Today’s #fywhhyggeweekends is going to be a little unconventional.
When I married my husband 25 years ago I married into a big family with a long tradition of hunting.
Hunting is not my favorite thing, but my husband loves it, and I have tried over the years to somehow get it.
I’ve gone hunting with him, where I was actually supposed to kill something, twice.
The first time I broke my collar bone with the gun, and the second time I sobbed for a really long time when the animal was harvested.
After that he told me I never had to go again.
The second time was for an elk and I went with him and my little brother-in-love. Both of them have the same very stressful job. They are pretty intense guys. Getting to spend a week with them trekking around the mountains, sitting for hours on the side of those mountains, listening to elk bugle in the early morning light, and seeing so much beauty, was something I will always treasure. Watching them sit quietly hour after hour I was able to watch the stress of their lives melt away a little. Being able to see these two men that I love just ‘be’ for awhile was a gift. I understand a little more why they love it so much and that there is so much more to it than I ever thought there was. That being said, not having to actually go hunting is such a good thing.
I do, however, LOVE the late season camping. Love love love it. Being out in the wild is when I feel the most peace. I am a wild heart after all. 😉 We have always camped in old trailers we had fixed up to be as cozy as possible. Our little family outgrew the last one so we had to trade him in for something bigger and newer. I was not sad about this. 🙂 We found just the right one last winter and it’s just so dang awesome. I have put a lot of energy and thought into making it cozy and comfortable for all of us. Hygge on wheels if you will.
Last weekend was the deer hunt and we were able to spend four glorious days camping. Having the nicer trailer made it possible for me to go even with my back. We bought a nice comfy bed for it so it was just like being home. Being out in the wild was just what this girl needed. My husband’s mom and dad and a few of his siblings were able to come and it was such a fun weekend. The older we get the more we realize it really is about the memories made. We were sitting around the fire the other night and I realized that the first deer hunt I went on with their family my mother in law was the age I am right now. Crazy. CRAZY.
My husband was able to harvest a deer and we cooked some of it tonight on the Traeger using this recipe. It was so good! He usually makes jerky with the meat and he has to hide it from the girls or they will eat it all. He and his mom have used the same recipe for years and making it with him was something special they did together. Memories people, memories.
So I just wanted to share a few thoughts on how hygge is part of our camping life too. First of all, it doesn’t take a big nice trailer. Our little trailers have been cozy and comfortable too.
Our bed being comfortable and a place of peace has always been important to the man & I. We have a really small house and our bedroom is a sanctuary for us. I carry that into the trailer. I wish I could take a picture of our bed but I can’t make it right now. hah. We bought a comfortable mattress and then I got most of the bedding at IKEA. These sheets are nice and the dark grey is perfect for camping. I got this duvet cover and one of their warm comforters. We’ve learned from camping, in all kinds of conditions, that it’s best to have layers so I didn’t want one of the really warm ones. IKEA has a great range of prices and I’ve loved the comforters we have bought from there over the years. I bought this blanket from West Elm when they were on sale and it’s stupid how much I love it. It is just super soft and looks vintage. It is the perfect layering blanket. I am going to make a beautiful handmade quilt this winter to use as another layer if we need it. It’s designed in my head and I can’t wait to get going on it! I found a red bandana pattern throw pillow at Target that was PERFECT and on sale and another striped one to finish the bed off. I just love the whole darn thing and so does the man. I didn’t just make our bed comfy though. Our girls have bunkbeds and they each chose a duvet cover that was on sale from Pottery Barn Teen, I didn’t pay over $25 for either of them. I ordered sheets from Overstock and their little cubbies are cozy and warm. They each have a handmade quilt to layer if needs be. In my mind their little room will be like a gypsy boho getaway when I’m done. Somewhere they will remember as their own little special space.
We all know that the campfire is the real magic of camping though, right? But here’s the beauty of it…you don’t have to go camping to have a campfire! We have a pit in the back yard and I know there are a lot of others that do too. If you don’t have one of your own there are picnic spots all over that do. In just about every state park in Utah there are places. We enjoyed one on the beach in Southern California last year, maybe there is a beach near you or even a lake where you can build one on the beach. Be creative! Campfires are where the good conversations happen. Stories are told…sometimes over and over. Somehow it seems like when you are sitting around a fire with people they relax and you get to really see someone differently. Don’t forget to have all the yummy things on hand too. There’s nothing like a marshmallow on fire…black and crispy are my favorite. My husband and his brother always have Oreos and milk around the fire. You can tell when they are getting ready to settle in because they have cold milk and cookies in hand. That’s my favorite time.
Watching all of the cousins run around and play together is such a cool thing. All ages, boys and girls, playing night games, riding four wheelers, holding the baby cousins, playing games in the trailer, being kids together. It’s the good stuff in life. They are dirty and smelly and so happy. You guys, it’s what hygge is all about!! Again, no camping necessary…meet up in a park or on a beach. Let the kids be kids and build memories together.
I know not everyone is a camper. I know not everyone has access to lots of open land, like I do, or a nice trailer to stay in. BUT everyone has somewhere outdoors that they can explore. (I’m picturing someone in Brooklyn right now saying I’m clueless, I’ll take that from you, but maybe there’s a park nearby?!) Take a hike as a family, build a campfire on the beach, do something unexpected and special that will be a memory your family will cherish. Maybe you can sleep out on the living room floor as a family and pretend like you are camping. If you do have an RV how about putting a little something extra into making it cozy for your family? It doesn’t have to cost a lot or be the nicest RV on the mountain, anything can be homey with just a little thought put into it. Make sure it’s stocked with your favorite family games. We love this one or this one is fun. There is nothing like being in a trailer in the mountains when it’s stormy, playing games as a family. Make sure you have plenty of hot cocoa on hand and cute mugs to serve it in. Laugh together. Play together. Relax and breathe for a little bit. Read the book you’ve been wanting to read. Cuddle up and read to your kiddos. Everything slows down when you are out in the wilderness. It can slow down anywhere you are if you make a conscious choice to do it.
My challenge to you for the weekend…do something with your friends and family that is out of the ordinary. Take some time to really be present with them. Get the hell out of dodge, if even for an afternoon, and spend some time outside. Pitch a tent in the backyard or make a fort in the living room. Cook s’mores over a fire, or whip up a batch in the oven. Make some hot cocoa and play games. Whatever it is take the time to SLOW DOWN, and enjoy each other. If you are a one man show you can still create this for yourself. Give yourself the gift of hygge and be intentional about it.
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There is still time to sign-up for our January Soul Restoration Workshop. We would sure love to have you join us in the Art Cabin for this special workshop. It would also be the perfect Christmas gift and it’s only 60 days away. *wink wink*