Dan and I have stayed here once before. Last time it was windy, cold, and Dan walked away with this....
Because no means no.
JK, when we were packing up the camper, Camper Dan walked right into the back hatch of our car.
We have associated Cedarbrook Campground as that place where Mommy almost had a nervous breakdown because she thought she was going to have to drive the camper home. Oh, and where Dan damn near lost his eye.
I'm happy to report we now associate Ceadarbrook Campground as a wonderful place to spend time celebrating this guy...
My brother turned the big 4-1 on Friday!
I can't think of a better guy to have as a big (much older) brother.
Chris is one of the best. Everyone who knows him loves him. He has watched over me and my sisters throughout our lives and continues to try and keep us in line.
Before his own children I have watched him play and care for my boys. I once took a spontaneous trip to Florida with Chris, my mom, and my boys. Chris was single and the boys were four and five years old. I remember watching Chris in the ocean with Max and Tommy, ever watchful of them. It reminded me of a time when Buffy and I were in the ocean at the ages of twelve and thirteen floating on a raft. I specifically rembember cussing and yelling at him to leave us alone. We were really annoyed and couldn't understand why he wouldn't just leave. Years later I realized it was because he was so nervous that we were drifting down the coastline and pretty far out and didn't want anything to happen to us.
Even when we were awful to him, he never left our side.
My brother has put up with his three younger sisters. He has watched us go through heartbreaks, adolescence, pregnancies, managed our outrageous hormonal ups and downs... all of the typical craziness of being a woman... and never has he left our sides.
I know I don't always say it to your face but I love you Chris. Thank you for always being our glue.
So for his birthday weekend, we gathered the troops.
We are missing a few faces but this is our camping family. I have so much love for these people.
Note: this is the picture I posted on Facebook. When Dan woke up Saturday morning and checked his FB he said, "Wow, thanks for posting our camping on FB. Now 171 people know we aren't home."
Me-"why does it matter, everything we love is right here. Who cares if someone breaks into our house..maybe they fix some stuff for us"
Dan-"no, they will probably steal our "nice" shit instead of doing me a solid and burning the house to the ground after pulling the cars in the garage..."
Me-"well I guess that's one way to look at home improvements"
We had a great time hanging out.
You are probably noticing that this cake looks different from the first picture of Chris's birthday cake and you might notice it isn't the cupcakes he's holding in the second picture. That's because he had three cakes.... that's how we roll. He's a three cake kinda guy or maybe it's because we just like to eat cake...
Here's a look around our campground:
Eating and watching football.
Drinking and watching football.
Cooking food and watching football.
Hanging out with friends and watching football.
It was a chilly weekend, we spent a lot of time standing near the fire...and watching football.
Could it get any better?
I'm sure they want to say it's because it's October and they are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness, but honestly it was freaking cold.
It's never a fun weekend unless you get a field sobriety test by Camper Dan...
Walking heel to toe (the secret is keeping your legs bent, just my opinion) I demonstrated a much better way, it's a combination between the boogie bounce and imitating a chicken...with sounds, but Dan said, "No Kate! We actually don't want anyone to liven the situation up with a little pep in their step..."
It was another successful camping weekend. Good food, good friends, good times.
Thank you Jesus for heated campers.
And Happy Birthday Chris!!!