A couple of weekends ago, we went camping for the first time in 2 years.
Translation: A couple of weekends ago, we went camping for the first time with 2 children, ages 1 and 2.
Here are some of the lessons that we learned from our experience!
1. We live in a beautiful place. We are so blessed to have this sort of scenery basically at our doorstep:
3. Hiking with a 1 year old and a 2 year old is a whole lot of exercise! Also, hiking, snowshoeing, or any other activity in which our children are confined to these backpacks, has the tendency to put them to sleep. This picture was taken early on, and Cole is already sleeping. And by the end of the hike, they were both dead weight!
4. We have great friends! It was so amazing to just spend the weekend relaxing with these wonderful people. And it just felt right to me…everyone, regardless of whether or not they had kids of their own, looked out for all the kids. It felt to me like real community, and the true outpouring of the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”.
5. Who needs toys anyway? As long as you have some buckets and shovels, you can entertain yourself for hours on end!
6. Jake is just as “kind” to Cole out in the wilderness as he is at home!
7. Camping chairs are awesome! Especially when they are your very own size!
8. It’s always the right time for father / son bonding time!
9. Naps are better when they are taken in a hammock. They slept like this for over 2 hours!