Camping(ish).

My sisters stayed the night at at our house last Saturday. We were hanging out downstairs after Navi went to bed doing all things sisterly when Natalie suggested that it would be fun to go camping. I replied with "Yaaaahhh!!! We should camp in the yard tonight!"... a passive, only somewhat serious suggestion, but once the idea was out there, they ran with it. Anyway, off to the store we went at 1130pm to pick up a tent and some sleeping bags. After an hour of total darkness tent set-up (its now 115am), including two failed-take-the-poles-out-and-start-again attempts, the tent was up and we were inside our little yard fortress getting cozy.

Around 215am, after the general sister sleepover shenanigans were said and done, we were ready to call it a night. We zipped two single sized sleeping bags together to make one medium sized-ish bag. Hannah and I were on the outside (per Natalie's ridiculously adamant request that she sleep in the middle). So there we are, packed like sardines in this teeny, tiny sleeping bag and Hannah decides to start flopping around like a fish out of water. And the zipper on the sleeping bag breaks. On my side of the bag. It should be noted that it was 46ºF outside...sooooo, not the best night for sleeping outdoors (and the sleeping bags were only rated to 40º, mind you.). I rolled and pinched and tried my best to sleep while holding the sleeping bag closed to avoid the freezing temperatures but, BRO! It. Was. Coooooolldd!

I woke up at 530am and put my head under the sleeping bag and curled up into a ball but 20 minutes later, I still couldn't warm up. I did what any mediocrely (I use this adjective loosely) sensible person who knew they had to be a parent in a few hours would do. I abandoned ship. I slept like a rock for the next few hours in my warm, cozy bed and went out to wake the girls with hot chocolate in the morning (aka sorry for leaving you in the cold, take this warm beverage as my apology). So this experience solidified what I had already thought.... I'm a camper-trailer type of camper rather than a tent type of camper. Or so I thought! Fast forward a few days and the tent is still in our yard (because we are totally "those people"). Navi has had a cold for the last few days and one of her favorite keep-entertained-while-sick activities has been to go hangout in the tent with snacks and books. Seeing her get excited about the tent is sooooo cute and now I'm thinking I'm pro-tent...And that it would be super fun to do a family tent trip together at some point.

So, surprise, surprise. Despite my hellish sleeping conditions just a few night ago, Navi has made me a tent-convert. I think that girl could change my mind about most anything. (Three cheers for giant rocks and huge tractors driving 10mph down the center of the road!)

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  1. I am TOTALLY that person too. It's why I had to move away from our HOA.

    And I love that you have sisters that you do sisterly things with. That's why I have to keep popping out babies until I have at least three girls. (kidding. maybe.)

    And this post once again cements the fact that I love where you live. Maybe just as a concept, since I think deep down I'm a city girl, but I think that Declan would have a total blast in a place so free and open!

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    1. soooo I'm finally getting around to comment responses... glad to hear your that person too, if you're wondering, the tent is still up in the yard :) high five.

      I hear ya on the sisterly things awesomeness. MY sisters and I are pretty far apart in age and its still wonderful having sisters. Sooooo, yeah... lots of babies :)

      I'm totally love where we live. At least 98% of the time. The other two percent of me would enjoy a nice city right outside my door with lots of kids activities at our fingertips...no driving required! Oh, and good restaurants on every corner too!

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  2. hahaaha you write the best stories!! Love this one!!! :)

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  3. so fun! love sister time! brrr where do yall live?!

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  4. How fun! :) We kept our tent up most of the Summer and the kiddos loved playing in it! I love the pictures of Navi in your tent. She's the cutest thing ever! Hope she's feeling better and you guys have a happy weekend!! :)

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    1. We still have the tent up too... I just cant bring myself to take it down because she is having such a ball playing in it each day! Thanks so much for your well wishes... she's definitely on the mend so I'm hoping for her cold to be all cleared up soon!

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  5. I seriously wish I lived where you do!

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    1. You miiggghhhttt be changing your mind in another few months... frigid temps are right around the corner for us :-/

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    2. Yeah, you are definitely right. I wish I could live there in the summer and then move to somewhere warm in the winter, but boy, that seems like a lot of trouble! :)

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    3. Haha...you just read my thoughts exactly ;)

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