4.24.2012

the night that we went camping.

this post could alternately be titled "the night i slept outside in a tent and wanted to punch my husband in the face."
or something like that.
are you feeling the camping love yet?
{picture taken before i felt the need to do some punching}
we had this night planned out for a long time...we wanted to make some lasting memories.


we went camping on disney property, so the lodge area had some fun things to do...so after we get our campsite situated, we pack up and head to the lodge for s'mores and a movie by the campfire.

this part was actually fun.
we all ate way too many s'mores and did a little campfire singing.

then they played a movie and we watched part of it, under the stars.

when we get back to our campsite (it's about 9:45 now and dark outside) we realize there are no lights to light up our area...nor do we have any lights, to light up our area.
so the 8 of us stand there (well, olive is chillin' on my hip) in the dark, unsure of what to do because it's pitch black.
i had the brilliant idea of turning our headlights on, because our car was facing our campsite, but mr. anderson thought we might disturb the neighbors to which i reply "i could care less if i disturb our neighbors because i can't see a damn thing."
a few more completely pleasant words are exchanged between us and finally the headlights get turned on.
at this point, i realize olive's pack-n-play has been set down in an ANT PILE.
ant pile, people.
i, of course, freak out.  in the nicest way possible.
i say to mr. anderson "you politely put the pack-n-play in a pile of ants"...please replace the word "politely" with one that can't be said here because this is a family blog, y'all.
after strapping olive into her stroller, i try my best to shake off every little ant, but i'm not sure if i get them all---remember, it's a little dark at our campsite.
while i'm doing this, the other 5 children are having a competition to see how dirty they can get before we climb into our tents.  this is after we just got everyone cleaned up at the bathrooms.
normally my germ-a-phobe self would march them right up to the bathroom to re-clean them but at this point, i'm so over this whole situation that i just yell "get in the tents and in your sleeping bags, you dirty little children!"
i'm classy when i'm angry.

the boys are in one tent and the girls are sharing another tent.
after things settle down i finally crawl into my sleeping bag, and realize i'm not gonna sleep at all tonight because:
1. i'm thinking of different ways i can hurt mr. anderson
and 2. there are 1,001 rocks poking me in my back.
this should be a fun night.

the next 7 hours look a little like this:
-milo can't stop coughing so we attempt to give him benedryl and he refuses so we have to threaten all sorts of scary things until he finally takes it, screaming.
-olive wakes up nearly 5 times.
-a certain someone in my tent wets their bed and i have to take her to the bathroom to change at 2:00 in the morning.  the only problem is we have to walk through the woods to get to the bathroom and we don't have a flashlight.  i'm scared and i get lost.
good times.
-i can hear mr. anderson snoring in the other tent.  so i think of more ways i could hurt him.  lovingly, of course.
-i make a pact with myself that i will never go camping again for the next 10 years.
-i cry like a baby.
-i finally fall asleep at 4:30.

so, to all of you who think our family is perfect, there ya go.
sometimes i cuss.
sometimes i would like to punch my husband in the face.
sometimes he would like to punch me in the face.
sometimes i tell my kids they are dirty little children.
sometimes i cry like a baby.
sometimes we set our pack-n-play in an ant pile.
sometimes we forget our lights when we camp and we can't see anything.
sometimes i really dislike trying to make memories with my family.


and since i couldn't actually punch mr. anderson in the face, i'll just leave you with a totally awesome picture of him instead:

i love you, honey!


75 comments:

  1. One thing is for sure, y'all definitely succeeded in making a family memory!! :)

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  2. As a person who openly hates camping, I loved this post! It is everything I do not like about sleeping outdoors- ants, darkness, rocks and dirt. (Man, I sound like a sissy...) So sorry the memory-making didn't go as planned. But hey, maybe one day your kiddos will say "remember that time you called us *dirty little children*?", that was awesome. (It definitely made me laugh!) Thanks for being real. Have a great day! ;-)

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  3. That's about how my camping trip would go! Haha!!

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  4. I am sorry to say that I laughed a little at this post. Ok, alot! I hate camping. With.a.passion. It goes mch like your experience. Not a fan!! Least you can look back & laugh now! ;)

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  5. Ok, I'm totally laughing right now! Thanks so much for sharing your story and being so honest! LOVE it and I'm sure MANY people can relate!

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  6. loved this post - even though it was such a horrible experience for you. the things you do to give your kiddos memories!! :)

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  7. This made my day :) Love this post!

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  8. this is hilarious. i'm sure our family camping would go the same way- my husband putting the pack in play in ants and me wanting to punch him in the face. i hate camping!

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  9. Oh no emily! Ohh i understand! camping and my children just dosen't work! BOTH times we have tried we have had to LEAVE the campgroud at 1 in the morning because they are crying so hard and freaking out sooo much that we are waking up the campground!!! One time we were 2 1;2 hours from home and had to drive home at 1 am....LAME I will not take these kids camping again until we have a tent trailer!

    Feel your pain :) And love that you are not perfect, but you are pretty darn awesome! thanks for the honesty!

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  10. My sister just called me up yesterday and "suggested" that we all go camping with our kids when we visit them in new england this summer, I am going to forward her this and tell her this is why I don't want to go camping with our babies ;-)

    But in all seriousness, thank you for being real. Sometimes I just want to punch Scott in the face (in the most lovingly and polite way) and sometimes I just get overwhelmed with Judah, especially since i am a clean freak and it doesn't help that he is a boy and wants to be dirty or try to eat every dangerous thing he can find.

    Tent trailers are awesome! The one time I do remember camping being amazing was when we had a tent trailer when we were kids :-)
    xo

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  11. Lol! Camping ALWAYS went like that for my family. My mom was a planner and an over packer. So we always had too much stuff and my dad complained about it and my mom got mad and we have 5 kids to deal with too. Lol! We always swore we'd never do it again then we'd do it again and swear all over again! Haha!

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  12. oh hilar! i have more of a hate/hate relationship with camping, but my husband LOVES it and we have yet to attempt it with two littles. thank you for ammunition for not trying it anytime soon!

    <3
    Andi

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  13. Thank you for this...I am totally laughing and has brightened my day because I can feel your pain and would be the same way.

    I HATE camping and have told my husband there is no way I am going with him & our 4 kids. I too feel like punching my husband in the face and also get angry while trying to make memories. My kids are 7, 7, 2, & 2.

    Luckily it will be an awesome memory to your kids.

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  14. Camping is one of those things that sounds like fun in theory and then you get out there around 10pm and realize it's not so much fun! Camping on Disney property sounds cool! I'm sure the kids loved it though!

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  15. There is nothing more infuriating when you're stuck awake dealing with problems while your husband sleeps soundly without a care in the world. I've been there too. No fun. I'm guessing you won't be camping again anytime soon. LOL. Kudos to you for trying, though.

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  16. I've done this before and believe it or not (and I know you can't believe it now) it will be a very fond memory in the future.

    Campers are a little better. Thanks for the smile on my face this morning as I face a day of laundry and closet cleaning. I wish I was back at the camp ground. :-)

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  17. Laughing out loud. That was totally hilarious! And that my friend is why we bought an RV.

    Jessica

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  18. Yep, camping is always good for making memories. You will laugh in a few years about this one. I guarantee it.....been there, done that.

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  19. I seriously loved this post! Honest & hilarious. I think those are the best kind of memories. : )

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  20. omg! so my hubs and i love camping and have taken the kids two times now and it has been soooo much work each time that i had zero fun. now that we have three (not six!!!) there is NO WAY we are going again this fall. you are one brave lady to even attempt it. and for the record....i think i hate my husband the most when i am awake and he is snoring....ahhhhhh!

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  21. I love how honest you are- this was hilarious! Best thing I have read all day. Thanks for the heads up for when I have a family- Glamping sounds more of a great idea-

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  22. This reminds me on so many levels of our camping experience... and we only had two children. I love how honest you are, it makes me love your blog and family even more!

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  23. I love this post :) We went campin with a baby once in an rv and I thought that was bad, good for you for not packing up everything and going home because that's what I would have done :) we're going again this year with our two littles and I'm sure it'll go better this time around they are older and well it just better because it's for a week :)

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  24. hahahah emily!! You are seriously such a rockstar mom for even committing to do this!! haha we dont have kids and I refuse to go camping with my husband. glad you are alive!

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  25. Oh my goodness... still laughing after reading this hilariousness! LOVE!! <3<3<3

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  26. Hahahaha I love this post so much!! Like everyone else has already said: the fact that you went camping at all is AMAZING, made even more incredible that you went with kids and even more awe-inspiring/insane that you camped with SIX kids!!! You are a rock star and super mom! Any less cussing & crying would surprise me! You rock!

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  27. God Bless you.

    my idea of camping is staying at Motel with no complimentary continental breakfast.

    THAT is roughing it enough for me.

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  28. that is the thing about blogs, you can create a persona of perfection. but real like happens and **** happens and thank you for being real.

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  29. oh my goodness! thank you! I just had a good giggle! here's my tip - when you WANT to punch your husband in the face, but know you shouldn't just TEXT him a "face punch" so he gets the point. I do that often (shouldn't admit it)...i send my husband "head punches" when i'm especially annoyed at him and it relieves me of the need to actually do it! Good for you for actually attempting the camping - brave soul!

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  30. You are definitely brave for trying to go camping with 6 little kids. I had a "I wish I could punch my husband in the face" moment this week too. : )

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  31. I loved this post. Our events go like that sometimes and we only have 3 kids. I knew our marriage was gonna make it when my hubby felt free to say "If you were a dude we would be throwing down in the front lawn" Oh the south- how i love thee for training my trash talking hubby. That's how true love works. mad as hell and still in love! ;)

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  32. So, I had to comment because the song playing from your playlist was So Are You to Me by Eastmoutainsouth and that is the song I walked down the aisle to. Anyway, I cannot believe that you took your kids camping. I am not even brave enough to do so with our 2 children. I am thinking they are going to be backyard campers for awhile. Kudos to you. Seriously. Even it it felt like it was all going to pot, I am sure someone in the family will tell the story 20 years from now and everyone will pee their pants laughing at the memory.

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  33. that's hilarious! i can only imagine! that last picture is perfect hahahaha

    http://babybakerlove.blogspot.com/

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  34. haha! this is great!

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  35. Just.died.laughing.

    Thanks.

    Love,
    Brandy Jane Mabel

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  36. 2 tips..... #1 flashlights... how could your hubby (hee hee hee) forget top pack those ;) and #2 Air Mattresses ~ at least for the adults!
    Funny post ~ I bet your kids LOVED it though!

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  37. i already adore you and your blog, but this just makes me like you even more. good to know you're a real mom and not a robot! :)
    xoxo, lauren

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  38. this is so awesome. THANK YOU for sharing it. :)

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  39. next time my husband suggests camping might be fun, I'll just let him read this post :). and ask him if he wants me to punch him in the face.

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  40. ok, i am laughing hysterically! i can totally relate to this scenario, except my husband and i are youth pastors and we went camping with our youth group. what an adventure. plus i hate camping. never fun. who really wants to pee outside, freeze to death or die of heat exhaustion, get eaten up with bugs, and try to sleep on the ground? seriously.
    thanks for the laughs.

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  41. sounds like a family memory for the ages!

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  42. haha. Sorry, I had to laugh. We go camping at Disney just about every year with our church. It's the only "camping" my husband will do. At least you'll be able to look back on this in a year and laugh. I'm finding I have to do that a lot with other things.

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  43. oohhh girl, i am laughing. Not at you but WITH you. i have been there. Camping always sounds like a good idea but usually there is some sort of indicent. im sure ill have some kind of lovely post about our trip after its over this summer. it WILL be a memory you will laugh about (a long time from now)

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  44. this is my favorite post ever on any blog...I am laughing out loud, re-reading, and laughing more! you are hilarious and I love your humor!!

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  45. All the reasons why I've never been camping and have no desire too. My hubby likes to go so I gladly let him get his buddies together and go while I make memories with my kids in our warm comfy home with lots of lights and air conditioning/heat :)
    Even when we stay at a hotel the first night is the worst because the kids aren't used to sharing a room, so it's a nightmare of a night. With having little ones and one more on the way, I just like to stay put at home. Boring huh?
    So glad you all are back home!

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  46. Laughin' out loud, only cause I've been there. And just pat yourself on the back for giving it a try. They make little flashlights you can clip on a hat brim, a nice father's day gift, perhaps?

    http://www.amazon.com/Energizer-5-LED-Performance-Cap-Light/dp/B003F88740/ref=pd_cp_hi_3

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  47. Thank you for being so honest. I laughed out loud the entire time! You are an inspiration to me as a new mom. Never stop sharing your stories.

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  48. Hahahaha I loved this post!! I generally love camping, but I know as soon as children come around one of my favorite past times will soon become a fit of cuss words strewn together.

    Also thank-you for posting all the stuff other bloggers feel the need to shove in the closet. It makes me feel good about being normal when I read posts like this. :)

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  49. i'm so glad i'm not the only one... before i was married i was so NOT a cusser... that's changed.

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  50. What an incredible memory!!! :-) I love it!

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  51. Oh boy, this blog post made me laugh so much. It's so refreshing to have a blog post that doesn't just paint everything all rosey :-)

    I actually recently went camping and almost killed my husband, but more so for the annoying photos he was taking ( http://thesecretlifeofsamara.tumblr.com/post/21198466149/i-love-my-husband-but)

    As a regular camper, can I just encourage you that camping with young kids is hard however as they get older it becomes much easier and you become more prepared for things like camp sites with no lights :-) Maybe give it a miss for a couple of years and then give it a go when all kids are over 4 or 5? :-)

    Samara

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  52. My parents are big on camping, but I refuse to go now that I have a kiddo (and another on the way). My toddler is welcome to go camping with his grandparents, but I will NOT be attending. Horrible camping experiences do make really funny stories to look back on, though.

    Once, my mom, dad, brother, and I camped in a tent in Colorado for a week. In the constant rain. Another time, my boyfriend (who was 6'2") and folded down the seats in my station wagon and slept there all night when rain flooded our tent.

    I can now look back on these times and laugh, but I definitely cried a lot during those trips. :)

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  53. and that is why we went camping in the back yard. lol.

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  54. Can't even say how much I love, love, love this post. From beginning to wonderful photo end! {Also glad to see I am not the only person who wants to punch their husband in the face on occasion}. Thanks! :D

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  55. I've never been camping and THIS is why I'll never go camping. This is how my camping experience would go - except I'd end up sleeping in the car. I'd rather make memories in the comfort of my own home, thanks. Awesome post though. And awesomly fabulous picture of Mr. Anderson! haha

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  56. Thank you for that :) I quite enjoyed it. I love how you make the wetting the bed part no big deal, especially since they are sleeping bags and you can't just toss it in the washer and replace it with a new one. Well done though, mama :)

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  57. You poor thing, lol... I can only imagine. It would be exactly.the.same if I even tried I bet.

    And sometimes, you just need a good cry.

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  58. You poor thing, lol... I can only imagine. It would be exactly.the.same if I even tried I bet.

    And sometimes, you just need a good cry.

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  59. This was a much needed laugh for me today! Glad I'm not the only one who freaks out every now and again!

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  60. I love those glasses in the first picture! Where did you get those fabulous things???

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  61. Funniest friggin' blog post evah!

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  62. that is so funny! My husband loves camping because he says that those are the moments you will always remember. It is very true, because all my camping experiences with kids I will never forget the suffering! Once, we decided to camp in April (NJ) and once we got to the park it started rainning and then at night the temperature dropped so much that we could not sleep and we seriously thought about leaving in the middle of the night!

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  63. Lolololololololololol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  64. Cussing while camping?? Isnt that like milk and cookies.... gotta go together right?

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  65. and i could give several stories just like this. i too hate real camping. maybe i will like it out here on the farm when we can come in to go to the bathroom. and eat. and everything else i might want to do...in the light. :)

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  66. oh my word. i laughed out loud...numerous times...while at work! eek...so, i shared the laughter with my friends/co-workers. made for a fun monday! popped on over from ashleyann's blog. love your writing...so witty!

    www.derrickandali.blogspot.com
    xoxo
    ali

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  67. Emily, this post made me laugh the entire time. Then, I reread it again with my hubs. HILARIOUS! The part about the "not camping for 10 years and crying like a baby" is something I would soooo do after everything else happened. Scratch that, I would have been crying like a baby when the pack-and-play was put in the ant pile. And, Texas?! Congrats on the move!!! What is taking you to Texas? Wish it was Kansas City! xoxo

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  68. This post made me laugh so loud!
    My husband was wondering what I was reading!!!
    Soooo true! I totaly understand! Love your Blog BTW
    and you're cute family!
    God Bless
    ox-

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  69. Oh my gosh, this is the funniest thing I've read in a long time. Absolutely amazing.

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