You guys know how we feel about movie nights. It’s sort of our jam over here at DudeMom.
Christmas Eve day we will fiiiinally be able to check out the new Star Wars (yes, waiting is torturous, but we promised we’d see it as a family, so yeah). We have tickets for an early afternoon show and we could not be more excited!
The cool thing is that we also have something to snuggle into bed with in the evening while we wait for Santa.
On December 24th, a brand new Netflix Original the entire family will enjoy will be available to stream –Dawn of the Croods, featuring the world’s first family, will be brought to life in an animated adventure that is a prequel to the movie that came out a couple of years ago. In this new pre-fire adventure, the family will share all of their first to with us –first sports, first naps, first sleepovers, first camping trips?!
DreamWorks and Netflix reached out and asked me to share one of our family firsts with you to help get everyone in the mood for the Croods.
One that is burned into my memory for both prosperity and as a learning tool is our first adventure into the world of camping for fun.
It seemed like it might be perfect for a family like ours -we’re active, we like adventure, fresh air is cool, we enjoy that outdoorsy life.
We don’t like having to share a bathroom with strangers, we don’t like having to make all of our food over an open flame, we like electricity, and wifi, and central heat and air as needed, and we won’t sleep outside. For any reason.
So, I guess we like that outdoorsy life where we can do what we want outside, but then eat, sleep, and pee inside.
Which means, no, we don’t camp.
Before you jump all dang-girl-you’re-missing-it on me, let me just tell you that we have tried.
A few summers ago, with pressure from the parental units, we packed every man, woman, child, and dog into the car and headed up into the mountains for a three day outdoorsy excursion.
We bought a portable propane grill. We bought a family sized tent. Everyone got their own fishing pole. We had board games, and marshmallows, and all manner of make-roughing-it-awesome accoutrements.
All of these items are in a box in the attic marked: For Cray People Who Think Camping is Fun.
Because I don’t care what you do, unless you are a cave person who walks on your knuckles and eats bugs for fun and nourishment, roughing it is not awesome.
Roughing it is a thing where you put up your tent near a shady tree and before you can even add your sleeping bag to it a big, anaconda sized serpent drops out of the tree, and lands on top of your temporary shelter causing some members of your family to run, panicked and screaming, from said recently erected structure, dragging it around the campground when it gets hooked onto their cargo pants. (Note: this family member may be your spouse.)
Roughing it is a thing where you put your kid to bed and, due to lack of ample facilities and an abundance of sugary roughing it foods, said kid gets sick in the night and, because he can’t unzip the stupid tent door with the four zippers and the bug screen, he barfs the entire contents of his belly all over the inside of that zipper door and across the sleeping body of his older brother, whose face he also stepped on in his attempt to gain access to the outdoors.
Roughing it is a thing where your dog, who knows nothing of roughing it, or sleeping outside in the dark, whines for HOURS, gaining the ire of the surrounding campers, until you finally put her in the car and get in there with her to sleep. Never mind that you have barf on your top that she keeps trying to lick, or that it’s so hot and you can’t even crack a window because of the nagging fear that an actual snake might actually climb in and murder you in your sleep if you do.
Roughing it is not awesome. Roughing it is butt.
Watching Netflix is NOT roughing it!
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