Reconnecting and Relaxing on Our 4th of July Family Camping Trip

Life has been so crazy lately around the Kelly household! This past weekend, we had a chance to get away, reconnect as a family, and enjoy some relaxation during our 4th of July family camping trip.

4th of July Camping1 Camping has always been one of our favorite past times. We looked forward to getting away to our favorite campgrounds, Punderson State Park. After what seemed like weeks of non-stop rain, we were so glad the weather turned out to be beautiful!

We got to the park, and right away Patrick began exploring. One of the best parts of camping is how much our son enjoys it. He loves to be outdoors!

Ready to explore with Captain Badass! This kid isn’t messin around! #camping #4thofjuly #familyfun #toddlerlife

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  Our first night we enjoyed relaxing around the campfire. We cooked pizza pockets in our pie irons over the fire for dinner. Afterwards, Patrick played some more outside and we chased lightening bugs. He had a blast in the tent jumping on our air mattresses. We found a perfect toddler air mattress just before we left, and he through is was great (although he still wouldn’t fall asleep in it). Patrick eventually fell asleep, and we enjoyed some private time around the fire. Everything was great…until I went to bed. Dave was staying out by the fire a bit longer. I went into the tent and was climbing into our nice, soft air mattress when all of a sudden…HISSSSSS! My elbow poked a hole in our air mattress! I called Dave in and we both laughed as I slowly lowered to the ground on our deflating mattress. We ended up with a rocky sleep on the ground, which reminded us why we started using the air mattress last year. The next morning, we spent some time at the park’s playground before heading down to the fishing dock. Dave enjoyed sharing fishing with our son for the first time.

20150704_100210 Dave’s parents came out to join us for the day. We had a great time hanging out, we cooked out dinner (Dave’s Mom made an AMAZING dirt dessert), and even had the chance to head to the marina to do some more fishing. Our friends who were also camping at the park this weekend stopped by for a visit with their daughter who is Patrick’s age. The two of them had a fun time playing.
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Fishing with Papa #fishing #papasofinstagram #camping #familyfun #4thofjuly A photo posted by Kristen Kelly (@readysetparenthood) on

We had such a busy day that Patrick had zonked out by 7:00!


With Patrick in bed so early, Dave and I weren’t sure what to do with ourselves! We had a chance to sit back, enjoy nature, play some games, and make s’mores over the campfires.

20150704_195512 20150704_214115  It was a wonderful weekend. It was a great way for us all to reconnect and relax, and a perfect way to begin July!

How did your family spend the 4th of July? 

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