Into the Woods

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…

not for another hour, but this hour.”

— Walt Whitman

Finally arriving...

Straight for the dirt...

Waiting patiently while we unpacked...

Book break...

Oh, that smile...

So very happy...

Play-Doh was created for the great outdoors...

Bubbles brought out the squeals...

It just didn't get old...

This little guy looks cute, but was a thief...


First camping injury...

Blissful naptime...

We saved these for Katie, but they were stolen by the aforementioned thief!

So much room in which to spread out...

After-nap snuggle...


Bundled up by the campfire...

It doesn't get any better than this...


  1. MamaWantsThis

    Gorgeous pictures, Nichole! So glad you had a fabulous time!

  2. Krista

    Aw… looks like such a great time. I am always in awe of people who get their kids to sleep in new places. :-)

  3. Lizz

    Love! Between this and my hubs being off at Big Basin this weekend for his annual guy's campout, I'm SO ready for a camping trip! Where'd you guys go? It's lovely!

  4. Kris

    Happy sighs. It looks like you had an amazing time.

  5. Nichole

    We went to Memorial Park in Pesacadero. It was so perfect. I can't recommend it enough. :)

  6. Nichole

    Beyond amazing.
    Being completely off the grid was just what we needed.

  7. Nichole

    You know what's funny? We did sleep training for both of our kids and they are creatures of routine, but when we do travel, they do really well. Maybe because they're so worn out?

  8. Nichole

    Thank you so much! We can't wait to go again.

  9. mommysparadise

    So cool, you made it. When I look at these pics you must have had a blast, all of you and especially the kids. Makes me think about going camping with my tot and the Hubs. :-)

  10. Nichole

    I highly recommend it. There's something about being away from everything that is so soothing.

  11. Jen Has A Pen

    This looks like such a a great time!!! How fun. I'm a little sad though, because each picture I see of Matthew, he looks older and older!

    We are outdoorsy dummys. I wouldn't know the first thing about camping, or what we'd need, or how to set up, or where to go even. These pictures have me determined to learn for when we have a family.

  12. Nichole

    It really was so fun.
    There's something magical that happens to kids when you get them in the woods. Or maybe I just relax a bit more and allow them to make bigger messes without worrying about clean up? ;)
    You will be amazing parents, whether you camp or not. You'll find what works for your family!

  13. Sherri

    Oh, awesomeness! I love that you had such a great time…and I love the bubble idea! You are such a great mom. You guys needed this trip, so glad you went.

  14. supermomboots

    Look at all the cute pictures! Looks like you all had tons of fun :)

  15. Rachel

    BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!! I LOVE the naptime Uno and wine!! :-)

    PS- We have the same pack n play!

  16. Kimberly

    Beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a great time!

  17. Evonne

    It's looks like you had loads of fun. I'm glad! And yes, play-dough is definitely an outside toy!

  18. galitbreen

    Oh Nichole this looks absolutely wonderful!

    And *gulp* you did it! You played play doh! :)

    The photos are gorgeous, and the love even more so!

  19. How fun and happy do you all look ;)

  20. Gorgeous photos! Everyone looks so happy.

    I am mentally filing these in my brain to remind me it"s possible to camp with kids!

  21. julie gardner

    Walt Whitman would approve of a camping trip full of play-doh, bubbles, Uno, and wine.

    And the love. Just look at all that love.

    Yes. That would make Walt very happy.

    I'm sure of it.

  22. deedee

    these are such great photos,,,the kids are so big!! looks like all had a great time ,,,lov ya

  23. JDaniel4's Mom

    Your trip looks wonderful. I wouldn't have thought of bringing play dough, but you are right it is perfect for the outside.

  24. ksluiter

    damn it woman, you almost making camping look fun.

    beautiful pictures!

  25. JaimesStory

    I just have to comment not because I have any clue about camping, but because I am so excited you still have Matthew rear facing! I don't know what the laws in CA are, but in VA they have not changed the law to meet the AAP recommendation. I flipped Freddie back around 2 weeks after flipping him to face forward when I heard the new recommendation and I'm getting a ton of crap about it from in-laws and friends.

    Anyway, looks like you guys had a blast. Great pics.

  26. Tonya

    Looks like everyone (including that pesky squirrel) made themselves right at home. Beautiful pictures.

  27. TheKirCorner

    sooooo cute, omg, I *almost* wanted to go camping!!!

    I am so glad you had such a good time, look at those smiles!!!!!

  28. Aw, it looks like you had a great time! Fresh air + Uno + wine = awesome. :)

  29. i'm in awe of your bravery to camp w/ two small kiddos. :) looks like the time was precious!

  30. MamaRobinJ

    That looks so fun! I've been resisting camping but I'm going to have to go. I think it would be great, and C would love it.

  31. greenerpasturesind

    Your kids are beautiful. I guess its really important to develop a love for nature in your kids. Only thing which lives for the moment is nature and we can be a part of it.

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