Off Camping (Plus A Giveaway For You!)

Well, I am off this week on vacation - Derek and the kids and I are going to be camping in South Dakota!  I never really thought of myself as a tent-camping type of girl, but a couple years ago we went camping in Arizona, and I loved it.  I am excited to go again this year, and I'm thinking South Dakota will be such a fun place for the kids.  I think even Gwen, at two years old, will think presidential faces in the side of a mountain are pretty cool.

I spent most of last week packing - on the one hand, camping/road tripping is great, because you can bring snacks or whatever else you want without space (except for the size of your car) or airline rules being an issue.  On the other hand, camping with little kids takes a lot of prep work, and our van is packed pretty tight.  Plus we are still potty training . . . so yes, it will be interesting trying to get the kids out when we make stops!

I packed a few movies for the kids to watch on the road, as per usual, but this year I decided to bring some fun new books to read to them too!  I've been having a lot of fun reading Winnie The Pooh to Wyatt over the last month or so.  He is finally to the point where he is getting better at listening to a story without a lot of pictures, so I am going to bring some chapter books to read to the two big ones - I think they'll enjoy it.

I am also excited to bring along our brand-new devotional from Tommy Nelson to read to them as they go to sleep!  We always read a Bible story and/or a devotional with the kids before bed time, and I think it will add another element of fun to change things up on vacation with a new book.

Bedtime Devotions With Jesus starts each devotion with a Bible verse and ends with a short prayer of thanks to God of everything He does for us.  There aren't a ton of pictures, but that is okay with me, because my kids tend to get distracted by really detailed pictures, so the simple illustrations on every other page are a good amount, I think.

This devotion is full of comforting thoughts for little ones that I think would be appropriate and understandable even for young toddlers (like Gwen).  We haven't read through the whole thing, but I have flipped through several of the devotions, and it seems like a lot of them talk about how God loves us and takes care of us.  I feel like the topics in this book are perfect to get kids in a peaceful frame of mind for bedtime!

(I'm also on Tommy Nelson today, talking about more ways to get kids to think about Jesus before going to sleep - check it out!)

Tommy Nelson is offering to give one of my readers a copy of this great devotional book! If you would like a chance to win, just fill out the form below!

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Note: I received a copy of this book for free from Tommy Nelson in exchange for an honest review.

I have a couple guest posts lined up for this week, one on blessing new moms, and one on beach trip essentials - keep an eye out for those, and I'll be back next week with a recap of all our vacation fun!

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Jayda said...

Have so much fun camping!! I'm with you on tent camping...I didn't think I'd like it, but ended up loving it!

Natalie @ She Builds Her Home said...

Wow! I can't believe you are going camping with 3 kids while pregnant---you are so brave haha!! We are hoping to take the girls camping this summer since they seem like they're finally at a good age for it! The last time I went camping I was pregnant with my first and woke up in the middle of the night to get sick in the bushes-I was so worried I would wake the whole campsite lol!

Rachel Garay said...

Aww that devotional looks so cute! Have a safe and fun camping trip. We take our camping trip Father's Day weekend.

Garay Treasures

Faith said...

We just took a little 3 night tent camping trip last weekend and it was an adventure! We camped in a primitive area with no electricity or running water so our air mattress didn't even get blown up haha! It was fun and we made a lot of memories but I don't think I will be doing that 6 months pregnant again! Hope you guys have a great time camping!!

Callie Nicole said...

Ha, yes, air mattresses are kind of a necessity when camping, in my book. :-) We had to go one night without, and it was not fun!

Callie Nicole said...

I hope you are having a great camping trip! We had a fun time. :-) Do you tent camp too?

Callie Nicole said...

Yeah, I realized that while I normally love camping, I also feel like it's important to me to feel cute when I'm pregnant - and it's hard to feel cute when it rains on us and we are tent camping, haha! Oh well. We had a good trip anyway. :-)

Callie Nicole said...

It is so fun! It reminds me of a summer camp we used to go to as a kid - I like waking up in the morning in the tent. :-)

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