It's that time of year again! Our annual huge family visit, and this year it was even bigger since my brother and his family were in town. They just moved from France (long story) and made a pit stop in Arizona. So this year we had SEVEN kids ranging in age from 2 to 12! They are quite the group, and there are a lot of personalities, but they love each other and always have such a good time together!
We kicked off the visit with a big camping trip, as per tradition. It's the perfect time of year up at Lake Pleasant right now. The water is ridiculously high still from winter and it's warm enough to enjoy going in the water but cools off at night.
We got up on Saturday and the adults set up camp (it's so much easier to be one of the kids when you are camping!) and then we immediately set up chairs and got down the kayaks. The bigger boys love paddling around and the little kids played on the waters edge.
(My brother, J, and my beautiful niece A!)
And.... this is were out lovely weekend takes a bit of turn. All of the little kids were playing on the waters edge, most of the barefoot, not to mention the adults that were watching them. We always scan the shore line to make sure there is no broken glass or fish hooks, but apparently this time we missed something deeper in the water. My poor niece fell forward and caught herself on her hands.... and came up screaming and bleeding like crazy. She had cut through her little pinkie, and it was deep. We tried to calm her down and clean it, but it was pretty apparent she needed to go to the hospital. So my brother and his family, along with my parents, took off and after a long day and night she ended up needing surgery. The glass (we think it was part of a beer bottle that we ended up fishing out of the lake) but through two tendons and a nerve. Thankfully she is going to be OK, but it was pretty traumatizing for everyone. And here's a little PSA: if your going camping or going to be outdoors, go ahead and get your drink on, but be responsible and bring cans. And on the chance you find yourself with glass, don't be jerk and don't throw it in the freaking lake!!!
After talking to my brother several times and knowing she was going to be fine we decided to finish up our trip. Even though we all felt bad and were worried about A, the kids look forward to this trip every year and there was nothing we were going to be able to do at home.
Needless to say, we were vigilant about checking the shoreline and even deeper into the water, and we made sure all the kids wore water shoes when they got near the water. Even R, when he was busy getting his groove on.
(I don't know if this video will play. If it doesn't I apologize, because you are missing out!)
The kids were worn out be the end of it, but despite the drama it was another amazing camping trip to put in the books!