Thursday, July 9, 2009

You know I'm Trippin'!

Sorry once again for straying from my land for far too long. It's been a fast paced whacked out summerpalooza of sorts around here. With one in summer school(and having a terrible go of it) and the other on a dead run toward friends and activities at all times, a special sister/friend in town from oversees visiting and tons of little trips in between. I've gone and gotten my hair all mussed and myself internally flustered in the process! How's this low energy gal to handle all this?! My nerves have literally been shocking themselves and my heart and head have taken to pulsing spells.

Yes, it IS quite pitiful. I'll give you that. I actually thought I was having a nervous breakdown one weekend! Then having the genius idea my thyroid meds were messing with me, I popped in to the doctor to check it. Turns out it was the first thing. I needed nerve pills for Pete's sake! What would I actually do if real problems came along? pfffft. Apparently, I don't begat from a long line of hearty stock when it comes to the old mental stamina. I'm a delicate. I've always told my oldest that I'm breakable so that he won't practice his Tae Kwon Do moves on me, and my youngest so he just won't whack me in general, but I guess I failed to realize how my psyche was right there in the squishy department as well! Oh bother.

But, neither of us need to dwell on my rattling marbles, so I'll show you a collection of pictures from our recent trip up to Illinois. The first week in July, all Jamey's family took the trip from Arkansas with tents ready for some grand camping and fishing on Granny's farm. There were 16-20 of us there in all with 8 kids age 11 down to 3. There were no cries of boredom from anyone. In fact, we thought the children had turned a little wild after the first few days. They stayed in a pack and grunted around a lot in the tall grasses.

J's brother and sis-n-law
J's dad and nephew
Brother in law and youngest boy
Jamey's sis and Mom(and camp cook extraordinaire)

Miley the only giant dog I love
Our lil' gipper
Proud fishermen J and the Ratchet
Rainy day kids gathered around a six inch t.v.

He's a loner, a rebel.
My tent looked much like this and was in a neighboring town. Did I mention I have anxiety issues? ;) Well, I slept the sleep of the heavily drugged when I made it here each night. Sweet sweet camping times for me. I DID get some unexpected company from my boys in the middle of one rainy night. Their tent leaked and they headed for the inn at 2:45 in the morning. They are probably lucky I wasn't packin' heat startling me at that hour!

And here's a little video that shows a rounder of where we were. It's not really entertaining but it gives the lay of the land to help make up for my short supply of pictures. Yay for peaceful and relaxing(finally- thanks Dr.)times with family.

P.S. Though there are 0 pictures of yours truly, I could almost swear I was there for some of it...oh wait, that is me making the boring video comments. Yep.

Hopefully, I'll get some more reports on my summer visitations going soon now that I've broken the freeze on the manage blog post page again. I hope you haven't all stopped visiting me all together! Until next time friends and fam! :D


savannah said...

yippieeeee! you're back! i miss family vacations, sugar! thank you so much for sharing yours! xoxoxox

Scout said...

I'm so glad you took this trip and got out for a while. I would have stayed at the inn, too.

And I think more people than who are willing to admit it are delicate. What's so good about being tough, anyway?

Maggie said...

Hey that sounds like a heck of a good time and everyone looks like they're have a great time!

(And I love your tent! A woman after my own heart- I do NOT camp so... I can relate!)

Nice to have you back!

Cari said...

Looks like loads of fun!

Methinks you have such the way with the putting words together--yes, you're quite the wordsmith. Makes reading your blog very enjoyable for me. You used the word begat in a sentence---yes...impressed is me! Write more and I read more, k?

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

"and my youngest so he just won't whack me in general"...heh. Yeah, I have three boys. I feel your pain. ;-)

I do camp, but I still love your tent. When camping involves a LOT of people, it's usually best to flee the scene.

Tally said...
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Tally said...

Sorry, I did a typo. That camping trip looks way funner than I imagined!! I would have loved to swim in that lake! Serious! But I don't enjoy tents and hair & makeup are always a concern. Did you get some tanning in at least?

Maria said...

You couldn't pay me to stay in a tent. Liv LOVES camping, though, and she and her father are roughing it for nearly a month of spelunking. This sounds like hell to me, it really does, but they are excited.

And I get all out of sorts when I get out of my routine. Very, very crabby.

Katie said...

Wow you sure have a lot going on all at once. No wonder you're trippin! Glad things are settling down for you a bit. The lake looks amazingly inviting; I'd happily spend the day floating around out there! Granted, I'd want YOUR tent at the end of the day too. I'd like camping a lot more if after a day of hiking and swimming and such, and the s'mores were all finished, there was a shuttle back to the hotel. One that had a good bar and a hot tub.

dive said...

Welcome back, Shan. We missed you.

I must say I love your tent. That's my idea of camping!

Congrats to the guys on that awesome haul of fish. Looks like everyone had a great time.

MmeBenaut said...

Wow, what a perfect camping trip. Thank you Shan dear for showing us all the fun of the "pack". I would have been with you at the inn though. Five stars for me with my anxiety issues too. You're not alone sweetheart. I've NEVER been camping. Nope, not in over 50 years and I figure it's not the time to start.

I did miss you and am so glad you're blogging again. :) and xxx from Mme.

Fifi said...

By the look of those pics, you must have had one relaxing,fun time! I do hope that helped you calm your nerves.
I LOVE reading your posts because you are real ..... and I like real people!
I HATE camping so I shout a loud "Yahoo!" for your luxurious 'camping site' !

MmeBenaut said...

I posted my first video today Shan, do come and see Snuffly!