Ever since Jackson and I were married we talk about how much we love camping and how we are going to do a lot of it as a family. That hasn't ever happened. Jackson has taken some of the older kids on 'Father and Son' camp-outs several times and we have gone cabin camping a couple of times, but that is it. It seems I am always pregnant or have a very small baby and both of those things just make me want my own comfortable bed. Jackson was pushing again for a camping trip and I agreed on the condition we stay in a cabin. We rented a cabin less than an hour away from our house on the Grand Mesa. Jackson was very busy with work and I didn't prepare as well as I should have, so we were rushing out the door right at lunch time with no lunch prepared. I decided we would just pick up some Taco Bell on the way out of town to save some time and stress. We did, and because the kids were so hungry they ate a LOT of tacos. I think Thomas and Nicholas each had 4 or 5 tacos. We made it there, settled in to the cabin and started exploring. Not long after we got there, both Thomas and Nicholas started complaining of headaches. They got worse and worse until Nicholas laid down and fell asleep right on the picnic table outside. We took him in to bed and he fell right asleep without any dinner. Thomas was feeling so miserable he couldn't eat any dinner and finally became nauseated. He ended up asleep without dinner also. About 11:00 Nicholas woke up sick to his stomach. I helped him to the toilet (barely made it). He was afraid to get too far from the bathroom and didn't want me to leave him, so he and I shared the couch for a lot of the night. Because of the way I have seen both Thomas and Nicholas react to different foods, my theory is that they are sensitive to MSG that was in the taco meat and it gave them both a migraine. I don't think either of them will be eating Taco Bell any time soon.
We brought tracing paper and had fun tracing birds out of our bird book.
That morning after breakfast we went out for a little walk to explore. We were surprised to find a multitude of mushrooms right outside our cabin. It was so magical. Every few steps there was another one. There seemed to be an endless variety and we spent a long time calling to each other, "Come take a look at this one!" At first we just took pictures of them. Then, after realizing that there were so many we decided it would be okay to pick some and take them home to try to identify. After giving strict warning to the kids to not even put one close to their mouths, we started collecting some samples. It was wonderfully exciting for all of us.