We've moved Gabriel into his room so now the nursery is open and I'm slowly organizing it with Gabriel's Newborn through 9 month clothes! I pulled out the most gender neutral items I can find, we'll see if I'll go back for the more boyish items or if I'll be needing to go out and buy some girly pieces!
We have so many more things on our to-do list to knock out but my anxiety levels are getting higher and higher (and energy levels getting lower and lower) so I'm needing to limit my commitments in order to keep that in check. What that means is I'm starting to keep a lower profile with slower days at home. I'm trying to be better about doing what's best for Gabriel and I rather than doing what I feel like is expected or desired of me from others. Having people over hasn't seemed to be an issue but venturing more than 15 minutes away visiting others is a little more challenging since more often than not it means I lose Gabriel's nap time. Nap time is more precious than gold and more valuable than any item of worth on the planet right now, no exaggeration.
This past weekend we had the 2nd annual Voth camping trip at Lake Wenatchee with Chris' brother and his immediate family. Camping at Lake Wenatchee was a annual trip I made with my siblings and dad when I was growing up so it's so fun and sentimental to me that we're continuing the tradition with the Voth family!
I booked the campsite back in February and didn't think twice that I'd be 35 weeks along. As the date got closer I started getting skeptical about the whole thing but fortunately the four day, three night trip was absolutely wonderful and I wish I could still be there right now. We always love and cherish the time with have with Mike and Sarah, yes they are family but also two of our best friends! As if having fabulous company wasn't enough we also enjoyed INCREDIBLE camping food (stuffed french toast, steak fajitas, pizza pockets, roasted vegetable medley, campfire baked blueberry muffins), a trip to the always lovely German inspired town of Leavenworth, and the crystal clear waters of Lake Wenatchee.
We left early Thursday morning but not before picking up our now 2nd annual tradition of grabbing a maple bar and Starbucks first!
We decided to take the ferry because riding a ferry, though more expensive than driving around the Puget Sound, is the far more enjoyable route! I mean, isn't it gorgeous?! If you look really hard you can see Mt. Baker in the background above the ferry dock! It looked far more grand in person, the below picture does not do it justice.
For lunch we stopped at Zeke's drive-in which was part of my childhood tradition. The burger really hit the spot for my pregnancy cravings, I talked about that burger for the rest of the ride to Lake Wenatchee!
We tried out another new site this time and it actually worked out really well for us! It was spacious and flat which allowed for great roaming space for the toddlers.
Chris and I got a new tent this summer because our tent broke last year. We went with the REI Kingdom 6 which we thought was pretty grand until our neighbors showed up with a Kingdom 8 and we saw that one side (the tent has a separator to make two rooms) is big enough for a queen bed or two twin beds! The 6 was great but if we had the 8 both Chris and I could sleep on a twin air mattress (I had a twin air mattress and he was on a skinny backpacking mat), two wouldn't fit on one side in the 6. It was wonderful having two rooms in the though because it allowed us to let Gabriel sleep in a Pack-n-Play on one side and us on the other. We've flirted with the idea of upgrading to the 8.
The boys absolutely LOVED camping but man were they wiped out quickly each day. Napping and sleeping was a tricky situation with how hot it was during the day and cold during the night. We had to put them down with little to no clothes on and then sneak blankets on them during the middle of the night. Look at those tired eyes below!
Before heading home we walked the campground scoping out other sites for next year! We really loved our time this year and am so excited for future trips! Lake Wenatchee is such a fabulous place for a family camping trip with the lake, playground, horses, amphitheater, trails, and Leavenworth nearby! Last year we had babies, this year we had toddlers, and next year there we'll have little kids and bab(ies)!
It really was no big deal camping so far along for a few reasons:
- I made sure to have ALL my pillows (3)
- The campsite was near the bathrooms
- We had a way to stay cool during the high heat (lake)
- There were shower facilities and flushing toilets
Have you been camping pregnant? Would you?