What do you do with your kids for fun? Do you all love that thing equally? Or is it something forced on one member of the family or another in the name of “family fun & togetherness”? I hate that stuff. If we are really going to have family fun, then let’s do fun.
Needless to say, picking one fun activity for a family of five can be a challenge. For example, my husband, Nate, loves to run. That makes one of us. The kids love to go to trampoline parks, that makes three of them (and a size-able hole in the parents’ wallets). I love to read, but I’ve been informed that’s not a group activity. I’d like to argue that it depends on the group, but that particular argument falls on deaf ears.
The kids and Nate mentioned camping over the last few years – a lot. Unfortunately, I did a lot of actual rustic living in my childhood, and felt like that was far more than my fair share. Even if our outhouse did have a picture window. So, in the spirit of sacrificial motherhood, I offered up a one night tent camping experience per year. Clearly this was not the ideal solution for which we were searching.
And so, along came “glamping”. The Camper idea was an instant hit with the children and Nate. It was a perfectly acceptable and do-able decision for me (I later came to love it, too.) As usual, my husband researched the right camper for us to the nth degree, for which I am very grateful because we are now official Glampers in the best camper ever.
Years ago, when starting a game of charades or the like, my grandpa used to proclaim, “YOU WILL HAVE FUN!” And we all laughed, rolled our eyes and had a great time anyway. But when considering fun for my own little family, I was concerned that we wouldn’t ever really have our “thing” and would just end up dragging someone along into the “fun”. I’m pleased (and quite relieved) to report, choosing glamping was the best decision we could make. We have had one of the most fun, crazy family summers ever; and I can’t wait to show you some of our adventures in future stories.
If you have a second, please tell me why your family chose tent, camper, or some other form of fun wilderness lifestyle.