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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Get Me Outta the Outhouse!

I love camping.  It has to be one of my favorite things to do.  There is just something about being in the middle of nowhere, with no phone service, no email, no electricity, that allows me to let go and enjoy myself more so than almost anywhere.  But I must say, camping with kids is, well, not quite as enjoyable.

After a weekend camping trip to Moab, Utah I have determined the five below reasons why camping SUCKS with toddlers:

  1. Diaper Changes: what should be a simple clean up turns into an all out war when trying to remove sand and dirt from the kid's wiener.  A wipe becomes like a solid piece of ice hitting his sensitive areas and has him screaming loud enough to wake the wildlife.
  2. Outhouse Trips: not only do I have to visit the God Awful smelling outhouse for my own personal reasons, but now every time my four year old needs to go potty my presence is demanded.  Do you know how many times a four year old potties over three days?  I'm still not breathing right.
  3. Three Boys in a Tent: as if sharing a tent with my husband wasn't troublesome enough, now I have the addition of two more boys.  Snores, coughs and of course farts!  Once again, I am still not breathing right.
  4. Campfire fun: is no longer campfire fun.  It's campfire freak out as I spent the entire night begging my kids to "stay away from the fire!"  When they aren't deliberately trying to jump in, they are running around going crazy with the possibility of falling in a constant concern.
  5. Rise and shine: the kid's clocks aren't going to change just because we are sleeping outside, wide awake they are at the crack of dawn, demanding attention before the sun has even risen above the mountain.  I can handle this early rising in a warm house, but in the cold outdoors its just not pleasant. Especially when our first business of the day will be a ice pack diaper change followed by a trip to the outhouse!
And of course, the number one reason why camping with the kids doesn't suck:

  1. The realization that one day they will no longer want to go camping with mom and dad and we'll miss the hell out of them!


  1. Wow, I haven't been camping in FOREVER. This post actually makes me want to go (sans children) while I can still enjoy it without them..... And we live in the sand, so I can imagine how difficult it is getting sand out of weiners if I have a hard time getting it out of my own "special places".... :)

  2. I love camping myself, but I find it's no longer as enjoyable since packing up for all the kids and making sure we have all the provisions we will need, leaves me feeling completely stressed out! Maybe when the younger ones get older we'll start doing it again. On another note, I'm okay with sleeping in a tent and enjoying the great outdoors, but running water is on my list of demands. I must have a shower with warm water and toilets that flush! I know...not in line with most peoples idea of camping. I just can't stomach the outhouse, and I need a warm shower! :)

  3. I've never REALLY been a fan of camping--and after reading your post - I can see why you might put it off till the kids are 20 LOL

  4. Are you from Utah? just curious... we have done the Moab with a 2 month old and will be repeating it when he is 3 for a friends wedding. Yes, it was tough...

  5. I'm not a big fan of camping so I haven't tried it with the kids as yet. Will wait till they are much older then attempt it.

  6. Andrea... I could not agree with you more on all counts!! You forgot to mention the cold, hard ground- air mattress or not!! Grace, peace and blessings. Carla

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  8. I could see how all of that would suck. Then again, to be fair, my idea of camping is a Red Roof Inn... Hope the next trip is more fun!

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