I do recognize that it’s not all that common to have a full-size camping tent set up in your dining room, but that’s exactly what we do have and, oddly enough, we’re rather enjoying it.
It started a week ago when Jen came over to help us “try out” our Christmas tent. We’d planned on taking advantage of a warm day and set it up out on the driveway, but we’d recently done a bit of measuring and realized that with minimal rearranging, we would have sufficient space in our dining room.
This tent is amazing! For once something truly did live up to its advertising promise to set up in minutes. Like, two minutes, maybe less. Of course, we didn’t stake it down in the dining room, nor lay out a groundcloth, so both of those “real-life” additions will stretch the time out a bit, but it’s sure a different world than the big tent my family used to camp with some 45 years ago. That’s a portrait of Daddy showing in the upper-right of the picture above, and I could just feel him shaking his head in disbelief as he watched this tent literally pop up in minutes.
Jen had gifted us with a wonderful airbed that sits up high off the ground — this grandma is not a fan of having to plop down to ground level to sleep, so a normal-height bed made up with normal bed linens is my kind of camping!
We’d figured as long as it was all set up, we might as well sleep on it and try it out, which worked great. Then we figured as long as we could sleep on it we should go ahead and finish up some work we’ve been trying to do in the bedroom so the whole thing has become a bit more of a “fixture” in the dining room than first planned.
Our primary problem is that since we hadn’t expected to leave it up so long, our “rearranging” of the room did not include bringing most of the dining chairs down to the end that now holds the table. But we’ve scrounged around and found alternate chairs enough to use the table, so all is well.
And news on other fronts (what, you don’t think having a tent in the dining room is really news?!?) — well, spring seems to be here in full force, although after the winter-that-wasn’t it seems a trifle redundant to announce the arrival of spring. We did actually get snow earlier in the month, around 6″ or so, but the roads were clear and dry by the day’s end and the snow was gone everywhere but in the shadiest spots within a few days, so it now feels like only a distant memory.
The crocuses and daffodils are out, the apricot trees are in bloom, and the 10-day forecast has no “highs” that are not at least in the 60s, with the next four days predicted to get up into the 70s. Still no guarantees, of course, that we won’t get clobbered by a late storm, but even that wouldn’t seem so bad after all this gorgeous weather.
The littles are wonderful, as always. Despite our lack of snow here in the “lowlands” (we live around 4500′ elevation), the ski resorts higher up have had enough, so Avila has been skiing several times with her dad. She loves it, and what a great time to learn when a fall is no big deal — unlike when I learned, at 16 years old and 5’10” tall, when a fall was quite a bit bigger of a deal all around!
Jen is back at work and enjoying it overall. Having decided to bite the bullet and get up earlier in the morning has paid big dividends in making those morning go more smoothly, now with the two little ones to get into the car along with herself.
Henry was three months old almost a week ago and is definitely beginning to show a lot more personality. Those oh-so-cute smiles are now clearly in response to interaction with him (as distinct from their frequent but rather random appearance just a few weeks ago) so I know we’ve got lots of fun time ahead watching him grow and change.
So…what’s going on in your world? Let me know in the comments — I love to hear from you!