Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday -Create

Joining Five Minute Friday before heading out to our camping trip!  This week’s prompt is “create”.  So, here goes:

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This weekend I aim to create memories.  I am living a life with my daughter who is on borrowed time and although I certainly hope and pray she lives a long and healthy life with her transplanted heart, I also try to be cognizant of the fact that I have no guarantees.  Now, no one really has any guarantees (see this horrific story about the dad and 11 year old son who lost their lives in the Nice attack yesterday), but my awareness of this is just a bit more acute with my DD.

Many of my favorite memories from childhood are those on the road.  I didn’t always have the most pleasant of experiences at home.  My father was an alcoholic, but for some reason, when we were traveling, he was usually pretty good about staying sober.  I remember my mom reading to me (for some reason, I really remember reading Ishi one year on our way to Wyoming), listening to the AM radio as we drove through darkness on unfamiliar roads, waking up in a new place each morning.  I remember one time in Arizona waking to the braying of a wild donkey (burro?) outside of our van at a rest stop.  I remember going to museums and old ghost towns and zoos in other cities.  We did a lot of things on these trips and they always felt like an adventure.  We didn’t have super specific plans.  There were no cell phones with GPS so we went by maps and stopped at Visitor Centers.  We camped at rest stops and KOA campgrounds and state and national parks.  And all of those trips created fond memories of family.  That is what I want for my daughter.  No one’s life is all good memories.  She will have her share of hospital and medical memories that will not be great, but hopefully we can create some others that will be her true place of comfort and joy.

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Travelin' Tuesday

Summer Adventure – Camping

We (my DD and I) are going camping this weekend for the first time!  I’m a bit terrified, but luckily we are going with three other families who have all been camping before.  So, I think we should be okay.  I went to Amazon this morning and ordered a blow up mattress (I think I had to throw ours out because it had a slow leak), a sleeping bag (how did I not own a sleeping bag?!?) and a couple of lanterns (which will function as flashlights when home, which we needed for emergencies anyways).  I’m borrowing a camp chair  and a tent and will share another family’s camp stove.  I’m working my way through camping lists on Pinterest trying to make sure I don’t look like a total rookie despite being a total rookie.

We camped a lot when I was younger, but we always had a trailer or van conversion that we slept in.  We were definitely NOT tent campers.  So, we had a sink and refrigerator in the van.  We had beds.  We didn’t have to “set up” anything when we decided to pull off and sleep for the night.  I guess I was a bit spoiled.  We spent many a night in a parking lot or a rest stop or something similar.  If at a rest stop, we would get up and bust out the camp stove on a picnic table and make breakfast and then get back on the road.  I loved the way we traveled.  It was relatively simple and minimalist.  We didn’t need a ton of stuff and could pick up things along the way.  I want to capture that same simplicity for Bean.  I am trying to decide if we can take the Prius or need to pay extra for gas and take the SUV. I am leaning towards the latter just because it would give us plenty of space, dirt roads would be easier to take and we could always sleep in there if everything went to hell.  🙂

We are going to a lake and I am already paranoid about her swimming in it.  We will probably try to do more paddle boats and such to keep her dry but enjoying the water.  The water will probably be too cold for her to spend much time in it anyways.  I am sure we will have a grand old time.  I am looking forward to sharing an experience that I really enjoyed as a child her age with her and I hope I can make many memories with her out in nature!  I am also looking forward to taking books to read and not much else. No iPad, no laptop – I will take my phone, but I don’t expect to be able to use it much.  It will be nice to have a tech vacation and see what we can do!

Wish us luck!