I started my Master’s work at Miami University yesterday! I’ve been looking into getting my degree for a while, but, you know, life. The first day of class was PHENOMENAL but exhausting. After class I stumbled into the kitchen, Reed gave me a big hug, and Jacob greeted me with a homemade bacon, egg, and cheese bagel and a request to hear all about my day. Man, do I love that guy!
Clouds rolled in later in the evening, and fortified by coffee and the bagel, I had enough energy to take Reed outside to play. In the backyard I found a gigantic, pioneer-style canvas tent. I didn’t really blink an eye, since I have come home to pretty random stuff in the backyard at times. But I thought you might, so here ya go...
Now doesn’t that just look lovely? Remember how Jacob’s a big hunter? Yeah, I’ll let your imagination run away with ideas of possible things I have come home to in my backyard. So sometimes, finding a huge canvas tent is not too bad. It’s all about perspective. Turns out, Jacob and Reed set up the tent during the day in preparation for our 10-day camping trip we are taking out west in August. Jacob needs to look over the tent to see if we need any patches. Now just between us, I’m trying to stay pretty calm about this whole camping trip. I am super excited, but I’ve become a little “yuppy-ish” in recent years, as Jacob likes to say. You know, used to things like indoor plumbing, bathing regularly, clean clothes, and bagels handed to me when I walk in the door. Some people might call that spoiled. Again, all about perspective, I guess.
My biggest worry about the camping trip at the moment is SNAKES. I asked Jacob if there were poisonous snakes in Wyoming and he said there were. I asked him what he was going to do about that, and he said he won’t play in the firewood pile in the middle of the night. I asked him if he could get an anti-venom, and he laughed and said he will pick it up at Walmart tomorrow. I’m pretty sure he was joking, so my snake worry continues. Man, does that guy drive me crazy!
We (meaning Jacob) built a little campfire and watched the clouds roll in. The wind began to blow in gusts and I watched the tent flap in the wind, feeling a little like I was out on the prairie already. I started getting sleepy again, and when I get sleepy I have this awkward problem where I start mixing up my words, This can be particularly entertaining for my high school students. When I was tired and pregnant with Reed, I couldn’t remember the word “sting” and instead warned my students that the bee that flew through the window might “bite” them. I heard about that one for a few weeks. So anyway, I misspoke and asked Reed if he would like any “snores” instead of “s’mores”. Cue teasing… and now there is a new word in our home. Lucky me.
We sat out by the campfire for about an hour, watching Oli dig a hole, roasting marshmallows, making snores, and observing The Little Outdoorsman take about 30 minutes to eat his.
As I have mentioned before, Reed lives fully in every moment, absorbs all of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and feelings of everything he experiences. Christmas morning it took him like 10 minutes to open each present. Visions of tearing off paper and screams of delight? Didn’t happen. He tore the paper off piece by piece, relishing each sound, obsessing in the moment. Meanwhile, parents and grandparents wriggled and struggled in frustrated anticipation, eventually remarking, “COME ON”! It makes him an easy target for pictures, though.
I bet we will be making a lot of "snores" this summer! Especially when we are out in the wild west! But if these two boys keep up the antics, I am going to need some serious prayer.