The weekend before last we went camping locally with Colin’s parents. We didn’t manage to get away last year due to Colin changing jobs and not accruing any holiday, so this was also Esther’s very first camping trip. The children and I spent Friday getting all the gear out of the loft, then we loaded up the car as soon as Colin got home from work. The first evening stayed dry long enough for us to get the tent up and have a barbecue.
None of us got a very good night’s sleep. Esther kept getting out of bed, toddling around the tent and getting into other people’s sleeping bags for a while before toddling off again! We definitely need something to contain her next time! Fortunately we all slept in until nearly 8 o’clock.
The children were really keen to go swimming, so we headed down to the indoor pool. It is only a small one but lovely and warm. Esther loves the water and lets her body float in a fantastic horizonal position. Recently she has even started to kick her legs and move her arms to try to “swim”. Aaron and Tabitha demonstrated their swimming skills to Daddy for the first time. Afterwards we headed back to the tent for some soup.
I don’t remember why Tabitha was looking so miserable in this photo, but Esther is always ready to give her siblings a cuddle when they are sad!
In the afternoon we went for a walk along the coast with Granny. Esther napped on my back in the sling for most of the time.
To celebrate Grandad’s birthday we all went out for a lovely evening meal at the local pub. When we got back to the tent it had brightened up a bit, so the children had fun running around outside and making new friends until it began to get dark.
Meanwhile I left Esther alone in the tent with Daddy for a bit, hoping that she would fall asleep. Thankfully she did, so we were able to transfer her to my side of the bed without any hassle.
Apparently hot chocolate before bed is just as much an important part of camping as roasting marshmallows over the fire.
The next morning we had to pack up in the pouring rain. It was nice to spend a couple of nights under canvas again, even if it was a bit damp. I’m hoping we may be able to go a bit further afield over the summer holidays.