We decided to kick off our summer with a camping trip! Mindi was really busy with work the week before the trip, and so it was up to me to pack everything up. Considering I had to take care of the 2 little ones whilst packing the gear, the clothes, the food, etc all myself, I think I did a pretty good job. The only notable thing that I forgot were our pillows (d'oh!). As you can see, it rained. No, I mean, it rained big time. We were prepared, however, as we had 7 tarps with us, and we utilized every one of them! Our campsite looked like a squatter city. It was awesome. In all reality, the use of tarps allowed us to create quite a cozy atmosphere. Almost like a real house with individual rooms. Truly! We had a bedroom (the tent) a living room (the covered screen room) and even a bathroom! We always bring the port-o-pot (what an awesome thing) and the tarps really allowed for a lot of privacy. The whole time I was setting up the tarps, I was feeling a little....mmm... dizzy. I chalked it up to over-exertion. No biggie. I moved on. Mindi rocked it out by keeping both children busy for the whole 2 hours it took me to finally set up camp.
That first night was interesting. It was about 43 degrees. We have some good sleeping bags, and the biggest challenge was trying to get Stella to stay in her bag. Luckily, we bundles the bejeezers out of her with the knowledge that she would wiggle out in the night, and she seemed perfectly comfortable. Harris looked cozy and Happy, as did Mindi. I, on the other hand, was freezing. I had the same bag as everyone else, I had on my layers- I was prepared, but holy crap was I cold! I had a chill I just couldn't shake!
The next day, we visited the Train Museum. Needless to say, it was the absolute highlight of Harris' camping trip. He loooooves Thomas. I try to avoid Thomas for the sake of my own sanity, but I can dig some good ol' fashioned history!
Stella is still not walking. She will walk while holding a hand, but if you let go, she is down with the count. Mommy Mindi and Stella got some good practice while we were waiting to board the train!
Harris was really excited about his first pressed penny!
The train car that we sat in was very cool. It was originally made in the early 1900s and modified many many times. There was a little poster detailing it's history.
Below, you can catch a glimpse of our bathroom/ tent entry! We stayed nice and dry the whole trip!
The trip was overall, a a good one. We had a little trouble in the toddler enthusiasm department, at times, but it was all good in the end. The second night, the chills returned with a vengeance. I was miserable. My teeth were chattering, my body was shaking. My throat was raw. I was drooling myself dehydrated. I had gotten the flu. Fuuuuuuuuudge. We had planned to stay for three nights. I am not a buzz killer. I am a borderline martyr. I don't quit on camping trips. That second morning, after the realization that I had forgotten a mixing bowl and cooking spray for our pancake breakfast, we quickly decided to run off to Micky D's for some nuked pancakes. While we sat there, we talked about the enthusiasm level of the boy, coupled with my flu (you have be KIDDING me!), and decided to call it a day. We went back to camp and closed up shop. We were home by about 2p, and set out all of our gear to dry. We learned some good lessons on this camping trip, and we can't wait to go again!