This is a post for my memory bank… #weekendwrapup

A bit delayed but I had SO much fun camping last weekend and wanted to share with you! I write this blog to keep my memories safe. This is my selfish post. Next is a post for y’all!

Got to Sibbald Point Provincial Park as the sun was setting. I double-date camped here a few years ago with an ex bf and my highschool sweetheart/bestfriend Camille. It’s a nice park, but we got in lot of trouble for being young and having fun too loudly for the families around us.

My parents go up every year on the same weekend with all of their friends. They’ve been friends for 20+ years, some of them longer. They call the tradition Campers Thanksgiving because on the Saturday night they cook a big Thanksgiving dinner for everyone to eat. There was SO much food. I tried to remain unplugged so I didn’t take many pictures, but check out this awesome little thing they’ve rigged up to cook the turkeys.


It has two spinning rotisseries so we cook two turkeys all day. There was some pork and beef roasts on the metal piece on top too. People brought appetizers, potatoes, salads, veggies, desserts, and gravies too. I stacked my plate high and I could have fed another person with what I couldn’t finish on my plate alone.

They do a count every year for dinner and this year set a new record – 56 people! We all get camping sites together and party for the weekend. These people have known me since before I was even born and I haven’t seen most of them in years. All cool people. These guys are the original hipsters and party harder than all of my friends.


Every year the kids paint more empty pudding cups and string Christmas lights through them. They decorate the site we eat and party on. This year we set off some Chinese lanterns which was really fun. Again, no pictures because I was trying to stay off the grid and I don’t trust myself with beers and campfires while I’m armed with electronics.

Everyone had a bit too much to drink and I drunkenly told exaggerated stories to anyone who would listen and caught up with some of my parents oldest friends. I got so busy with school and jobs for the past 6+ years so I haven’t seen some of them in ages. You know those people who say they missed you and you know they genuinely mean it? Had lots of those πŸ™‚ Came home feeling warm and fuzzy that so many more people than I remembered cared about me and how I grew up.


I care about this little one. This is him sleeping for 2 days straight when we get home from camping. He did this last time too.


Came home on September 11th and obsessively watched 9/11 10th Anniversary specials all night. So depressing…I don’t know why I did that. Imagine what it would have been like if everyone had Smartphones then? We would know so much more, coverage would have been everywhere. Videos from inside the buildings, tweets from those stuck inside, Facebook statuses from loved ones lost. Terrifying…



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  1. Rob DeRubeis
    September 20, 2011 / 6:58 am

    glad we could enlighten you, of course, you are now obligated to come every year, because the last hing you said to me was “mrmft”. is that a nice thing to say to a new friend?….. there was pork?

    • September 20, 2011 / 9:42 am

      I thought so? When I went up for my food the server said “beef or pork” and put something on my plate that I didn’t have room for in the end.
      And coming by someone’s campsite at 7am and yelling in their tent “GOODBYYYE” is not a very nice thing to do to a new friend. Unless you have coffee or breakfast of course πŸ™‚ Thanks for the goodtimes – see you next year!

      • Rob DeRubeis
        September 20, 2011 / 1:29 pm

        it was 10am….

  2. September 20, 2011 / 7:27 am

    Oooh I also meant to mention Libby’s magic packets that made the fire turn different colours! Loved those!!

  3. Cindy
    September 20, 2011 / 2:05 pm

    it’s always a good time at Camper’s Thanksgiving….hope you already have the date reserved for next year, Jamie

  4. Dee
    September 21, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Really enjoyed your blog Jamie. It got me a bit teary actually but I’m just a big suck! Glad you guys enjoyed the weekendβ€”didn’t I tell you that there were so many entertaining people that there would have to be something wrong with you if you didn’t have a good time?! TOTALLY enjoyed your company. Look forward to next year!

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