Wednesday, July 6

Camping in Broken Bow

Back to the real world.
After  6 days of sun & fun, we've returned with suntans,  new friends, bug bites, lots of memories & 5 hefty lawn bags of stinky laundry!
I'd say our vacation was a great success!
The kids were in heaven.
 They played from the minute they woke up, until the last firefly was captured.
Those days will forever be burned into our memories.
 The park was packed with families celebrating the holiday.
There were so many kids to play with & so many new things to experience.
 Like  tubing.

And horseback riding,

& Lily rode her bike for the first time...........
 sans training wheels!
Mountains, lakes, creeks, lots of hiking trails for nature watching.

The weather was hot, 100+ everyday.  
One afternoon there was a terrible storm, we were in town shopping thank goodness. We had to take cover from hail & high winds.
I would not have been a happy camper inside our little trailer with 3 kids. 
 Soon it passed & left behind the most amazing sunset.

Even Owen was impressed.
In fact, I didn't hear the phrase 'that's boring' all week!

We ate pretty good too!
I tell myself I'm losing weight when we camp. 
All the hiking, biking & working....
 Truth be told the s'mores, ice cream & campfire cobbler negates all that exercise.
Oh but that food tastes so good when cooked outside!
 I was all prepared to do some art on our trip, but I found myself quite happy in my chair doing nothing.
The kids were pretty creative tho.
The scrap fabric I brought came in handy for the 'arrowheads' the boys made.
I promise we're not part of some militia,
I'm thinking it's a boy thing.
When the boys wern't batteling aliens, Lily had them baking cakes in her 'workshop'.
I did eventually get out of my chair to go into town for provisions. While I was there I found an antique mall!
A vacation's not a vacation unless you bring home some junk!
 The prices were great.
 This awesome book was $1.

If you ever find yourself in Southeast Oklahoma, check out Beaver Bend State Park.


Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

I feel like I was on vacation just looking at your pictures. So relaxing. Ahhhhh....

Fun little treasures, too. I think that little black clock would fit right in with my new collection. ;-)

cat lacigale said...

Fabulous journey ! Thanks for sharing

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Such BEAUTIFUL photos of your wonderful vacation. I love the way you described your children playing from sun up to fireflies ~ as it should be.. Awesome Lisa, simply awesome!!!

red.neck chic said...

Oh... you KNOW you're the Queen of the Militia... ;-D

LOVE the sunset!!! And oh my gosh... I think I just lived vicariously through your vacation photos!!!!

Now I'm hungry for some s'mores...


Mona @ la la by mona said...

I'm so glad you all had a great time. Broken Bow is a wonderful place to vacation. We took the whole family there a few spring breaks ago and stayed in a cabin. So much to do and see. Pretty country!

Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Ohhh Lisa how much fun!!!
I am smiling at all of the precious pictures of your kids ~



Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey Lisa girl, It looks like the kids had lots of fun. It's good to hear that you got to relax a bit. I agree, you have to bring home something from a vacation and what would be better than shopping in an antique mall for some souvenirs.
Welcome back home!
Hugs to you,

Ido said...

What an awesome vacation time, I have never seen woodpeckers. Those kids look like they're having the time of their lives, how cool. After seeing these pictures ... I think I need some vacations.

chezjolly said...

What lovely memories you have captured, sounds like you had a great time! :)
-Jessica & Holly

Lovey said... much fun with the family!! Love it!!

Maggie said...

what a fantastic vacation time with your family..

Evelyn said...

Wow ... you pictures and post brought back such great memories for me. My parents LIVED for camping - we went every weekend the entire summer when I was a kid. Looks like a good time was had by all.

time worn interiors said...

Isn't camping just the best! Looks like you guys had a great time!

LizlovesVintage said...

This is my favorite post thus far!!
I miss those golden years! I can relate to Owen. Now, they are all grown and it's BORING!!! Ha, Ha.
Don't mind the stinky :)
Xxx Liz

Sandy said...

It looks like a fantastic time was had by all! Love that you snuck away for a flea market fix ;c) Hope the remainder of your week is sweet!

Karen Valentine said...

It looks like the perfect vacation! I LOVE camping and my hubby and I are planning out first trip in more than 3 years. I can't wait! The area you were in looks really beautiful. Glad you guys had fun!!!


Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Welcome back, Lurd!
Looks like a lot of fun, love Lily's cake.

IOU a phone call.


Dorthe said...

Lisa, it must have been a fantastic week-there, what a beautiful place, the wiev gorgeus--and then also so many possibilties for the kids to play everythink from war games, to cosy cookie baking :)
They looks also very content- and whom wouldn`t -and wow I would have enjoyed your great cooking,Lisa.
I can see why you loves camping so much, even getting the thrill of "junking" -you found great things,to work with.
Smiles and hugs-

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Lisa. What gorgeous pics from your vacation!!!!!! The babies are all growing so fast and you can tell by each and every photo that they were having a blast!! Such great memories were made ~ I'm so glad you guys had a great time...and don't worry, you'll get back to your creating and if I know you, you already have :) Thanks for sharing the goodness!!!! hugs and love, Dawn said...

And junking too? You make camping sound tempting!

Anonymous said...

Hey there, Lisa!!! So great to hear from you! :) Your camping vacation reminds me of the ones we took with our kids when they were little. So much FUN!!!
I'm going to scroll through and catch up on your posts...
Hope you have a happy one,

Erica said...

Welcome home! Looks like you had a great time. Those are the BIGGEST woodpeckers I've EVER seen!! Great finds. You must scour all antique and thrift stores on vacation - it's a must!

Kathy said...

Now thats a vacation, one your family will always remember. Great photos, it sounds like your kids have wonderful imaginations. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

Jenny Petricek said...

That campfire cobbler looks delicious! I need that recipe from you, to take along on my family's next trip to the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota!

Linda said...

Looks like a wonderful family vacation full of memory making! Your kids are such cuties, Lisa!

Anonymous said...

Oh, to be a child again....! Summer memories! You are giving your children many!!!

Hugs, Diane

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Welcome back,Lisa. What a beautiful place and just perfect for kids.Seems like they had such fun.Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous photos.Love the junk you brought home:)Have a wonderful weekend.

A Cottage Muse said...

I am in the middle of my 16th year of seasonal camping and love it! It has been great seeing the kids grow up and enjoy the great outdoors all summer long!! Thanks for sharing your new memories with us!!

Storybook Woods said...

Wow, that is some kind of camping trip. It is too cold and rainy here. I miss the girls being little and making mud cakes xoxo Clarice

Melissa said...

Just found your blog and have spent about an hour looking at your fabulous art! The camping trip looked like fun.....those are the times your children will recall in adulthood when they look back on fond memories.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Fabulous pictures! Makes me wanna go camping! Didn't you enjoy just doing nothing? Bet you don't get much of that done, huh? LOL

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

Debra Ganas said...

Enjoyed the family camping pictures but the cobbler is what I am interested in. I know how to cook with the dutch ovens, but are you using parchment paper for the lining? That sure would save on cleanup. Any favorite recipes you would like to share?
Thank you, Debra