Okay, so I didn't drop off the planet or anything but I DID go camping. I bravely ventured on my first camping excursion, sans husband, to Moyie lake to visit with my dear family. I left Dustin behind in a trail of dust with a tupperware FULL of cookies (which he hardly touched), a fridge stocked with veggies (which he did not eat) and one giant casserole (which gave him the trots). You can't say I didn't try. As for the kids and I, we made it there in one piece after a good seven hours of driving. I have to say that next time I'm going to duct tape Megan's soother to her face. Trying to reach behind my chair and retrieve it while still driving got old. Fast. Real Fast. Well, we made it there anyhow.
Within minutes of being there Ben had already recieved his birthday present and was happily pedalling it up and down the campground. I was amazed at how quickly Ben learned to ride it. What a big boy! Of course even though it wasn't Megan's birthday Grampa and Gramma got her a bike too. We can't have any jealously now can we? Let me just say right now that I do not plan to get into the habbit of buying gifts for all the kids on each birthday. But as for Gramma and Grampa. Go nuts! Megan however has not quite mastered the art of pedalling and looking where you are going. Or of even holding onto the handlebars for that matter. She would lazily drape her arms and upper body over the handlebars and let grampa walk behind her pushing AND steering. That got pretty old pretty fast too. What a character that kid is.
Some trip highlights without droning on for hours on end about poopy pit toilets and constipation:
*Sequence and Sudoku games.
*Megan's adoration of her Grampa. Wonderful and amazing to see. I too was SUCH a daddy's girl at her age. She's also beginning to see how easy it is to manipulate that soft old man to doing your very whim. (Love you dad).
*Ben and cousin Joshua's ever increasing friendship. They were inseperable.
*Being able to READ A BOOK!
*Getting to talk late into the night with my mom, dad and sister in law Amanda.
*Chubby little chipmunks with no fear.
*Coming home to my hubby who wecomed me with open arms and a new gigantic pottery barn decorating book. he knows me SO well. I LOVE pottery barn. If it ever comes to Canada and becomes less expensive I will live there. (I know there's one in Vancouver, I've been there but it's REALLY small and not at all like what's on the website.)