Thankful Thoughts – My Weekend

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Thankful Thoughts – better late than not at all, right?

I know it sounds crazy, but I’m thankful for my weekend.

It was crazy and unscheduled, just like my life these days.

It was unexpected and kind of wild, just like my life.

And it was a blessing.

My Weekend Was Crazy Busy!

On Friday, after several months of research and several days of intense shopping and negotiating, we purchased a new car.  My old one has 225,000 miles on it and is a 2001 model.  It was worn out.

Literally.  We finally had to replace the seats.

Saturday morning we had soccer games at 8 an 9 am.  The 8 am game meant leaving the house before 7.  Hubby drew the short straw.

While he was at the game (and I was driving my new car to the second game with the second child) he called to ask me if I thought we could make a quick camping trip to the lease.

So we did.

I raced through a post yesterday (Saturday) to keep my string of posting every single day intact.  I made it, but I also knew I’d be late posting today (Sunday).

There wasn’t time to write extra posts.

Little did I know how late I’d be…

My Weekend was Unplugged.

It took me about 30 minutes to grab some clothes for our impromptu camping trip.  Our RV is fully stocked, so we could show up with nothing and be OK.

We stopped by the store for ice and something to grill, and then we were on the way.

For over 24 hours, the only way to get electricity or water was to run a generator.

There was no signal to check internet.

No Facebook.

No Twitter.

No WordPress.

No RSS feed.

No Email.

And no charger cables to re-charge stuff once the batteries were drained.

For a full day, the kids’ primary form of entertainment consisted of

  • peeing on stuff
  • poking a campfire
  • throwing stuff into the campfire
  • catching lizards
  • building “rabbit traps”
  • shooting things with imaginary guns
  • playing with sticks

During the same period of time, my chore list consisted of

  • holding a beverage
  • watching my husband
  • turning a water hose on and off
  • throwing away paper plates
  • opening the muffin box for breakfast
  • making coffee

I have exactly ONE load of laundry that got brought home.  That’s the same amount of laundry I’d have from a weekend at home.

How freaking awesome is that!?!

We Got Lost

The trip is supposed to take about two hours each direction.

My husband decided to take the back-roads home.  It’s still a two hour drive, just a different one.

Me, I like the highway route even though it’s longer.

We drove over two hours without seeing a Walmart.

When we were about 30 minutes away from home, my husband missed the turn.  I kept my mouth shut because (a) I thought he had a plan and (b) I didn’t want to annoy him.

Twenty minutes later, I realized he was lost.   I pulled up a map.  We were a full NINTY minutes away from home.

I helped him find the fastest route home and onto the right road.

He said he knew the way home, so I zoned out.

Forty Five minutes later, I realized he had missed a turn.  I pulled up a map.  We were a full HOUR away from home.

At that point, I gave him turn by turn directions.

Our two hour trip took us almost FOUR hours.

He expressed some confusion on why I had failed my job as co-pilot for three hours before finally getting my act together and helping him navigate home.

I expressed some confusion because I didn’t know he expected me to be reading a map.  I thought he knew the way home.

My Weekend Came With Lessons.

I was struck by the fact that I didn’t feel my own batteries re-charge until the batteries on every single electronic device was drained.

I noticed some interesting parallels between our backroads experience and our marriage in general.   It wasn’t until we were working together on a common goal that we actually accomplished the task.

(without the teamwork, we went from Cleveland to Tomball via Navasota.  those are all Texas towns you can find on a map if you’re curious just how lost we were.)

I’m Thankful for my “Lost Weekend”

How could I not be?  I’m so incredibly blessed.  I’m refreshed and renewed.  I got time off.  I gained some valuable insights.

Life is good.

How was your weekend?  What are you thankful for today?  Do you have some thankful thoughts of your own to share?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://thishappymom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/DSC_0036.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family. She serves an amazing God. She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. “I didn’t feel my own batteries re-charge until the batteries on every single electronic device was drained.” Excellent line!! And so true! (also a good candidate for a “tweet this” marker) You named all the reasons we camp all summer. It totally recharges us. We leave all electronics at home and just relax.
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