This last weekend my husband and I took our kids on our first camping trip. My husband loves going on camping trips with his buddies but always thought it would be too much work to take the kids. I was also a bit nervous as camping seems to come with a lot of prepping and planning without adding a couple kids into the mix. But I had such amazing memories of camping with my family as a kid that I convinced him (aka guilted him) into agreeing to take the girls to camp for a night.
So we packed up all our gear and headed down a logging road to a remote spot in the mountains. Past the campgrounds, past the crowds, and best of all past cell reception. No internet, no phones, no screens.
It was amazing how relaxing it was to enjoy the simple things-the kids trying to skip rocks, us floating on an air mattress in the lake, sitting and watching the sunset, and waking up to geese on the lake. Life gets so busy so quickly and these opportunities to stop and slow down are far and few between.
Not everything went perfect, but at the end of the day we are left with our good memories and feeling refreshed and those imperfect moments really don’t matter. My husband and I learned that not only is it not that hard to take our kids out for a quick getaway, it was necessary for all of us.
We all had such a good time that we are already planning our next trip and this time will go for two nights! What does your family do to unwind, connect, and to feed your souls?
(This was my morning view while I sipped my coffee. I can’t think of a better way to wake up!)