Filed Under (Vacations) by catharine on Sep-25-08

Picture me and my husband as groundhogs peaking our heads out of the ground for the first time in months, looking around and possibly seeing our shadows, then scampering back into our holes for a longer winter, because this is how we feel.  Hurricanes have raged, presidential ellections have progressed, and the economy has apparently taken a nose dive all while we have been hybernating inside our little home unaware of the world around us.  Not that we’ve been sleeping peacefully mind you, but I have been sleeping a lot–a lot more than I have since I was in the third grade myself–a lot for any adult, 18-weeks pregnant or not.  It seems that it takes a lot of sleep to fuel me through pregnancy, teaching four college courses and negotiating third grade homework, third grade lunch and snack preferences, and third grade life in general.  In fact, third grade, I’m finding, is exhausting.

So, just to recap for you, in June we got pregnant through IVF and found out we got Natasha, in July Natasha came home, in August she and I both went back to school, and now in September we are starting to emerge from our cocoons to notice that life has been going on all around us–our church is full of misplaced hurricane evacuees, our mutual funds are worth far less than the amount we have put into them, and the presidential candidates have running mates!  It’s been like watching an entire season of lost on dvd all in one weekend.  No dramatic cliff hangers, just instant gratification, and yet, precious little satisfaction.  It’s all still hanging in limbo, and we have no idea what any of it means.

Fortunately for us (not for Houston, I’m afraid) the area meet for Special Olympics has been cancelled due to the pool having sat for weeks without power, so my weekend was suddenly freed up.  It took my husband and I about 15 seconds to decide we were going camping because our house is not far enough away from reality for us–we must go to the woods, to front the essential facts of life, drive it into a corner and all that.  Actually, what we really wanted was to go to Europe on a semi-permanent vacation, but this will have to do.  So, we have bought a family-sized tent, a third sleeping bag and ground mat, and we’re off to introduce the newest family member to the great outdoors. 

The great outdoors sounded exciting to our daughter in theory, but faced with an actual camping trip I’m sensing some hesitation.  While before she insisted she wanted her own tent, she’s now speculating that she might like to stay with us.  We, being the clever adults we are, anticipated this and have a tent big enough for all just in case.  And while foil dinner still hold the same allure they did last month, this month she wants to know why we have to drive to a state park–why not stay in the city?  In fact, why stay outside at all?  When faced with our astounding logic that “that” would no longer be camping, she looked us as if to say, ‘think outside the box, people,’ and the conversation ended with no satisfactory conclusion.  So, we’re not sure how this all will go.  We’re hoping the truth of the joy of being in the great out-of-doors will be made self-evident, but we’ll let you know her conclusions when all is said and done.  We plan to bribe her with many s’mores and win her to our side.

4 Comments posted on "catching up"
Me on September 26th, 2008 at 8:53 pm #

Cat, I’m so excited for you and your little family. I was telling my DH last week that I feel a little happy inside knowing that my tip on the IVF study helped you along the path. Lots of hugs and love!

Janet on September 27th, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

Welcome back to the world! :) I can’t wait to hear about the camping weekend!

Julie on October 8th, 2008 at 3:06 am #

I can’t wait to hear about the camping trip, I know Natasha will have a blast!!! I’m praying for you and little baby Corder…I’m so glad you’ve been feeling so well! Let me know if you need ANYTHING! I need to see you soon!!!!

Rosa on December 14th, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

Sounds like quite an adventure for little Natasha. How did she enjoy her first camping trip?

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