We decided to go camping over the recent Easter weekend. The weatherman had promised lovely weather and we hadn’t been for ages. My husband had enjoyed camping from a young age, I myself had never been until I met him six years ago. Tias been once and she loved it, I’m not the biggest fan but it seemed like a great idea to be able to get away for a few nights.
So I booked us on to a local camp (40 minute drive away) and started writing a list of things we needed to take away. Tia packed her own toy suitcase full of the most random toys haha, but she does love joining in we found out last September when we visited a Haven. Included in her packing was her new penguin ball shooter from cheatwell which was great fun to play with. I also treated her to a bag of sweets (just for the holiday) which she picked herself and was most excited about.
We had to purchase a towbar for my car so that we could use our little trailer, it might have all fitted in the car but it would have been a squeeze, I got all our stuff packed Thursday and into the trailer, then we set off Friday after breakfast and a quick pit stop at a pharmacy (coughs when pregnant are ZERO fun)
We pulled up on site just before eleven and started setting up straight away. My inlaws and brother in law were already on site in their caravans, and they had left us a big clearing in the middle to put the tent. This meant we were
1) sheltered from the wind should we get any and
2) able to place windbreakers up to create a garden that Tia couldn’t escape from easily.
My husband and his dad put up the tent, then me and my mil put up the inside of the tent and put everything inside from the car. The whole process took a few hours and we sat in the sun after to enjoy a hot bacon roll cooked on the first bbq of the year, washed down with several cups of tea.
It was a good excuse to try our new travel kettle from Wairfair
We worked out it would make four small cups of tea or two mugs and it took just under 15 minutes to fully boil on a low heat. You need to keep your eye in it though as it dosent whistle when boiling. Bit it does collapse really small, was easy to wash and can be heated on most heats sources including a gas top which is what we used.
Me and Tia had an hour nap together before getting ready to go over to the clubhouse for dinner and some dancing. We managed to get a table right by the stage so Tia could participate in the activities whilst we played bingo and ordered food.
We headed back to the tent around 10pm, Tia settled straight away in her lovely new bed but woke up feeling cold half an hour later so joined us in ours. Her bed is called The shrunks and is both clever and comfortable. Her cot bed sheets fitted the mattress perfectly, it took seconds to inflate using an electronic pump. It also stays inflated for ages, we pumped it up the week before we went to test it and it was still rock hard a week later. The built in side guards were a great feature and the size was perfect.
The next morning we went over the club for breakfast and toddler fun time. They had a bouncy castle and colouring in for under fives which was lovely. Me and Tia then went to meet our good friend a Rebecca for a morning swim whilst the rest of the family went fishing.
We had lunch out before returning around 2pm. We then went over the club with Michael so he could grab a bite to eat and me and Tia played in the arcades. They done these balls which cost £1 and contained little jelly rabbits which had led lights in that flashed when bounced. Tia must have had six over the weekend, they seemed to make her very popular with the other children in the evenings lol. She was always surrounded by others wanting to play with her, which was lovely to see. We made full use of Tia’s new colouring tools from mapedhelix
Whilst waiting for dinner. I was really impressed with the pencils, I loved how the whole pot collapsed down making a handy pencil pot. Tia nearly met loopy the rabbit buy freaked out at the last minute and decided she much preferred him from afar bless her. She did get a loopy balloon though which she adores.
Again Tia slept with us Saturday night, and Sunday morning we had to pack up as Michael was due back into work Monday. We had breakfast at the club first which meant no washing up for us and Tia got to join in with the toddler time morning again. Ws then left Tia at the vlub with her grandparents watching her so we could make a start on packing up. Tias grandparents made Tia an Easter egg hunt which kept her occupied whilst we packed everything away. Once it was all down we spent the afternoon playing games as it was a beautiful day. We have a few bat and ball games, I think the cricket was most popular though. Although I had to stop playing fairly quickly and just watch. Tia loved running after the ball so much we used two, one for the game and one for her. We all ached the next day bar Tia who was fresh as a Daisy as always lol.
So after spending the weekend away camping we all had a little chat, and me and Tia both adore camping but not so much the cold nights and mornings. So we made the decision to look for our first family caravan and bought one at the weekend just gone! It’s old but not a spot of damp and we’re very much looking forward to our new camping adventures. I’ll keep you updated
*Disclaimer* We were very kindly sent a few items for us to use on our trip away.