2. If you forget your camera on a camping trip, it's good to be related to someone like Holly who always brings hers everywhere. That way, you can lift pics off of her Facebook page and make a blog post. (Thanks, Holly!)
3. Our crew has finally reached the age where we can let them hang out at the campfire without constantly being within arm's reach. Hallelujah!!
4. Emma loves a good grandpa snuggle...
...and a good baby cousin snuggle...
...and another good grandpa snuggle, along with having her hair braided by Papa.
5. My mom can still skip rocks with the best of 'em. She has always been the most incredible rock-skipper I have ever known.
6. When you don't want to walk across the cold river, if you look at your older cousin Nate with big, adorable eyes, he might take pity on you can carry you across. You might lose your shorts in the process, but it's a small price to pay.
7. Mud is awesome. However, if you get yourself covered in mud because the river is too cold to play in, you will be dunked in the river anyway to get washed off. You will probably scream. Your dad probably will do it anyway.
8. Great Grandmas make good drinking buddies. They will share straws with you and clink your cup in cheers before every sip. Even if you feel the need to drink two or three cups full of lemonade in order to cheers with Great Grandma a whole lot of times.
9. Drew has no shame, and will pee on a tree in the open in front of everyone after a couple of cups full of lemonade.
10. Drew will actually run, buck naked, out of the motor home to go pee on a tree at the opposite side of camp, and will sing a little "I'm a nakey boy!" song as he proudly struts his way across the open camp in front of the entire family.
11. Camping in someone's field instead of a campground is the best choice for our family. Definitely the best choice.
12. Camping in someone's field that is actually used as an airstrip is a wonderful way to entertain the kids. However, screaming, "Get off the field, a plane's coming in to land!" probably isn't something most parents yell to their kids during an average camping adventure.
13. Papa Wayne is the best deep-fryer around. And family potluck deep fry night is still a favorite annual tradition.
14. Deep fried onion rings look absolutely amazing after you find out you have to be gluten-free and can't eat them. Even if you've never liked onion rings before.
15. Butterfly nets are not just for catching butterflies. Sometimes they are for catching Aunties...
...and sometimes they are for catching Jack Jacks!
16. Camping on the mountain provides great kite-flying winds.
17. Riding your bike while trying to fly a kite from the dollar store only works till the kite string gets wrapped around the bike axle. The kite won't make it.
18. If you ask a five year old boy to "show me your cute face!" This is what you get. And I have to say, it's a cute face!
19. My hubby is a rock star and can run five miles in the rain, over rough terrain, through the mud and muck. Oh, and Wayne and Heather aren't too shabby, either!
And what was he in time out for, you ask? Well, that brings us to our biggest and most important Thing We have Learned, which is...
21. Our borrowed motor home can be put into neutral by a three year old without the keys in the ignition or a foot on the brake. And it will roll off the blocks and go backwards about four feet.
22. Emergency brakes in motor homes are a really good idea.
(No one was hurt during the making of these memories. By the grace of God, the older kids had stopped playing hide and seek under the motor home about ten minutes before Jack Jack drove the motor home. We are very, very thankful to God for watching out for our family!)