I’m back! ! Summer Camping Trips And Why I Stopped Using My Own Photos…

Hello my beautiful readers! I hope you’re doing sooo well. Happy Autumn and October. Guess What? It’s my birthday month. I’m actually writing this on my birthday. So, happy birthday to me. It’s been an awesome day so far and I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing movie night with my kids. I have to get dinner on the table soon, but I wanted to make sure I stopped in to let you know the blog is back, wooohoo!

I miss writing. I was experiencing burnout the last time I started writing again and it’s something I’ve been working on with my therapist for like…the last two years lol. But I am feeling so much better these days and more motivated.

To catch you up on my life a bit, summer was awesome but hectic. We did a lot, but one of our favorite summer activities is camping! We had 4 camping trips! With 5 kids. One out of state. I didn’t do half of the things I meant to do but the kids had plenty of fun!

We started out our first camping trip in Everson, Washington and camped right on the river. Unfortunately it was too cold to swim but the kids found plenty of other stuff to do and got in some play time with their cousins and aunts and uncles that they don’t get to see much. It was awesome!

Our next camping trip was on Mt. Rainier at Sawmill Flat Campground. It’s less than an hour to Yakima where we went fruit picking. This is the one place that is “Our Spot”. We’ve been camping here once a year for three years so far and we still love it. Except the bathrooms, we hate the bathrooms. They are well kept but there are no flushing toilets or showers. Anyhow, the kids had a BLAST swimming in the river. We had a huge boulder right off shore so there was like a little swimming hole with no current. It was perfect. And the coolest part? I went skinny dipping early one morning. I’m so badass.

Next up was our other annual camping spot- Farragut State Park. It’s 20 minutes from Silverwood Theme Park and less than an hour to Cour d’Alene, Idaho. It’s beautiful, has an amazing lake, all the hookups and showers and flushing toilets, close to the city but in an actual forest, what more do you want? This year wasn’t as magical as the last because we had rain and cold weather much of the time, so we skipped a lot of the outdoorsy stuff. Next year we will go in early summer as opposed to late summer.

Last but not least, we camped with my husband’s family at Kamei Campground on Wapato Lake in Eastern Washington. It’s not our favorite spot because it’s not in the forest and the water isn’t great for swimming, but it does have great bathrooms with flushing toilets and showers, rv hookups, wifi, and a little shop that sells shaved ice and rents row boats. It also has this beautiful apple orchard right across the street and a restaurant with a u-pick blueberry farm 5 minutes away. Plus it’s like 20 minutes from Lake Chelan. So if you want those amenities, it’s awesome.

All in all, nothing can compare to the quality time we get with the kids on these camping trips. Especially when they don’t have wifi lol. Being close to nature is soooo good for refreshing the soul. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to go on these family camping trips.

Before I go, I feel the need to address the elephant in the room. As you may have noticed, aside from this post, I stopped using my personal photos on my blog. The truth is, it was just too much pressure to keep up with posting my own photos. Photography is competitive these days and the editing and knowledge it takes to post a good picture takes a lot of time. Even the pictures here are borrowed from my husbands phone.

There’s also the issue of whether or not it’s good for my kids to be featured in my blog. I don’t have an opinion on this really, but many people do and maybe they know better than me. So I decided to limit photos of them to a minimum.

But mostly, I got tired of trying to get a good photo of all our good times when I could just be actually enjoying myself. Some people love photography but I don’t, which makes it a chore. I started using Canva and I Ioooovee how I can just pick out nice, professional photos to go with my blog posts and don’t have the extra work of using my own. Also loving the diversity of the pictures I can post showing different types of women and mothers. And let’s be real, professional photographers can really capture the feeling of things better than I can. So I hope you aren’t too disappointed that I’m a writer at heart, not a photographer. But I mean, never say never ;)…

Well I am so glad to be back and I really hope I can get a little more interaction with you guys this season. I know I was MIA a lot last year so this year can be my time to make that up to you all. I appreciate each and every one of you so much! Talk you soon!

With much love and encouragement, LC Venegas xoxo!

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