Five years ago we made a decision to purchase a camper for our family. My husband didn’t camp as a kid and I didn’t camp as a kid, but we thought it would be a fun summertime activity to enjoy with our daughters. At the time they were 8, 6 and 3. Everyone was potty trained and everyone was sleeping in a bed so we didn’t have to worry about diapers or cribs. It seemed to be a perfect time to try it.
In our marriage we have decided it was one of the best investments we have made for our family. Our girls stay active in the summer during the week with activities and friends so the weekends that we can load up the camper and the kids are a treat.
We spend a lot of time playing games, hiking and swimming but the most cherished time of all comes when the sun goes down and the stars come out. My husband makes a fire and we set up our chairs. We roast our marshmallows and make some s’mores.
We have realized that there must be something about the stars shining and the fire burning that makes our girls want to talk. Our time around the campfire is spent telling stories and sharing dreams. We talk about light-hearted fun things and we talk about real life hard things.
This summer we are getting close to having a 13, 11 and 8 year old in our house. With the preteen the words at home get fewer, but around the campfire it is almost like she is 8 years old again. Around the campfire there are no sibling squabbles just a lot of love.
We are getting ready to pack up the camper for another weekend. This momma can’t wait for our next campfire.
Here are a few of our favorite things to bring on our camping trips:
- Inside Games: Qwirkle, Rat-a-Tat Cat Card Game, Snorta, Bananagrams
- Outside Games: Croquet, Boochie
- Family Movies (some of our favories include: Soul Surfer, Letters to God, Sandlot, Little Rascals)
- S’mores supplies: Graham Crackers, Hershey Bars, Marshmallows, (some other variations include Peppermint Patties, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Fudge Stripe Cookies)