Okuma Glamping Birthday Trip

In an effort to get away from the birthday celebrations I’ve done in the past with tons of planning and crafting (check out this post and this post and this post and this post about my birthday crafting) and kids everywhere and STRESS, I decided we should start a tradition where we just do a family trip somewhere for everyone’s birthday (and of course have some cake and presents too).

So this year, we went to Okuma (a military owned resort up north) for E’s 6th birthday and rented out a cabin for the night and invited her bestie and family for a sleepover.  It was a rousing success and although on her ACTUAL birthday there were a few forced tears because she didn’t get a huge birthday party with everyone from school invited…I think she REALLY enjoyed herself.  She told me later that the campfire and s’mores were her favorite thing ever!

I know I really enjoyed myself for the first time at a kid birthday EVER!

And really, Okuma is the BEST place for a family staycation (only when it’s sunny though.  If it rains while you’re there, its not nearly as fun)! And I HIGHLY recommend shelling out the extra money for the Turtle’s Nest cabins because they are so much fun.  We have stayed in the hotel side of the resort and were not very impressed. Our next adventure will be tent camping there!!

We got there early Friday afternoon and enjoyed a wee bit of sun!
We got there early Friday afternoon and enjoyed a wee bit of sun!
Our little cabin for the night!
Our little cabin for the night!
Our view from the cabin!!
Our view from the cabin!!
And here is the inside. It has two master bedrooms and a loft with two giant fold out beds. The adults took the rooms and annexed the girls to the loft. It was glorious!
And here is the inside. It has two master bedrooms and a loft with two giant fold out beds. The adults took the rooms and annexed the girls to the loft. It was glorious!

 

Adam built a fire...he's so manly and dreamy...
Adam built a fire…he’s so manly and dreamy… (Oh btw, you have to either purchase firewood there – very expensive- or bring your own in.  Adam had scraps from wood projects to use and I got a clean pallet from behind one of the shoppettes which Adam disassembled.)
And the girls thought it was SOOO big. They pretended to save each other from the giant fiery furnace...
And the girls thought the fire was SOOO big. They pretended to save each other from the giant fiery furnace…
Our birthday party!
Our birthday party!
And i was so busy getting hotdogs and everything else laid out for dinner and then feeding kids and eating that I blinked and it was time to break out the marshmallows and graham crackers!!
And I was so busy getting hotdogs and everything else laid out for dinner and then feeding kids and eating that I blinked and it was time to break out the marshmallows and graham crackers!!
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Jake teaching the science behind proper marshmallow roasting.
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hmm…

 

E and M: Besties! We are so fortunate because This is the first family we met on island (almost 4 years ago) and our girls have been best friends the entire time. And now, they're in the same kindergarten class together! It's rare for kids to have the same friends that long when living in military community!
E and M: Besties! We are so fortunate because This is the first family we met on island (almost 4 years ago) and our girls have been best friends the entire time. And now, they’re in the same kindergarten class together! It’s rare for kids to have the same friends that long when living in military community! So blessed!
My men
My men
mmmmm, s'mores
mmmmm, s’mores

 

Happy Birthday, E!
Happy Birthday, E!
Cupcakes and glow sticks! The perfect ending to our day
Cupcakes and glow sticks! The perfect ending to our day

After dinner and dessert, we annexed the kids to the loft with a movie and spent a blessed quiet hour sitting around the campfire, sharing stories of when we were young.  It was lovely.

In the morning, we ate breakfast at the restaurant (FYI the Turtle’s Nest cabins do not have real kitchens…but you could bring your own griddle if you want to cook breakfast there…but that’s too much work and the restaurant has some pretty decent food and Starbucks coffee).  We then took a hike to the lookout and played on the beach.

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And then we played mini golf!

This was my kids' first experience with mini golf. I think they both had such a great time! We did have to stop our game and hide from rain a few times, but that was a hoot too!
This was my kids’ first experience with mini golf. I think they both had such a great time! We did have to stop our game and hide from rain a few times, but that was a hoot too!
Snack time on the course.
Snack time on the course.

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And then around noon, we left and went home. Which was kinda sad because I really wanted to stay.  Next time, I’ll book the cabin for two nights!

Happy Birthday, E!!  This year’s party was SOOOO much easier on your mom!  Thanks!

e

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