Thursday, June 26, 2014

CAMPING! What I learned While Surviving in the Woods

Oh my word y'all, we ventured out of the city  into the woods for the FIRST Yazwinski camping trip. To say it was awesome would be an understatement, to say it was perfect would be a lie, but in the daily life with a toddler and 5 year old this mama had a blast. I should was close to perfect. Ok, actually it probably couldn't have been better, but I need to allow room for improvements so I'll leave it at that.

I did, however, learn a lot on this trip in the woods with my family and friends. If I'm honest, I was and am super excited about camping this summer. I want to unplug and enjoy my family, really enjoy them. I want to get dirty with them, run around with them, laugh with them (I mean really laugh---the kind of laughing that leaves images of my sweet girls smiles in my heart forever), wake up with them (very early), snuggle up with them, explore with them, etc, BUT I was a bit hesitant. I didn't want to let it show. After all, I'm mom and I need to make sure we're ready to survive in the woods.

I grew up camping, so I knew I would like it, but could I handle being the one in charge? MY mom used to do all the preps and made sure we were fed (3 times a the woods, that's a lot:). She made sure we had enough clothing and the right options. I was confident going into this whole camping as a family idea, but then I started doubting my capability. What if we hate it? What if it rains (it did down pour one night, but it was awesome)? It went on and on...BUT you know what...we had an unbelievable time and I'm so excited for the next trip!

I learned some fun things along the way...

 Pack more clothes than you think are needed. You think you need 5 shirts...pack 10, ha!
 S'mores are yummy morning, noon and night!
 The dirtier you are...the more fun you've had.
 Enjoy the nighttime conversations. Our girls did so much during the day, it was fun to hear their stories of adventure before bed. Oh and bring extra blankets!
 Early morning, sharing-a-sleeping-bag-to-stay-warm cuddles are the BEST.
 Relax! Camping can be hard work for the parents, BUT it's still a break from the real world, so rest your eyes if need be.
 Brave the great outdoors with friends. Ditch the makeup, fancy clothes (since I have so many fancy things:)), and soak in the vitamin D.
 Get wet, splash around, THEN go play in the dirt. Make mud! Search for bugs! Dig! But always wash your hands before dinner :)
Have fun. Laugh it off. Unplug. While I did have phone service and brought out my lifeline (aka phone) to take pictures and keep you all updated on was so refreshing to soak in life. To really experience the fun. I didn't care what the rest of the world was up to. My whole world, Tom and the girls, were making memories. We were in God's beauty taking it all in.

I did walk away with close to a million mosquito bites and a killer farmer's tan, but the smell of sweet Emme's hair as she snuggled in so close each morning and Stella's giggles when helping me make tacos in a bag are memories not posted on Facebook or tweeted to friends---they're memories I'll cherish as the first time the Yazwinski Clan braved the woods with friends!


The Keene Family said...

Oh how I love this post! (And I didn't know you blogged, awesome.) It is so full of joy and family. We cherish our summer trips as well, for many of the same reasons, but we have been doing it so long it is a nice reminder of how special it truly is.

jim said...

Came across this "Cutest Blog" whilst searching out Rose (nee Olenchuk) Yazwinski (married to Andrew who passed years ago). Just curious to know if any relation to the Yazwinski's of Randolph. Please RSVP to my alumni address (jimscott at alum dot rit dot edu) as I do not check my Gmail account very often but Blogger required it to leave this note. Thanks and have a great day!