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It’s How We Do


This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP. 

“We are going to play for all of the days together!” my son said, “Legos! In the mud! Let’s eat lunch in the – oh wait! I’m going to give everyone my house number so my friends can play here! And I will introduce you to their moms so that they know you’re not a stranger! Can we play with worms?”

And so it begins.

Summer break commences in only 24 days and luckily, our children’s school offers day camps throughout the summer. A few of us moms got together over breakfast to coordinate the days we would send them, because our kids are practically attached to the hip.

“How about this week? Does Wednesday work for you Kim?” one of the moms suggested.

“Oh you guys can pick whatever day. We are going camping that week,” I responded.

Collectively they gasped.

“You’re going camping?! In a tent?”

“Like outside?”

Ever since Shawn and I have been together, we have gone camping every summer. For the first few years, we used a tent.



Then we had a kid.

Yes. We took the boy child camping just a week shy of his first birthday.

A little bit nuts you’re probably thinking?

Don’t worry, we upgraded to a camper.


There is nothing more soothing than listening to ferocious waves crashing onto the shore as you lay in a camper unless, you’re camping in Antarctica; otherwise known as Lake Superior.

Normally, we would make the long drive to Algonquin Park but someone, ahem Shawn, suggested camping somewhere different. Go somewhere different? That’s like going to your favourite restaurant and ordering the burger instead of the delectable buffalo chicken wrap that you get all of the time. You can never go wrong with playing it safe.

You never get diarrhea that way.

Shawn just had to have the burger.

Lake Superior was painfully cold and I hate the cold. I wore 2 leggings that were stuffed into a set of jogging pants, a long sleeved shirt underneath 2 sweaters and a coat, and spent more than half of the vacation tucked into a sleeping bag that claims that it’s good enough for you to survive living on a glacier without feeling any pain.

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Aside from the cold, Lake Superior is gorgeous.


People often wonder why we go camping when we could spend it in a comfy hotel that has showers and running toilets and oh my goodness, no bugs!

Well it is because of this…


And well, campers with heaters and air conditioning, and bug repellant and yes, they do have actual showers that will sandblast 10 years of your life off of you.


It’s how we do summer.

Did you know that in every picture above, there is a product that was produced using petroleum?

  1. Tent, gas to get us there in my yellow bus.
  2. “Soo-soo” otherwise known as a pacifier, stroller components (wheels, nylon seating/straps, plastic trays, etc.), his clothes.
  3. Camper components such as the linoleum flooring, that ridiculously cute bear sleeper.
  4. Their attire from top to bottom.
  5. Football, attire, flip flops that were never worn, gasp…crocs…
  6. Buckets for collecting all of the things, nylon clothesline, comfy lawn chairs for hours of storytelling and roasting marshmallows, football, fishing line/pole, sleeping bag under dirty feet.
  7. Sunglasses, attire…however our wicked cool was and is created by us.

I bet that you were surprised that aside from gasoline to get us on the road to our travel destinations, petroleum is used to produce countless items that are essential to our everyday life. As Canada’s population grows, Canada’s energy future lies in the Oil Sands as it is a secure source to meet our growing demands. Oil sands is a mixture of sand, water, clay and bitumen and Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world (97% from oil sands) – 168 billion barrels with the potential of over 100 years of production.

100 years!

We use this resource in so many aspects of our life that you may not even realize. For more information about the Oil Sands industry visit

This post was brought to you by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers via sheblogs. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of CAPP. 


  1. You guys have all the fun! 🙂
    It’s my husband’s dream to do a camping family trip one day.
    I’m not as enthusiastic, ahem.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Alison, Do it! Oh you have to try at least once. The kids love it. It’s the only time when they’re actually allowed to get dirty and stay dirty!

  2. Loving that last picture! I think it’s my favourite of all time.
    I will never go camping again.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Leighann, Yes you will. You and me. Amazon.

  3. Kim Kim

    I’m a big NO on the camping!!!
    I don’t want to work that hard on vacation! Have a great time – hopefully you won’t be freezing the entire time!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Kim, HAHAH!!! That’s what Shawn is for. Work!

  4. Hubby and I went tent camping a couple times when we were dating. But we decided after two kids came that we were way to old for that biz, so we got a camper. AND PAID IT OFF. Ahem. Hubby loves Lake Michigan. It is pretty. I am a home body and abhor packing to be away, so lovely hubby does all the work, I do all the fretting and we all have a good time.

    America needs to tap into those Oils Sands too.

  5. Damn that is an amazing view. Amazing. Weirdly enough, I want to go camping again. But without Allie wanting to run toward the damn pactus (cactus).

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Jess, Pactus…ahahah!!

  6. I remember your stories from last summer. I did not relate, I’m sad to say. I need a hotel any day. Even a rustic cabin. Something.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Tamara, Rustic cabin is still kind of camping. You’re spending more outdoors right? So there you go…camping…in style

  7. I love camping, and I bet camping with you would be a blast!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @cyndy, I’m a sloppy mess…kidding.

  8. I took my kids camping in a tent for years….they loved it.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Eva Gallant, They are wild for the outdoors. It’s the only time my kid can get filthy without having to take a bath afterwards.

  9. Used to camp at my grandparents ranch,my brother and grandpa were featured in Nat Geo back in the early 70s….

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Michael, REally?!! Holy crap that is awesome!

  10. That looks really awesome and a lot of fun! Thanks for sharing.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @natosha, It was and still is awesome.

  11. My family used to go camping every year with a lot of friends but we stopped this tradition when we lost half of the family. It was nice and I can remember I was waiting that period during my school year always.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Cintia (Vanilla Dreams), Oh I am so sorry to hear that. I hope that you are able to keep those good memories with you always.

  12. You made me miss camping. It’s always an adventure whether good, bad or mixed times. I never was once bored while camping. And even the simplest of breakfast is more fun, outside sitting on a picnic table abut the woods. Nothing better.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Paula Parker, I LOVE breakfast outside. It is so peaceful especially with a hot cup of coffee. I am an early riser and love the silence.

  13. Looks like you guys had a great time! Where on Superior were you camping? My husband is from Duluth!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Samantha Angell, Ummm…where…it was Lake Superior Provincial Park. It was right off of the highway…I think it was the Agawa Bay part.

  14. That looks like allot of fun, but we are not the camping type.. The pictures were really nice!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Kungphoo, It was super fun. Always is even if it is cold!

  15. I’m sorry but this propaganda has got to stop. Yes, the products were made from petroleum. That doesn’t mean we have to continue harvesting non-renewable raw resources and BURNING it as fuel. We need ot recycle the produce which doesn’t decompose for thousands of years and cannot be replaced when used up.

    It is illogical to suggest these are good things therefore we need the oil sands. The reverse is true. We do not need the oil sands, because these great products will last forever and what doesn’t is easily replaced by renewable alternatives.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @FamiGami, I really appreciate your perspective on this and thanks for not being afraid to say it! Everyone needs their voices heard

  16. Looks like your family has a lot of fun camping. Beautiful pictures.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Michelle F., We sure did. We are going again this year although somewhere different and hopefully much warmer!

  17. oh wow that looks like so much fun! we haven’t been camping in yeeears!

  18. Rebecca Swenor Rebecca Swenor

    I wish I could go back to your sons age. lol Anyway I didn’t know about all the petroleum products. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Lisa J. Jones Lisa J. Jones

    Looks Like You Had A Blast, Beautiful Photos Of Your Family We Love Camping Too Thanks For Sharing!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Lisa J. Jones, Isn’t camping the best? I’m surprised that not a lot of people have tried it at least once.

  20. i never ever tried camping and i don’t think i might do it one day. I’m more scared of bugs than i am of big beasts!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Nikky44, Do it! Do it! The places where we go, farther up north, don’t have many bugs at all. Maybe it’s because we make gigantic fires…or my husband smells because he thinks he never needs to shower…

  21. I just love camping. But I prefer a tent over anything. Great pictures! Everything looks so gorgeous.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Hilary @ The RNY Life, I prefer a tent too but my back is all messed up. So this was the next best thing. But I loved laying in the tent and hearing all the little noises at night…especially the waves on the beach.

  22. Don Purdum Don Purdum

    It’s pretty wild to think about how much oil affects our lives. Every piece of plastic and most of the lubricants, gas, you name it.

    On a funner note, your camping trip with your family looked like a lot of fun!!!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Don Purdum, It is weird eh? I never knew how much of it went into every day things.
      Camping is my favourite. I look forward to it every year. We are going somewhere different again…I’m bracing myself.

  23. We love camping and by the looks of it, your family does too! Adorable pictures!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Lisa, You’re a dime a dozen because everyone keeps commenting on how they’ve never been. So high five girl!

  24. michele d michele d

    Camping is wonderful for children. My kids enjoyed it and kept them active while enjoying summer.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @michele d, I love how the fresh air wears them out. It’s probably the only time where we can sleep in!

  25. Camping is such a great activity to do with children. Not only do they get to bond with their parents, but it also makes them appreciate nature at an early age, so good job for this activity.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @R U S S, And it gets them away from the TV!!

  26. I’m glad that your baby boy had a lot of fun.. unfortunately no camping places near my area.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Leira Pagaspas, We drive eight hours to get there. There are some that are closer but up north is where the beauty is at 🙂

  27. Lake Superior looks awesome. I’d love to go camping though the cold weather must have been really challenging.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Franc Ramon, It was so painful. Plus it rained a lot so everything stayed damp. We had to drive to the visitors center and warm up there every once in a while. Other than that, camping is really fun….I totally didn’t sell you on it did I?

  28. Camping rocks! And going old school and doing it the right and true way in a tent with kids puts you a step above those who don’t. I have met and/or know of so many kids that only have known camping in a trailer, camper or motorhome. No, no, no!! Ahhhh….this brings back so many awesome memories, Kimberly!! Btw…did your blog break up with me? I haven’t been getting any post notifications via email. Yet, when I just now went to re-enter my email in the Subscribe box (hoping the blog would accept my proposal) it shows that it and I haven’t broken up! We need a counselor (you) for clarification! 🙂

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Mike, Blog breakup? WTH…no!!! That is not good news. I find that a lot of the blogs that I had been following are also not coming to my email. I thought it was a yahoo thing and I had to contact them three times already…damn..
      Well my back is a fun sucker so we did start borrowing my husband’s boss’s camper. It is the best thing for my back. I’d rather do that then have to drug my way through the trip.

  29. samantha samantha

    I love the pictures

    I also love how you went tent camping, its the best experience for younger children, even being out of the house is nice and its always great to create memory’s during summer, the summers you never forget

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @samantha, It sure does make great memories. Plus it’s the only time when my kid gets to get filthy and not have to take a bath until the next swim in the lake!

  30. I can totally see why you love camping in spite of the drawbacks. Pretty wild about the petroleum!

  31. You guys looks so cute!!! I envy kids who were able to play with their dad, because I never did

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Rubbie Anne Abad, I am so sorry to hear that Rubbie. We are very lucky that my son has a wonderful dad.

  32. Ralff Dizon Ralff Dizon

    Looks like you had a great time, i too love camping, especially when you’re with you family.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Ralff Dizon, Isn’t it nice to be away from all the things that need to be plugged in? It is so quiet.

  33. Looks like a great time, our family is going on our 1st camping trip in September.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Mama to 5 BLessings, You’re going to LOVE it!!! Promise…just bring bug spray…and toilet paper…don’t question the toilet paper.

  34. I love camping. I would love to take my fam on an algonquin trip. I’m just not sure where to start… too many moving pieces to plan…too many moving pieces in my head. If your back is reasonably competent for camping… you must check this out (it’s free and amazing).

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Lyla Jackson, That. Is. Awesome!!! Wow. That sounds so empowering and a huge life changer. I would love to do something like that but my back is stupid.
      PS. You can always rent a cabin

  35. Ann Bacciaglia Ann Bacciaglia

    Sounds like you guys have a fantastic time. It is great that you son enjoys it as well. I only went camping once….a bear came to visit and I’ve never gone again. lol

  36. Patricia Patricia

    Sounds like such a great way to spend family time. I always wanted to go camping.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Patricia, You can always go! You don’t even need a tent. There are tons of places that you can rent cabins!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @LaTonya (Detroit Mom), You need to go up to Au Gres Michigan!!! It is really small but there are lots of places to camp. They even have cabins on the lake….do it!

  37. Amazing photos. I haven’t been camping in such a long time. I like going to the woods and staying in a cabin.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Danielle, See you can “camp” but not in a tent. It has the same feel minus twigs jammed in places you never knew you had 🙂

  38. I would love camping if it looks like all the pictures above, that looks awesome. I never been camping before though.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Natalie, Get out there woman! It is really fun. You can buy lots of things that make it much less “campy”.

  39. Oh no! Count me out for camping.. I’m a city boy

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Martinus, HAHAAH!!! Keep it real. Camping isn’t for everyone. I grew up in a camping family so I was born to love it 🙂

  40. What great memories you guys have made!! I have never gone camping but I would like to try it with my girls one day!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Vanessa @Glittergirlruns, All of these people who have not been camping!!! Get your booties out there. Even if it is just for a weekend. It really is fun.

  41. I don’t think I’ve ever been camping. Looks like a lot of fun!

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Patranila, It is so much fun. You have to try it just once. You never know, you might just love it.

  42. Looks like y’all had loads of fun. I need some fun like this in my life asap

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Aleshea, You have to go at least once!

  43. I loved your trip and how you manage all the things needed like tent and all…. I wish I was part of such an adventure trip someday 🙂

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      @Payal Bansal (@TrendsnHealth), You would absolutely love it. Not a lot of people get turned onto the idea but you have to give it at least one try

  44. Love camping and haven’t been in ages! I absolutely ADORE that you do this together as a family 🙂 What a memorable vacation!

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