It’s become a bit of a tradition to share our annual family camping adventures here on the blog! I have to admit, after last summer’s camping trip where I unknowingly get a little cozy with a deer tick, and was infected with Lyme Disease, I wasn’t quite as excited to pitch a tent in the wilderness this summer. I have this mama-bear quality where I fiercely want to protect my littles from danger. But I also have a quality that doesn’t want to cower in a bubble and hide from life just because of the ‘what-ifs’.
Speaking of bubbles, here’s a PSA for you… BUY A BUBBLE MACHINE (affiliate>> this is the one we got). Your kids will be entertained for dayyyyyys (until the batteries die and you don’t get around to replacing them, and they eventually forget about it for awhile until you busty it back out again). I should really add this to my list of must-haves to make camping not suck.
We always try to get to the campsite before all my siblings and their kids so that our girls can get settled and decompress from the drive a bit before the real chaos starts. It also doesn’t hurt to get first pick of places to pitch our tent. We got the shadiest and flattest spot! BOOM!
Then the troops started rolling in… uncles and aunts and cousins OH MY!
Even our tent was infiltrated with giggling cousins!
There was canoeing…
And water balloon fights…
And there were morning snuggles in the tent…
And in hammocks.
Since I know some of you are going to ask about the little playground in previous pics, it’s by a company called EZ Play, and they sent us one for our kiddos to play with. It was the perfect thing to keep the smaller kids (ages 1-4 ish) occupied and not exploring in the poison ivy. It was so easy to pop together on our campsite, and even collapses flat when you’re done with it. UPDATE! I just got an email from them saying my readers get 20% off the the coupon code REALITYDAYDREAM! And they have a jungle gym for older kids ages 4-10 that the coupon code is good for too!
The weather was amazing, there were no emergency room visits, and not a single tick that we know of.
I love having this opportunity to ditch modern technology and hang out in nature for a couple days. The girls have so much fun and get so grubby!