|Keren and Jaten, sitting around the campfire for church|
This post is dedicated to my sister Martha who we missed having with us. She was the only one of we siblings (there are six of us) who was missing this year. She was wanting to see some pictures, so here we go!
|Kent and Christy and boys. Cody (wrapped in the blanket) was the youngest there at only 6 weeks old.|
|The boys, listening to the sermon and keeping their hands busy at the same time.|
|Megan eating her hot dog straight off of the roasting stick.|
|Some of the men cut down some dead trees. They had lots of helpers to haul the wood over to the campfire to burn.|
Staying warm while sleeping....
- Put on clean dry clothes (especially socks!) before going to bed. You don't want to wear things that are damp from sweat, even if you don't feel like you have been sweating. It is okay to wear those things over dry clothes.
- Layer up. At least 2 pairs of socks! I think I wore 3 shirts to bed every night too.
- The more the merrier- and warmer! I certainly missed Ken this year (he wasn't able to go as he had other things going on in the cities) but was glad to at least have Megan for company in the tent. I had planned on sharing a tent with more of my children but they went off to share tents with cousins.
- Mats or blankets underneath really help to keep you warmer too. However air mattresses or cots make you colder than even sleeping on the plain ground as they allow the cold air to circulate.
- Wear a hat or hood to bed to keep the warmth in.
- Of course extra blankets and sleeping bags always helps!
- Wear lots of layers. Long underwear, turtle necks + t-shirts + sweatshirts + jackets will help you to keep warm.
- Pull out those hats and gloves/mittens even if it isn't winter yet or even fall.
- Eat warm food. We were certainly happy we had oatmeal to eat for breakfast instead of cold cereal and the next day Luke and Keren warmed up the cinnamon rolls and applesauce too which made them much more appealing. Chili soup is always a favorite for us to take to Jackpine Retreat.
- Have hot drinks. We go through a lot of hot chocolate there.
- Keep active. The more you do the warmer you will be. I didn't follow this real well, I would try to sit by a fire instead.
- Enjoy a warm fire.
- Laugh and sing!
I thought some of you might enjoy this video clip of some of the afternoon music making.