Splash Park at Ft. Polk

This past weekend Sean and I decided to pack up the kids for the weekend and make the 3.5 hour drive to Ft. Polk, Louisiana. My mother and father-in-law were both invited to the Guam Liberation BBQ and of course, so were we. We needed to get away, and since we haven’t been able to make that beach vacation to Florida happen just yet, this was just the ticket.

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We arrived Friday evening, too late to explore the splash park that was just on the other side of our hotel, which was on base. Sean and I promised the kids that we would definitely splash on Saturday, after we got back from the Liberation BBQ, and we did.

I decided not to get wet because I wanted to play around with Hipstamatic and take lots of photos.

Let’s just say, Ft. Polk had a lot of amazing things for the kids to enjoy, from this amazing splash park, to an impressive playground with some amazing equipment on it to the youth pond aptly named Catfish Cove.

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Ft. Polk is such a pretty base, and this was my first experience on an Army base. Growing up in a Navy household I never had any reason to go to an Army base, but I’m glad I did and I’m happy the kids got a new experience under their belts. Jasmine is old enough to remember things, and she’ll remember this. Jas thought the men and women in uniform was pretty neat. Although Ft. Polk is in the middle on nowhere, it was nice to get away and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

More from Ft. Polk in another post. Since my posts are so photo heavy I thought I’d break up our weekend into a few blog posts.

We had a blast! It did my heart good to see my husband be a kid again. Sean has worked non-stop for a few months and this was the first time in a long time I saw him kick back and just have some good old fashion fun.

River. Camp. Fun. Family. Friends

I’m going to update this blog more often. I want to get back to blogging like I used to. I’ve been sharing a weekly personal post over at Fabulous Mom Blog but I miss blogging just to blog. After thinking about it for a while I’ve decided to share more here, my own digital journal to help me remember these important years with my kids and husband. Here’s my weekly wrap-up for the week of 7-14.

We just got back from another amazing weekend at our camp, this time, we took our good friends up with us. Our kids love being up at our hunting camp. During the spring and summer we use our hunting camp for the entire family. We can fish, swim, camp out, ride 4-wheelers, and just get away from the everyday and kick back and relax in the woods with the river right along side of us.

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Since Sean finally had a weekend off we decided to head up to the camp for the weekend. We invited our best friends to come up with us. Our kids love our friends, Phil and Valerie a lot, so having them around is just like having family near us, plus, they are lots of fun.

We arrived in the middle of a horrible storm and our power was actually off when we rolled into our camp. It was really no big deal, but we needed to get our refrigerator and freezer going, and really didn’t want to spend the weekend without AC. I might be dubbed a country girl, but this country girl can’t sleep without cold air blowing on me. Within 30 minutes the power company had come out changed out a fuse, then we were back in business.

Saturday was spent traveling, unpacking, trying to stay dry, and cooking dinner. And let’s not forget the s’mores, there were lots of s’mores.

Before dinner we set a few trotlines in our ponds. Sean and Phil spent most of the night fishing while we all hit the sac early.

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Phil caught a nice sized bass, too bad we didn’t catch much of anything else, expect a really ugly alligator gar (see photo in gallery).

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Sunday was in fact Sunday Funday! The day was started early. Everyone but Sean Boy and I were out at the pond early to check the trotlines. I’m thinking we didn’t have much luck fishing this weekend because of all the rain we had. Too much fresh water sitting on top of the pond water changes to oxygen levels and the fish tend to hide deep down at the bottom and not come up for a few days. In spite of no fish on our trotlines, Jasmine and I learned a few things about setting, checking, and rebating trotlines, which I find pretty interesting.

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My Jassie girl looks so grown up in this capture. Jasmine loves nothing more than being up at the camp. It was the perfect morning, very overcast, but no rain, not humid, just right. I didn’t even need my sunglasses.

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Getting away and escaping to our camp is always so much fun. Nothing better than driving 4-wheelers through the water, over and down sand dunes, hunting for the perfect rocks to bring home and not having a care in the world.

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Here is a view of the Amite River, which runs right behind our camp. The river was so swollen. We’ve had a lot of rain lately, so we couldn’t swim this time. The river was moving too fast and with all the current and under tow we didn’t want to risk it, but we did put our feet in.

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Underwater feet! See all those rocks? We love hunting for rocks. I bring them home and put them in my potted plants on the top to help keep the soil nice and moist.

Here are a few more photos from our weekend adventure. I always wish I would have taken more photos, but then again, I’m happy I didn’t. The more time I spend behind a lens or phone, the less time spent with my family and friends.

Do you have a place you can escape to with your family?

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