Tuesday, October 22, 2013

God is the G in my GPS

Back to our end of season last camping trip.  It seems like a long time ago now since the weather has turned so much drastically colder.  I had friends, tons of friends who went camping last weekend in everything from tents to cabins, Halloween camping apparently is BIG here, or maybe we got in on this cool new fad all together this year, yup that's me a trend setter.  Well I would not have gone this past weekend, it warned up to the high 40's for the kids soccer games.  No thank you I do not want to camp in that.  Well I suppose a nice cabin with heat and hot tubs I could make an exception.

But now two weekends ago it was nicer and much warmer even the tiny bit further up north we went, still had beautifully perfect weather.  Of course this is the day after the nor'easter that set us back and caused us to go a day later.  I had planned the whole thing around the campground's Halloween activities.  We went there so the kids and us could spend time together having Halloween fun.  Sadly with such busy life even though I spend a lot of time with the kids it is not always "enjoying them" time.  I might be having fun watching them at their soccer games but it is just me bouncing between 2 games with the tiny team in tow trying to keep those little ones from crying and running on the field with the knowledge that as soon as this ends we have to pack up find affordable quick food that is not fast food so we can make it to baseball, I can't say it is enjoyable, not unenjoyable but not "enjoying them" time. Since it was Columbus day everyone had at least 1 extra day off and both boys had bys for their soccer games.  This would be time for us to get away and enjoy them.  Play with our children, create memories with our children and not worry about outside stresses of work, school and sports.

Since we arrived a day late and got lost getting there we missed most of their activities.  I was disappointed but I would not let that ruin our trip.

But first let me tell you about getting lost.  Because the Lord reaches out to those who are lost and has for me many different times.  This campsite was not hard to find it was just straight up the highway and follow another one left along the river to the campground.  Sounds easy and I was familiar with both these highways it should be just over an hour of easy driving for our caravan.  We have to take so much stuff for 7 people that we always have to take 2 vehicles full.  But one is usually pretty full of bikes, wood, coolers and a grill the other has to be full of the rest of so much stuff.  (I hate all the preparing, packing, unloading, and washing that camping involves.  It takes so much time and we ALWAYS forget something.  This time it was marshmallows and chocolate, not to bad really.  But try telling that to disappointed kids or realizing I had to pay 9 bucks for the forgotten items at the camp store)  With a campsite so easy to find I gave Jay the GPS and said he could lead.  We made it pretty far doing well but our turn was closed for a detour.  The detour was a few exits up and once you took the detour turn there were no signs to say what else to do.  We pulled over to a grocery store parking lot where he got out of the truck very upset, kicking tires, throwing a fit, saying that's it were going home blah blah blah.  I am surprisingly good with directions.  Not good with not speeding or filling up the gas tank but I usually can find my way.  By the time we pulled into the grocery store parking lot we were well off the path.  I said don't worry follow me.  I used his phone and jotted down a few directions with paper and pen as the gps was of no help.  It would not move beyond telling us to go on the closed road.  I pulled out of the parking lot heading west as I knew I needed to be west of the Susquehanna and from what I jotted down I was looking for 7th street.  I started going and kept going and never saw it.  I kept going looking for any recognizable names from what I wrote down.  I never saw any.  But the whole time I was praying.  Please Lord get me there.  Don't let this not happen.  The kids need it, I need it, I need your help.  I kept blindly driving.  I even turned off the road at on point on to another for who knows what reason.  I just felt that was the way to go.  No signs looking familiar yet.  Finally I hit the farm show complex I knew where I was and I knew how to get home.  it would have been so easy to turn left and go home but I kept praying and just decided to go straight hoping it went the right way but having no clue.  Left was home right was towards Hershey straight...fingers crossed!?  Prayers.  And what do you know we were on the second highway we needed to be on!!!  I did it God did it.  The G in GPS has a new meaning.  Oh I was relived!

This whole fiasco added an extra hour to our trip and we left much later than expected.  We missed the trick or treating, we missed the crafts, we missed the site decorating contest.  But it was okay.  The kids still decorated our campsite spooky how they wanted.  I now had bags and bags of candy since we did not get to hand it out the kids were happy to eat it.  And we did make it in time to see the golf cart parade, it was cool and they threw out candy at the kids.

We carved pumpkins we all relaxed and started enjoying ourselves.

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I did not know there was a costume Halloween party that night but we had plenty of time to make it to that.  And we did.  I am so glad we did it was the second best highlight of the trip, first was Lake Tobias .

We arrived there all of us dressed up.

Me and the girls were bumble bees.

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Faith even won for best costume!

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She got a pink wand and a orange tutu/petiskirt as a prize.  She was so happy.  She was adorable.  They all were her, my kids the rest of the camping kids.  I am not saying she won because she was the perfect size for the prize.  But I am happy for her.

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Smiley was a rocket ship that refused to wear his costume most of the time.

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Jay was waldo.

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He made so many people smile and laugh at his costume.  I think he had the best adult one.

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Gregory was a guy from call of duty.  I did not put face paint on him because I really did not want to have to deal with that while camping it would have been everywhere and Evan was a vampire.

They had the best time ever at the party dancing the night away.

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When it was time to leave I had the hardest time dragging them out.

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I had to promise I would take us back next year.

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What a dancing troop I have.

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Even baby cakes showed us her moves.  She is such a JOY

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Yup it was fantastic.  So much fun.  I was enjoying my kids, enjoying my family and having the time we were looking for.

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