I missed 2 days of the draw for 21 day challenge as I took off for an impromptu camping trip with the family. Due to hubs work schedule he didn’t tell me about it just in case it fell through. So on Saturday at 2PM he asked me if I wanted to go camping and we needed to be on the road by 4PM. I did double time but you best believe I was ready to go. I. LOVE. ROADTRIPS!
What I packed:
- 1 set of spare clothing for each of the kids and myself. Hubs is finicky so he packed his own stuff.
- We are back to cloth diapering, however, not knowing the situation I opted for 6 disposables.
- Dry snacks, cherries, loaf of bread and a jar of Nutella that we didn’t even use.
- My current reading book (Choose Yourself by James Altucher) I need a book wherever I go.
- A notebook + Pens.
- 2 kindles loaded with games just in case we got stuck in traffic or a kid got sick and needed a distraction. (Not needed, Alhamdulillah)
- 2 plain bed sheets just in case.
- Prayer rug.
- Calendula mother tincture for cuts and bruises.
What Hubs packed:
- He said he would handle the bedding (2 pillows + 2 large sleeping bags)
- His clothes
- A bunch of stuff for no reason other than he likes to over pack. It ended up being a GIANT duffel bag the size of a person.
I no longer stress about his over packing because he ends up carrying it all so why get upset? If it added to my workload then yeah I would put my foot down but in our house if you want it, you are responsible for it and must lug it around and account for it.
What the family provided us:
There were more than 100 people there mostly under 30 and all immediate family members. Shockingly that was a small sampling of hubs family from his mother’s side. I think it was 3-5ish maternal uncles, 2 maternal aunts their numerous now adult children and their kids. It added up very quickly but it also meant my 3 kiddos had a bunch of other cousins to play with and they had so much fun. Alhamdulillah. At this point I’m 6 months pregnant and didn’t participate in all the activities but I still loved being included. When we got there we realized they really meant camping! There were no bathrooms or cabins but designated areas for porta potties. Still had a lot of fun there were story telling around the campfire and smores.
I hope hubs decides to attend again because I loved the feeling of community and family and a bunch of Muslims praying in the woods. Allahu Akbar. Although we’ve been married for 7+ years and they’ve always treated me well, it was awesome to so intimately integrated in to such a large family.
Although in the future I think I would feel more comfortable owning our own tents as I kept being afraid one of the kids would tear it up. I will definitely keep my eyes open for any deals. Another activity I wanted to partake in was kayaking but we didn’t have kayaks, can’t swim and neither can the kids. Which reminds me, besides swimming lessons for the kids, we need life vests.
Interestingly when we got back Sunday night the free app of the day on Amazon was Camping Checklist. lol. Alhamdulillah. We’ll be using it next time. insha’Allah.