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Monday, June 30. 2008
We joined friends for our annual camping trip this past weekend. Shortly after we had set up camp, we were gearing up for a bonfire dinner when the rain/storms settled in. Our friends ended up taking their three boys and heading out of the campground and back to a Perkins. We stayed and roasted our hot dogs in the pouring rain. Our new screen dining tent seemed to be working well till we noticed LJ sitting in a puddle on the bench of the picnic table merrily shoveling in food that his older siblings had left as they suddenly "weren't hungry anymore and wanted to go to the tent." The wind and rain picked up, the mesh dining tent wasn't really any protection and we retreated to our tent. AJ entertained us by reading "Frog and Toad" to us and we hung out. Keeping a 17 month old entertained in a tent is no easy feat even with his older brother reading his very first ever chapter book! As the heavy rain continued, water starting seeping into the tent. We have the sides of the tent pushed out a bit with 2 queen sized air mattresses and the water seemed to be pooling in the mesh in the windows and then running (yes it was running in a constant flow of drops) down both sides of the little mesh pockets hanging down from the windows onto the beds. We watched as the wet marks crawled across the sheets at a steady pace towards us. We ended up pulling the sheets off and trying to soak up the moisture. Nothing was working. Then I tossed one of LJ's disposable diapers at S and told him to put that under the mesh pocket. I put one under the pocket nearest me. It worked! The rain continued through the night and our little water soakers did the trick. The next morning, as I picked up the cement like water soaked diapers I couldn't help wondering if anyone ever let them get that wet on a kid! If so, I doubt they could even move! We have now decided that we will carry some disposable diapers in our camping gear for those mop up times after heavy rains!
Our ice cream maker.......celebrating our tenth anniversary.
And our camper's best friend.....