Last weekend we took our kiddos camping for the very first time. I expected the worst (why do I always do that?), but received the best. It was a wonderful experience and there will definitly be more family camping trips in our future.
The place we went was a small private lake out in the middle of nowhere (there wasn’t even cell service!). It was only about 40 minutes from the tiny town I grew up in, yet I had never been there before. It was GORGEOUS.
When you feel stressed or overwhelmed or like you are getting too caught up in the day-to-day craziness of life, I highly recommend an escape to nature. I know it’s hard if you live in the middle of a big city, but it is such a great way to re-center and put things in perspective. Just as the sun was setting, Andy and I had the opportunity to go kayaking by ourselves. My family watched the kids and it was just him and I on a lake with black water as sleek as glass. We were the only ones out on the lake. We glided through lily pads in silence and I felt peace penetrate my soul. Such a refreshing moment for me.
Other special moments? Lots of swimming, 100 glow sticks when the sun went down, and listening to the rain pour down on our tent while we slept.
This was our last big family activity of the summer. While the temps are still in the 90s here, the sun is setting earlier and earlier, the back to school signs are everywhere, and I can taste fall in the air. Craziness, I say. What a great summer this has been.