William once said that he couldn’t decide what he loves more…camping or being in Austin with my parents. “If only I could combine the two,” he sadly lamented one day.
William is the kid that thrives in the great outdoors, away from the stress of everyday life. He lives for exploring and hiking and whittling sticks. He craves the freedom of being outdoors. His whole face lights up when we announce we’re going camping (he once vomited on the morning we were leaving to camp and tried not to tell us so we wouldn’t cancel the trip…we found out and naively did not cancel the trip but that’s a whole different story).
He’s also the kid that relishes early mornings with Pappy where he can ask a million questions and he has someone’s undivided attention. He loves popping up early and sneaking downstairs in my parent’s house where he knows there’s a cup of coffee waiting for him along with someone who shares all of his interests (he once asked if Pappy was coming to a birthday party we were hosting so he’d have someone to hang out with).
He loves Granny and all that entails…sweet snuggles, silly songs, and games galore. He craves her attention and loves that she shows an interest in what he’s interested in. He’s the kid that loves making people happy and he sees a kindred spirit in Granny…she loves making people happy, too.
So to combine the two – camping and my parents – well that would just make this kid’s dreams come true. (And throw in their little dogs and Auntie Leslie, Uncle Dustin and Alex and well, it couldn’t possibly get any better.)
Mom and Dad recently bought a pull-along camper (which is giving us all flashbacks to the ’80s and the camper we had then), outfitted the whole thing (fancier than my house), and then invited us to meet them for a week of camping in the Lost Pines at Bastrop. William couldn’t believe his luck.
He popped up early and dragged a brother alongside him each morning we were there so he could enjoy a cup of coffee with Pappy. He spent the days roaming the woods and exploring with stops throughout to chat with Granny or play a game of Mancala with her.
He convinced Pappy to bake a cake with him (using the recipe they created) and he gladly accepted (on behalf of his siblings) an invitation for movie night in the camper (buttery popcorn included).
It really is the simple little things that we do today that create the memories that we’ll be reflecting on for many years to come.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the week of memories you created with us ♥