Thanks for your support. Sorry I was unable to respond more quickly but things became touch and go with my son for some thirty hours.Sorry to see that pic of your daughter - I have a 15, 12, and 10 year old so I feel your pain. Hopefully she's fine and in good hands.
Really enjoying your posts and pics. There's something to be said when all of you sleep in one room. It brings the family closer (for better and worse lol). You probably wouldn't have heard her labored breathing if she was at home in her own room. We spend rediculous amounts of $$ renting houses for vacation each summer and have discovered that our kids look forward to our annual ocean side camping trip more than anything. Five of us in a tent sleeping on the dunes next to the Atlantic with crisp air and waves crashing is hard to beat.
The family of five(plus large dog) have let go of large sums of money while traveling, spending on hotel rooms, eating out three times a days, not including fuel and travel expensives. With the five of us and a dog(the dreaded pet deposit) the numbers become astronomical quite quickly. This always caused us to cut back on what we wanted to do on any trip just to prevent us from going into the poor house. The current setup is unbelievable as far as a cost savings, we cook at home get higher quality meals, zero dog deposits, and no hotel cost with deposits. We can sleep on a beach one day, mountain the next, and then downtown Portland next to the restaurant that allowed us to test that second glass of wine that we might need to sleep off before driving.
Draw back being lack of space in every category. 67 square feet for your toilet, shower, kitchen, beds, storage, food storage, dog , three kids, and two parents is game on. After being on the road for over 150 days you start to figure it out, with the outdoors being your biggest escape for space. We only get at each other on extreme rain days when we are not in a city to walk aimlessly down Home Depot isles thinking about future projects.
As far as you and your kids in a tent and enjoying it so much. I feel as a child there is this primal attraction to being in a tent that we some how grow out of as we get older. I remember all my tent camping as a kid, and its seemed so much better then. Now lugging a tent around is a lot of work, but we still enjoy backpack camping quite a lot.