of our tent the next morning, the first thing I noticed was that it looked like Lane had moved his bed to the picnic table after the rain stopped!
The boys' tent was pretty well collapsed. . .
There were lots of limbs down around our campground, and were even worse up the hill a bit. Unbelievably, once the storms had cleared around midnight or one. .people put their boats BACK in the water and carried on with the night fishing!
Everyone was a little droopy and draggy. . .
But the discovery of all these cool creatures perked them RIGHT up. .
. .and the hunt was on!! I actually watched one of the locusts shed its nasty little brown crusty shell. Ick!
The kids loved playing in the water right off our camp site. The sad thing was that the water was SOOO low. .where they are playing and as far as you can look to the left of the photo SHOULD have been under water!! We were amazed. One of the campground volunteers said that in addition to the drought, earlier this summer, Oklahoma City told them to let 4 1/2 feet of water loose to flow down the river to them (apparently they own the water rights, and can request/demand water when they wish.)
While the kids played. .the big people attended to trivial things like fixing breakfast and drying out our belongings. .over the blockade. .
. .the picnic tables and BBQ grills. .
. .and the boat trailer!! It didn't take long for everything to dry out. .and we enjoyed a fantastic, cool morning. .followed by a nice breeze-free afternoon! Perfect camping weather!
We had a great lunch Saturday that removed the rest of the rain soaked memories from our minds!! Lane and Cindy had eaten pizza fixed in a dutch oven some months earlier, and brought their cooking magic to our campground. It was beautiful in the dutch oven BEFORE we cooked it. .
And completely DIVINE looking (and tasting) after we cooked it. If you can imagine. .those two pizzas fed all 11 starving campers with enough small pieces leftover to provide snacks for the ravished children later in the afternoon! I can say with certainty. .that these will be fixed again at our house too! Unbelievably delicious! We also enjoyed hash with bacon, tomatoes, eggs and cheese; biscuits and gravy; sausage, cabbage and potatoes fixed in the dutch oven, fajitas, salmon and scallops, peach cobbler (in the dutch oven), s'mores, and bananas cooked with mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips. I'm sure we all gained a little weight!
The rest of the weekend was spent being silly. .
. .getting makeovers. .
. .watching this little love (yes, I have graduated to dorkisms of a new level. .I brought my own feeder to hang in the tree). .
. .water play. .
. .resting. .
. .fishing. .
. .practicing our "fish whisperer" skills. .
. .and just hangin' out with our buddies relaxin' and enjoyin' life!!
. .our trampoline hung over the outdoor furnace. .we didn't even flinch.
Well. .maybe we finched a little bit. .but not much!
I was just thankful that the wood stove caught the trampoline instead of my greenhouse. .which you might notice about 20 feet behind the stove.
God is GOOD!
We'll look forward to our trip next year. .and the two newbies both said they would go again. .
But they both plan to check the weather first!
Have a blessed week!