And DAMN did the Family Pants need it. Plum and I came home sunburned, we all smelled like actual Hell and there was still sand in our hair. It was wonderful.
Two weeks ago a thing happened that was really sad. Before our trip I was consumed with a deep sadness. I was a bit of an emotional tsunami and my kids felt that dark cloud that followed me around. My inability to keep it together for more than an hour was becoming problem. I'd look at Brandon and tears would spill as I cornered him to talk with me about ALL THE SAD THINGS. Poor guy. It was rough all the way around. For all of us. I am nothing if not willing to swim through all the feels to get to the other side of grief. I consider this a good thing for me and an state of Oh Shit! What Is Even Happening?? for everyone else.
OH and yeah, I turned 40. Fudging forty. Holy WHAT THE HELL? 40? I was 40. 40 years-old. Lordy Lordy! Look who's 40! And all that nonsense. So yes - Welcome to your mini mid-life crisis, Mama Pants! Party of one?
But then last Friday we got into the car as a family and drove away with a tent entirely too small for us, not enough clothes and plenty of snacks. Watch out campers! We don't know what we are doing and are so excited about it!
Luckily, we were joining a family who proclaimed that they were expert campers (and they were!) and they calmed our fears about our lack of tarps, cooking stuff or even decent bug spray.
We spent the weekend just being together. And it was all kinds of glorious. We will be doing it again and again. We've caught that camping bug literally (I have bites everywhere) and figuratively. Nothing truly extraordinary happened. We just exhaled and no one got lost.
Being with truly spectacular people, peeing behind tents, taking foggy walks to the shower house, inspecting bugs in the tent, growing closer to friends while we all melted in the unforgiving August sun. It was just what this family needed.
And for that I am thankful to my people. You know who you are. Thank you for being in the wild with us. It renewed my spirit and it's all anyone is talking about around here in this house.
So when is the next time? Hopefully soon. We are so ready to go again that might even have our own cooler this time.
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