By Seren Shutte
When I asked my husband how he wished to celebrate his birthday this year, his response excited me big time.
"Let's go traveling. A big trip…outback?"
We spent a considerable amount of time and money in preaparation. Our equipment, food stocks, bedding and tent we teamed with well researched car upgrades…Now, was I crazy for WANTING to spend four weeks in a TENT with my little family???
The answer is yes, I am crazy. Crazy for them.
In the five years of parenting I have never been so content to read Roald Dhal books and fall alseep with my girls. I did this almost every night we were away. I played with them, carried them, chased them, tickled them and loved them more than I ever have.
As for my time with the birthday man….as a couple we live simply with a real taste for treating ourselves….this trip was the epitome of our foundation. His smile has never been as consistently wide. We had FUN; we frolicked, fought and felt our family growing stronger.
Now home, I am in post-holiday-blues mood, the children seem so LOUD now that we are in four walls and I madly miss the simplcity of having only a vehicle's worth of stuff to live with.
Seren is a sentimental, suburban free ranger who blogs vicariously via Beetleshack. A critical care nurse by trade with a passion for photography, camping and Hermés scarves. Two girls and an awesome husband complete her family, collectively known as PEGS. Join her as she shares camping capers and inspiring journeys.