There is nothing that quite excites the heart of every child like summer vacation. At my school, we begin the countdown right after spring break. (FYI to administrators and parents – don’t expect teachers to accomplish much after spring break. The kids minds are completely blown after that.) Now usually, when school is out each day, kids mingle around, talking to one another near the lockers, shooting hoops in the gym or hanging out for a few minutes in the parking lot. On the last day of school? It’s like cockroaches scrambling in the basement when the light is flipped on. They move at light speed off the school grounds not to be seen anywhere near the premises for the next two months.
Yes…summer is finally here!
For my family that means some vacation time. This year we are taking our bold, first steps into the realm of camping with our kids.
Now my family went camping twice a summer growing up and Mrs. Luke1428 has some personal experience in leading wilderness expeditions. So we are going to be fine. We know how to prepare. But the 12, 10, 6 and 5 year olds…I’m not sure they know what they are in for.
We did take a trip this past week to REI to purchase a tent. Holy mackerel! Do I get gold cuff links with that tent? I should for that price. Seriously, camping gear is pricey. I saw some 1-person backpacking tents there for $300+. And the hiking GPS units we thought we were going to use for our new geocaching hobby – well they were much to much for beginners. Good thing we had been saving for these purchases for some time so it did not set us back at all.
After reading all the reviews and considering the options, we bought the REI Base Camp 6-person tent which will sleep my wife and I, plus the two little ones. Hopefully this will last us for years to come. The two oldest get to share our three person dome tent we have had for some time. I like to have extra room in the tent for gear and stuff so we are just going to spread out a bit.
I had a great time this week learning about my new blog design and writing down the dozens of things I need to do to make this more successful. The more I do, the more I realize how much I don’t know. But I’m pleased with where I am at and know it will come along piece by piece. Thanks to all who commented on my change and have supported this site the past 11 months. I really appreciate it.
Tomorrow I am going to have a fun post about why I chose the Genesis framework and the Eleven40 theme. They won’t be the typical reasons you read about so check back for that.
Here are some great posts from bloggers who knocked it out the park this week.
What Would You Do – Buying a Home at Debt Roundup. Like many in America, Grayson is facing a housing dilemma. Should he stay or should he go?
Surviving a Bear Market Encounter in the Wild at Club Thrifty. The stock market goes up and down. Sometimes it feels like a roller coaster. Greg shares some ideas on how to handle the tough times.
The Power of Money Conversations With Kids at The Heavy Purse. Shannon’s daughter Taylor had something awful happen with a piece of technology. But it’s obvious she has already learned some great money lessons at only age 7.
Say No to Your Children Now So You Won’t Have to Later at Eyes on the Dollar. Kim shares an eye-opening story about the dangers of wild spending and giving your kids everything they want.
How to Save Money on Groceries at The Frugal Farmer. Who doesn’t needs some tips about this considering the rising cost of food. Guest poster Jenny shares her thoughts.
Hope you enjoy those reads. Have a great weekend!
Prior Post: Geocaching: Our New, Cheap Kid Activity