Lookee at this little Claire Bear bundled up to go home!
She was released on Monday, one week after being born. She is home and healthy and thriving. Thank you everyone for your kind words, thoughts and prayers for her surprise early birth.
She had a check-up today at the pediatrician and has gained two and a half more ounces and has grown half an inch. What a wonderful new addition to the Choate family!!!
For the last 4 years we have enjoyed our Halloween celebration at High Cliff. This year was going to be wonderful because we would have six of our seven grandchildren visiting us at the park. It is also my birthday (actually on Halloween itself) so it is a great time to celebrate everything together at once.
This event at High Cliff usually takes place the weekend before Halloween. This way the campground bathrooms are still open, water and dump station are still operational, and everyone is able to enjoy the holiday at home the following weekend. We reserved our camp site, as well as one across the road from us for our son and daughter-in-law with their children for their Salem camping trailer.
The entire Campground gets into decorating and handing out treats on Saturday. The headcount at the main gate was approximately 6,200 people coming through the park. This year I really stocked up on candy so we did not run out!
Here are some of the campsites and their crazy decorations!
and our October Camp Hosts,
Rosie and Luke
who go all out....
this is just a small part of their decorations on the host site
Great-nephew Matt took care of handing out the candy from our site
After the trick or treating was all done, we put those kids to bed and they all zonked out toot sweet. All of that fresh air, walking and playing wore them plum out. They did not get to eat too much candy, so the sugar high was kept to a minimum. Then we adults sat out around the campfire till well after midnight.
The BEST part of camping with grandtots is when they all pile into our bed in the morning for a snuggle fest! The dogs hop right in and take part too. Good thing we have a king sized bed in our motorhome.
Our tradition is to give them little boxes of cereal to tide them over
until we cook a bigger breakfast once all the other adults wake up.
Notice how early it is, still kinda dark out yet....
(I remember Gram Kafehl getting those boxes for us as kids)
Then my oldest grandson Jameson made me
a very special birthday cheesecake to celebrate
my birthday! What a great chef!!!
We got in time to visit, cuddle grandkids and
have a nice visit with everyone together.
(except Erin and Waylen with baby Claire at the hospital)