June 13-17 ~ Fathers Day/AJ's birthday weekend celebration in The Big City
June 21-23 ~ camping with friends
June 26 ~ last day of school
July 1-6 ~ The Man and I FINISHED AND PAINTED THE KITCHEN!
July 9-14 ~ camping with The Man's family
July 17-21 ~ girls at Bible Camp (I painted the dining room)
July 23-25 ~ camping with some other friends
Aug 3-5 ~ in a cabin for The Man's extended family gathering
Aug 5-8 ~ visiting my parents in The Big City
Aug 16-19 ~ camping at my extended family gathering at one of the lakes nearby
Aug 19-21 ~ father/daughter camping trip (I painted the stairwell)
Aug 23-25 ~ The Man helped a friend re-shingle his roof (I painted the hallway)
Aug 26-29 ~ The Man's parents camped on our yard for a visit
Aug 30 ~ day trip to a small city two hours away to finish school shopping and get in a swim at their indoor waterpark
Whew! It was a bit busier than I would have liked, even though really, I've been home for most of the last month. It's just felt a little too much like I was always either getting ready to go away, or unpacking and cleaning up from being gone. I am hoping to streamline our camping prep in the future so it doesn't seem like quite such a hassle to get ready to go.
We thought having a 5th wheel would resolve our prep time woes, but it hasn't worked that way yet. It has definitely improved our camping experience and packing is certainly easier than with the "pop-up" (which took an hour to set up and HAD to be fully erected in order to pack), but it still seemed to take us an inordinate amount of time to actually be ready to drive off the yard. I think as we accumulate things that will stay in the camper and as we continue to "practice" camping, that time will continue to decrease. It really isn't something we've done more than once or twice a summer, at most, in the past, so there are still kinks we need to work out and little things we need to learn to do ahead of time. You know, things that should probably get done as soon as we get home so that we don't need to try and remember them at the last minute next time!
All in all, I think our summer was good for the girls ~ little chance for boredom! ~ but I am hoping next summer will feel a little more leisurely, either because camping is more organized and requires less effort, or because there are simply fewer days away scheduled on the calendar. I think even The Man would have preferred a little less activity this summer.
Ah well, we have ten months now to figure out how we'd like next year to go!