Ok, Iâ€™ll admit it, I sometimes can be frugal, tight, — oh, alright â€“ cheap. So, as I have been preparing for the big camping trip in the spring, I came across several times in several books a bit of good advice. During my marathon readings at various bookstores, I read that when camping with children, you should do it in stages.
So I began stage one, camp inside. We cleared out a space in our basement, and set up the tent. This outing doesnâ€™t help us to determine how well the tent keeps out rain, but we did test itâ€™s limit on capacity. H-G, Joshua, Caleb, and I settled down to what turned out to be a long night of tossing and turning. Concrete floors convinced me of the wise investment in an air mattress. We turned out all the lights, turned on our â€œindoor lantern,â€ flashlights, put in Air Bud in the VCR/TV, and went â€œcamping.â€
When the movie was over, and we all started to really go to sleep, Joshua jumped up and said, â€œIâ€™m going to sleep in my bedâ€ and there was no convincing him otherwise. H-G was all over the place, all night, and Caleb snored light a freight train. The next day, I even felt like I was hit, by freight train.
Ok, enough complaining â€“ I had a fun experience with my kids, and now that itâ€™s all over, I did pick up a couple of things that I had not thought about to prepare for the trip. For example, I donâ€™t believe there will be a TV in the campground, so I will need some ideas to fill some time (especially if it rains and we are trapped in the tent.)