Church Camping Trip, 2018

Story told by: Lainey

We had our church campout at Camp Lutherhaven in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho last weekend! It was so much fun!

While Mommy and Daddy set things up, we went exploring.

We found a cool tree house with beds.

The adults all indulged to make set up a breeze.

It was cold, but we couldn’t resist the water.

Pastor Matt was our grilling extraordinaire!

But dinner was late, and we were hungry, so several of the adults stood right by the grill to show him encouraging faces.

While we waited for dinner, we took Daddy to one of the tree house slides we discovered.

Finally dinner time! Hurray!

Camping food is the best!

After dinner, Mommy and Daddy walked some of us up the hill to check out the challenge courses.

This was a pretty challenging log that rested just an inch off the ground, but I amazingly made it all the way across!

S’more time!

These two made an awesome s’more prep team.

Living the s’more dream.

Brody and his favorite person, Chloe.

Susan was a champ and played a lot of games with us this weekend.

After Brody had a restless night of sleep, we were up for a delicious breakfast.

Slow mornings with coffee around the camp fire were a treat for the adults.

While the adults woke up, we went on treasure hunting hikes.

But after asking them only 1,000 times, Mommy and Daddy joined us for a hike across the camp. We had something cool to show them.

I first wanted them to see this beautiful view of Lake Coeur d’Alene.

And then we wanted them to see this awesome tree house we found!

Mommy and Daddy agreed that it was pretty neat.

Back at camp, Daddy and Brody played catch. Brody and Henry start t-ball in a week, so they’re brushing up on their skills.

Next up, canoeing!

The boys asked to go with Daddy.

And I asked to go with Mommy.

It was a pretty windy day, so we only lasted for about 25 minutes, but it was still pretty neat.

Next up, bike riding!

There weren’t great paths for bikes, so we made an obstacle course on the basketball court.

And Brody made an awesome basket!

Liz and Sarah came up to join us for a bit.

We also went back up to the challenge courses, and Mommy and Daddy showed us that they’re really quite bad at them.

It was only 62 degrees, but the lifeguards were out, which meant we could use the water toys, so we went for it!

Henry started with the big slide.

And I did the inflatable. After about 20 minutes, we were FREEZING, so we all rushed back to get on dry clothes.

Henry had to lay in his sleeping bag for about 30 minutes to warm up. It was cold!!

The adults wanted an hour to play a game, so we all piled into the O’Loughlin’s tent to eat candy and watch a movie. Everyone was thrilled!

The adults played Kubb, which they thoroughly enjoyed!

In the last game of the day, the women battled it out for a come-from-behind victory!

Sad faces from the men. (Except for Pastor Matt who says he’s always happy because of Jesus.)

After Kubb was over, we went to play mini-golf.

Brody especially loved it.

Before we started dinner, everyone hiked up to the Lutherhaven sign to get a group picture.

On our way back to the campsite, Mrs. O’Loughlin got some pictures of Mommy and Daddy.

While Pastor Matt grilled chicken, everyone played.

But then it started pouring rain, and everyone found shelter. Except for Pastor Matt. He was still on dinner duty.

Most everyone went to the nearby pavilion to play games.

After a couple hours of rain, it stopped just in time for us to have s’mores. Hallelujah!

All of the kids went down earlier and easier on the second night, which made for a happy group of adults!

On Sunday morning, we got to eat by the campfire.

Henry got up first with Mommy and Daddy.

Henry and Desmond were already off riding their bikes before Brody and I got out of bed.

Nothing better than a pile of bacon for a camping breakfast.

Monster trucks, dirt, and PJs.

Brody and I woke up to a yummy breakfast. Brody was especially excited about his muffins.

Next it was time to pack up, and a crabby, attention-seeking Brody makes that difficult, so Jodie and Matt came to the rescue and took him mini-golfing. Thank you!!

There’s not much that’s more fun than packing up wet camping supplies!

Lutherhaven has a church service during the summers, so we got to join the Lutherhaven staff for the morning.

Brody sat with Chloe for a lot of the service.

Pastor Matt was asked to give the sermon, so it was fun to listen to him.

After his sermon, we got to come up for a fun song!

We had such a fun weekend! We are so grateful for our church family, and can’t wait to do this again next summer!

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