It turns out the M-F camp is kind of nice!
I enjoyed having A & C home for the weekend and also did not mind seeing them off this morning. I mean that in a nice way; I know they will have fun and the peace in our home is just such a huge difference from the usual noise/action level, even with G there!
I have no idea what they will want to do next year, but I will support any combination of day/hybrid/sleepaway desired.
(The only thing I will not support is staying home and doing nothing because . . . well, I just don’t think it’s a great idea. And it’s not something I ever did, either. I could see building in a few weeks of down time – as we did this summer pre- and post-camp — but not the whole ~10-11 week block.)
We had a fun family dinner at a hibachi place (this one, for the locals). The kids were into it.
We also did some family shopping:
REI + Target. We got rain jackets (3/5 didn’t have) and finally replaced some dilapidated luggage with these:
Would have preferred AWAY for everyone (I love mine) but that would have cost 3x, and the one above seems pretty nice — and easily maneuverable for a kid. Hoping to largely remain a carry-on-only family.
And 3/5 of us got trail shoes at REI. G testing them out:
I am hoping that having special shoes will motivate her to hike a bit without complaining? Pipe dream probably. But worth a shot. Shopping with all 3 is getting slightly more pleasant.
I am getting excited for our trip and I think the others are too.
I had a bit of a scare where I had crazy lower back pain (and one-sided leg weakness, like I couldn’t bear weight on that side) after our shopping trip. It only lasted a few minutes and stretching made it go away — I think it was sciatica? I don’t know what triggered it (I didn’t run on Sunday and didn’t feel it during my long run Saturday) and as it happened I imagined what life would be like the pain stayed forever. Very very grateful that it didn’t and hoping it doesn’t return. I have another PT appointment (for my knee though knee is 98% better!) so I will definitely ask there.