Family Bonding: Camping at Navajo Lake State Park

Moving away from the NORM. 

When I say camping most people’s immediate reaction is “eww”. As a culture, we have been so brainwashed into thinking our day to day life should revolve around work, technology, and simple pleasures (fast food, etc.). I have been on a mission to revert back to nature. I want my family and I to live a simplistic yet satisfying lifestyle. My kids love t.v. and video games and I want them to understand the beauty that this world has to offer. 

We decided to take a weekend adventure and detach ourselves from societal norms and modern day comforts. My family and some close family friends decided to get away. We took the time to talk to our kids and let them tell us their thoughts and feelings. We explored land and water and became one. I’m sure it sounds cliche, but when we are one with nature we felt to free. freedom isn’t working a 9 to 5 job. It isn’t busting my ass to make ends meet. It is making ends meet in a way I love (blogging and writing).

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It is making memories that will not only be with me but with my kids for years to come. 

Disconnecting. 

Like I said earlier my kids love electronics. Video games, T.V., you name it. My husband and I, also find ourselves on the computer and on our phones far more frequently than I would like to admit. We needed to disconnect. Turn the electronics off and be a family. Read books, swim, play, run, jump, and hike. To be honest, I thought this would be way harder for the kids. It was easy they had no interest in games or phones.

Fire Ban. 

We live in a location that is currently in a stage two drought. We also have a fire ban due to all the local fires. That meant no campfire. I’m not going to lie, I was kinda bummed to camp without making a fire, but in the end, it didn’t make that much of a difference. 

Food. 

The fire ban made us be a little more creative with our food choices. Instead of the normal hot dogs and s’mores, we settled for sandwiches and Little Debbie treats. The kids didn’t care and it was pretty easy.

Lighting. 

We always take several lights and back up lights with us just in case. Since there was no campfire we needed to use our lantern more than previous camping trips.  

Go with the flow. 

One of my favorite things about camping trips is that there are always unexpected instances. Like my hubby injuring two toes. Haha. It really wasn’t funny at the time, but now it is because he tripped over a root. Poor guy. Or the bag of extra clothes I left on our coffee table. Doesn’t really help us if it isn’t with us huh? It is the little things that make you really chill out and breathe. Life is meant to be enjoyed and LIVED. Not stuck at a desk or struggling to keep up with your neighbor. 

The little moments. 

It is the smile on my kid’s faces when they see the water, the talks I  have with the love of my life under the stars, and no obligations or time constraints that make this so worth it to our family. Life is way too short and kids are only little once. Make your memories and remember no one, on their deathbed, wishes they would have worked more or that there was more money in the bank. You know what they wish for? More memories and more days with their family. Make it happen. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. Our whole trip including gas, State Park Pass, and food cost us $40. (We borrowed the large tent from my sister).

On the other end of the lake we stopped for this beautiful picture of Navajo Dam.

Tell me in the comments how you are getting away from the norm!

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