Grand Camping 2014

This years grand camping included the four oldest for two nights.
We decided to take a break from dry camping and stayed at Camperland at Bridal Falls which is located at the East end of the Fraser Valley.

There is something to be said for unlimited running water, a swimming pool, electricity and air conditioning to cool things down at the end of the day.

Do all grandkids spend hours coloring?
Ours sure do.

Between being on their bikes and coloring...
it really doesn't pay to take off helmets. 

By the time they went home they each had a stack of pages they colored to take home for their parents.

We were each gifted with one special picture...
for our own keepsake.

We had a great spot right around the corner from the swimming pool and we took full advantage of that pool a few times a day.

The next day we invited the parents and the littlest guy to join us at the water slides which are right next door.

It was a LOT of fun!
There were smiles and many runs back up to the top to slide once more.

All those from three to mid fifties participated.

I took a few breaks in between to document the sliding.

I had forgotten how much fun it was.

It struck me how much energy children can have to walk up hills when there is a promise of a fast slide down awaiting them.

We used to take in the waterslides almost every summer when we were on vacation.

The biggest guy...
did his best to create spectacles for everyone.

We haven't all laughed that hard in awhile

We remembered how when our boys were little...
their grandparents would take them to the waterslides and now we can continue that for the next generation.

It's too bad that no one had their camera when I came down...
since I made sure to whoop and holler to let them know I was coming.

grand camping 2014 is a done deal.

Last night after we got home we cut up some fruit and cheese and sat out in our tent to debrief.

We took a walk up to see the  Bridal Falls.  

The waterfall... Playing in the stream below....Waterslides...Swimming...Yummy Food...Coloring.... Riding Bicycles....
was the best time ever and we can't wait to do it again.

Thanks for coming with us kids!

all for now...
with love,


  1. Are you kidding me?! How could they ever resist all the fun? You have exceptional grandkids with artistic leanings. My grands despise coloring. I can't understand it!

  2. What a fabulous camping spot you scored! Very cool. So glad you had a "grand" time!

  3. What a wonderful way to spend time with your grandkids. So nice that it's close enough for the parents to drop in. Another fun event documented.

  4. Oh, how delightful!!! What a fantastic way to enjoy those beautiful grandchildren. It warms my heart to see this interaction with your children and their children - the finest of family traditions. We used to take all kinds of art supplies on our camping trips too and had so much fun. These are the days!

  5. So glad it turned out to be a great camping experience for all! So close to much fun. And so well documented over here!

  6. The pictures say it all - and I smiled at the first shot of the children at table with their helmets on - just like our grands! It looks like it was a wonderful camping trip!

  7. Such fun!! And what wonderful memories you're making together! I'm taking notes :)

  8. It looks like your Grand Camping 2014 was a great success. Love the waterslide shenanigans.

  9. Such special memories those kids are going to have!!!!! I'm trying to plan some camping for James' birthday in September. So far I have collected all the camping gear from my dad and taken it to my sister's. Now I have to go over some day and set up all the tents to see what is working. My mom promises to check out the camp stove and get it working. We are going to camp on the 5 acres where my mom stays for starters. :) That seems my speed at this point. It's a surprise for James so far..... I'll email you one of these days. We are adjusting to life with a highschooler -- so far, so good!!!

  10. Oh the memories you created, on this fun looking camping trip! The pictures captured so much, like the time spent coloring, the boxes of Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes, the
    water park smiles and just all looked like a vacation everyone would love, whatever age they were. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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