When Ryan told me he wanted to take Kelsey camping, I bit my tongue. Mostly because I’m not the camping type and since she is half my genes, I figured she wouldn’t be either. But I really didn’t want to ruin that for her (and him) because he was so excited, so I just faked a smiled and said, “Sure, that sounds like fun.”
So, off they went. Along with my in-laws (all boys), this little 4-year-old ventured out on a 2 day camping trip with dad. It really was the cutest thing because my
cheap frugal husband went to REI and bought his little princess everything you can imagine – down to hiking shoes, water shoes, sleeping bags, and a solar shower “because the lake might be too cold.”
He treated her like he does every day of her life, like a princess. When they got home I was shocked – shocked because she had so much fun! Ryan said they were about 3 miles from the campground, driving home, when she said, “Daddy, can we do that again some time.” These two haven’t been the same since. She is more attached to him than ever and I find them exchanging looks and inside jokes.
I’m a little jealous, not going to lie, but the relationship and bond these two formed from this camping trip is priceless. I think a few years ahead to when she is older and the fact that she’ll look back on these times when it was “just her and dad” and for that, I am forever in debt to my husband for giving her this great childhood memory. I love them both more than words can say.