Going camping was slightly terrifying to begin with.. filled with questions about how Eva would cope, how we would cope and what we would do in the event of blah blah (insert worst nightmare scenarios here..) and it almost stopped us from taking the leap.
But for two years in a row now we have done an Easter and September camping trip with some great friends and had the most fantastic time. It hasn't been easy that's for sure. Packing equipment like the Stingray and Hippocampe meant we had to buy a trailer as it wouldn't all fit in the back of the car. And the mighty long lists of medicines and foods and herbal medicines.. Yikes. No showers or running water toilets and no electricity. And my back has seen better days at the end of the few days of lifting and hauling around that I seem to end up doing. But it is SO worth it we wouldn't have it any other way.
There are so many joyous moments some of which are captured below. Whale watching, kangaroo watching, finding easter eggs in the sand, going on treks across the beach in Eva's beach wheelchair (Hippocampe) that all the kids are desperate to commandeer, lazy afternoons listening to audio books, getting covered in clay at the beach inlet and general shenanigans. But the best thing by far is seeing the relationships Eva is forming with the kids and adults around her. They truly love her, look out for her and try their best to include her whenever possible. They have all learnt how to communicate with her and know when she's having trouble communicating or just needs a break. It proves that it really isn't that hard to pick up. And despite the fact Eva's face sometimes doesn't show it we know she loves them back. We did a big check of what she did and didn't like about camping and you can see the results below. It was overwhelmingly positive in favour. Just need to keep the smoke and mozzies away from her next time!