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We did a “thing”…

What a blast this little Superfamily has had with our popup camper! This whole thing started as a little experiment to see if we were “camping people”. Guess what?!!!?? We ARE! The Superkids have been asking nearly nonstop about our next trip. The adventures we’ve had were amazing. But let’s be 100% real for one red hot minute. Superdad and I work full time. Like FULL time. So by the time we would finish work for the day, link up, load up, pull out, and drive to our camping destination (plus at least one or two potty breaks), we were wiped! But then we would still have to set up camp. It’s a bit of time and effort to set up a PUP as it is, but add three tiny humans to the mix and it was really and truly a lot.

So Superdad and I have been talking all winter about upgrading. We prayed and searched and waited. Then, coming back from Superdad’s graduation (congratulations!!!!) I found it! It was perfect!

Isn’t it fabulous? Want a tour?

We bought it on the spot and brought it home a few days later. Then we both had work weeks to end all work weeks and had to just smile at our new adventure sitting in the driveway. But today, TODAY! we finally moved in! Some new linens, our existing gear, and we are set!

The kids love it and we are all SO ready for our first trip of 2018. T-minus 9 days! Where will we go this time?


Hello Hill Country!

I know I promised y’all 3 more camping trips to round out our 2017 camping season but Hurricane Harvey flooded our early September destination closing the park for a couple of months.

No matter! We enjoyed this weekend in the gorgeous topography of the Texas Hill Country. After a full work day, we hooked up our rig in record time and boogied out of town. We made excellent time with only one stop for dinner.

Even still, all 3 Superbabies were exhausted!

After a wonderful night’s rest, the morning sunshine showed us what a beautiful campsite we had set up in.

Lake view. Spitting distance to the potties (very important with miniature humans featuring tiny bladders). A stone’s throw to the playground. Perfection.

The SuperBigs ran and played while SuperMommy and SuperDaddy made breakfast.

SuperTiny supervised the entire enterprise.

After filling our tummies, we set out to explore the area.

A quick 45 minute drive landed us at the incredible Enchanted Rock State Park. Let’s do this!

Clearly we are all so very excited! Can we possibly make it all the way to the top??

First, let’s take a moment to observe the local flora and fauna.

Ok. Time to go!

It all started easy enough but quickly turned steep! Good thing we all had plenty of energy in our bodies and tennis shoes on our feet.

Good gracious! The view is spectacular and we haven’t even reached the top!

Success!!! Once we reached the top, we found a perfect spot to plop down and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Some of us plopped a little more than others.

Perfect time for a selfie!

Thank you God for this magnificent sight!

We found a perfect spot for a family shot!

Time to go back down!

We worked so hard we felt like we earned some ice cream and snow cones.

SuperSister resolved to earn another state parks badge and finished her journal in record time.

Since we just finished at the highest point in the area, let’s venture to the lowest accessible part in the area – let’s go UNDERground!

We showed up exactly 7 minutes before the regularly scheduled tour and were able to jump right in. Here we go!

Down. Down. Down!

We listened very carefully to the instructions and history of the caverns. What a great learning experience!

It’s time to go in! From the very first moment, the Superkids were in awe.

The cave features were incredible!

Check out this “dog” – formed entirely naturally by an underground river.

Even the Superbaby enjoyed it.

The entire tour, SuperBig wiggled her loose tooth until, right as we were loading up, it popped right out! Unfortunately the Tooth Fairy doesn’t travel so she will have to make a visit when we return home.

Back at our campsite, we built a cozy campfire and set about making dinner – beer brats, fire roasted baked potatoes, and SuperMommy’s campfire cheese biscuits.

The cheese biscuits in particular were an interesting and delicious experiment. 2 cups of pancake mix (just add water variety), 1/3 cup water, 1 egg, and some Swiss cheese – mixed into a batter, crisped on both sides on the electric griddle and then slow cooked over the fire. Yum!!! Of course, campfire cooking takes a while so SuperBrother passed the time by digging a hole. Who knows why… but why not?

SuperSister even wrapped up another junior ranger journal and earned the second badge of the weekend.

What an amazing camping trip! 3 state parks, 2 exciting experiences, and 1 memorable weekend. Only one more camping trip to go before we retire the Hoovercraft for the season. See you soon!

Lake Arrowhead

A.k.a. The land of the many, many, many, MANY prairie dogs. I mean… if your campsite is going to be infested with an animal, I'm happy it's these cute little things!

Aren't they cute!?!?

And they make a super cute little sound!

The superkids were terribly fascinated by them. I don't think they had ever seen real life prairie dogs.

Let's play count the prairie dogs. How many do you see?

It's like an optical illusion, right?

We found the playground and started crawling all over!

So much love!!!

Back at the campsite, it was work! Work! Work!

And God sent the perfect sunset to finish the evening

After breakfast on Saturday, we set out for a hike. We have some Superadventurers!

We were brave until we ran across these babies

See them? No? How about now?


Ack!?!!!!!! Let's play some more with the cuter of God's creatures.

Or let's go fishing?!!!

We didn't catch anything but we sure worked up an appetite!

So did this little friend apparently

The August heat got to us all and Superbaby was desperate for a nap

So we loaded up in the truck and enjoyed some treats that Grandma sent. Thanks Grandma!

Being this close to Wichita Falls is even closer to Oklahoma. Superdad and I quickly realized that 2/3 of our brood have never ventured outside the great state of Texas! Oh no!!! We were quick to remedy that.

But just as quickly, we jumped back over the state line.

On the way home, we saw the most interesting thing!

We had a blast! Until next time!

What a wonderful world!

Every now and then the brain cells floating around on my head bump into each other and I have what I like to call a "brain quiver". This phenomenon is exactly as it sounds – my brain literally shivers with an idea!

So, today's enlightenment comes to you compliments of Walmart. For the past 2 months I have been fiddling around with Walmart Grocery and am proud to say that I haven't stepped foot in a grocery store since (I send SuperDad for last minute needs!). Of course, shopping this way requires planning ahead, but the time savings is incredible.

So what if I combined my newfound efficiency with our love of camping?? How? You might ask… well, what if, just what if I found the closest Walmart to our next camping locale, strategically planned our grocery needs to be ready at the appointed hour, and seamlessly pop in to have our weekend's haul loaded through minimal effort on our part. The Walmart Grocery app saves our favorite selections making our routine menu a breeze. Picking up our food items close to the park means less worry about keeping it cold while en route. It's just about perfect!

If you feel so inclined to check out Walmart Grocery either for a camping trip of your own or for just your typical, everyday shopping, please consider using my referral link. We BOTH get $10 off our next order so SHARE the love!

Until next time! We have about 3 more weeks until the Hoovercraft takes off again!

Oh the places we’ll go!!!

Camping adventure number 4 is in the bag. With a trip to the exciting Dinosaur Valley State Park under our belt, we are officially half way done with our camping tour of north Texas for the summer. We have just 4 more trips planned giving us a whopping 8 total camping trips from March to October. What fun!

We started with a learning experience about the magnitude of dinosaurs. They were HUGE!!!

Aren’t these babies beautiful!

We quickly located our campsite (side tip – if you want to camp at Dinosaur Valley, book quick and get there early. That place is HOPPING!). For funsies, we added a hammock to our camping gear which the SuperKids LOVED!

Then we set out for a little exploring and quickly found the park’s amphitheater. SuperBig and SuperMiddle pretended to be a long neck dinosaur and a T-Rex and put on an entire performance for their adoring fans. 

We stumbled across the playground and helped ourselves to some energy expending time. 

Dinosaur Valley has some GREAT river wading and swimming holes. We found an awesome spot and settled in for some fun. 

Isn’t this view amazing!!! We all loved it!

Well, everyone but SuperBaby loved it. 

Quickly enough the splashing and wading became a little more daring and we challenged some rather impressive sized rocks. 

Gooooo SuperDaddy!! Let’s check that out in real time!

Back at camp, we tested our new campsite pest security system with SuperDaddy’s new Bug A-Salt gun. 

So much fun! But far too quickly the unrelenting heat wore us down so we hopped in the truck for a cool down drive. We just so happened to find ourselves in Granbury which just so happens to be the home of Babe’s Chicken. Oh my! If you’ve never had the pleasure…GO! We even had the opportunity for a quick photo op!

Right before we left the park, we decided to have a little fun with the wildlife and displays. 

Overall, we had a crazy, sweltering, hopping good time!

Join us next time!!

Meridian State Park

Camping trip #3 is in the bag! Armed with a fully functional air conditioner (which is a necessity with temperatures like this…)

Are we crazy!?!? I guess. But we loaded up and headed out. 

We checked in to this lovely little park and started to get set up. Meridian is a TINY State Park. Not much space but lots to see! And… next to zero mosquitoes which is a huge plus! Superchildren played while the Superparents set up our rig. 

Unfortunately, we experienced a torrential downpour that lasted almost 10 hours straight! From 105o to flooding and 60o overnight – go home Texas, you’re drunk! The rain kept us inside for half the day but we made it work. Supermommy made some yummy breakfast

Superbaby practiced crawling, posing, and looking adorable…

And everyone else had fun snuggling, coloring, and keeping entertained!

Superdaddy even tried to convince the Superbigs to watch “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” (his favorite movie!)

Once the weather cleared, we decided to try out our new inflatable  boat! Putting it together was half the fun. 

Then we hauled it down to the lake! Let’s play!

Or maybe not. Within minutes of hopping in the water, Superbaby got upset, Superson started crying relentlessly, Superdaughter needed to go potty, and Superdad spotted a water moccasin. Water play is over! Let’s try hiking instead! That seems a little less dangerous. 

We found some amazing treasures. Check out the supercool flying creatures we discovered. 

Superboy squiggled his fingers in the moss on this tree

Superdaddy spotted this incredible fossil in the rock

We found a gorgeous scenic overlook 

Superbaby fell asleep and missed the whole .75 mile hike

But perked up the minute we got back to the truck

Since our boating adventure plopped, we repurposed the boat into a pool (and later a bath!)

After dinner we engaged in a little card playing. Super3yearold is actually quite good at “Go Fish”!

Super6yearold finished her Junior Ranger activity book and was pledged as a Meridian State Park Junior Ranger. 

All the fun and adventures of the day wore out each and every Superkid and bedtime came easily. 

The morning had us packing up and heading home. T minus 12 days until our NEXT camping trip! We have 5 more trips scheduled this year! Join us for all of our adventures!

Camping trip to Lake Whitney!

We took the Hoovercraft down to Lake Whitney for a weekend of roughing it and relaxing (or at least an attempt at relaxation!). After a full work week that included a late night 3 of the 5 work days, we loaded up our brood and headed to explore the wild. 

Apparently Texas state parks have a Junior Ranger program which brought out the competitive, gotta win at everything spirit in Super6YearOld. Within an hour she had completed all the activities and filled out the application to be a bonafide Junior Ranger!

After swinging by park headquarters to get sworn in, we bee-bopped over to the fishing area for an attempt at fishing. 

What really ended up happening was some exploring, soggy bottoms, and bored children. Clearly we are going to have to work on that…

Needing to get some wiggles out, we ventured over to the Towash hiking trail. 

We even found a beautiful blue egg treasure. It had already been abandoned so God’s creation was enjoying a fresh new birdie somewhere out in the wild. 

The over 2 miles of hiking was quite a task for little legs and by the time our trail wound around to the beginning, we had two Superlittles begging for a nap!

Unfortunately, not everyone felt like snoozing!

SuperDaddy even stole away for a second attempt at fishing. Without distracting and impatient kiddos, he was quite successful!

SuperMom had a special surprise for rested babies – light-up bubble guns!

But of course everyone’s favorite part of the trip is the tasty, campfire-infused food!

T – 33 days until our next camping trip. Where will we go next??