We’re all going on a summer holiday…. sing it with me people!!!
Yes, that’s right, we are busy making plans and organising a tenting holiday. We are so excited to be able to sneak away and spend time together as a family, but even more excited that we will be doing it with some of our closest friends. We’re meeting the traitors who moved to Queensland half way, up on the NSW north coast for a week of Christmas camping and we can’t wait! So not only are we trying to organised birthdays (the Baldy Boys is this week and the Twindoes at the start of November) and Christmas but also our holiday…. can we all say ‘crazy busy’ seven times really fast???
We managed to grab a bargain tent off ebay as our old one just wasn’t going to squeeze in an extra person (we haven’t been camping since Muski arrived), and we figure as the small people grow it was only going to get squeezier.. so we are now the proud owners of a nice big ’18 man’ tent. We pitched it in the backyard when the Baldy Boy bought it home and I am not sure how you’d squeeze 18 men and all their stuff in the tent, but it is plenty big enough for us.
We have a bit of camping gear as we’ve camped on and off… well more off than on since we had kids, so some of it needs and update, and since there is now more of us, we need more of it. So on our list of holiday things to organise we’ve now checked off the first big item – place to sleep? check! We’ve also managed to grab a new camp stove on sale, a car dvd player with two screens (also on sale but we’d have paid full price for the silence it creates in the back of the car) and super Nanny found a replacement kiddy camp chair for the one we broke… but oh the list is still rather long!
We need to sort out what everyone will sleep on. We have two self inflating camp mattresses which the girls have claimed as their own. Last time we camped (on the drive up to Queensland, when I was pregnant with Muski) The Badly Boy and I slept on one of those inflatable mattresses, nice and big but not very comfy. It leaked a tiny bit, not enough to have you sink into the cold hard ground but enough to make me catapult out of bed every time the Baldy Boy rolled over. I have two requests while camping – keep me warm and give me a good nights sleep and I can cope with anything… So I am on the look out for a decent, thickish, comfy camp mattress. Suggestions people?
And that is just the beginning. We still need to sort out food, cooking equipment and some kind of table(s). I need to sort through summer clothes and figure out how to pack a little but enough. We need to figure out how to entertain three small children on the long drive – the DVD player and lots of drawing should work for the big girls but Muski is a whole other kettle of wriggling whiny fish.
So hit me with ’em! Come on people… I have about nine weeks and not heaps of disposable income to get organised for a family camping trip, I need your best suggestions, advice and help!