The C word

I don’t know how you feel about foul language, but when Dave’s mate dropped the C word in front of me and the kids the other day, I was knocked for a six.

We were having a lovely afternoon. The kids were playing well together and the adults were maxin’ and relaxin’. All was well until he let it slip.

‘What are you guys doing for the long weekend?’ he asked nonchalantly.

‘We’re going camping if you want to come along.’

CAMPING.

The moment I heard that god-awful word, I was like a deer stuck in the headlights.

Part of my brain was thinking, ‘… just smile casually and handle the situation calmly’. While the other part of my brain was screaming out, ‘… think of an excuse, Renee. Quick, think of an excuse. C’mon, Renee. You’re killing me. For the love of God, will you think of an excuse?’

‘Ahh,’ I said faking disappointment.

‘I have a high tea on Saturday, I’m afraid.

‘Yeah. Bummer. Right in the middle of the long weekend. Oh well, guess we’ll just have to miss out this time.’

I gave myself an imaginary high five as I considered the issue done and dusted.

Dave and his mate exchanged looks. Looks I know all too well. To me, the looks mocked me.

‘Poor city kid,’ I’m sure they were thinking.

‘Can’t live without her hair straighteners.’

Let me defend myself.

I’m at a disadvantage. I never went camping as a child. We had civilised holidays at the beach in a unit. It wasn’t a five star unit, it was a basic unit with beds, a kitchen, shower and TV. Oh yeah, and doors and windows to keep you safe from wildlife and axe murderers. Not much to ask for a holiday, I wouldn’t think. Meanwhile, Dave and his mate grew up camping and have a love for the great outdoors.

In the early days of our relationship, I was so lovestruck I went along with Dave’s camping ideas. Our first camping adventure together was in a tiny caravan in Munich.

IMG_0002Two girls who had camped there the night before had bed bugs. I had to drink two steins to get me to sleep that night.

IMG_0001Then there was the time we went camping across Spain. Dave splashed out for this event and bought us a two man tent.

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Looks comfortable doesn’t it? He even gave me a 3/4 thermarest and folded up some of his clothes for me to use as a pillow.

Then he talked me into doing a van tour of New Zealand. It was actually pretty fun to be honest, but by the end of the trip I was craving a shower where I didn’t have to wear thongs and a toilet that I didn’t have to share with human size mosquitos.

nz-van-trip

Since that last trip in 2006, I’ve successfully managed to avoid camping. Cue more high fives.

Dave is becoming a little more persistent with his camping requests though. It’s his idea of the perfect family holiday, whereas sharing a tent with a two and four year old is my definition of a living nightmare.

Sure, sleeping under the stars sounds romantic and it would be great to get away from the hustle and bustle, but unless its glamping, I think he’s going to have a hard time convincing me.

After visiting Dave’s family in NZ earlier this year, his camping fever has increased ten-fold. His brother and sister in law filled his mind with amazing camping stories. They and their two kids (older than ours) simply pull their car up beside a lake and bunk down for the night. To Dave this sounds like magic. To me it sounds like hell on earth. He can’t wait to do this with us in Australia. Dave, if you’re reading, there are animals and insects that can KILL you in Australia.

I was chatting to a workmate last week, who is an avid camper. She told me all about the tent and equipment they take and how well set up their camp site is. It was a light bulb moment for me.

That night I went home armed with this information. I told Dave I’m not going camping until we have the right equipment. We don’t even have a tent.

I was feeling very pleased with myself until Dave responded with: Chris from work said we could borrow his tent and camping gear anytime.

Anytime, Chris? How generous of you.

While it’s been a lucky escape for me this time, who knows how long I will be able to hold off my camping loving husband for. Stay tuned.

Are you a camper or prefer life’s little luxuries? What do you like/dislike about camping? What’s your ideal family holiday?

Linking up today with EssentiallyJess for I Blog on Tuesdays.

79 comments on The C word

  1. Jess - Peachy Keen Mumma
    November 18, 2014 at 5:50 am (3 years ago)

    HA! OH Renee, that little C word, eh? WOW. You pretty much summed up your camping experience by posting that ridiculously small tent photo. Oh dear. We bought a ten man tent a few years ago. We went camping once. I had an entire room just for my pee bucket. I don’t need to be walking 3 minutes anywhere in the middle of the night, thanks! At this point it’s a little insane picturing camping with me 17 month old. He is so noisy in the night, and I am a light sleeper. Imagining unzipping and re-zipping his tent room when he cries and trying to sneak away before he hears the crunch of it. AHHH! Imagine him not sleeping because he can hear us having such a good time port-side of the campfire? OK this is quickly getting worse. What’s a good age to take your kids camping? Anyone?

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 5:50 am (3 years ago)

      Yep, you’ve pretty much summed it up there, Jess. I don’t know how anyone would be able to get to sleep. Miss Two is a battle to get to sleep in her own bedroom these days let alone a tent and Miss Four wakes continually with night terrors. We would have the whole campsite awake! Lol.

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  2. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 18, 2014 at 5:51 am (3 years ago)

    Hahaha! The C Word. LOL.
    I’m not a camper.
    If you can get me one of those big long expandable Winnebago type things that have a fully functioning bathroom and an actual bed that’s off the ground then I’m set. But lying on dirt and having to pee outside … or even having to walk 20 metres to pee in a “public” toilet and use a cold shower … forget it!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    PS I really like the IDEA of camping and being at one with nature during the day … it’s that night time bit (and the toilets) that turn me off.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 5:51 am (3 years ago)

      Yes, that’s the clincher for me too, Leanne. The winnebago sounds like a great bet to me!

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  3. Lydia C. Lee
    November 18, 2014 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

    We’re not campers – my partner says “You don’t climb to the top of the evolutionary tree to sleep on the ground”. I did take the kids camping once – I lay waiting for someone to kill us (we were alone in an isolated field, just the kids and I, no male to take on the killers while we made a getaway) and my eldest said in the morning “Well, that was interesting. I don’t get why everyone goes on about. I’m going to read in the car” I do want to go to Paperbark lodge and Wilson island, and cockatoo island. But that’s it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 5:52 am (3 years ago)

      Funny story, Lydia. You’re brave going with the kids and without your partner.

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  4. Jodi Gibson (JF Gibson Writer)
    November 18, 2014 at 6:04 am (3 years ago)

    I never camped as a kid either. I love the idea of camping, but hate the reality of it. It’s just so much work. Can handle a caravan or motor home for a little bit but that’s about as ‘campy’ as I get!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 5:56 am (3 years ago)

      It sure is a lot of work and with kids so young, I’m just really not keen to put us all through it. I sound awful don’t I?! πŸ™‚

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  5. Kathy
    November 18, 2014 at 6:34 am (3 years ago)

    I’m ok camping for two nights – one night is not enough to lug and set up the gear (even thought we don’t have much) and any longer is too long to go without a proper shower and toilet, and you know, dirt and stuff. We’re going to Brunswick Heads next week for our annual extended family holiday (this will be our 10th year). We stay in proper cabins by the water and it is civilised. Good luck!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 5:57 am (3 years ago)

      Staying in cabins by the water does sound lovely, Kathy and even do-able for me. I will mention it to the husband if he persists with his camping craziness.

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  6. Emily
    November 18, 2014 at 6:46 am (3 years ago)

    I loved camping when we were growing up. I think I would struggle at first, but then get back in the swing of things with gusto. Hubby and I want to travel the country with the kids in a caravan for six months when they’re a bit older. I think it will be fab!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 5:58 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, Emily! That is keen. What age are you thinking of doing that? I will be following your story with great interest!

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  7. Neets
    November 18, 2014 at 6:57 am (3 years ago)

    This is so funny. I love the pic of you peering out of the caravan. lol! I used to camp every year as a kid. Camping was all mum & dad could afford with 4 kids! I do miss it & we are slowly building up our camping supplies so that we can make it an annual ritual with the kids. The thought of the kids experiencing the great outdoors through camping makes my heart sing. And just so you know, you can buy battery operated hair straighteners! I have them πŸ™‚ x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:00 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Battery operated hair straighteners! I’ve never heard of them, but must get some if we ever do go. I admire your eagerness to camp with THREE children, Neets. You’re a braver woman than I x

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  8. Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    November 18, 2014 at 7:07 am (3 years ago)

    Oh I love camping. But yes, I did go as a child so there were plenty of fond memories to fuel my love of this. It looks like your experiences didn’t get off to a great start. Camping isn’t all squish and uncomfy. Try again, with some proper gear and a relaxed attitude – you might just love it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:01 am (3 years ago)

      Hmm Malinda. We’ll see πŸ˜‰ I definitely will need the right gear and I want to wait until the youngest is at least four. I don’t know if I can hold him off for another two years though.

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  9. Erin
    November 18, 2014 at 7:08 am (3 years ago)

    Haven’t gone on alot of family holidays with camping, could do it but would rather have some space to escape to. The children go camping on our property all the time, planning on having their mates over in the holidays down at the dam. and when they go their their brother’s in the city(Sydney) they camp in the backyard. I was a little worried about that but…was outvoted.
    Hey come camping here, Dave and the girls can go out the back and you can have a bed;)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:03 am (3 years ago)

      Erin! What a brilliant idea sounds perfect πŸ™‚ It must be lovely to have such a big property to do that sort of thing on. You can camp and also be close to creature comforts. Perfect.

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  10. Jo McMullen
    November 18, 2014 at 7:26 am (3 years ago)

    Hi

    Even my tent camping alone in USA was bigger than your 2 man !! That’s hilarious…see why you were put off!! I loved camping as a kid and also camped through America with just a roll mat and tent. However now that I am a Mum of 2 boys, camping can be a tad difficult in certain environments with little ones yet wonderful in isolated beach spots etc.. The cars in some holiday parks are frightening as you can’t contain 2 year olds easily!! However, I love how friendly and unpretentious they can be and how kids always seek out little mates easily.( I admit I do sometimes get tent/carsvan envy in the parks when a $150,000 RV pulls up towed by the latest BMW) I also insisted on having a camper trailer, hot water system, best portable loo (which I won’t clean..he must lol) and solar panels, proper lighting, battery set up so we can use some technology for the kids etc. If I had more money it would be an air con off road caravan!! So we haven’t been in a while but when we go, we are comfortable and I never go mid summer. Being in that open space and limited distraction is wonderful though!! Maybe hire a camper trailer to see if that makes it more of a possibility or take the kids to a fantastic caravan park and stay in a cabin to ease your way into it?? Love your blog!
    Jo

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:05 am (3 years ago)

      Oh Jo! Thank you so much. You sound like you have a brilliant set up. I will show this to him and tell him I’m not going with anything less. A portable loo and power are a must for me. How old are your kids now? I think I’d prefer to wait until my youngest is at least four :/ Thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚

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  11. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    November 18, 2014 at 7:53 am (3 years ago)

    I hate camping. I go along but these are my conditions:
    Maximum 2 nights
    Must be a powered site
    Must have access to clean toilets and hot water
    Must be near civilisation
    Must be allowed to go to the shops when outdoorsing gets too much
    Wine is required

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:06 am (3 years ago)

      Hell to the yeah, Amy. Great list. I am definitely with you on all of those.

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  12. Chantel
    November 18, 2014 at 8:05 am (3 years ago)

    Give me four walls and a plumbed in toilet any day!!!!! Love the romanticism of it, hate the reality πŸ™‚ Good luck avoiding it

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:07 am (3 years ago)

      Argh. Thanks Chantel. I think I’m going to need it.

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  13. mumabulous
    November 18, 2014 at 8:07 am (3 years ago)

    Congratulations on avoiding camping for 8 years! Meanwhile I say this with the best of intentions – YOU MUST NOT DO THIS THING YET!
    We went camping with some other families when P1 was 18 months old. It f@^king rained and the toddler could not be constrained to the tent. CAMPING AND PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN DO NOT MIX! Hold off until you are nappy free and your children can follow instructions like semi- reasonable human beings.
    Having said that if you wait until your kids are around 6-8 years and you go with other families the potential to have an awesome time is huge.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:09 am (3 years ago)

      Yes!!! I definitely want to wait until we’re nappy free. I can’t imagine anything worse than changing a stinky nappy in a hot tent. I can definitely see the benefits for the kids when they’re older. Hey, Dave may even like to take them with him – alone and without me πŸ™‚

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  14. Rachel_OurTownBNE
    November 18, 2014 at 8:08 am (3 years ago)

    I’m the same except I don’t even have the excuse of never camping as a kid! We had some amazing camping holidays at Fraser as a kid but the idea of hauling the 5 of us plus everything we need to survive for a week into the bush with no facilities just seems like so much WORK! I aim to make holidays as relaxing for me personally as possible and on those criteria camping doesn’t make the list.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

      Spot on, Rachel. For me, holidays are also all about relaxing and giving me a break.I’d have to have another holiday after the camping trip!

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  15. Zanni Louise
    November 18, 2014 at 8:19 am (3 years ago)

    Oh Renee. You guys crack me up. I have actually been longing for camping lately. We did it a bit as a kid, and I reckon the girls would enjoy it. But we have zero equipment. Love those photos! x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:12 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Thanks Zanni. Yes, I can see your family enjoying it. I think I have too much ‘city’ in me πŸ™‚ x

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  16. Andrea Phillips
    November 18, 2014 at 8:31 am (3 years ago)

    Husband keeps getting exited ideas about going camping , and as much as I actually do like it, there is no way in HELL I will be anywhere near a tent with our children until they are toilet trained. And at least ten years old. And there are amenities for toileting. Any camping prior to this will be a solo effort on daddy’s behalf…
    Just say no Naisy, just say no.
    xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

      I told Dave last night, ‘Schultzy says she’s not going camping until the kids are 10 and she LOVES camping. So if she’s not doing it then I’m not doing it. There :)’ xxx

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  17. Bec @ The Plumbette
    November 18, 2014 at 8:59 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with you all the way Renee. I don’t like camping. We never camped when we were little but still had great holidays. It’s so much work to set up and a nightmare to put away after the holiday. I prefer to rock up to a hotel and leave with the only packing being our clothes.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:14 am (3 years ago)

      Yep, the less work on a holiday the better, Bec. Now just to convince Dave πŸ™‚

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  18. Michelle@myslowlivingadventure
    November 18, 2014 at 9:13 am (3 years ago)

    Hilarious! Funny, I am a camper and my partner who I thought loved camping too, actually hates it. About Day 3 of our last camping trip, it all came out!! He got up one morning as grumpy as anything and just said, I f….. hate camping. I was shocked!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:15 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, Michelle. That is hilarious!! Sounds like something I would do πŸ™‚

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  19. Dani @ sand has no home
    November 18, 2014 at 9:21 am (3 years ago)

    I’m with you on the camping. I think you have done amazingly to do the camping that you have done in the past, and you should get a lifetime leave pass for that πŸ™‚ I am all for camping if someone sets everything up before I get there. Otherwise, I’ll pass.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:34 am (3 years ago)

      A lifetime leave pass! I love the sound of that!! Thanks πŸ™‚

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  20. Aroha
    November 18, 2014 at 9:24 am (3 years ago)

    I so desperately want to be a camper, but I just am not. Perhaps if we had “all the gear” and someone to unpack-set up-pack up for us I would be more into it. But neither of us went camping as kids. Well, we did, a couple of times, but certainly not habitually. Hubby, never. We wouldn’t even know where to start! At least Dave knows what he’s doing. Maybe bargain with him – “when the girls are a bit older”?

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:16 am (3 years ago)

      I will definitely be bargaining with him, Aroha, but I think his pull to camping is so strong. I don’t know how long I can hold him off for. Argh!!!!

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  21. Simone
    November 18, 2014 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

    Ha ha ha! Renee you crack me up! As you know from all my years of festival going and travelling I don’t mind camping…actually I really enjoy it- with the right equipment and gear πŸ™‚ It is actually me having to convince Pio that camping is a fun holiday (he is such a city boy!)

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

      You’re a very good camper, Simone, but I have to say I’m with Pio on this one πŸ™‚

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  22. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    November 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Ha I love this!! We went camping a few times as kids and always had a great time, however as an adult (especially with two kids) I could think of NOTHING worse!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:19 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Lauren!! Glad to hear I’m not the only one. I’m doing up a tally for Dave and will present the evidence to him later. Camping with young kids is nuts. End of story πŸ˜‰

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  23. EssentiallyJess
    November 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Do it Renee! Camping is awesome. Don’t go for long your first time: two nights max. Boatman is still pushing me out to a week, but I get frustrated by day 5. But it is fun. And so relaxing. Especially beach side camping πŸ™‚

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  24. Tegan
    November 18, 2014 at 1:56 pm (3 years ago)

    Camping is my idea of a worst nightmare. We used to camp when I was a kid and before I was a teenager I loved it..then I fell in love with having a comfy bed. That is the killer for me, I have to have a comfy bed, preferable one that I don’t have to roll out of in order to get on knees and then stand up. No mattress on the floor for me!
    We are having our first ‘proper’ family holiday this year and we are staying in a caravan park, in a cabin and that is my perfect idea of a holiday. It’s not cramped like a hotel room, but not big enough that you are paying through your nose for it.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:21 am (3 years ago)

      I hear you with the bed, Tegan. Good luck with the cabin holiday. It sounds like the perfect compromise πŸ™‚

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  25. Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    November 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh you tricked me! I thought that another C word had been said in front of your kids and the old matron in me came out and I was all shocked and horrified and was about to start finger waving!! lol Hmmm…camping. Like you, I have not been brought up with it. We went on holidays and stayed in units or houses. Nothing fancy but we had all the required creature comforts. I have stayed in caravans and cabins and I’m ok with that for short term getaways and as long as it’s not too hot BUT I have only ever once camped in a tent. It was a two man tent and it rained that night and I got wet and my air mattress deflated and I had an asthma attack. It was awful! It was many years ago! I’d maybe consider camping in a tent again if it were one of those really big ones where you can stand up and still have room above your head and only if it were not too hot and no more than a couple of nights. OK, ok – I like my comfort!! πŸ˜‰

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:22 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, Min. What a nightmare! Never again. I’ll be sure to tell Dave camping is a health risk πŸ˜‰

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  26. NΓ©e Say
    November 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I have similar pre-kid camping horror stories. My parents did take me camping a lot as a kid (haven’t I paid my dues?) but I’m still in no rush to do it with small people. We’ve done a sleep out in the tent in the yard with the boys & maybe when they are older Dan can take them off camping for a boys weekend. Overall though I think it’s far to much work to be classified as a “holiday”.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:23 am (3 years ago)

      I think the husband taking the kids away for a few days and me staying home is a great idea and a good compromise. Either that or camping in the backyard πŸ™‚

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  27. Deb @ Inner compass designs
    November 18, 2014 at 6:32 pm (3 years ago)

    Lmao. First I as worried it was goin to be about cancer and then when you mentioned the guy I got nervous for a different bad word. Phew just camping

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:25 am (3 years ago)

      Hahaha, Deb. Yep, just camping πŸ™‚

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  28. ann
    November 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm (3 years ago)

    We discussed camping on the weekend, it was a short conversation!! I am blaming the kids being little and needing too much stuf!!

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:24 am (3 years ago)

      Good on you, Ann. Nip it in the bud πŸ™‚

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  29. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    November 18, 2014 at 7:26 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m not a huge fan of the real ruggard stuff but once the kids are older we might, however, only if we get a camper trailer, until then it’s going to be camping in cabins for us! Our ideal family holiday is happening over Xmas – 7 nights at the Sebel in Maroochydore, two bedroom apartment with pools, spa bath, and just across the road from the river and beach – can’t wait! x

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my God, Em! That sounds like absolute magic to me. I bet you’re counting down the days! x

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  30. Dannielle
    November 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this post Renee. My first thoughts were that the ‘C’ word may have caused you to turf Dave’s friend out on the street (of course my mind was in the gutter) you definitely got me in you have a great knack for that! CAMPING of course that’s what I should have been thinking. I hear you girlfriend, I’m with you and all for the glamping! At a pinch and I’m saying this here because I know Zadada will never find me here but at a pinch I would maybe attempt camping as a family for 2 nights, can’t imagine I would sleep all that well because I am the biggest scaredy cat ever, I refuse to sleep with windows open in the house unless its 40+ degrees!
    I loved seeing all your photo’s, you made me giggle with your commentary. I have braved it and been camping a few times pre-children with Zadada and we did have some fun but putting children in that equation, like you I’m not so sure?? I look forward to the post when you tell us all about your family camping adventure, I think it’s just a matter of time lovely lady, Goodluck. xx

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 19, 2014 at 6:28 am (3 years ago)

      Haha. Yep, I think so. I am the exact same as you. I don’t sleep with the windows open unless it’s 40 degrees. Lol xx

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  31. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    November 18, 2014 at 10:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m definitely with you, Renee! I used to go camping a lot in the years pre-motherhood; Easters at Straddie, Byron Blues Festival, and always in a massive tent with lots of people. But now, it’s indoors all the way!
    May the force be with you, hun x

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  32. Caitlin
    November 18, 2014 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    I hear you. Hate camping. Passionately. Husband. Loves camping. Passionately. It’s one of those for better or worse scenarios. We’ve been camping with the triplets before they were two. Awful. Alex thinks it “wasn’t so bad.” What? Love hearing your stories, and that two man tent! Squash city! High fives from me for every time you holiday in a unit. I’m all for holiday homes myself.

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  33. Mummy, Wife, Me
    November 19, 2014 at 6:30 am (3 years ago)

    Wait! You went camping with the triplets before they were two. Oh my Lord! You deserve a medal. I’d love to be a fly on the wall during that trip πŸ˜‰

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  34. Grace
    November 19, 2014 at 10:43 am (3 years ago)

    LOL, Renee! I so know what you mean about being so lovestruck that doing it rough was nothing! Our first camping trip was so awesome, so romantic – we had a 2 man tent too. Then the next time, ugh. That same tent was called the coffin.
    We haven’t taken the boys yet but actually, I can’t wait. I love camping – as long as we have good equipment!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:39 am (3 years ago)

      I agree! I think good equipment is essential. Isn’t it amazing what we’d do when in love? πŸ™‚

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  35. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 19, 2014 at 11:25 am (3 years ago)

    Nooooooooo!! I’m totally with you on this one! Camping always SOUNDS like a great idea…. but it ends in tears!! The last time we went camping I got gastro and the time before that we had a huge storm and the tent pole fell down and hit me in the face during the night. Lol I am not a good camper!!! Stick your high tea I say!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:40 am (3 years ago)

      OMG, Lucy!!! What an absolute shocker! I think it’s best for your health if you avoid camping from now on πŸ™‚

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  36. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    November 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    While I wouldn’t call myself a camper, we DID travel around Australia in 2001 with our caravan and I loved it! We had our own toilet in the van which definitely helped, no wee walks outside in the middle of the night. Now our kids are grown the hubster and I are dreaming of buying a motorhome and hitting the road again … πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:41 am (3 years ago)

      I think a motorhome is a different story, Janet. I would go in a motorhome. A really luxe one πŸ˜‰

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  37. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    November 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh hell no! I haven’t had to go with Trent thankgod. Did you see Mrs D’s post of their glamping? I’d go if I had that set up.

    Meanwhile I clicked onto this post thinking maybe you got you’re Cosby sweater video to work lol. Everytime I hear that song I imagine you rapping along in your jumper!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:42 am (3 years ago)

      Ha! If only. I might edit over the xmas hols and see if that helps it get through YouTube. I haven’t seen Mrs D’s glamping post. I will have to check it out.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:42 am (3 years ago)

      Sounds like an awesome plan to me, Bec!

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  38. Hugzilla
    November 20, 2014 at 5:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh god, I always KNEW I would hate camping and this post CONFIRMS it for me. No thank you. I want an inside toilet and a real bed and a TV with cable service. That’s a holiday. Not sleeping on the ground and pooing in a hole I dig myself.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 21, 2014 at 5:43 am (3 years ago)

      Hear hear, Zilla! Hear, hear!

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  39. Holly
    November 23, 2014 at 11:50 am (3 years ago)

    Camping isn’t my cup of tea really either. Last time I went was ‘schoolies’ week with the boyf and I stepped out of the car, stood on a rock and rolled my ankle, while also spraining my wrist. Wasn’t much good helping put up the tent. Not to mention the freaky experience when the very loud camp site with about 5 other families set up suddenly vacated after dark one night, and someone knocked over the tunnel into our tent as they left. Scary as hell haha But yeah, I won’t rule it out ‘with the right equipment’.

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    • Mummy, Wife, Me
      November 26, 2014 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol! Oh no, Holly. That sounds like a nightmare πŸ™‚

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