A few vacation pictures for you to enjoy while I ramble on about this one year mark!
A whole year.
I am hoping that I still have something to offer all the moms and educators out there that read this little blog. And I know I have more to learn about early environmental education.
So, thats it. The journey continues. With more adventures, more learning, more reading, more exploring and discovering to come. I hope that our family continues to get "greener" everyday!
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The Nitty Gritty!
So, some of the things that I learned on this camping trip....
1. Lifejackets are a MUST! We actually saw quite a few little kids that weren't wearing them which really surprised me. Not only is it SO much safer for the girls but since there was almost no current to the river where we were swimming I really didn't have to worry about them. I could sit on the side of the river, play in the rocks with Avery and not have to worry that Sam was in water up to her chest. It took a HUGE load of stress off of me and made the water play time so much more enjoyable.
2. The clamp on highchair is a must for all camping trips. It was so easy to plop Avery in that chair while I made meals, waited for meals to be ready or just to keep her occupied for a few minutes. I could not imagine having to eat all of those meals with Avery on my lap and the clamp on chair was super easy to pack.
3. Inside toys are worth packing. Sometimes they just need some quiet inside time before bed or early in the morning. Packing a few puzzles, markers, books and coloring books was a huge help for us several times throughout the trip.
4. If you have a hang-up about your kids going to bathroom outside GET OVER IT! When the bathroom is 100 yards away sometimes it is just easier to let them go behind a tree. Make sure they understand when it is appropriate to do this and help them so that they don't make a big mess of it but otherwise I don't see the harm.
5. Let go of the schedule. I went on the trip thinking the girls would still go to bed on time and would still get naps. Some of that happened, but not everyday all the time. Yes, they were a little extra crabby but not too bad and they have certainly caught up now. I think letting go of the stress of keeping to the schedule would have really helped me.
Any other thoughts on camping with kids?