Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jellystone Park at Whispering Pines

For about six weeks we have had a trip planned to go camping at Jellystone Park in Tyler however the weather prohibited us from doing it last Friday like we were supposed to.  Luckily the lady was nice enough to let us reschedule to this Friday, well wouldn't you know it, we had tornadoes again.  We were able to move it one more time and since the only date we had open was Saturday we decided to skip church for some family time.

Check in is at 1 p.m. so Saturday we slept a little late (7:30) and then got up, packed things up, and headed out.  We had to pick up a few more snacks and some ice on the way and then we decided to do lunch at Cracker Barrel.  Lunch was great as usual and then we found our way to the park. 

Raegan Mirick's photo.

Our kids have been looking forward to this camping trip and were so excited we finally got to go, and while it was slightly warm in the afternoon the evening weather was perfect.  So we checked into our site, put up the tent, laid out the sleeping bags, and finished setting up camp.  We then went exploring where the kids decided very quickly that they needed to take a dip in the pool.  After swimming we played some mini golf, horseshoes, and jumped on this giant pillow thing.
Raegan Mirick's photo.
After a bit we decided to walk around the pond and ended up watching the turtles.  Since it was fairly warm and the campgrounds restaurant was closed we ran up the road for snow cones.  The kiddos liked this place because while we were waiting they were allowed to draw on the table.  Nathan wrote my phone number on the table which we very quickly scribbled out. 

Next we went back to the campsite and grilled our hamburgers and hot dogs, which Phillip's parents had brought with them from the Butcher Shop.  When we were done eating dinner it was time for a campfire and s'mores.  We then spent some time playing with glow in the dark bubbles and just hanging out till bed time.

The bathroom was nowhere near our site and I have a tiny bladder so I might have woke my hubby up at 1 in the morning to drive me to the bathroom so I wouldn't have to go alone.  Don't worry my in laws tent was right beside ours so we didn't leave the kids alone.  When we got up we had cinnamon rolls and a variety of muffins and spent some time relaxing. 

Then it was time to take down our tent and pack up the campsite.  Once everything was put away, except our chairs, we took a nature walk, fed the turtles and watched people fishing.  Next was the part Isabelle had been asking about the whole trip, time for shopping.  When we were done there the kiddos and pop went down to bounce on the pillow one last time before we had to check out.

Raegan Mirick's photo.

After checking out we were about 5 miles down the road when Nathan realized he had left his craft box that we had bought at the park store.  The lady was nice and didn't even question us about it.  Then we were on the road again.  We ate a yummy lunch at BJ's Brewhouse in Tyler, came home, unpacked and are spending the rest of the day relaxing before another crazy week.

My favorite part of the weekend though was that my Nathan mastered his bike riding skills!  He had so much fun riding all over the campground.

Raegan Mirick's photo.
She "needed" to shop.

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