I had already whipped up some camping sangria and we could not let that go to waste!
Peach infused vodka
7 up or Sprite
fruit: I used strawberries, apples and blueberries
mason jars and lids
Put 1/2-1 packet of sweetener in the jars (I put 1/2 because I was afraid it was going to be too sweet and it was perfect).
Chop up your fruit and fill the mason jars about 2/3-3/4 full of fruit.
Put 3 shots of peach infused vodka in each jar.
Fill the jars up with white wine.
Place your lids on the jars.
Put on ice.
When ready to drink, pour 1/2 of a jar into a solo cup and fill the rest with 7 up or Sprite.
And they were oh.so.good.
We set up camp in the heat and humidity.
(Last year our little tent leaked during a good rainstorm at night so we invested in a much larger 6 person tent with screen porch and some cots. Game changer.)
Unafraid raccoons visiting the campsite every night and stealing butter out of coolers, a torrential downpour and wicked thunderstorm the first night and morning camp coffee...
Children games of Wall-e, hide and seek and paper Barbies...
The shortest hike on the hottest day...
On the second night, after our rib dinner during which we listened to scary thunder sounds for almost a continuous hour, we got an alert on our phones of a tornado warning, not watch, for the next half hour. This prompted a flurry of activity including throwing our kids in the cars, stowing the chairs away, adding stakes to the screen tent that lifted off the ground in a gust of wind all while consoling the kids that "of course it is going to be fine! Nothing bad is going to happen!" Then we quickly made a mad dash to the local Wal-Mart (where else) where we shopped our anxieties away.
Then we treated the kids (and ourselves) to A&W ice cream.
We also made a trip to House on the Rock (which I don't know why I have never ever been there before).
If you have not been there, please, please go! It is amazing!!
And back at the campsite, we watched the kids
And then, we were spent.
More memories in the books:)