HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Wishing you all a fabulous 2008.
Well I am back from a great holiday - a week camping at the coast with three other families. That consisted of 8 adults and 12 children....yes 20 people in total!! Actually it all ran pretty smoothly and the weather was great for most of the week however the seas were a bit rough!
Some bits and pieces.....and lessons learned!
*If you go into the ocean in your clothes to "rescue" a small child on their boogie board who is caught in a rip - you will lose your expensive sunglasses!! If you see a fish wearing Arnette sunnies - they belong to me!
*If you lift a gas lamp up and it touches a tarp - the tarp will melt!! ...not me!
*When pitching a tent - do it at sunrise to avoid the direct beam of hot sunlight that will wake you at 6.00 and have you gasping for air to get out of your tent not long after!
*Feed kids enough sausages, hot dogs and baked beans and on the 4th day they will all eat salad like you have never seen!
*I must remember that I was young once and listened to really crap music that pissed grown ups off!
*Mother Nature has deemed mothers to be more tolerant of other people's children than fathers are!!
*I am a fair weather camper (it poured one day)! I went and sat in the car to get warm. Marcel got in after a while and said "Let's drive home and leave everything"...i agreed "We can buy a new tent and make 3 more kids - let's go!!"
*My friends and their kids saw another side to me they had not seen! I had a few chances to practice my teacher voice...on the kids not the adults!
*If you teach me Poker and give me lots of chips to play with - I will act all dumb and unsure and still sweep the table!!
*Murphy's Law - when you pack up your tent etc a day early because of bad weather and predicted worse weather - the days after you have left will be glorious!! And the waves will be fabulous!!!
*When you arrive home after camping I always feel overwhelmed at the amount of stuff we have and how we lived quite happily with not much at all. I feel compelled to declutter!
Hoping you all have had lovely holidays and enjoyed time with friends and family. Happy 2008.
PS. Bought same pair of sunglasses and they were 50% off!! Tell the fish he can keep 'em.