Last weekend, Mira went on her first camping trip. Brian took her and met some friends out at a local camp ground. They spent 3 days (and 2 nights), which was the longest Mira had ever been apart from me. Apparently she did great! She didn't sleep well (no napping, late to bed, early to rise) because she was so excited about sleeping in the tent with Daddy, but Brian says that it didn't make her cranky or unruly and that she behaved very well and really enjoyed herself. There was some swimming, some hiking, some nature-watching, some star-gazing... They couldn't have a camp fire because of the draught, but I'm told they still were able to make s'mores using a propane grill.
I told Brian to take pictures for me, and he did.... a whopping 6 photos. Sigh. Well here's the best of the slim pickings:
Brian sounds VERY enthusiastic in that video, doesn't he? He assured me that he did actually enjoy himself quite a bit, despite the lack of evidence supporting that claim.
Meanwhile, Ellowyn and I got some one-on-one time. I decided to keep her home with me because (1) I'm not a big fan of camping and (2) with Ellowyn being at that crawling-around-putting-everything-in-her-mouth phase, I was picturing a never-ending game of "chase the baby and pull things out of her mouth and then console her while she cries about having that delicious stink beetle taken away from her and then finally put her back down to chase her some more and repeat until dead". It was a nice break to have only one child to care for, and it was nice to interact with Ellowyn in ways that are not possible when Mira is involved. But I was still really happy to see Mira and Brian when they got home; I missed them so much!