Monday, September 13, 2010

Unplugged

I've been missing in action lately for a lot of random reasons but here is one...

We are preparing for the big family vacation we take every year with my husbands whole family.
As much as I'm looking forward to it.... the closer we get to leaving the more all I can see is the list of things
I need to do and pack before then.

You see we are going camping and we stay in a cabin near a state park... 
not in a hotel with maid service as I was raised with on "vacation"

Honestly when I first went along with my husband on this trip the year before we got married I couldn't understand what it was about it exactly that made it a vacation.
No maid service, 
bring your own sheets even....
no eating out except on the drive there and back...
unless you count eating outside...
 there's all sorts of wildlife, and often they find their way indoors, 
every year we have a bat fly through the cabin at least one night
*shudder*
 Generally speaking this trip is a lot of work.
there are around 20 to 25 people to feed at every meal.
And with that number of people and two bathrooms getting a shower involves either getting up very early, or bargaining with whoever called dibs before you.
and the noise, 
and the short nap times, 
and the early mornings, 
and the late nights, 
they can quickly start to put you into a cranky mood.

So why do I love it?

First and most importantly we are all together.

 Just being, sitting, talking....

playing...

together.

Second there is no television...

no computers or internet...



none of the usual distractions that keep us in our separate little worlds.
For entertainment you can either read a book... which we do often,
or you can go find someone to ride a bike with,
play cards with,
or go for a walk with...

with.... again its all about together.
totally unplugged.

At first I admit this seemed more like a punishment.
But now that I've "seen the light".... I try to make our life at home more like this.
I usually fail, but at least I try....

Third there is the food...
ice cream is everyday...
for breakfast on the last day because we have to eat the leftovers or leave it, so we put it on top of waffles.
Or make milkshakes for the road.

We have a big breakfast made by grandpa everyday.
There is something so awesome about breakfast cooked outside on a fire.
You can't get it to taste the same any other way.

Tom's Chili.... yum
Also amazingly cooked outside on the fire.
Is this normal? Am I just really sheltered?
Or easily impressed?

Then there are the random moments that turn into the lasting memories...

This chair was regularly fought over by these three...
this year I have three chairs...
however now there will be 7 preschoolers and toddlers....
just can't keep up I guess.

This is how we dry clothes...


and this is how they treat us in-laws....

Better than they treat each other sometimes....
I love to see Tom hanging out with his brothers.
They were young when we got married and he moved out, so this is like making up for lost time.

And some of them are still pretty young and in need of some quality time with the family all together.
flash light tag is taken very seriously by some.

posing for pictures.... not so serious.

So there is our week in a nutshell...
and now I'm excited once more,
but I probably should go check something off my to do list...
which will make my head start spinning again...
but that's Ok cause in a few short days I'll be sitting by a fire eating smores and enjoying life.

So until then I'll just keep coming back to re-read this,
and look beyond the packing to all the fun memories we have yet to make.