Camping ain’t what it used to be. It’s all about perspective.

I love camping! I really do.

I can’t say that as I sit here after the trip, that I’m not overjoyed to be home. It is quiet. I must be getting soft. I have to say, as I age, I see the benefits to those huge RVs parked in the sites next to me. I have always grumbled about ‘how that’s not REALLY camping’. Camping is hard work! Hand washing all the dishes, hauling water, trying to keep a 1 year old quiet at 3am, keeping everyone warm, and trying to make meals to feed our kids with hollow legs…Is that fun?

As I drove home today, my oldest son said, “daddy, I really liked our camping trip”. I couldn’t decide whether he was placating me. Trying to make me feel better, after a horrible early morning trying to tear down the camp and my children running around screaming, waking every camper within a kilometre. Or if he actually enjoyed himself?

The majority of the trip I seemed to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off. To be honest, I wasn’t at my best. I was stressed, didn’t sleep more than 2 hours in a row, and really had to work at relaxing. Relaxing meant the 15 minutes after the family went to bed and I could do a blog post! lol.

I’m sure that my memories of camping as a kid are far different than my dad’s memories of them. Camping is different now. It’s not about me any more. It used to be. Now it is about MY kids having a good time. Looking back at the pictures, I think it was a successful camping trip.

As we have more children, it may get harder and harder to camp the way I’m used to. I may just have to get one of those RVs after all. Now, THAT would be camping!

Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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Photo of the day July 10,2011 – A heavy load

Today I got out and exercised 3 times! I started early with a ride at my local mountain biking trails. My legs were tired, but the ride was a great wake up and the spark to start my engine.

Later on, my wife (who gets up way too many times at night to nurse our baby), wanted to go down for a nap. The opportunity arose to have our middle child head out to the beach with his gramma, so I took our monster sized baby out for a hike!

Once I added my camelback full of water, snacks for him, and all the stuff that comes with having a baby(wipes, diapers, change of clothes, etc) I swear I had 50 pounds on my back! It made for a good workout, that’s for sure.

Later in the day, I had some time to kill before the little man went to bed, so I hooked up our new bike trailer to my mountain bike, strapped a helmet on his head, and I took him for a ride around the hilly neighbourhood. He was asleep within 5 minutes of hitting the pavement. Such a cutie.

With my vacation winding to a close, taking some time to relax with the kids and enjoying the outdoors has been just what the doctor ordered.

Photo of the day July 8th

One of the parallel blogging challenges on WordPress.com during the 2011 Post-a-day and Post-a-week Challenges is a Weekly Photo Challenge. I haven’t signed on to do it, however now that I am half way through, I may need some inspiration and may turn to the Photo Challenge for ideas.

So without further ado, here is my Photo of the day…

Today was one of those perfect vacation days for me. I stayed home all day with my wife and baby. While baby slept, we had a nap together. This NEVER happens! Very romantic…

Then as the afternoon progressed, she went out to pick up our middle child and I had some time to myself to sit and reflect upon the day and enjoy something that is near and dear to my heart…

Three things coming together to create the perfect day. My wife, vacation, and good coffee…

The start of my vacation, and the count down begins

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I have been on vacation for 4 hours! I don’t feel very rested yet…

I took off the week before the wedding so we can prepare all the minute details. It seems like a daunting task! That’s why I’ve also taken off the week after too…

I’m fortunate to be in a job and work in a country where vacation is considered the norm. I do notice a trend with vacation though.

The first few days I feel like I am just on a long weekend. I tend to plan something during my vacation, like camping, a bike trip, or in the case of this year, my wedding. I have yet to find a vacation where the first week didn’t feel hurried and over too fast. By the time I start to wind down, it’s time to pack up and come home. Then it’s the daunting task of unpacking and laundry!

This year I hope it to be a little different. This week is going to be one of the busiest of the year, and possibly the busiest holiday weeks on record. There is so much to do to plan for the big day.

What I am looking forward to is the second week of vacation! I plan on riding every day!!! The wedding will be over. There will be no unpacking, or driving back from anywhere. We will just be home…

Have you ever noticed that by the end of a 2 to 3 week holiday, you always want to go back to work? Why is that? Is it that work is so much a part of our lives that it feels good to get back to that daily habit? Or is it that we tend to miss our loved ones when we are at work, yet being around them 24/7 can drive us insane? lol.

Do you get holidays at your job? Do holidays relax you, or stress you out?