Destination: Brownwood, Texas

In the area we live in we’ve unconsciously established an annual tradition with our neighbors of going camping on spring break. It’s gotten bigger the past few years with more families joining in and It’s great that we get to bond over hiking and fishing and campfire stories and a bunch of other outdoorsy stuff. Unfortunately, this year we had a conflict of schedule with our camping trip but my family decided to just push through with the plan for our own family bonding. Besides, it was Marco and Cassie’s first time “camping” so we ended up driving 6 hours away from home to Lake Brownwood State Park. I was a bit paranoid being a first time mother taking her almost-5-month old to camp, I had to google “What to pack for baby’s first camping trip” and that did help a little. The rest I had to rely on my own “mother’s instincts” to figure out what to pack and I’d have to say Marco and I did a pretty swell job. It really helped that I was breastfeeding Cassie as we didn’t really have to pack a lot of bottles and I barely even got to use my Medela breast pump since I was feeding her per demand during the trip.

Day 1

The Ramas family never leaves on time (except when we go to church) so being true to our nature we left the house late and even passed by HEB for some last minute groceries. Being the big family of ย 10 (including Cassie) that we are, we had to take to cars and convoy all the way to the campsite. The drive with Cassie was surprisingly bearable, she only started fussing the last stretch of the drive and it helped that I breastfed her during our stops. I really appreciated how myย family patiently waitedย for Cassie to finish feeding before proceeding. And that is why I think they’re the best…EVER.

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On our last potty break, we accidentally stopped over a place that was known for their pecans and they were the most hospitable bunch. You could almost sample every single thing they were selling and they even offered pecan flavored coffee/tea for free.

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Mom relieved that we finally made it to the state park. Her face while checking-in. Haha.

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This is what our cabin looked like and it was a steal at the rate we got it for. The best part was it fit ALL of us..and more.

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This was how it looked like when we walked in. Sorry for the clutter, we were still unloading. ๐Ÿ˜€

The place had 5 rooms, three to the right upon entering and two to the left. Every single one of them had a full sized bed so obviously it was (1) Mom and Pop, (2) Me, Marco and Cassie, (3) Pauline and Marie, (4) Angelie and Nicole and (5) John alone. Paulo would have been his roomie if he didn’t cancel out last minute.

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Kitchenette right next to our room, there’s also another one on the opposite side of the cabin.

They also had two restrooms (not in picture), one located in each side of the house.

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OUR ROOM.

All the rooms in our cabin had full sized beds, it’s going to be a little bit hard for me and Marco to co-sleep with Cassie.

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Grandmy duties—mom changing Cassie’s dirty diapers as soon as we settled down.

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Poor baby with her eczema, we set up her play yard and she doesn’t look too happy about it. All of her woodlands were present.

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Munchkin Night after dinner.

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Marco teaching my siblings to play Munchkin. They loved it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Marco also told them some ghost stories before going to bed. Yep, I heard some screaming. Haha.

DAY 2

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Breakfast ready…Eating up before going on a hike with the family.

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We found the cutest bear at the campsite and her name is Cassie.

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Tita Jelly spotted on the hammock

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We haven’t even started the hike and we already had to take a break to take pictures. The view was wonderful.

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Cassie’s first hike ever and my first hike carrying Cassie, this is going to be a work out.

Notice how Cassie’s outfit matches my shoes.

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Trekked the wrong trail at the beginning, we only realized that when we saw signs for the actual trail. What a fail. haha

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Poor Cascas slept in the heat of the sun, had to slow down my pace as not to wake her up so I stayed behind the rest of my family for the most part.

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Came across another camp site with smaller cabins at the end of the trail, the skies were beautiful so I had to take a picture.

After the family hike, my family and I headed back to the cabin to freshen up and have lunch. We spent the afternoon driving out of the state park to check out the local area for flea markets and antique shops and we found a few.

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An antique wooden horse, a vintage rocking chair and a porcelain doll—-all would make a good horror story.

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Can’t believe I considered collecting porcelain dolls at one point, my husband would kill me if I started one right now. He’d probably just say one word and it would end the conversation—Anabelle. Haha

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Funny how they had a Filipino Sky Flakes can at the antique store

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Funnier how they were also sellingย a Philippine salt and pepper shaker set

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S’mores-ing with the family.

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The man behind the barbecue ๐Ÿ˜€

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Daddy Marco baby wearing. Our little Cascas is wearing the squirrel onesie she got from Ninang Pauline and Ninang Marie.

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A family picture just outside our cabin

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Eating out—literally, Thanks for cooking pop!

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Our poor baby was pooped from the night’s festivities, here’s our little Cassie in her squirrel onesie and her woodland friends.

Day 3

Driving back to Houston but first things first, Sunday mass at the closest Catholic church within our route—St. Mary Queen of Peace.

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What a very welcoming community, two random strangers just approached Marco to tell him how beautiful our family is and how beautiful Cassie is. I’m feeling very thankful and very blessed at this moment, just got reminded how much love I have for my big family and my little family. Thank God for moments like these, we miss you Paulo!

And yay, we survived Cassie’s first camping trip (with a little tweaking ofcourse), next time we’ll be ready to rough it out in real tents.

~Rhea

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