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OMG I'm going today - am terrified...

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Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:16:24

Today's the day I take the boys camping on my own for the first time...

Am borrowing a friend's tent - have kind of put it up once and I'm really, really nervous.

At least the weather's good!

filthymindedvixen Fri 07-Sep-07 12:18:17

Many things are bearable when the weather is so lovely How many boys are you taking?

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:19:48

Be reassured, Dot, that even if you hate it, your boys will love it. And when you get home they will be grubbier than they have ever been in their lives!

If you get stuck putting the tent up, ask someone friendly looking on the campsite to give you a hand - I find camping people are generally helpful.

Have you got extra blankets and hot water bottles? We went last weekend and it was cold at night.

Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:20:03

2 ds's aged 5 and 3. I'm really nervous about everything - getting the tent up, cooking tea tonight, keeping them happy until Sunday. Why did I think it was a good idea???

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:21:01

Honestly, you don't need to keep them happy - they will just run about a lot. Take a ball and some toys. And something to do in the tent if it rains. And a book for you.

Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:21:01

OK. Calm... They will love - that's why I'm doing it.

Am going to take sleeping bags, duvets and blankets so hopefully we'll be OK.

It's really daft but I'm due to leave work in 5 minutes to get home to pack and I'm shaking!

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:22:29

Oh it's going to be lovely - don't worry. My boys love camping - they get to just be kids, run around, get mucky, eat a lot. Have fun!

filthymindedvixen Fri 07-Sep-07 12:22:31

biscuits and chocolate cure most ills I find when camping. How big is your tent? (My disgusting top tip is a little lidded bucket (like the ones maltesers come in) so If they need a wee in the middle of the night, you don't have to shuffle off accros 3 fields to the loo block...) And easy to slip on shoes or sandals.
And a good lamp so you can read when they have gone to sleep.

Best of luck!

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:23:12

Does dp not like camping? Is that why she's not coming?

Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:23:52

Yes, have sent dp on a mission today to buy a bucket with a lid - of course I've started my period (sorry, TMI), so am stressing about that as well.

Aarrgghh! I don't normally stress this much. Don't want to be a camping failure...!

Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:24:34

Marthamoo - she works all day Sunday and at first I was only going to go Saturday/Sunday so it wasn't practical. Then I thought I might as well go today and she's staying at home for a lovely weekend's peace and quiet!!

filthymindedvixen Fri 07-Sep-07 12:27:38

aha! And then she will owe you one...

I'm jealous, we wanted to camp this weekend but too many dull practical things have cropped up to do this weekend.

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:40:32

Wonder if I can persuade my dh to take our boys on his own sometime...a weekend of peace and quiet sounds even better than camping grin

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:41:03

I got a cheap plain white nappy bucket with a lid in Mothercare - £4.99.

Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:45:51

And I've bought her a CD she wanted as a surprise present (perfect girlfriend emoticon)!

marthamoo Fri 07-Sep-07 12:47:42

Aw, you're just showing off now grin

Dottydot Fri 07-Sep-07 12:51:35

Yeah well wait until I pitch up back at home at 2am with 2 screaming boys..!!

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