A few days of camping in the woods teaches you a few things…
As I may have mentioned, we recently went camping for four days.
Now, the best part about camping is that we typically go off the grid.
And, the worst part about camping is that we typically go off the grid.
While I love getting away and having zero access to the Internet, there’s a part of me that wonders what will be waiting for me when we return.
Usually, it’s about 28 emails from Victoria’s Secret, filling me in on the latest bras that will make me irresistible, Diapers.com telling me that surely we’ve had enough dirty diapers that it’s time to reorder, or Piperlime, highlighting all of the fabulous shoes I’m missing out on.
We took a brief trip into town on the second day of our camping trip to buy warmer clothes (who would have thought we’d be so cold on the California Coast?) and I was hovering over my iPhone, like an internet junkie, hoping for my fix.
And, when I held my phone above my head with my right hand, stood on my left leg, held a piece of tin foil, and whistled Livin’ La Vida Loca, I was able to connect and download emails.
And amidst the bras, diapers, and platform sandals, was this note from Melissa, from Mom Comm:
“SITS and Mom Comm are teaming up for twice-a-month critiques on SITS…Well, you’re gonna be first, my dear!”
That was entirely too much awesome in one email for me to truly digest.
The thing that amazes me most often about blogging is the support and sense of community that exists. The SITS Girls have played a major role in fostering that community. Whether you’re new to blogging or you have years of experience, these brilliant women can teach you so much.
And Mom Comm? Well, Melissa is one of my blogging idols. She combines an insane amount of marketing communication knowledge, social media savvy, and an eye for great content and shares her knowledge with those of us who are aching to learn more.
While I was excited about having my blog reviewed by these talented and accomplished women, I was also a bit nervous.
While I love my blog, I know that there are areas that need to be spruced up (my outdated about page, for starters!).
But, without knowledge, there’s no growth, right?
So, with the tin foil in hand and a prayer for a solid Internet connection, I sent Melissa an email, accepting her gracious offer.
And I’ve been holding my breath ever since.
Thank you, Melissa and the lovely women over at SITS (specifically Kat and Fran), for your tremendous insight and for this amazing opportunity. Your critique has given me so much to think about and a super long, but exciting to do list!
And if you’re visiting me from SITS, welcome! I’m so happy to have you.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions, too!
Fresh air, time spent completely off the grid, and the ability to give Craig, Katie, and Matthew my undivided attention brought me tremendous joy this week.
I took no fewer than 4,839 photos in four days of camping, but I’ll go easy on you and just share a handful (okay,a huge handful!).
Matthew, waiting patiently as we set up the campsite…
There’s something about camping that brings Katie a sense of peace…she is so at ease and happy…
Matthew is so in love with his new shoes, he would barely let us take them off…
Why yes, Matthew is wearing Katie’s hand-me-down pajamas. Don’t judge! I looked everywhere for footed fleece jammies and it turns out you can’t find them in August. Go figure. Just focus on the sweet doughnut faces.
Oh, sugar, where have you been all my life?
The best seat in the house…
You really can’t beat three trucks from Target’s dollar aisle…
…unless it’s a balloon on a rubber band. Does anyone remember these? So much fun!
He acts like I never put the camera down or something…
Let the sand throwing commence…
Sand between my toes will forever make me homesick for Maine…
I melt… (note the sand in the corners of his mouth he ate a peck, at least!)
…and I melt some more…
Did I mention I melt?
Some of you asked how Katie reacted to all of that sugar she consumed while camping. Here’s your answer…
If you’ve made it this far, thank you so much for peeking!
There is something about camping that soothes our souls and recharges us as a family. So much joy.
Now, it’s your turn! What brought you joy this week? Please share!
We have a limited sugar policy in our house.
I just don’t buy sweets so I don’t have to say no.
But when we go camping, I come unhinged and all sugar bets are off.
In a typical week at home, raspberries or blueberries are dessert.
In a typical day of camping, dessert lasts all day long for days.
Here’s what Katie’s sugar intake looked like on Sunday, for example:
7 mini powdered sugar doughnuts
2 cups of hot cocoa
1 bowl of Ben & Jerry’s cookies and cream ice cream
1 packet Annie’s fruit snacks
2 juice boxes
1 light blue rock candy lollipop
There may be more, but I think I’m blocking it out.
This smile is all I’ll remember, I’m sure of it…