3) Tallen managed to trip and fall over every rock, branch or twig in the vicinity. He fell approximately 30 times during the trip and face planted in the dirt at least twice.
5) A small child + flashlight in her hands = Total hearing loss. Seriously, once I put a flashlight in Sophia's hands after dark she did not hear/listen to a word I said. "Stop pointing the flashlight at the other campsite, Shine it on the dishes so I can finish washing them, Stop putting your feet in the water while I am washing dishes, Stop shining that flashlight in your brother's eyes, Stop shining that flashlight in my eyes, Turn off that flashnight NOW!"
6) "Don't touch that" is my new mantra. We told the kids "Don't touch that" when they got close to the hot grill, prickly bushes, the camping stove, the floor of the restroom, the propane lantern, or the old ashes in the fire ring.
7) Telling the kids it is time for bed and putting them in the tent did NOT mean that they got tired and fell asleep right away. Or get quiet. Or get along. It did guarantee that we had an audience of two peering out at us from the tent while they whined to get out - when all I wanted to do was sit down and drink a beer with my husband.
8) Giving up and crawling into the tent to try to get them to fall asleep only put me in the middle of the action - Tallen hopping around the tent pretending to be a frog (yelling RIBBIT), while Sophia groaned that she could not read her books in the dark and she REALLY needed the flashlight back (see #5 above).
9) Camping with my kids under the "Supermoon" meant there was no need for a night light.
10) Snuggling with my kids in the middle of the night was the sweetest, most memorable experience ever. Watching thier sweet little faces as they slept allowed me to fall in love with both of them again and I realized that camping with my family is FUN. Until I woke up at 3 AM with a rock poking me in the hip, Sophia's arm poking me in the eye and Tallen laying lengthwise across my pillow so I had no where to put my head.
|Morning at our campsite|
|My boys in the morning|