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Well, I'm back from Girls' Camp. Nothing like a whole crew of 12 - to 18-year-old giggly teenage girls to make you feel young again. Or maybe fatigue is what I'm experiencing at the moment ... I forgot what it's like to stay up way past midnight and arise at the crack of dawn three days in a row. I'm simply not cut out for it anymore, as evidenced by my maniacal laughter during our final night at Camp Shadow Pines. Loopy doesn't even begin to describe it. Now that I've had a few nights of solid sleep in my own bed, I'm feeling a lot better.
While I was gone, I received the sad news that Dill's grandfather, whom we call Papos, had passed away. Bittersweet time for our family. Papos lived a very full life but suffered from various ailments at the end, including MDS, lymphoma and both kidney and liver failure. We've been making funeral plans since I returned home, making sure the service reflects his giving, optimistic nature. Dill's employer generously gave him five days off for bereavement, so he's here and that's always fun. I'm excited to spend some QT with him and the kids.
Next weekend, we're planning to go camping. Like, in the woods. In tents. The whole kit and caboodle. Which, you may have guessed, I don't do. Ever. My past camping experiences involve unexpected visits from Aunt Flo, constipation resulting from fear of pooping in a hole or a fly-infested outhouse, insect anxiety and sleepless nights due to a poorly-placed tent (I swear, EVERY TIME my sleeping bag ends up right on top of a pointy rock). But Dill loves to camp, and our kids are getting older, and I WANT to be a camper, so for Father's Day I bought Dill the Coleman 4-Person Evanston Tent and two sleeping bags. Clearly, I'm committed. Be impressed.
In the meantime, give me your best camping tips and tricks. If you're local, I'd love to hear about your favorite campsites -- preferably no more than two hours from Mesa. Camping food ideas would be nice, too. Since this is our first camping trip as a family, it'll only be an overnighter, so keep that in mind. Let me have it!