Camping 2016: with kids AND dogs!

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Summer is here and we are packing in the activities! Well, at least the few weeks have been packed so far. The kids started tennis camp today (on the hottest day ever–91 degrees in the shade and it’s only June!) and we went camping (with puppies!) the week before last. I feel like I can take the rest of the summer off we’ve accomplished so much already.

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We were super excited to take the puppies with us camping but also dreading it because we really had no idea what we were in for. We can hardly handle them at home under controlled situations!  But of course they loved it and it was a big, fat, dusty blast. When we came home our dogs were a completely different color than when we left. They got sooooo dirty.

My mom and dad came too and brought their dog, Speckles. It was a very dog-friendly affair.
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The girls got their own tent and did really well. I thought they might get cold or lonely during the night and crash our tent but they faired just fine. Probably because they were so dead tired from having so much fun.
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Camp cooking is always my favorite part. I know hiking and enjoying nature is the basic premise of camping but I’m perfectly content to stay at camp and play pioneer all day. I like to cook, eat and drink beverages while watching sunsets and admiring the trees. I have to say I’m so thankful to live in California where there are relatively no bugs. I probably wouldn’t love camping half as much if we got eaten alive like they do on Naked and Afraid.  I love nature but dang, the bugs would get to me every time.camping-with-dogs-6

Bug and I did get a chance to take a little hike behind our camp while Payam and Joon went horseback riding. We had a really nice time following a rugged path through the trees searching for pinecones and just kicking the dirt while we discussed mother daughter things.  At one point we thought we heard rushing water and we were so excited to see a waterfall or a stream. So you can imagine our disappointment when we rounded the bend and found a chain link fence protecting a water treatment plant. Denied! It didn’t even stink though. You’d think it would smell like sewage or something. But no, just green water being sprayed up in the air in a green pond.

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Payam and Joon had a nice time on their horses. You might be wondering about now where we were camping. Where would they have such amenities as water treatment plants and horseback riding? We weren’t roughing it by far. We were staying at an RV resort park called Thousand Trails. We have some friends who live there who we were visiting. It was a good first camping trip for us with dogs since we didn’t really know what we could handle.
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My mom and dad came too with their trailer. They’re old pros at RV camping.
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Apparently RV camping comes naturally to dogs.
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Dogs + Dirt = No problem! Just keep them cool and it’s all good.
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Back to not roughing it. There were so many activities scheduled at this resort. There was an ice cream social, swimming, pine cone races, some kind of craft that we didn’t make it to and an organized campfire s’more making night. Actually, the organized s’more-making fire was because of fire danger. You’re not allowed to make fires in your camp (which was a huge bummer when night temperatures drop) because everything is really dry up there and the smallest little stray spark could cause a huge forest fire.
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We listened to Cowboy Jack play some tunes and we had our designated one s’more apiece. It wasn’t so bad. In fact it was really cool because Idyllwild is very dog-friendly and they even had a designated dog sitting area in the campfire amphitheater. I’m sure a fire in our camp would have been nice but we probably would have gotten bored eventually and ended up either going to bed super early or playing on our phones.camping-with-dogs-13

The next day we went into town. Which is also very dog-friendly. Who knew! Need something fun to do this summer but you can’t leave your dog at home while you go on vacation? Take them with and go camping! There’s plenty to do in the great outdoors.

Not to completely mislead you… there was plenty of phone activity going on too.
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The kids were missing minecraft pretty bad and took up Instagram to hold them over.
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And then we went home! The end.

Actually, after we got home and shipped the kids off to their respective other parents, we took our dogs to the day spa and they came back a completely different color.  Whiskey was a rusty brown orange and now he’s white!

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The groomer cut off all his puppy fur! Or most of it. He’ll probably lose the black on his ears someday too. Good thing he looks super cute this way too.  It’s so funny, we knew nothing about Soft-haired Wheaten Terriers when we got him. Joon just fell in love with this scruffy, teddy bear of a dog. I would have never picked him out, personally. I’m more of a big-dog-loving kind of person. I usually turn up my nose at small aka yappy dogs. But Whiskey is not that small and he has wiggled his way into my heart. He has sooooo much personality. He is smart and very playful. He makes Cody (who was my first choice in dogs) look like a big, lazy, stubborn oaf of a dog. Don’t get me wrong, I love them both equally for such different reasons. They are perfect and all-consuming and now I am one of those crazy dog people who can only talk about her dogs.

Sorry, not sorry.

Pink Fluffy Unicorn Party!

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Joon has a thing for Pink Fluffy Unicorns. She loves the song (yes, it’s 10 hours long) and will sing it all the live long day if you let her. Since we love her (so much more than the song) we decided to throw her a Pink Fluffy Unicorn Skating on Rainbows party! Joons-Pink-Fluffy-Unicorn-Party-2

Of course Mettaprints had to get in on the action because what is more fun than skating through a rainbow?

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I wanted to make a decal for the floor and let the kids skate on it but I didn’t have the guts to ask the rink owners for permission. I’m not sure how toner and skates would work out. But it woulda been cool. And yes, we can totally make floor decals at Mettaprints.

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We had so much fun at Bug’s 9th Birthday skating party, it was an easy choice to have another party there. We love the rinks.  They are so laid back there and the venue is so relaxed in the open air. A zillion times better than the crusty old skating rinks from the past.Joons-Pink-Fluffy-Unicorn-Party-4

You can never go wrong with rainbow mustaches from Party City.

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Can we take a minute to talk about the pink fluffy unicorn cupcakes? I’ve been day-dreaming them up since I first watched the youtube video of the silly song.  Flufflepuff (or whatever her name is) looks exactly like a puff of cotton candy.  I’ve been waiting for months for the chance to make it happen. Sadly, execution of the cupcakes was a little more tricky than I had imagined. First, we had to find some cotton candy (we didn’t really want to rent a machine) and then the cotton candy melted when I put it on the pink frosting!!!  Dangit.  Thankfully a fresh application right before the party saved the day. Of course the kids didn’t mind the quadruple helping of sugar at all.
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All in all it was a really fun party for a really fun little almost tween girl.Joons-Pink-Fluffy-Unicorn-Party-8

Another party down! Seventeen more to go. There are discussions of a Pusheen party for Bug so you know I’m already perking on that.