Monday, June 25, 2007


It's always amazing to me that when our family takes a little "vacation", aka camping, there is little "vacationing" actually done on my part.

This weekend was no different.

That is not to say that I didn't enjoy myself, I did. And I do appreciate all the work that Brett puts into "making us comfortable and safe" (getting us to the campground in one piece, the hours of preparing the trailer and hitch and all related parts and then setting us up at our campsite) so we can have a good time. And fixing something to do with the pilot light for the hot water tank - in his words "we almost died", I just love it when he tells me things like that!

However, despite the fact that I can clean the entire trailer in 4.5 minutes (who can clean their whole house in that little amount of time?), camping, especially when it rains half of the time, is a lot of work for the mommy. I have officially met my sweeping quota for the next ten years of my life.

Upon arriving home and claiming some much-needed alone time in the wee, small hours of the night watching Jon and Kate Plus 8 on TLC, I realize that I really don't have it too bad.

Can you imagine? All those babies . . . at one time!


WILLIAM said...

That's the second time I have seen that show posted about today. The other was at

Seattle Mamacita said...

but there is nothing like a smore :) and a campfire huh?

Left Coast Sister said...

Yipes, 6 at once! I can't imagine the number of sippy cups they must have at their house... and she still has time to get coordinated outfits for a family picture??!! Those kids are lucky they didn't get me!
As for camping, I'm with you. Fun, but not work-free (for the mom, at least!)... and you didn't mention the grocery shopping before hand!

carrie said...

Left Coast Sister,
Oh, don't even get me started on the grocery shopping . . .

And Seattle Mamacita,
My brother-in-law made me a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup S'more - can you say heaven?


Tabba said...

OMG!! Looove Jon & Kate plus 8. I'm hooked. I swear, I could squeeze the cheeks off of every one of the sextuplets. I was thrilled at the little marathon thingy they had goin' on last night.

Aaaah, camping. We're subjecting ourselves to that in a few short weeks. With the kids. And the in-laws.
Wooo doggies, Momma's gonna need plenty 'o cocktails, beer, and advil for that trip.
We'll see who comes home alive ;)

Oh, and I'm glad you did enjoy yourselves :)

Slackermommy said...

I can't imagine. At. All. I would have to be on some serious drugs or sip on a bottle of Jack to get me through the days.

ali said...

vacations with kids are NOT vacations!!! :)

when i come back, i always feel like i need a real vacation!

Oh, The Joys said...

That is a lot-a babies!

mk said...

I don;t think that vacations are as much vacationing for us once we become moms!

Oh My gosh - I was just telling my husband about that show! I don;t know if I could do 8! Yikes!

Grim Reality Girl said...

My hat is off to anyone who camps. No matter what a vacation is not a vacation for the mom. We are investing our energy into making memories and it IS worth it. But camping??? No thanks, I'm not able to handle bugs :-)