Thoughts: Camping Pt 1

It’s underway!

A few years back I decided to try my kids with camping. You know, the whole “drive someplace, set up a tent, swim, eat, sleep” thing.

Their mother is more a “motel, hotel” kind of person, but I can happily report that they have taken to it and in fact, look forward to it every year.

This year I left booking a destination a bit late, but have ended up in Taupo. This is not a bad secondary choice.

The Top 10 is quite nice. The facilities are clean and well-equipped. There is a pool which dominates our schedule, and by next year the current worksite will be transformed into a pool of beauty and magnificence.

Master 12 has noted, with some disappointment, that most of the other kids he’s spotted are girls. He’s not yet at the point where this is actually a very fine thing indeed.

We are definitely getting more efficient at setting up the campsite, although there were tears of frustration when the camp stretchers were unfurled. Terrible things really.

One thing I’ve enjoyed is seeing my daughter take an interest in cooking (well, BBQing things) and being helpful.

They’re not inclined to go play tourist, which will make for a much cheaper week. We visited Huka Falls which interested them for a minute before they decided an icecream was a much better thing to obsess about.

Anyway, I’m starting to relax into the week. It’s a valuable time, not taken lightly.


Weekend Done

And…. relax.

Actually, I quite enjoyed this weekend for the most part. Amazing time having my kids here, and I am so enjoying their personalities. The nuanced sense of humour and joy of living. I hope I never lose mine (of course, as with adult life, one can lose ones sense of humour easily).

I’ve been introducing them to the Harry Potter movie series. I was a bit uncertain given their world-views and some of the content, but they’ve been enjoying the character development and story. Deathly Hallows 1 and 2 next time they’re here…

Soccer (football for the purists) leads to me having to wear my counsellor hat. Still, a visit to the comic book store seems to staunch the tears of disappointment quickly. Thanks Heroes For Sale.

Quality time was spent with my parents also. The kids were on form. They discovered I have a degree of OCD as I noticed a slightly askew picture and needed to correct it during the lunch meal. Interesting times as I had to explain it, and then follow them around the house putting everything back in alignment after the kids moved things about. (That sense of humour eh?)

OCD* a new Twitter account to follow: @OCD_Nightmares

** if you type ‘askew’ into a Google search bar, something special occurs. Try it on your desktop Mac/PC browser. Thanks to Master 11 for showing me this.


It has been a trying week leading up to the weekend. It’s required a lot of energy. Family dynamics are strange.

I’m now home as I need to hermit for a bit – thinking, planning, preparing. Caves are safe after all. At least generally (look out for sleeping bears). I am grateful to those who understand me and know to give me space when I need it.