Camping Trip 2011

Wow. It sure has been awhile since I have blogged! Hoping that will change! Things in life have been crazy. Feeling way out of the groove in life and trying to get back in it!

This year for the Castro family vacation we took a four day camping trip to Watkins Glen State Park in New York. It was amazing and crazy all at the same time. We had such a blast! 15 people (including 7 children age 6 and under)! Jon and I drove 12 hours to PA to my parents house. Then a few days later, we all packed up and drove 2 hours to New York. It was a great trip! Oh how I love camping!

Evening dinners by firelight. The kids thought this was so awesome.
 The modern day bedtime story with Uncle Tom's iPad. Apparently head lamps are a must for all children on camping trips. 
 Mekonen's 1st night in the tent. He absolutely loved it and thought it was so cool that Mommy, Daddy, and Evie were in the tent too! 

 M&E enjoying the cool morning by the fire.
 Daddy and his girl
 Best buds. Meko & Manny
 Starting to really enjoy each other. Evie always smiles when she sees Mekonen and Mekonen is always concerned about where Evie is and what she's doing. 
 Chattin' up with Grandpa in the early morning
 How Daddy was found most of the trip...with his pipe.
 All ready to go hike the falls.
It was absolutely breathtaking! (We are on the far left).

 We are on the left.
Snack break!
The whole gang, minus Uncle Tom and Kim

My Dad brought all the kids fishing. They each got their own special pole. Of course, Mekonen's was a "Cars" fishing pole. Natalie and Aderyn had Barbie, Jane had Dora, and Manny had Spiderman. 
Jon enjoying some fly-fishing.

Our little family.
The Bigs. "The Fab Five" as we call them. (Evie and Kimmy will have to make their own group). hehe
 Grandma and Grandpa took everyone out for ice-cream the last night. 
Looks like Mekonen's tasted yummy. ;) 
We are always playing games. Jon's new favorite is chess.
 Amy and Meade and a classic game of checkers.
 And of course, it wouldn't be a Castro event without Dominoes. (Apparently my sister is exasperated that she is losing.haha).
What a great 1st camping trip with our mini's


Jon said...

Such a great trip! Let's go camping again!

Anonymous said...

eh welcome back. looks like you had a fabulous time !! Great !!

rccalyn said...

Oh, I love Watkins Glen. Beautiful! And beautiful pictures too.

Flinn said...

This looks like the most insane time ever. Your parents must have been soaking up all that time with their grandbabies! How awesome!