Monday, August 22, 2011


I have a new love in life.  A little 9lb bundle of joy!  Baby Landon, you are going to be a really great and special man some day.  It's crazy how you can only know someone for a couple minutes and love them so completely in an instant!  I love you, Baby Landon!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

It was bliss

Campers.  This is what Josh and I have become. True blue campers.  I'm regretting that I didn't latch onto this past time sooner.  I guess it was all in due time.

Josh and I acquired a new camper a few weeks ago.  It needed a little work and a lot of cleaning.  Josh logged all the man hours after work pretty much every day for the past two weeks...fighting the suffocating heat after he was already tired from a long day of work.  In the end it was all worth it.  This past weekend we loaded up and took our maiden voyage in our new camper.

We stayed relatively close to home since it was our first time out in the camper.  We didn't want to be far away if we ran into any issues and needed to retreat back to the comfort of our cozy home.  We brought the boat and the dogs and headed out for a weekend in the wilderness (ok it was actually in a camp ground with electricity, water, and sewage but wilderness just sounds so much better).

The weekend was bliss...absolutely perfect.  We slept in, grilled out, spent a day out on the water, found a bar in the middle of lake that served the most delicious frozen drinks (that couldn't have been the heat talking), fished, swam, watched movies, and were just absolutely content with life.  It was the best feeling in the most perfect environment.  Even Sunday, the day of our departure, was good.  We woke up early and cooked breakfast.  Then it started to rain and it sounded so peaceful in the camper.  We were full and it was still early, so we decided to just lounge around a read and play games for a while.  We ended up falling asleep, and it was the best nap ever.  I am not a nap taker...there just isn't enough time in the day...but that day it was perfect.

The best part of going camping in the camper is the clean up.  When we got ready to go we put just a few things in the truck to bring in the house.  Everything else stayed in the camper.  We got home and unhooked the camper and that was it...we were done.  The next day, when I had time, I just turned the camper on to cool it off and cleaned it on my schedule.  It was great and so easy!

Now we have been researching different campsites to visit.  We know the camper is in tip-top shape, so our next trip can be somewhere a little farther from home.  I don't know if I can really describe what makes camping so great.  It is never really something that I thought I would have any interest in.  But going camping just Josh and me is such good bonding time.  The camper is so cozy, and it is so nice to just be able to get away and not have to worry about anything.  Anything we could possibly need to eat or cook is in the camper.  We can watch movies and lounge around or go out on the water for the day or whatever we want.  My most disturbing revelation this past weekend was that I am not the Manacala Queen I had prided myself as being.  Sure I was a little rusty because it's been awhile since I have played the game, but Josh has never played and I used to be great at it.  Sadly, he beat me at every game we played figuring out the strategies and working the board as I never thought he could.  It was a sad day for me.

Now we are back in reality and working, cooking, cleaning, and living by a schedule is dominating our lives once again.  We don't mind it so much because we know as soon as we can, we will go camping again.  I guess I should get on with the duties of every day life.  I think I hear the washing machine calling my name now!