On Friday we loaded up the family and drove out into the hills for our church's annual family camp retreat. Charlie was a little disappointed to learn that we wouldn't be going on an airplane, but when we arrived and he saw the bunk bed he would be sleeping in and the ice cream he would be eating he got over that real fast.
Here he is right after we arrived. Barefoot and sleepy? Yes. Ready for ice cream? Bien SUR, mon amie! I'm not sure why we all agreed to give the kids ice cream five minutes before bed, but it was fun, so you know, whatever.
I showed him how to sleep in his sleeping bag by telling him he got to sleep inside a huge taco.
We were staying in a cabin with three other families. Nine kids total. Nine cuh-raz-eeeee kids. About five minutes after everyone had finally settled down I heard a THUNK and Charlie started crying. Ryan hissed "If you had been lying down asleep you wouldn't have hit your head. Get in your taco and lie down."
The next day it was time for games and relay races and kickball.
We let all the little kids kick the ball and run the bases. Here's Charlie making his first run for home plate. He chanted "I won I won I won" the whole way.
Wesley spent the entire weekend in the Ergo with me, at last realizing his lifelong dream of being held twenty-four hours a day. Also, I am way too much of a spaz to manage nursing in that thing. I don't get it. On the plus side, I am pretty sure I flashed our pastor during the campfire sing-a-long and there is pretty much nowhere else you can go after you do that.
We took the kiddos to play in the river Saturday afternoon.
Saturday night after dinner there was my favorite camp activity of all, a SING-A-LONG!! With a CAMPFIRE!! Charlie alternated between dancing with me and sitting primly with his song book.
Then we went back to our cabin where Ryan had to bodily pin Charlie to the bed to get him to go to sleep. Although with nine small children in our cabin no one actually "slept". More like dozed between bouts of shushing and nursing and enjoining children to go to sleep go to sleep GOTOSLEEEEEEEEEEPPP FORTHELOVEOFGOD!!
When we got home on Sunday I put on a pot of coffee, put the finishing touches on my dissertation, and sent it off to Dr. Advisor. Tomorrow I plan to sleep, do laundry, and pull weeds in the back yard and that is IT.