For me and Dorothy that is. Ben took the 3 boys camping with our friends, but I... didn't want to. It's true that we had fun last year. BUT, it is equally true that one night was pretty much more than I could handle. And also, I hate being dirty. And I just didn't want to keep the kids from experiencing a super fun and dirty time.
Also, I really only like to camp if I am drunk, and Dorothy-- as evidenced by our backyard s'mores fire a couple of weeks ago-- needs constant sober supervision around flames. So.
I sound defensive, and I think I am. Because I don't want Dorothy to be all scared of dirt, and it sounds like everyone had a blast. Maybe next year?
(Also also, I thought I was going to be 5 month pregnant and hiding from mosquitos when everyone planned this trip. And I am not. And I am still really sad about it even though it's unethical to have kids when the planet is dying.)
But. Anyway. WE HAVE HAD SO MUCH FUN.
Dorothy was acting a little crazier than usual at swim lessons
She said she was just going to miss her family so much, which is something I didn't see coming because she never really acts like she likes anyone.
I took her straight to Toys R Us because everyone should learn about retail therapy.
Dorothy enjoyed the cupcakes.
Also, she moved right into my bathroom.
We had to get up a little early because I needed to give a presentation to parents of incoming freshmen.
On the way home, she put in a request for Calico Critters, but I took her to Target instead and we bought a knock-off Woodeez family of ducks and went home to dig up all of the Calico Critter stuff she got for Christmas a couple ears ago. So many families of twee forest creatures.
Dorothy has huge plans to hit an open gym at her favorite inflatable place and have a late dinner of quesadillas so she can stay up a couple hours after her bedtime to welcome the boys home and share with them her latest obsession: cocoa and cinnamon toast as the perfect "midnight feast" which is what she calls bedtime snacks, even though she eats them before sunset.