I realize that often as pregnant mothers, we don’t think of our baby in utero, experiencing what we are in our everyday. Some people don’t even think of them as alive at 6 weeks which is how far along I am, so of course, how would think that life is being experienced with this child. With my intention to celebrate and embrace each new day that I get to be pregnant, this weekend our baby had it’s first campout.
We picked this site up the canyon about 1 month ago. I set up camp by myself with my 3 little girls and then we waited for Grandma and Aunt Jenn to come. The girls did really well helping me and we just worked through the challenges. They absolutely loved the fire and marshmallows. That could have been Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for them if I let it.
It was sunny the first day and half the second. A COLD night with a near full moon and bright enough that on my two trips to the bathroom with my kids, no flashlight was necessary. Our site was near a river of mountain run-off. That added to the chill of the air, and the constant sound of moving water. It was sorta loud. We drove up to the Albion Basin and saw the remaining wildflowers and decided to do a “small” hike up to Cecret Lake. What we thought was .4 miles was actually more like .75 miles each way! My 3 y/o was a real trooper and became my sisters mountain climbing buddy since Jenn had turned her ankle and couldn’t walk fast. We all made it to the top, just to miss a sighting of a Moose at the lake. The lake was beautiful and so still. You can only find that kind of stillness and calm in nature.
That afternoon the clouds came in and though we tried to ride it out, we were all soaking and the rain wasn’t stopping much. We decided to break down half of camp and spend the night back at my house only 45 min away and come back up in the morning. It was a nice and dry morning when we went back up though packing up the tents was a little muddy. We made a fire, had more hot chocolate and enjoyed such a nice visit with each other. It might be a new litmus test in our family to see how well married couples can make a fire together and maybe in the future we’ll have a camping Olympics for the married couples. Sounds fun at least.
Family relationships grow as we find ways to be with each other without the distractions of technology. I was glad to check out of my world for a couple days, though I have an email box of over 800 unread emails. My girls loved the time away from the norm and now have a small tent in pitched in the front room as a place for them to pretend their trip continues.