Friday, August 29, 2008

Out of the Bag

As noted previously, MommaLlama is going to have a weekend at home alone. Yesterday, I spontaneously decided to take the boys camping this weekend. The weather looks to be nice enough in the hill country (not too stinkin' hot - we'll hike early and late and play in the water when it's hot). We're trying a new location. I've never been to Enchanted Rock, but it appears to be very nice and the trails should be easy enough for kids (and out-of-shape parents). Also supposed to have a lot of great photo opportunities.

The original plan did include our mommy, but she feels like relaxing, so this will be our first dudes-only camping trip. We haven't told the boys yet because I wanted to surprise them. We did tell them that we were doing something fun, but wouldn't say what.

Well, Bobcat is getting pretty smart. The zebra cakes tipped him off. You see, any time we are going camping, we bring Little Debbie zebra cakes. I don't know when that tradition started exactly, but it's set in stone now. We don't keep that kind of stuff around the house, but it is a well documented fact that sugary snacks eaten while camping have no adverse effect (and there is plenty of space for little boys to run and burn off the excess energy). So anyway, mommy and the boys were at the grocery store picking up a few things, and Inspector Bobcat read the clues. Bacon and eggs, fairly normal stuff. Hot dogs, also pretty typical. LOTS of granola bars... firewood... and zebra cakes?... DING DING DING! "I KNOW WHAT THE SURPRISE IS!!!" MommaLlama is trying to keep him from telling the others, but it's only a matter of time.

What they don't know is that mommy isn't coming, so it will still be a surprise to discover that it's boys only. I think it's going to be great. They're finally old enough that they can play nicely without falling off a cliff, while I cook or take photos. Wish us luck and pray for safe travels. We'll report back with photos next week!


Charlotte (Matilda) said...

"They're finally old enough that they can play nicely without falling off a cliff."

Hmmmm. I don't know that I've heard of that developmental milestone before! :)

Sounds like fun! Tell Momma to give me a shout if she wants to grab some coffee.

nicole said...

You guys are sure to have a blast. We have friends that have camped at Enchanted Rock a couple of times and really liked it. In fact, they are not really campers, but they still enjoy it, so y'all should be golden. And that Bobcat is one smart kid.

La Familia said...

Ahhh! Life with boys...can't wait! And I agree with Nichole, that's one smart kid. :) Have fun and we'll be praying for you. I wish I could join Mommallama for coffee and water. :) You want to hear something gross. I really like to drink water with ground flaxseed in it. Why? Because it reminds me of all those Saturdays that Mommallama would come over to our apartment while the men went to Bible Study. I would always eat a bowl of Uncle Sam's with bananas in it. Sniff..Sniff.

MommaLlama said...

Oh Olive... those were truly some of the best moments! Boy the stuff we talked about :-)... now we're older and no longer honeymooners :-).

MommaLlama said...

Charlotte... it's in the boy manual we were given (j/k)!

Well after dinner this evening we told the boys the real deal (but it was fun all day messing with them, I really had Snookie and Bubba going... not so much with Bobcat but he tried to play along).

As for me, I'm going to spend some much needed time in my pj's, pint o' ice cream in hand, and working through a few more craft plans (probably watching mindless movies on TV)! It's truly the best way to pass the time with Aunt Flo.

La Familia said...

Is it in the same manual that Turk wrote that states, "There's a transitional period between the time a boy is born and the time when he discovers the knife drawer?" That passage has given me much consolation.

Bob said...

Looking forward to the pictures. Funny story about Bobcat and the zebras. Little boys are hard to fool.