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  1. Jeni says:

    And so the fun begins, huh? I loved your description of a tent -very true! Try tenting when you are my age, with a bad back, some intestinal issues, and needing to have something sturdy to grab hold of when you get down on the floor but instead, you are on the ground, in a tent, awake at 3 am in a pretty dark camping area with a need to get up and go to the bathroom -which of course, is at least one football field length away from your location. There ain't nothing stable in a tent to get hold of to give you the needed leverage to get your butt up and mobile, trust me!

  2. yinyang says:

    Camping… in an actual tent? I'm not brave enough for that. The only time I've ever been camping is with friends, who have cabins in the mountains and campers.

  3. flutter says:

    cam-ping? I am sorry, is that English?

  4. Shania says:

    I'm with flutter, I don't know what this strange custom is you are speaking about, but I am familiar with the odd, random numbers people put in front of my reunions. 15? 20? I think not.

  5. Shieldmaiden96 says:

    I knew I'd arrived on the threshold of middle age when I made peace with the inflatable Queen-sized air mattress I take camping with me now. Oh, I used to have that spongy yoga mat thing I'd roll out under the sleeping bag, which pretty much only ensured the sticks and rocks would not completely penetrate the spinal column, but I upgraded to something I actually make up with sheets and blankets. Because being able to walk contributes heavily to my woodland enjoyment.

  6. kmkat says:

    We are leaving next week for 2 weeks camping in the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming. No tents for us; we have a camping trailer with two (so-called) double beds, one for each of us. To the skinny little foam thing the trailer people call a mattress I add the bench cushions and a 4" thick memory foam pad. No sore hips for me. Add a couple pillows, two sleeping bags and a down comforter (it gets cold in the mountains!) plus a 50+ pound dog and I'm good for 10 hours a night.

    Oh, and we also take a small generator so we can run a teeny waffle iron and toaster oven and charge the computers and iPod. But we put it on a 125' extension cord so it is far enough away not to bother anyone at the campground.

  7. chelle says:

    Hey we have that brand of tent too!
    Have a great vacation!

  8. Pearl says:

    You're a brave, camping woman, aren't you?! I'd almost forgotten about the aching hips and the sleeping arms.

    Garbage pick-up at 5:42?! Well, you guys were up and making breakfast by the time anyway, weren't you?



  9. SQT says:

    Groom is awesome. I doubt we'd be brave enough to give our boy a bat even if we were demolishing the kitchen.

    Camping scares me only because I dread the midnight bathroom run.

  10. Pam says:

    Next summer will be the big camping test for me. I've loved camping in our tent in the past, but I think I'm now at your first commenter's stage. We'll see. How exciting about your kitchen – the results will be worth all the inconvenience.Looking forward to seeing the progress. Enjoy your reception and travels! The family pic is a lovely one!xx

  11. Jazz says:

    Unfortunately it never works that way. you always end up still wanting to eat the next morning…

  12. Kylie w Warszawie says:

    Yes, as I plan for my once a year camping trip down to Krakow for the Coke Live Music Festival with my daughter, I totally agree with your description of a tent.

    This year though, I'm buying a HUGE backpack, taking an inflatable mattress, attempting to arrive before nightfall (so that we won't pitch our tent on a huge chunk of metal in the ground), and buying a REALLY warm sleeping bag.

  13. geewits says:

    Good luck with the remodeling. Your new daily mantra should be, "This too shall pass."

  14. sid says:

    The gazebo thing in St Louise looks awesome. Hope to see lots of pics of your trip.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Oh Daddy! I need a daddy like that!

  16. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    I love the idea of not having to restock ones stomach. Think of the time we could save, and the money.

    It doesn't surprise me that you graduated from college at four and didn't waste time on K-12. If everyone followed your example, we could do away with all those holding cells we call schools. Besides, graduation gowns just cry out for diapers.

    Do you think Groom would consider adopting me? I have my own hammer.

  17. monica says:

    oh the joys of camping :o) My Girl – age 11 – has been camping in pouring rain the last 4 days, at an annual animal show. The first thing she said when she again was safe home ( not that I have been dead anxious, no no, not at all..) was " can I go again next year?" hmm kids… preferring this to a warm cosy DRY bed, the bathroom nearby, red wine in a glass… well, the last one is OK for her to leave be for many years still!
    hm, thougt for a minute you had crashed a wedding… somehow I wouldn't have been completely surprised…

  18. Fannie says:

    I'm trying to figure out how a thirty year old can be coming up on her 24th wedding anniversary. Must need to use the "new" math.

  19. phd in yogurtry says:

    And you have your post-construction family therapist appointment scheduled way in advance, correct?

  20. Chantal says:

    oh, baseball bat to the kitchen… Sounds fun!

  21. Teresa says:

    Reunions do have that way of making one question if time has really passed (at least for oneself; everyone else looks so gosh darned bald, gray and worn out)

    But, 24 year olds don't have hips that hurt from sleeping in tents.

    BTW Diana is on Facebook.

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