If you ask John, he would say that our first camping trip as a family was a complete disaster. I think maybe it wasn't one giant disaster but more of several little ones combined with bad circumstances and of course, a cranky toddler. Looking back at the pictures, we certainly had our "good" moments. We, and when I say "we" I really mean mostly John, had so many grand ideas about what our first camping trip would be like. John was soooo looking forward to it. In the end, I think we may have to wait another year before attempting it again. I guess the hubby is going to have to find a camping buddy or go by himself to satisfy his need to be outdoors for now. One day, we will have great camping memories as a family. This is how our day/evening went:
John got to show Aaron how to put the tent up, and Ethan (as usual) was as content as could be in either the carrier, on the ground on a blanket or in the bumbo. Then John got a fire going and we cooked hot dogs and corn over the fire for dinner. After going to a nearby playground for a while and helping Aaron ride his bike around, we make S'mores because what camp out is complete without those? Good thing there was no hitch with that or I would have been done! : ) The boys actually went to sleep decently and sweetly slept next to each other while John and I sat by the fire and watched the moon rise.
We switched postions multiple times as John and I took turns trying to comfort him. Ethan slept through it all. Finally, close to 2am, we decided to call it a night and head home. Yes. We packed up our whole campsite in the dark and took the boys home. Aaron whined/cried all the way home. As soon as his head hit his pillow in his own bed, he was out and slept until 10:00am the next morning. We were tired, bummed, and disapointed to say the least. I guess it was destined not to work out from the moment we packed up the car.
Aaron is feeling better now. The time we spent before bed that night was actually pretty fun. Maybe a backyard camp out would be better next time. At least we could save the $12.50 and the hassle of packing up a campsite in the middle of the night. Better luck next time!