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September 13, 2011

Going into the weekend camping trip, odds were 50/50 we would admit defeat and come home.  To hedge our bets, our destination was only 30 minutes away.  But victory was ours.  In spite of incredible odds, the camping trip was a success.  (Dan says semi-success; I say big success). Highs and Lows below:

1. High for the twins: all you can drink pink lemonade in a cooler with a spout.  In fact, they loved it so much they stood by the cooler refilling their cups and drinking for the first two hours of the trip, passing up a chance to go swimming at the beach with the rest of the children so that they could spend another hour helping themselves to the lemonade.  Low: Charlie (not surprisingly) during hour three of pink lemonade wet not only his pants, but his socks, shoes, and shirt.  But this was kind of a high for him because he got to wear his swimsuit for the duration.

2. High for Miss P: Pushing Elisabeth on her trike up and down a paved bike trail.  Low for Miss P: when Elisabeth realized she could pedal she took off.  Miss P hung on and was dragged along behind the tricycle for a significant distance.  But wait, this wasn’t a low after all, when she realized she loved being dragged, started laughing, and wanted to do it again and again.

3. High for Me: camping in style on a queen sized air mattress.  Low for me: bouncing around all night long with Miss P in the middle of the queen sized air mattress. We tried putting her to sleep in her pack n’ play.  She yelled: “Hey!  Hey! Mom!” until around 10 when we moved her pack n’ play into a van.  She fell asleep in the van and we carefully carried the pack n’ play back into the tent. She lasted a few hours and then was back to her old tricks.  We moved her to our glorious air mattress where she remained in high spirits until morning. This was a very low low for me. (Note the crazy look in my eye and two cups of coffee in the above photo).  Although I will say it was fun to be on hand to see her face as the sun came up and she took in her surroundings with shock and delight.

4.  High for Dan: Putting up the tent with help from Charlie.  Low for Dan: Putting up the tent with help from Charlie.

5.  Another high for Charlie: learning that you don’t have to sleep in a sleeping bag with your head at the bottom as he was prepared to do. This alleviated much of his understandable anxiety about how dark it was going to be when we zipped up the sleeping bag.

With one camping trip behind us, the twins consider themselves camping pros.  “Oh, we love camping,” they keep saying.  They are ready to do it again tonight.  I am ready to do it again in about 364 nights.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth S permalink
    September 13, 2011 2:09 am

    Oh, how you make me smile.

  2. Papaw permalink
    September 13, 2011 1:13 pm

    You tell the twins that if they come to Birmingham we can camp out in the yard.

  3. Aunt Sally permalink
    September 19, 2011 1:10 pm

    Blow up your air mattress really really tight it works much better for 2 (or 3)

  4. September 25, 2011 4:35 am

    i am laughing so hard i’m crying. trying not to wake my little one in his crib. 🙂 thanks for sharing the ups and downs of camping. i can’t wait to hear what comes out of my little micah’s mouth someday . . .

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