Thursday, August 05, 2010

Camping Past and Future

I've had a lot of late nights recently, for one reason or another. One night I might have grading, another night I might just be staring at the ceiling for no good reason. It's unfortunate because I'm definitely an early-to-bed, early-to-rise person.

But here I am, past my bedtime, determined to write up a quick blog post before another day goes by without one. I don't want August to be another month like July; 3 posts in one day to meet my self-imposed quota! How embarrassing.

Eleanor LOVED camping, which wasn't much of a surprise. I was surprised that she told me she didn't like the fire. "No flames," she said on the first night, preferring to go to sleep in the tent instead. Of course, once we were in the tent she lifted her head and told me, "Uncle Josh like the flames. No sleep in tent! Go outside!" I overruled her, and once the protests were over she quickly fell asleep.

Now we have our big camping trip to look forward to: Next week, Keith, Eleanor, and I are going on a 5-day trip to a national park in Vermont. Keith and I have been looking forward to this for a long time. I envision all of the hours of naps she'll (hopefully? maybe?) be taking, when I don't have any housework, errands, coursework to do. Will I read? nap? write? The possibilities are endless!

Eleanor is starting to realize that a big trip is coming, and she's excited, too. I would say that, at this point, her top 10 things about camping are:
  1. S'mores
  2. sleeping in the tent
  3. cookies
  4. bouncing on my parents' camper mattress
  5. chips
  6. hiking
  7. breakfast cereal in a box
  8. eating at the picnic table all the time
  9. juice
  10. S'mores
Are you noticing a pattern here? So much to look forward to!


Kristen B. said...

It is strange, I think Melrose has the exact same top ten list, sans the jumping on a camper mattress.

M. Lubbers said...

Well, I'm sure if Melrose had the opportunity to jump on a camping mattress, she'd be a big fan:) Especially if she and Eleanor could do it together, while eating sugary snacks!