More east coast family fun this week! Originally we had planned to spend only part of this week at Lums Pond State Park in Delaware to be close to Tim’s sister and her family. The first half of the week was going to be spent at Assateague National Seashore and then we would arrive in Delaware mid-week. But when we found out that they would be spending the weekend at Lums Pond, we quickly changed our plans to join them.
After all, we can always go back to the seashore another time, but we will never have another chance to join our niece and nephew on their very first camping trip!
Lums Pond ended being a great family campground. The sites are gigantic and grassy with large trees for shade. The four families had a blast (I lost track of the total number or kids – probably because they never stopped moving). I think it would be safe to say that there is more camping in the future for everyone.
It was a very active weekend (at least for the kids) with lots of jumping in tents, swinging in hammocks, playing games, and even a few group hikes. At night there were glow sticks, fireflies, marshmallows, hot dogs, and anything else you can think of roasted over the fire.
The kids loved the Airstream. After going in it once they repeatedly asked to return over and over again. I learned a few things about kids and Airstreams over the weekend. Number one: If you let them jump on your bed once, it’s really hard to say no the next 50 times. Number two: If you feed them they will never leave (also, it’s probably not the best idea to let them eat berries with the their fingers while sitting on your couch – rookie mistake). Number two: not really Airstream related but more of a general observation about 5-year olds. They like to use the word “poop”. A lot.
We hadn’t seen the kids since last October and it was great to spend time with then and see how much they had grown and changed since then. Especially little Ella who just turned two and suddenly spouted a full head of hair.
At the end of the weekend we said goodbye…but only for a few hours. Later that night we met Alicia, Shawn, Aaron, & Ella at the local creamery for some ice cream. The Woodside Farm Creamery is a really cool place where they serve a wide variety of homemade, inventive ice cream flavors. We even got to see some of the ice cream producing cows.
The next day they all came back to the campground with the kid’s bikes. We rode around the now nearly empty campground, had a pizza party at our site, and ended the night with a walk down to the pond in search of turtles.
We’ll be here through the weekend and have a lot more to look forward to. Including a swim meet for Aaron, swim practice for Ella, another family member visit, and of course lots more opportunities to spend time with the kids.