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Friday, July 27, 2012

Vivienne's Second Camping Trip

When our daughter was 4 months old, we took her to Big Sur for her first camping trip... People called us crazy, my wife had a rough night the first night as she was worried about Vivienne and Vivienne and I slept like, well... babies... This time, we didn't go too far. We drove up to Oxnard and camped at McGrath State Beach with our lovely friends Megan, Michael and their son David.

It took us only a few seconds to understand this would be a very different camping trip than the previous one. The little one was curious and she started exploring almost immediately.
Family Photo Op brought to you by daddy's long arms.
Vivienne got interested in the belongings of our friends... First she played with David's toys...
Than, she decided she should try Michael's hat...
The following day, after a good night sleep, we woke up early, fixed breakfast for the kids and ourselves Here David and Vivienne enjoying their breakfast...
Michael fixed us delicious bloody marys, which in my book is a must have on the campground during breakfast. And how do I pay him back? By posting this surprised photo of him on the web for the entire world to see...
Michael enjoying his bloody mary while his son is enjoying his juice. One of my fave pics of the trip.
My daughter is always willing to see what she can take down from any table, counter-top... Her curiosity and sponge-like memory are precious to watch. Here Jen is enjoying the lovely morning with her daughter...
It's also a cuddly morning for Megan and her son.
And, of course, I did have some quality time with my baby daughter too.
We spent the rest of that day on the very windy beach, where David flew his kite and Vivienne continued her never-ending explorations under her mommy's watchful eyes.
After we came back from the beach, the girls and the kids took a nap. Michael and I went out to town to get more supplies for the night. We got back with coffee, Michael and Megan cooked while Jen and I entertained the kids. The lovely night was slowly falling, leaving the cold weather of the previous day to a warmer, balmier evening. Everything was perfect, we had a lovely early dinner and we were getting ready to prepare the kids for the bed time and have some conversation around the camp fire...

You kind of guess where I'm getting at, right?

Well, something happened. I will not get into details, but we thought Vivienne's arm was broken. We immediately took her to Emergency Room and there, I spent the worst 3 hours of my life. Thank goodness, it was only Nursemaid's Elbow (Radial Head Sublaxation), a very common injury for the kids between 1-4 years. It took literally a second for the doctor to put the elbow back in place once she saw us. Than we got back to the campground, found our very worried friends relieved and enjoy the rest of the night till 2am while Vivienne slept safe and sound.
I left the best picture of Her Cuteness to the end of this blog... Have a fantastic week! See you next Friday!

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