The first part of Gayle’s weekend was all about pampering yourself: bubble baths, 4-star breakfast, king size bed… all things I love. The second part was all about being outside: tents, hammocks, fires, water balloons… all things I love. It really was the best of both worlds. (Thanks Hannah Montana.)
After finding the perfect spot to set up camp, we ate our delicious dinner of hot dogs. Seriously, I’m not a big hot dog person, but when it’s roasting over the open fire- how can you not love them? (unless you don’t eat meat, then I get how you could not love it.) Of course we s’mored it up. To up the ante a bit I brought several types of marshmallows (regular, strawberry, and lavender) and chocolate (milk, dark, sea-salt and caramel, and coconut). We chatted around the campfire for bit and then got ready for bed. We were so lame. At 10pm we were all in bed. AT 10PM! Also, we slept in different tents/ hammocks- so there was no bedtime giggles or talks. We are old ladies who love sleeping.
I’m so glad we went to sleep so early, because when you camp you get up with the sun and the birds. Ugh. I started the fire, made coffee, and started on breakfast before 7am. Gross (but beautiful and at the same time a really nice way to start the morning). After breakfast we made flower crowns. (huge hit with the 5 year old). After a peaceful crown making session, we continued with playtime. I had made (and hauled all the way up the mountain) paint balloons! (Water balloons filled with paint and water.) We played catch with the balloons before it turned into war! (*Since I didn’t tell the girls about this, I also brought several old shirts so their clothes wouldn’t become paint stained.) After paint balloons, we paint powdered (so easy to make). Honestly, the paint powder part was mostly for photos (and to throw at Gayle). I’m not even going to lie about that. Thanks Pinterest for giving me ideas that turn into me going crazy.
This past weekend was so much fun. I am so thankful to all the women who helped out and came to celebrate Gayle. I cannot wait for her wedding and marriage to Patrick!