Thursday, June 25, 2015


By Seren Shutte
Part 1 

Crazy in Love

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. 

Ever the optimist, I have memories forever and stories to boot!

 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.


  1. I'm so looking forward to hearing more of this adventure!

  2. wow what a trip! I think this is awesome!

  3. Amazing! Really love hearing about your camping and would so appreciate more posts on particulars like your gear, favourite sites, cooking and recipes...anything! It all sounds amazing!

  4. I needed to thank you for this phenomenal read!! I unquestionably adored each and every piece of it. I have you bookmarked your site to look at the new stuff you post.


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em