Tent for three

by singlemomseeking on September 7, 2010

My girlfriends said they wanted to whisk me off to see The Chippendales before I get married. Then, LG’s friends dared to fly him to Vegas, guys-only. As much as I was tempted (and he was, too?)… something about this plan didn’t feel like ME.

“You know what I’d really love to do?” I told him one night.


“Have a kids-inclusive, family-friendly, co-ed Bachelor/Bachelorette party,” I said.

He looked at me very funny.

“I’m not kidding!”

As I shared my vision — let’s invite 15-20 of our closest friends to go camping and canoeing for the weekend on the Russian River — he smiled. He’s always up for  spending time with good friends. I RSVPed at the campground, he reserved seven canoes and two kayaks. As we planned everything, however — “Please come for a pre-wedding Co-Ed Camping and Canoe weekend!” — we started to fight over all the details.

Aaaah, what were we thinking, planning ONE more thing on top of our wedding? Yet, last weekend, as LG, my daughter, and I headed out of town with a trunk full of S’mores ingredients, coolers, pillows, sleeping bags… we all sang to the radio and laughed.

Before it got dark, I pulled out my tent at School House Canyon (if you’re in the Bay Area, we highly recommend this sweet place!)

“This is a big tent,” LG said. “Why do you have a three-person tent?” he asked me.

“Well,” I said, “I imagined that someday in the future, I’d be camping with a partner.”

He smiled and our poles clicked together.

P.S. For the record, although we now have a three-person tent in the family (along with his two-person tent) we made our tent “adults only” for sleeping. (My daughter slept with five of her girlfriends in a HUGE tent about 20 feet away from us. )

In true Bachelor style, the kids also decorated his car from window to window with blessings such as “Love Doves” and “Very Engaged… We Are Ready”

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Kat Wilder September 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Since I hate Vegas and don’t quite understand the crazy antics people do at bachelor/bachelorette parties, this is such a cool idea!

Not cool enough to make we want to get married again, though! 😉
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Swati September 11, 2010 at 5:21 am

Aww Rachel that is SO sweet! I’m glad you did just what you wanted to!

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Mama Dharma September 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

That is so sweet! Glad your tent (and your life) is so full 🙂


Naked Girl in a Dress September 9, 2010 at 6:28 pm

This is such a creative idea!
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Eathan September 8, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I’ve never enjoyed the “typical” bachelor parties. The ones I remember the most are the ones where we/guys played cards, board games, basketball, video games and such. It was a typical man cave/beer commercial event.

Sounds like your idea worked and reflected your lifestyle. 🙂


T September 8, 2010 at 7:29 am

I love this!! What fun!

Happy that you have three people to fill your tent now. 🙂
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Nich September 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Sounds like everyone had fun, what a great idea and on your terms:)


avigail74 September 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

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Momma Sunshine September 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Sounds like you had a great time!
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