I did! Though in light of my not posting since taking off, I can see how it would seem like I didn't.
Camping was actually pretty awesome. I rocked the supermom cape the whole time and even helped my sibs with their kids. I did get a little bit annoyed with my dad trying to tell me how to cook bacon and eggs and my parents going insane stuffing everyone with gluten-free frankenfood from cakes to muffins, pancakes to cookies. We were all in charge of certain meals and some were very much less than primal (chili and cornbread?? Talk about digestive upset!). Some were nothing shy of perfect, like the DIY tin foil dinners that included a huge array of choices- beef, turkey, chicken, white fish, tons of veg and fresh herbs, oils, butter and spices. On the whole though- even with crap sleep at night (the children and siblets used my tent/air mattress as a bounce house the first day and the subsequent leak left things not-so comfy to say the least), it was a fun trip. As much as I freaked out the day before we left, I determined that from day one, I would not allow myself to stress. So I didn't. It was great. We hiked and rigged up tree-swings, my brothers taught my boys to fly fish, I even got in a great mountain trail run with my brother and sis-in-law (whom I almost never get to run with, so that was awesome). I missed WLB and our comfy bed immensely, but I'm glad we went. My kids could not have gotten dirtier or been more happy about it.
Things have obviously been busy since then. We had an awesome running night last Tuesday- 4.25 miles with my girls with a whole bunch of silly rock-climbing and tree climbing and play. I felt amazing the whole time. Then Wednesday when we were supposed to go to a family swim party, I started TOM early and came down with some weird bits of illness. We called in sick and staying home on the couch. TOM was 2 days early- which pissed me off because Thursday was my birthday! I'm 30!! I wanted to have a HIIT night with my fav people and go swimming with my folks- to ring in 30 feeling stronger and healthier than ever! Alas, I think camp food finally caught up with me and my immune system went kaput. No one could come to HIIT night anyway. My MIL gifted me with a butter bell crock and a spiral veg slicer (which rocks my socks)! Alicia and Misha took me out to sushi for lunch- complete with a bananas foster dessert that was to die for! WLB had a Target gift card that allowed us to go birthday shopping for me. It feels awesome trying on size medium clothing and sometimes even some smalls (and having them fit!!). After that WLB took over grocery shopping for me and brought home rotisserie so I wouldn't have to cook. I still wasn't feeling great, but I had a pretty good day considering. Friday I drove the kids down to swim with my parents and picnic. I think my mom is catching on because lunch was simple and very Primal. I had some great conversation with my dad about grain and why the Lord's declaration that grain is for man would obviously result in Satan (through time and wiles) corrupting that very grain. I thought I was feeling better, but by the time we hit home again, I wasn't. Saturday I woke of feeling awful. I'd just been getting more and more constipated over the past few days- I'm sure the tempura and rice from the sushi, and the sugar from the dessert didn't help. I pushed through the nausea and did a few hours of lawn mowing and yard work. I got a hefty gash and bruise on my leg from a piece of re-bar that was hidden in the neighbor's bush (my own fault). By the time I finished that, I was ready to shower and veg.... so I did. Just took it easy for the rest of the night and all of Sunday too. WLB hasn't felt great either. I don't know what this sickness is, but after drinking epsom salts (awful, awful btw) and using every essential oil and reflex point, I think I'm slowly on the mend. I'm never sick this long! Crazy! I did rally long enough last night to make a killer meal of salad, spaghetti zoodles (zucchini on the spiral slicer) with red sauce and meatballs. The kids went crazy for it!
Today I've sewed a birthday gift, fed kids, played chauffeur and babysitter and gotten the massive piles of laundry going.
Maybe someday soon I'll come back and add some pics to this and other posts. I really should, but It's all I can do to type it all out right now. I'm seriously depleted in energy. I'm hoping I'll be back in fighting shape for running tomorrow night. I could really use a great run!