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OK, Let’s Talk About Glamping.

28 May

I went camping in Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend with my family and treasured friends. Or “Glamping”, as it’s called when you’re in a cabin that has indoor plumbing and a TV with the channel that airs Mad Men. Though I might venture to say there was very little Glamour involved in our weekend, it was quite peaceful. I didn’t love loading my skin and the skin of my precious babies with a carcinogenic bug spray labeled as “deep woods” (now repels chiggers!), and it was kind of maddening trying to keep little ones from jumping head first into the fire pit, but otherwise the weekend was quite serene.

Random observations from the cabin and surrounding areas:

The fully stuffed turkey mounted high on the kitchen wall in full a full wing spread. Really wish I would’ve known he was going to be there before we decided to bring turkey sandwiches for day 2 lunch.  Awkward!

The painting (again, very high on the wall, what’s up with that?) in the bedroom of the sad looking woman and her horse. Both of them are staring at the bed, and directly into the soul of any bed-inhabitants.

We saw a bug walking around the local grocery store.

Their Walmart is in desperate need of a makeover. I don’t know if the residents of Broken Bow realize that Walmart can do much better than what they’ve been given. What they have is basically a large Dollar Tree. Except not even as nice as Dollar Tree. Dang, even our Dollar Trees are nicer than their Walmarts! This Walmart was like an older Dollar General. A big, old, poorly stocked Dollar General. Walmart Executives, if you’re reading my blog (as I know you do from time to time) throw the good people of Broken Bow, OK a bone and renovate their Walmart!

In preparation for this trip we vowed our kids would wear long pants tucked into their socks to ward off ticks and “who knows what else!”. We forbid any of our children to enter a body of water for fear of a flesh-eating virus. We hovered over them anytime they were outisde during our first hours after arriving. At first there was a lot of “Don’t touch that!” “Come back, that’s too far!” and “Ahh! Something just flew by my head…everybody INSIDE!”


At some point on day 2 we just let our boys go. Our beautiful little boys, whose pure joy is friendship and dirt. Each day they hiked, ran, fell, fished, hot-tubbed, talked, laughed, threw stuff, roasted stuff, and passed out in an exhausted pile at the end. They played outisde for hours on end and when they came in we laughed at how incredibly dirty they were from head to toe.  By day 3 our 2-year old girls were running around outside in only their underwear (gasp!). On day 2 my daughter caught and accidentally killed a worm. You might say she loved it to death.

In the end, it was a beautiful time. One of those trips I know I’ll look back on and realize it was the stuff of life.






Florida so far.

30 Jun

So we’re rocking around Florida, which has been every bit of wonderful. It feels like we never left, which is the great thing about home.  You can go away for however long, but when you come back things just pick right back up where they left off. We have the greatest friends and the most amazing family in all the world. Seriously, I feel bad for everyone in the world who doesn’t have these friends and this family. If we were at all confused about whether moving back is the right decision, there’s no question at this point.

The weekend was mostly spent at festivities celebrating our friends Kristin and Chris. They got married on Saturday and it was absolutely the most fun wedding I’ve been to in a long while. Kristin was the classic beautiful bride, and the reception was a true party. I hope they’re having a fabulous time on their honeymoon right now!

Kristin and Stef

So far the most drama we’ve had on the trip is when the hotel maid at the Lakeland LaQuinta accidentally threw away half my cloth diaper stash. To be fair, they were in a bag marked LAUNDRY, so I can see how she can mistake them for trash. Could happen to anyone. The great part is LaQuinta has great customer service and really took care of us. They comped our stay and are reimbursing me for new diapers. I’m excited because now I can get some GroBaby diapers, which I have been wanting to try since they came out. They’re kind of like the next year’s model of cloth diaper. Observe:

gro baby


I have been having WiFi problems since we left Texas, which is really unfortunate. My Farm Town crops took the brunt of the pain. I had embarassing crop rot and I am now in the rebuilding phase. I have basically been on the internet since we got to Jacksonville, which means I really have to get off and spend some face to face time with the people around me. As Erin would say, “Internet Cafe time is OVER!”

Road Trip!

18 Jun

We’re leaving for Florida on Wednesday, and I still don’t have luggage for Wilson. That’s actually the least of my worries as far as preparation, but I choose to focus on that because it’s pretty easy to fix. We’ve decided to drive there rather than fly, so that’s part of the stress. Last time we drove from FL to TX was when we moved, and after that I swore I’d never do it again, but I figure it’s like childbirth. You forget what a nightmare the bad parts were and pretty soon you’re all about doing it again. Road trips are fun, I love staying in hotel rooms, eating junk food, listening to books on tape, and all that. Last time we made this drive I was 6 months pregnant, so that was a drag. I had to stop and pee every 45 minutes, and never did get comfortable.  This time all we have to fear is the 15-month-old in the back seat. I’m trying to be optimistic, but I have this sinking fear it’s going to take us several days and possibly a sweedish massage to decompress from the drive.

The great thing is that while we’re gone our realtor will hopefully show the heck out of our house and get it sold. This business of getting everything back in its place and perfect every morning before I leave is already getting old.


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