But I'd do it again. Because those things didn't touch the good stuff.
Here's a bit of what we learned when we packed up the Pants family and went off to camp with people we'd never met before....
3. Meltdowns are gonna happen. What better place to express your complete and total frustration with having to share toys, then in the wild?
4. Something really cool about living outside when you're almost three? Forgetting why you are crying (about sharing) when you discover a new bug or a big stick.
1. Dancing on logs and drumming on totes is the perfect way to celebrate nature.
2. Don't forget a wagon. It will haul your stuff, your baby and also provide a little rest for the big kid.
6. If a monsoon hits, move all bedding off the tent walls. Because if you don't you will sleep in wet blankets.
7. Or rather you will lay awake listening to your children and husband snore and sleep just fine under their wet blankets while you hold your pee until you almost pee your pants then you remember that you can just pee outside right before you almost die from sadness.
8. You did not hear a monkey. No matter what your sleep deprived ears are hearing. If you are camping in north east Ohio, you did not hear a monkey. So stop hallucinating and get outside the tent to pee.
9. Teach your kids, especially your girls (because we don't have hoses), how to pee outside. Thanks mom!
10. It's pretty awesome to finally sit and talk with women you've known for years. If only I believed in tying children to trees. Because then I could have done a whole lot more of that.
11. There are limits to what Mama Pants can handle. 44 degree overnight temps = bail for the night to snuggle up in your bed at home.
12. You might feel some residual shame about number eleven.
13. Let them run naked a little bit. I mean, it's got to be the greatest feeling in the world.