March 21, 2009

I Survived!!

This image says it all.  I have to admit that it was beautiful.  The weather was perfect, and who knew how much better food tasted when you're camping?  This picture was taken by a very out of breath momma who saw a photo op from VERY far away and sprinted to the dock to take advantage.  Ran through people's campsites and all.........that alone screams ROOKY!!  But honestly, who can resist a sunset, a boy, his dad, their dog and a fishing pole?  

Boys and their Grandpa setting out to go fishing.  They didn't catch one thing the whole time we were there.......not even a nibble.  G would go multiple times a day to fish and would stay for hours.  N, not so much.  He was only interested in practicing the casting part........meaning, as long as he was throwing a line with a sharp object and worm on the end, he was happy.

Ok, take one wild guess which air mattress was mine........any guesses?  Yep, the pink fuzzy blanket is a dead giveaway.  I don't own a sleeping bag.....a fact that made my husband gasp as we were packing to go.  I'm not sure why he was so surprised since he KNOWS my lack of camping experience and I don't go to many slumber parties anymore.  Sleeping bag has not been high on my priority shopping list.  

Needless to say, chuckles all around as I pulled out my fitted sheet, top sheet, and cute blanket my sister made for me (it's pink so it won't get stolen by my men, it's 6 feet long so it covers me head to toe, and it has my name embroidered on it).   I froze the first night, literally froze.  My husband came to my rescue in the wee hours humming a ZZ Top favorite.....a little "Slip Into My Sleeping Bag".  No worries, this is a family blog........and all I was interested in was getting back to my dream, quickly.

This was the night before we left.  A little sunburned and very tired.  If you look closely, you can see the lids of the Wolf brand chili cooking on the fire for our chili dogs that night.  I had been eating like I was starved the whole day and I was still excited about those chili dogs.  Until about 1:00 a.m. when all that camp food decided to come back for a visit........nothing like stumbling around in a very dark tent, trying to unzip the door so I could walk 400 feet to the bathroom.  Good times, my friends, good times.  It didn't stop me from eating the very best pancakes I've ever had the next morning.  No sir, because I am a team player.......and apparently now, I am a camper.  

Heaven help us all.


  1. welcome back to may over the next few days find yourself missing the great outdoors....even if just for a tiny little minute. Then YOU are a real camper! HA!

  2. Your boys were blessed to have you there & I am sure you would say the same! Glad you are back safe & sound & hope you feel better.

  3. Wow, I'm impressed! Camping AND chili from a can... Not sure that I could be talked into the same experience, unless I was promised a breath-taking photo like the first one you posted. It's perfect! You're a much better team player than I am, which is why I have been blessed with a girly-girl who considers it camping if there's no room service! Maybe we could plan our own girl camping trip -- we have a new Ritz in Dallas. :-)



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