We’re going camping.
I’m not sure why we’re doing this other than to have a new experience, because when we tried to camp out in our backyard last year, Char ended up in her crib inside and I followed around 12am when I thought my hip would explode in pain from sleeping on an air mattress.
We have wanted to start camping forever, so this past week we took advantage of a big sale and bought our tent and gear. Tried it out tonight to see how things would go and what we might still need. It’s 10pm. Everyone is awake but Sam. My back is killing me. I blew up an air mattress because apparently I can’t just “sleep on the ground” like I thought I could. #gettinold It took up half the tent. 😂 Bella’s having fun and we realized we still need more stuff than we thought because kids.
But we have all the stuff. A huge tent. A small stove. Sleeping bags. I’ll be using a cot this time. Pack n Play for Char.
Our site will be at the spot Sam and Bella go fishing all the time, not to far from us. We’re also bringing Charlie and many kinds of mosquito repellent. Because we’ll be right next to a lake.
I figure even if it all goes wrong, it’ll make some pretty fun memories no matter what. Maybe a lot of itching, but a lot of memories.
Things that may happen:
- being eaten alive by mosquitos
- not getting any sleep
- having the wind/rain/dust kick up
- realizing at 2am this was a terrible idea
- realizing at 10am this was a great idea
- missing April the giraffe give birth
Don’t tell me you wouldn’t think about that. I have that video pulled up on my tabs right this moment so I can check in. I’ve invested too much time in her to let this go now.
Oh, I’m actually excited in a way about camping. It’s just a different, offbeat experience and those make me a little weirded out until we do them and realize we can do them. Especially as Char gets older, things like this become quite a bit easier with her. That first year of a little one’s life – whew. Man does that do a number on everyone for a while. I miss her squishy newborn phase, but having her at an age where she isn’t completely dependent on me to do everything but blink is nice too.
If you want to follow along with our trip, I’ll be posting in IG stories and pics as we go along. Something is bound to happen. Maybe I’ll hashtag it #thoughtsandprayerscampingwiththeStones bwahahahaha