Sunday, April 26, 2009

Anniversary Camping








Time is of the essence, and I sure haven't been spending a lot of it lately updating this blog. Anyhow, Ben and I celebrated our five year anniversary this weekend. It's hard to believe that it has been that long, and at the same time, I can't believe I ever had a life outside of him and our children. It all seems like a dream. So, for our romantic getaway this year to celebrate the occasion, we went camping. We've been ready to scout out Michigan and see what it's all about, just waiting for a break in the weather, and this weekend proved to be a good one. We drove about an hour from where we live to a state campsite that was pretty cool. The kids LOVED every minute, can ya tell? The highlight of the trip was when we drove into the campsite and realized that the transmission on our van was shot. We thought that we were going to have to call a tow to take us back to our house, and we were pretty sure that it was going to end up being a 3,000$ camping trip. Thankfully, we were blessed with yet another "tender mercy" from above, and when we woke up in the morning, our van worked well enough to get us home again until we can find a shop that is reasonably priced to take it in to. Phew... You know, camping really isn't "my thing;" I think I mislead Ben when we got married five years ago. He thought that I was going to be much more of an outdoors kind of gal than I really am. I have to admit though, when I sat down and watched how much fun the kids were having, and how excited they were to be outside, getting dirty, eaten by bugs, trying to touch the fire, sleeping in a cool new tent, eating dirt, not having to brush teeth, learning to pee in the trees, etc., I realized that I am willing to sacrifice my selfish priorities and comforts of home in order to enjoy these priceless experiences with my family. Sooo, I am looking forward to many more wonderful outdoorsish experiences with Ben and the kids for many more years to come.

10 comments:

Emily said...

Happy Anniversary! Looks like fun, I am sure the kids were in heaven and you are a trooper!

Mindy said...

Reading that made me miss you! You sound like the perfect wife and mommy. Being perfect isn't about liking everything, in my opinion. It is about loving, and I can just tell you love your family. I am definitely coming to see Erin this summer, so we'll get to hang out then. :) It sounds like you are settling in ok, too. Erin and Jed have sure had fun with you!

Maga said...

Jenny--I'm not an outgirl either--never was--but I went along with Morris for 40 years--last 20 I told him how I felt. We do alot for our husband and our kids don't we!!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

LATIMER FAMILY said...

This doesn't surprise that you spent your anniversay camping - way to be a sport Jen. I am looking forward to the camping ahead this summer.

tiffany and darren said...

Fun!!
Who is Matt Wood?

Amy said...

Fun Anniversary! I love camping so it really sounds perfect to me!

Amy said...

Oh and I love your shirt too by the way! I am a sucker for the shirt with the slightly longer sleeves!

hbentley said...

I am so impressed that you went camping with the kids for "your" anniversay. You are a good wife and mom.

Jamie N said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm not outdoorsy either. Round of applause for camping - with kids! Wow, you are a better woman than I am.

Utah misses you guys!

Erin said...

What a fun post! I loved your confession about misleading Ben. :) And I agree - I can't wait to start camping now that Benjamin is old enough to enjoy it. :)
It looks like you guys had a great time!