We all slept in on the second day of our camping trip. The motorhome was so warm and toasty—why not stay in bed and catch extra zzz’s?

Brent started the coffee. Best way to start the day! The stove in the motorhome fires up so quickly—and no camping trip is complete without our handy coffee percolator. We grabbed our mugs and went to mom and dad’s campsite beside ours to enjoy a yummy breakfast of pancakes.

It was going to be another rainy day, so we packed up the kids and headed into Quesnel to get a few more groceries. We stopped at the local park so the kids could burn off some energy before we shopped.

The weather was starting to break when we got back to camp around lunch time. Brent was teaching Rowan to build a campfire. He had never done one before and he was so interested in the steps involved and helped to gather the paper and wood to get it going. The wood was a little wet, so Brent got the fire going with the help of a torch.

 

While Brent and Rowan were busy building the fire, I cut up the watermelon and Addisyn was at Nana’s camp cooking the hotdogs. Addisyn loves to help cook at home and camping, as does Tennessee. Addisyn is not a picky eater at all, so she loves the opportunity to help cook and “taste-test” the goods. She’s a pro at making most breakfast dishes and Tennessee loves to help make French toast with whipping cream and sprinkles. I forgot the whipped cream for this trip though—oops!

 

Rowan and I decided to sneak away from everyone and take the dogs to the off-leash beach. We saw two guys fishing from a really cool boat-type thing on the water. It was like a pontoon boat with a picnic tent on it. What a cool and creative idea!

 

 

The dogs loved being able to run free and go in the water. Rowan was exploring trying to find snakes and frogs. To his dismay, we didn’t come across any.

 

 

Finally, the sun came through! The kids took off on their bikes to the playground and Tennessee stayed with us to play with her Barbies on the picnic table. Tennessee could play for hours and let her imagination run wild. She loves pulling out the kids table and playing games, barbies or even coloring. She even let me play Barbies too – but kept telling me I was being too silly! Brent was lost in concentration making a fire poker out of a branch. He was happy to sit there listening to us play and soaking in the sun.

 

While we were in Quesnel, we stopped at a local toy store and picked up a new board game called “5 Second Rule.” It’s a great game, even for younger kids like Tennessee. When the kids got back from the playground we sat around and played it. It was a lot of fun and had great family time. The game included a board, where you would move your colored piece along as you got answers right, but I put that away and just had fun passing the timer and box of cards around the circle quizzing each other. The kids are competitive in so many other things, but when it comes to board games they get along and play well… So far!

 

 

Brent got the kids interested in trying to whittle their own sticks. Even Tennessee took interest, but always had a watchful eye of mom to make sure she was being safe.

 

Later that evening, as the sun was setting, the kids and I took a stroll to watch the sunset from the beach. It was beautiful!