so, we had the bright idea to attempt to camp with the three little people. one of whom, i may have mentioned, is the WORST sleeper. sounds fun, right?
derek did all of the legwork. he purchased and sorted and packed and prepared all of the supplies and sundries. (my new fave word). he even found a fab new-to-us tent on craigslist. it’s definitely not new. it’s from the seventies for sure. sears. canvas. yellow. anyhow, all i had to do was pack clothes and kids and drive out where he was already setting us up.
we went to an RV campsite and resort sort of place. it’s not super far away. and it has activities, which is a necessity given our kids ages.
the first thing the kids wanted to do was go swimming. and since it was 150 degrees, we obliged. i was mostly in the perfectly cold water, so i only managed a few pics and this is one of them. super hazel.
after we were cooled and all swimmed out, we settled into camp with the big yellow circus tent. seriously. check that thing out. ridiculously awesome. we had so many people stop by to admire it. and it is HUGE. we fit three camping mats. a toddler cot. a pack and play. all of our clothes and such. AND there was still walking room.
the night was rough. i feel like it’s a good time to mention that hazel had a fever. we all had little colds and coughs earlier in the week. but, then she had a bit of a fever. she acted normal. and happy. but she was hot and a bit uncomfortable at night it seems.
some more swimming. and then back to site. derek’s parents visited for lunch. and brought hazel’s booster seat which was a lifesaver. we could safely contain her from fires, rolling down hills and other camping dangers. she’s a goof.
so, we made the executive decision that one of us was going to come home for the night with hazel and let her sleep in air conditioning and try to get a better night’s rest. and the one of us was me. mostly because hazel seems to do better when i am the one putting her to bed. and because derek could campfire with kids. and he is an old pro at coffee. plus, i was way more tired from the night before than he was. so, we headed out (and just in case you’re wondering, hazel was up until 1:00 am. but then she slept until 830 or so. and the fever was gone!)….
hazel took a bath. i took a shower. we picked up bojangles. and headed back out in the morning.
we came back from lake (and getting a cold drink and swimming in the pool some) and loaded all of the non-tent items and i took the kids home. derek finished with the tent (without three little people underfoot) and left shortly after we did. it was a great trip and i think we will definitely do it again. it would have been nice if it was cooler. if hazel wasn’t sick. and if maybe we had a different tent location. we got to know our neighbors throughout the weekend and i look forward to maybe seeing them again.
anyhow. we spent all of labor day monday recovering. there was a MOUNTAIN of laundry. i’m still catching up.
and that’s the tale of the big yellow circus tent lidbom camping adventure.