Weekend Recap:: Camping – Down and Dirty

We decided to go camping with my sister and her family last weekend. I’ve been camping since I’ve been six months old. I find it so peaceful and stress free up there. If I win lotto; I am buying a house on the lake. It’s more like “glamping” now that she has a 53′ trailer but it still works. I still have a six person tent and whatnot that my kids will be learning how to camp properly. We did our dues and can survive in the wilderness if we had too.


We got up there around five o’clock Friday night. Did you know there is a Donald J. Trump park off the Taconic State Parkway?! It’s actually an abandoned State Park. He just owns it like everything else he owns. According to the Waze app this was the fastest way to get up to where we were going; Monticello, New York. We went that way once before, but never saw the sign for it.

We were able to squeeze in dinner before the downpour came rolling in. The card game choice of the night was:: 500 Rummy. I’ve been playing that game since as long as I can remember. I started off slow, but got a nice 190 point hand. I didn’t win though. Actually, no one won. We were all exhausted and called it quits when my husband got a nice hand.

20170812_112814.jpgSaturday morning, Chase’s Aunt Jen took him on a “surprise trip.” He got to go on a shopping spree for his Birthday. That was one of his favorite parts of the trip. Meanwhile, Grayson tried Bananas and got a reaction from it. So I need to try it again in a few days. After that we took our oldest niece, Skylar, for a walk with Grayson. She’s a riot and cracks us up so much. She’s seven and is the “mayor of the campground.” She’s somewhere in the background of the picture. She doesn’t stay still enough to take a picture!

I got to take a moment of reflection on the walk, and be able to release all my negative energy that I had building up. So much stress got released this weekend. I feel calmer than I felt in a really long time.

20170813_230521After Chase got back from his shopping spree and our littlest niece, Sadie, got up from nap time we decided to go fishing. He got a brand new pole and tackle box (along with many other items) so we wanted to test it out. I hooked up his pole and we were off. The kids have an attention span of a nat. I think that lasted five minutes. If they didn’t catch a fish in the first thirty seconds they were over it.

The kids decided that the run-off was much more exciting to play in. They were covered from head to toe in dirty water. Hey, let kids be kids upstate. It wasn’t causing any harm to them.

20170812_140609On the other hand, my sister and I love to go fishing. We used to go fishing from sunrise to sunset with our cousins. We love it. My sister, Jen, ended up with 18 fish! I end up with zero. Yes, you read that correctly 0! I was 3 feet away from her! The sneaky fish kept taking my worms but not hooking. I’m out of practice. At least I got a nice tan from the sun; that finally came out. It got hot and fast.

20170812_155004We got back to the site, and let the kids go to showers in the bathhouses. After that the kids and I went on a short frog hunt in their imaginary tree house. We didn’t catch any. It’s like the frogs knew the kids went to bed later that night, and they were all out.

20882282_1577416285666270_5970708623112295406_n.jpgWe took Skylar and Chase to the playground. It became very short, unfortunately. A bunch of kids came over to play, and my sister was trying to figure out why they kept scratching their heads. So we were spinning our kids on the swings and the little girl wanted to spin too. Since no supervision was there. My sister, God bless her, decided to spin her. She looked down and she was wrapping the chain and saw white and black bugs in the little girls hair. LICE! A whole lot of it.

We got skived out, and got back in the car and took off to our campsite. When we got back I took out my trusted Young Living Oils and made a preventive blend that I was able to roll on all of us. Jen and I were scratching our heads the rest of the day. We felt gross, and we didn’t even have it.

Woohoo! Camp fire time. Sadie and Grayson we’re put to bed and it was time to have a little fun. The two oldest got to toast marshmallows and then we had a surprise birthday cake for Chase from his Aunt and Uncle Jay. It was the Green M&M, but it looked like a frog eating M&M’s. It turned out perfect for being upstate.

Moana got turned on the T.V. and the kids went inside to watch a movie. I went in to pump one last time for the night. Finally “adult time.” I don’t usually drink unless I’m camping. I don’t get sloppy, but I like a few drinks. There was no need to pump and dump, because I made sure I had enough hours in between. Drink choice – Crown Royal Apple and Ginger Ale over ice. SOOOO GOOD!


Next up was an intense game of 500 Rummy. Who am I kidding?! Everytime it got to my Brother-in-Law, Jay, we had to wait. He didn’t pay attention – he was too busy playing our DJ for the night. The game took over 2 hours! I won! Very close game between my husband and I, but I was able to squeak one pass him on the very last hand. He only need 40 and I needed 80. I ended up with 145 points.

The boys turned in for the night, and my sister and I did stargazing. In the tri-state area there was a meteor shower and the peak of it was Saturday night. It had an overcast, but we were able to see a few and one huge one. When we were kids we used to sit in an open field for hours and just watch the stars. I love star-gazing. In Long Island, it’s so bright I can barely see the stars. I get so excited to go up just to lay back in my zero gravity chair and get lost for hours. I hit my goal of 10,000 steps! It felt great!

20170812_221602Sunday morning, Jay made amazing french toast on the griddle, and it was time to start to clean up to get ready to leave. We had to drive to my sister’s to pick something up for my Mother to give her. I live much closer to her than my sister. So it was a road-trip to Jersey.

I called to see if my Dad was home. I got lucky and our schedule matched up. He’s in pretty bad shape with his carpal tunnel. I feel so bad for him. His hands we’re like surgical gloves blown up with air. I hope he gets the surgery that he needs very soon. It makes it so hard for him to drive and to work. He’s an electrician; so they definitely need their hands to do their job. The boys didn’t get to see their Nana, my Step-Mom. She was out so my Dad said that we’ll do another get together BBQ to get everyone together before the end of summer.


My Grandparents were also home! I love them. They are such a ball of fun. Chase calls them the “orange carpet” Grandparents, because they still have the 1970’s orange shag carpet all through their house. It is such a hideous but comfortable carpet.

20170813_174904After we made a day of visiting my side of the family, that we haven’t seen in forever, we made our way home. I don’t think there’s anything I wouldn’t do to move back to New Jersey. You could take the girl out of Jersey, but you can’t take Jersey out of the girl.

20170813_184722We got fifteen minutes away from the house, and Grayson woke up starving. We let Chase feed his brother Beech Nut’s Butternut Squash. To say it made for a good laugh and a big clean up it was a huge laugh to end our trip. (I cleaned him up, a little, before taking the picture – no need for the Mama police to tell me the chest piece clip is wrong. We were parked outside our house!)

– Theresa Rose


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