I guess that is what I have been on the past few weeks. We have been gone, camping mainly, for most of the summer, and internet access has been spotty at best. But here I am, in the laundry room of the Buffalo Lookout Campground, just off Highway #1, east of Regina, Saskatchewan. And the WiFi signal is coming in strong! So, as I wait for my clothes to tumble dry, I’ll try to update a bit.

No Staycation for this family! We have been on the road. Vacation all the way!

To begin with, the boys and I spent a few days at Mom and Dad’s in Airdrie. Actually, Tyson and I dropped the little boys off at Mom and Dad’s and we headed over to Red Deer to help with their Vacation Bible School. Six of their members (Preacher John and five teens) came to Gravelbourg to help with our VBS, so we were returning the favour. So, the little boys had a great time with Grandma and Grandpa (I think they had only been there an hour and they had already talked Grandpa into taking them to the swimming pool!) and Tyson and I enjoyed helping and visiting in Red Deer.

We arrived home from Alberta, spent about two hours catching up on mail and loading the trailer, and then we were off on the next adventure. The whole family, this time. Our destination was Tisdale (northern Saskatchewan) but we only got as far as Regina the first day. Lyndon was gung ho to try the Walmart camping experience, so we did. We stayed in the parking lot of the Southland Mall Walmart, and, I have to say, it wasn’t too bad. We did a little shopping for our trip and checked out the near-by Chapters for some book bargains. Several other trailers were staying the night as well, so I didn’t feel too weird. I was amazed at how dirty it was, though. There was garbage all over the place. That evening, while Lyndon and Tyson were outside on the grass setting up their new fishing rods, a man came by looking for money. The little boys and I were in the store so we missed this experience. Anyway, it sounds like they had quite a chat. The man insisted he needed money to buy food for his family, so Lyndon asked him about his kids… their names and ages… with the end result being a lighter wallet for Lyndon and an interesting experience for Tyson.

Anyway, after an uneventful night (other than the drive-by compliments of a noisy crowd of teenagers at about midnight), we continued our trek north. We arrived in Tisdale and found our campground, which was located on the edge of town beside the Tourist Information Centre. Out front was a large honey bee statue, and a huge picture of Brent Butt. Honey and Brent are Tisdale’s two claims to fame. The joke, of course, became: To get to our campground, just turn at Brent’s Butt. (Remember, I have three boys!)

Thus began the next part of our summer experience, which we will call Music Camp. Stay tuned.

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I am *writing* with a squirmy toddler on my lap. He is trying to drive a toy truck over my face.  It has been crazy days around here lately.

We finally took the plunge and bought a trailer. We have been looking for the last few years. We couldn’t decide on the kind of unit that would best suit our family… pull trailer, 5th wheel, truck camper. Each offers something different, and none offer everything we would like. So, we kept postponing the decision. Just before the May long weekend, however, I got busy and started looking online for something. I checked Kijiji, and the first RV listed was a trailer, with bunk beds, from Gravelbourg. I called the guy and looked at the trailer on Wednesday night. Lyndon got home Thursday night, looked at and bought the trailer on Friday morning, and we were licensed, packed, and on the road by noon!

It was definitely a crazy morning as we needed to be in Moose Jaw by 1:00 to pick up a little boy that we had agreed to take care of for the weekend. We were just a few minutes late. Grabbed some lunch, stopped by Superstore to stock up for the weekend, and we were on our way. We were settled at the campsite at Buffalo Pound, just north of Moose Jaw, by mid afternoon. Whew!

I loved camping with the trailer. The two older boys wanted to set up their tent, so it was just Lyndon, Carter, the two foster boys, and I in the trailer. It was a chilly weekend but we were warm and cozy. I loved being able to cook a pizza or a lasagna, shower the little kids, pee inside in the night. We ended up staying a couple of extra days, so we were there almost a week. I can’t wait to go again.

The following weekend, Lyndon had to work in Yorkton, so we got home from camping, did laundry, and packed everyone up again to go with him for the weekend. It was fun to be in the hotel for a few days. The Little Man loved the hot tub, but he wasn’t crazy about the pool. The other boys waterslided nonstop, with a few Discovery channel breaks. They got hooked on a show that compared different weapons or warriors throughout history to try to determine which would have been victorious.

There was a Jon and Kate marathon all weekend. I watched a couple of episodes since everyone was talking about them and their troubles. Whatever. The boys’ show was more interesting.

So… we have been gone a lot lately. It’s been fun, but has made life a little disjointed. I think I have made peace with the fact that this is just the way life will be for us, with Lyndon working out of town. The Little Man has been great. He is very adaptable and a good traveller.

Now, we are trying to settle into the last month of official school. I am also working on a presentation I am giving in a few weeks at the Christian Women’s Trail Ride, as well as preparing for our Vacation Bible School coming up in July. And, you know, all of the daily challenges that keep life interesting.

Sorry for the rather boring, catch up post today. I’ll try to be more prompt, and more interesting, next time! Here’s a story to share that shows how my kids keep me humble…

While browsing the “How To Raise Godly Kids” section at the Bible book store recently, I overheard Carter telling Colton to “Give that back, you big Butt Crack!” Yeah, just in case you thought we were perfect. Not.