This is the first tent camping experience for both the 1 month old (obviously) and the three year old. The ten year old had gone before with his Boy Scout troop but this is the first time with our family. Steve and I have gone by ourselves, but it was the first time with the kids. It was a big weekend of firsts!
The two older kids had a blast playing in the water and on the sand. The “beach”Iwas directly across the road from our tent which made it easy for them to go whenever they wanted to. It also made it easy for Steve and I to take turns watching them while the baby slept. The water was freezing cold, but tell that to a determined 10 and 3 year old!
Steve and I are having a disagreement as to whether taking the newborn was a good idea. I say of course it was. Yes, it was more work, but it was worth it. Steve says it was just more work and we should have gotten a babysitter. The baby will definitely go the next time, but there will be more time spent in the mei tai rather than trying to find a place to put him down where there are no bugs, dangers, etc.
Other than that, the only downside was the lack of a campfire. It stormed like crazy on Friday night. Lots of lightning, thunder and torrential downpours. At one point the wind was so bad that the sides of the tent were bowing in. We stuck it out like troopers, but the firewood got too wet to burn and didn’t dry all weekend. So..no campfire. It was still a ton of fun and something we will do every chance we get!