When Are We Going Camping, Mommy?

Hospital Bed

The kids have been sick. I mean really sick. The Girl had to have an IV to replenish her fluids due to dehydration. The Mister and I have cleaned up more bodily fluids in the last three weeks than we ever hoped to see. Test after test and the doctor still can’t figure out what bug is making them so ill.

Today things are looking up. Both kids woke up from an uninterrupted night of sleep and they were starving. They ate lots. Oatmeal and toast and scrambled eggs and applesauce and plain waffles. It didn’t even make them feel bad.

And the best thing…The Boy wanted to know when we were going camping.

Any day now buddy. Any day.

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“What Time Is It?”

Clouds

Don’t ask The Missus this question when we are camping. It is her biggest pet peeve. We try to avoid the clock and most other technologies when we are escaping for the weekend.

One of the greatest joys to being outside is disconnecting. No phone. No Instagram or Facebook. And yes, no clock. Getting away for a weekend, being outside, experiencing nature. Modern technology can take away from your experience. From seeing your kids discover their first banana slug. Or watching them play with a few rocks, a stick, and their imagination. Or maybe just connecting with your spouse for a few minutes over a beer and game of cards. In our modern, fast paced lives, time doesn’t often allow us the chance to slow down and disconnect.

Gertrude Stein said, “Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” When we are in our element, outside in the woods or at the beach, we try to limit the information and technological overload we experience on a daily basis. We try to reconnect as a family. We try to experience nature with few distractions. We try to live simply and remember what is important.

There is a time and place for modern technology – even clocks. We just feel our weekend escapes aren’t the place. Do you agree?

Sweet Potato Salad

My mom had this recipe and wanted to try it for dinner one night while were at Antelope Lake (you can read about that here).  It was excellent! 

The night before we planned to make the salad, we wrapped the sweet potatoes in foil and cooked them on the BBQ until they were fork tender.  The next day we peeled and diced them before adding them to the salad.

I ended up making it on our playgroup camping trip (you can read about that here), but cooked the potatoes that day.  It was a hit with all the adults – especially our vegetarian friends.

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

4 large sweet potatoes, baked, peeled, and diced
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 red onion, sliced thinly
1/2 cup frozen edamame, shelled and thawed (we just used an entire small bag)
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, minced
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste

Combine onion, edamame, celery, parsley, and chives in a bowl.  Add diced sweet potatoes. Whisk together lemon juice ,mustard, and olive oil in a bowl. Pour over the potato mixture and gently toss. Serve immediately or chill and serve cold.

*To help with preparation, you can pre-chop your veggies at home before you set off on your trip.

 

The Perfect Ending…

…to a perfect summer. Labor Day weekend marked the unofficial end to our summer. School starts for The Girl and the smell of fall should happen any day now. (I keep telling myself that even in 100 degree heat).

We took off for The Mountains. A good place to go on the busier weekends. We don’t need reservations and we have our guaranteed spot.

Giant Sequoia

We spent Saturday with friends. We met at Big Trees State Park to hike with the kids. Our friends aren’t big on camping. Meeting for a hike was such a wonderful compromise. The kids loved the big trees. They even found a few to climb through.

In A Log

We visited the White Pines Lake Logging Jamboree later that day. This is one of our favorite Labor Day weekend activities. The kids love the chainsaws and the proceeds support a small local logging museum. The kids ate watermelon and we enjoyed some time with The Mister’s dad who met us there.  Smokey Bear even came by to visit with the kids.

Chainsaws

Papa

Smokey Pin

Fun things were happening at the campground on Sunday. A gunny sack race, carnival with a bounce house, and lots of play time. The kids had a blast.

Castle

We try really hard to limit television time at our house. We do allow for a movie night once a week, but lately we have been having too much fun in The Westy for any movies. The Girl was dying to watch Frozen, so we made an exception and let the kids have a movie night. They loved it and so did we. A few rare minutes to sit down and read.

Movie Night

Al in all – what a great way to end an epic summer.