11 October 2008

We Did Stuff!

Soon after Chuck and I got married, I realized that I wanted to be a couple that did stuff. I didn't want to come home from work and just watch TV, well, at least not every day. So we didn't. We joined a local running club. We went on overnight trips. We went on day trips. We got a dog and explored with him. I feel like we got pretty good at doing "stuff." And then we had a baby. Sigh.

I knew that this would be one of those hard-things-about-parenthood for me. I loved (and still love) my freedom. I even loved my freedom with Chuck. But we don't enjoy that same freedom with Rhett. It's just not that easy to go to the Baltimore Craft Show with a six-month-old. So for the past six months I've been too afraid to try things. And this was going to have to change as doing nothing was certainly the easy thing, but it was not the make-erin-happy thing.

So we decided that this weekend we'd do something that we'd done in the B.E. (Before Everett) days: go camping. We didn't do it the same way we used to, but we did it. We had pigs in a blanket (modeled after these), tin-foil potatoes, and Smores, (the latter two only because a couple from our ward ended up joining us; they also spoiled us with breakfast from Great Harvest) instead of the B.E. gourmet camp dinners. We hiked for 45 minutes instead of the B.E. hikes of eight hours.

But I knew that wasn't the point. The point was to build my confidence in being able to get out and do things...with Rhett in tow. Maybe next time we'll try a campsite that's farther than 30 minutes north of our house.


8 comments:

emily said...

yeah for the A.E. days - i think you'll enjoy them, too. just in a totally different way.

and that boy is about the prettiest little baby. he is so beautiful. and, okay, since he is a boy i'll call him handsome, too. he's got it all. enjoy him! :)

Living in Tally said...

good for you guys! I'm still afraid to do stuff. Camping with the kids is something we have yet to try...you are already ahead of the game!

Sandra said...

Good for you guys. I know exactly what you mean about doing stuff without a baby; it was a lot easier. We are still afraid of doing many things and we haven't gone camping yet. I think you two are doing a great job!

i {heart} hawkes said...

hooray for camping with puggies. man that rhett sure is a cutie, love the yellow cap. i completly simpathize with the before baby days. i still miss mine somtimes but am happy to be where i am.

Niederfam said...

really he is so cute......so so so cute. wait until #2 comes around you'll be so good at A.E. you won't blink an eye to take a newborn ANYWHERE you want to go!!!!

Meg said...

Good for you for taking the plunge. With a few modifications to schedule I am of the mindset that kids need to fit into your schedule, so the other way around. Children are extremely adaptable. The hard thing is the almost tripling factor of the amount of stuff one needs to take with you for such a little person. I remember on a trip one time as we walked out of the hotel, every arm full of stuff, that if we didn't have a baby it all would have been in one little bag. They are totally worth it though.

Niederfam said...

YES, it was a charm pack, in answer to your question on mine. The pattern is by "pieces from my heart" and it's called "crazy Jack" or #388. Hope that helps, although I KNOW you could have come up with a darling project all on your own!!!!

Nicole said...

I love it! Especially the marshmallow pic (the last one!).