Keith really wanted to go camping for his birthday. I'd had a headache basically since we moved in (the chaos of our stuff was too much for my ocd mind to deal with). I had tried to just avoid deciding what to do about the moving because I couldn't handle more to think about. Thursday 22nd Keith texted from work and asked if we were going. He was so anxious to go. I know that he really wanted to for his birthday. So, I scrambled to put together camping gear and pack food. It was crazy and a ton of work (for me), but that's what we do for someone on their birthday, right?
Keith got off work around 5 and we headed out. We wanted to try a new camp spot at Stoneman Lake (near Flagstaff). There was quite a bit of traffic getting out of town and then it sprinkled off and on driving. It was almost pouring when we got close. Luckily, it wasn't raining...yet at Stoneman Lake. We had a hard time finding a spot. For a Thursday night is was surprisingly busy and we couldn't find a spot. Poor Keith was getting very discouraged. It took us almost an hour to find a spot. It was sprinkling and dark. We finally found a spot and just set up. It was after 9 so as soon as camp was set up we got the girls in bed. We didn't stay up too late, we were very tired and just headed to bed.
I have to admit, as hard as it was to put aside the unpacking and scramble to pack the camp stuff, it was worth it. It was the first few days that I didn't have a headache. I didn't think about my crazy boxed up life. It was quiet and beautiful. It was cool and all about being outside. I LOVE being outside and this was just what we needed as a family to come together. One of my favorite camp trips of all times.