My hubby and kids recently went on their annual Algonquin camping trip. This is really hard core camping… drive for 3 hours and park your car, unload ALL the food and drink and toiletries and clothes you will need for 4 days, pack it all plus the kids into canoes, canoe for a couple hours, portage over a 1km hike with all your goods, canoe again to your campsite of choice, set up shop there, and … enjoy?????
Okay, I did this sort of “roughing it” camping with my hubby many times before kids, and even 2 or 3 times with our young children, but I surrendered last summer. I wish I could be an “I love doing everything you love doing” kind of mama, but I am a cottage kind of girl, not a “roughing it for days on end amongst the bears” kind of girl. I wrestled with this for months on end as last summer’s camping trip approached and finally realized two things:
- It’s okay (actually it’s downright great stuff!!) for the kids to have something special they share with dad.
- The whole gang will have a better camping trip without me there feeling sleepless, nervous, and fussing over how every little thing is done out in the wild.
So what’s a mom to do with 4 days all to herself in her own home? [Read more...]