Practice Camping

I grew up loving to camp! I love being in the great outdoors! When my husband and I had our first child we attempted camping. Our first attempt was with a baby. Piece of cake. She snuggled up with us and slept like a champ. A year later she was a toddler. HORRIBLE experience. We left the campsite at 4 am and went home because she thought it was time to play all night since we were all in the same “room”. We had borrowed a bigger tent so we could fit a pack n play in there. Maybe if she was used to sleeping with us- it would have worked out, but once my kids are 3 months old we move them out of our room… and they really aren’t welcomed back in. Cruel I know, but I just need my space. Well, anyways back to camping… we didn’t camp again after that as a family. We had a few more children and so the anxiety of a terrible camping experience kept weighing on my mind. Once I had my third child my husband stayed at a group camp out with our girls, while I drove home with our son (he was a baby). I slept in my bed and he in his crib. It was lovely. My husband and two girls came home the next day. They had a great adventure.

This past month we had two camp outs. One in our living room (just the three older kids) and one in our backyard (three older kids plus a parent). I’m still nursing our fourth child at night so my husband and I traded off who was in the tent with the kids. The other was inside in their bed while the baby was in her crib. The weather was perfect and the kids all slept perfectly! Next step is getting a bigger tent. We currently only have a 4 person tent and our 3 older kids and 1 parent fill it up like sardines. Someday soon we will try paying for a campsite again, but for now we may keep practicing in the backyard. Go out and famfreely (even if it is only in your backyard 🙂

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Travel Wear Trick

It may have been my first study abroad to Mexico where I discovered the ease and GENIUS of zipper pockets.  I remember thinking I didn’t want to lose my things.  

A few months after I was in Mexico, I was in Argentina for 18 months serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  It was hot most of the time, but zippers were still a big part of daily life.  My hip bag was my zipper friend and kept all things safe.  

After the mission I was home for a year and was accepted to an internship in Argentina teaching employment classes.  This time I was cold most of the time and was very dependent on the orange sweater and black coat pictured above.  We rode a lot of buses, some late at night or overnight.  I fell asleep most of those times and felt safe doing so since I knew nothing would fall out of my pocket and that it would be harder for people to slip something out of there.  Also, safe since I had an intern buddy who was with me all of the time. 🙂

As a mom I’ve continued wearing sweaters and coats with zipper pockets.  It is so easy to lose things (and people) when you are out and about.  This way I can stick a pacifier, my keys, my phone or whatever it may be and not worry about loosing those things.  I can swing on the swing, nurse, or run my son over to a bush to pee without having to worry about losing my stuff.  

Next time you step out, especially in a crowd- grab a sweater or jacket with zipper pockets!  

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