Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Year Of Paper

Traditionally on your first anniversary you are supposed to give gifts of paper.. . books, stationary, love letters, etc. Matt and I figured what better paper to give each other than the gift of the title to a new house. Well, actually that was not our original gift idea, but as things fell into place, the timing made it possible for us to spend our first night at the new house on our anniversary weekend. The idea of buying a house together has been on our minds since we got married. With each of us having had our own homes it was important to us to buy something that was a special combination of our likes and dislikes and something that was going to be “ours.” We weren’t really in the market, but we found the perfect house that seemed like it was built just for us. We went into the buying process knowing that it was a foreclosure and a good value, but we had no idea that it would end with lots of drama due to the rules and regulations of the new mortgage laws and the crack down on Fannie Mae. But alas after lots of back and forth the house and a large extra piece of property fell in our laps – we knew it was meant to be at that point. Now, we are happily making lists and planning projects for the upcoming year. Although we love the house just the way it is, the “fixers” in us can’t wait to clean up the rough edges and make this diamond in the rough shine. First things on the list; decorating Lilly’s room and getting a big comfy couch for the family room. I promised Matt that I would hold off from any major renovations and painting until after May… so until then I get to focus on tasks that don’t involve extension ladders or removing tiles.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Week Twenty

Week twenty was a week full of excitement. Officially I am done with my semester, grades are in and I am on 4 weeks of vacation! Which means that I can start to focus on Christmas activities - baking cookies, wrapping presents and having friends over. We were lucky enough to have the Tomasoski Family visit us for a night, while they were in town for a wedding. It was so much fun to have them visit and even better that we got to exchange gifts and spend lots of time playing with the boys. They are both growing up so fast. Later in the weekend we had our friends the Oostings over to enjoy dinner and hang out. Matt did a great job entertaining their son Asher with the Little Tikes Playmat Piano that we have ... who knew Christmas songs could sound so good when played in the tune of Cat, Dog and Frog.

The big excitement of the week involved our 20 week Drs appointment. We spent the first hour in the ultrasound room checking out Le Petit Bébé. It was so much fun to watch the Tech find the legs, arms, heart, etc.. And it was such a change from the first ultrasound when all we could see were circles. Now, we could actually see our little one in there. Everything looked great in the ultrasound and the baby is perfect weight (11oz) and length for about 20 weeks. Matt and I don't do well waiting for surprises so we were happy when the Tech was able to tell us the sex of Le Petit Bébé. Which leads me to introduce Lillian Grace Knoll. Yes, that right, if everything the Tech saw was correct, we are going to have a little girl come May. From what expertise we gained during the ultrasound, Matt thinks Lilly has his nose and lips and my eyes and chin. The pictures didn't turn out great, since the cord was floating across her face in most of the pictures and my bladder was pushing on her head in the rest. It didn't seem to bother her as she was snuggled up, legs and arms crossed and butt in the air, sleeping for most of the ultrasound, but did show us how she can kick her legs and flail her arms ... maybe we have a swimmer on our hands.

20 weeks: Baby is as long as a banana
Your baby has grown as big as a banana. (Length: about 6 1/2 inches from head to bottom, and 10 inches from head to heel.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Week Nineteen

Week nineteen was full of work related tasks, Le Petit Bébé grew its brain substantially while helping me grade exams and final projects. I am pretty sure it is going to come out of delivery lecturing the labor and delivery staff on how to streamline the birthing process and re-engineer the health information system. Aside from all the work related activities that we have been focusing on, we have also been getting excited to be off on break and enjoy the Christmas season... we have lots of shopping to get done, cookies to bake and presents to wrap. New this week is the development of some rhythm within the womb, it appears that the little one might take after Matt, Erin, My Dad & Uncle and Matt's whole family when it comes to music. While out to dinner at one of our favorite pizza locations they had a bluegrass band playing, it was very loud and energetic music and Le Petit Bébé was really moving and shaking to the beat. I mean, I am guessing that is what it was, as opposed to, moving out of the way of the loads of olive, green pepper, mushroom, bacon, and banana pepper pizza I was shoveling in.

19 weeks: Baby is the size of an heirloom tomato
Your baby equals a large heirloom tomato in size and weighs 8 1/2 ounces. (length: 6 inches, head to bottom)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Week Eighteen

Week eighteen is the first official week that Matt got to feel Le Petit Bébé move. I have been feeling the baby move quite a bit in the last few weeks and the movements seemed to keep getting stronger. So, I wanted to do a little test, because it seemed like I could feel the movement with my hand, but I didn't know if it was a mind body connection or something. One night while we were watching TV I could feel the movements pretty constantly, so I put Matt's hand on my belly and didn't say anything when I felt movement, then all of a sudden he said, "was that it?" It was indeed the little one busting some moves. He felt it a few more times in a row and his grin just kept getting bigger the more he could feel it. We are both very excited to have this new connected with our little bell pepper.

18 weeks: Baby is the length of a bell pepper
Your baby is as big as a bell pepper and weighs almost 7 ounces. (Length: 5 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Week Seventeen

Week seventeen, for the most part, was spent in Minnesota celebrating! With the multiple celebrations came lots of opportunity to see family and to eat - two of my favorite things. Our first celebration was Thanksgiving with the Allar side of the family and, in traditional fashion it was a deliciously huge event. This year was especially fun, as we got to meet Courtney's "baby" Cooper for the first time. Cooper is now about 7 months old and he is as cute as can be. Courtney made sure to give Matt lots of time with Cooper to prepare for our baby. It quite possibly was the first time that Matt had ever bottle fed a little one - and he sure had it easy, since Cooper did all the hard work in holding the bottle and didn't fuss or spit up at all! I believe Matt will get a rude awaking the first time he gets to feed our little one, I can only imagine he will be wearing more of the bottle than the baby will ingest. :) After the fun and festivities of the Allar Thanksgiving we made a family trip to see the new Harry Potter, which was good, but far to long for a pregnant gal with a full stomach, by the end I was hoping that Harry would just throw Dobby in to the sea and call it good. I might have a better appreciation for the movie when I watch it at home in comfortable pants and whilst laying down.

The second celebration of the week was for Matt's 30th birthday! We loaded up the family and headed to Benihana for a hibachi style birthday. The baby really loved the onion soup and salad with ginger dressing .. yum! But the highlight of the dinner was the Japanese rendition of "If your happy and you know it," sung as the birthday song followed by a lovely picture to commemorate Matt getting older.

We topped off the week of celebrations with a trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa Knoll at a super fun Supper Club/Lodge that had all the best fried foods including cauliflower and Walleye. It was so nice to see them and have some time to visit, we haven't had a chance to see them since before we were married and last year we couldn't make the drive twice because of bad snow storms. The end of our visit to see the Knoll side of the family was completed
with an early family Christmas. We were so spoiled and even Le Petit Bébé got lots of fun things to play with.

Week seventeen was certainly exhausting, but so much fun!

17 weeks: Baby weighs as much as a turnip
Your baby weighs 5 ounces this week -- about as much as a turnip. (Length: 5 inches, head to bottom.)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Week Sixteen

Week sixteen was highlighted with another good appointment with Dr. Lown. The heartbeat is still strong and we are measuring right on track. We were able to schedule our 20 week ultrasound for December 14th and we are excited to see our little one again. I have also been able to feel the baby move more and more often, it has gone from an everyday or every other day event to a few times a day. Since I cut back on caffeine for the duration of the pregnancy the baby becomes especially active when I splurge on cherry coke. The movements are still too subtle for Matt to feel, but I am hoping that will change in the near future. We also worked on putting on some pounds by eating out three days in a row.. yum! I got to visit my girlfriends from grad school in Lansing for dinner on Thursday, it was so much fun and long overdue, we realized that we hadn't had a chance to visit since August of 2009. Then Matt and I went to my favorite chain Bonefish Grill for some delicious chowder and salmon with our friends Max and Amanda on Friday. And finally, a few pounds heavier we went out to eat with Erin and a new local spot The Twisted Rooster on Saturday. Ahh.. I do love eating out, I blame it on Big Jim, he helped me develop my palate as a kid. At the end of our sixteenth week we made the drive out to Minnesota to celebrate Thanksgiving/Christmas, surprisingly the drive was a little more uncomfortable than usual, but I was excited to use the seat warmers as a way to relax my tense lower back muscles.

16 weeks: Baby is the size of an avocado
Your baby measures up to an avocado, now, and weighs 3 1/2 ounces. (Length: 4 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Week Fifteen

Week fifteen has been uneventful week ... and that is a good thing. The heartbeat is still strong and besides heartburn I am feeling pretty good. We have spent most of the week Christmas shopping and getting ready to head to Minnesota for Thanksgiving/Christmas. I just love this time of year and Matt and I always have such a good time picking out gifts for our friends and family. We also had a huge task in finding me some new dress boots to wear this Winter. I am finding that all the maternity pants come in a length that is at least two inches shorter than what I wear, so I have taken out the hem to make them a little longer and to compensate for the rest I needed boots with shorter heels. After about four stores and at five minutes 'till closing Matt finally located the right style and I quickly found the right size - success! Now, I should be all set, with modified pants and shorter heels. We also had a great dinner at the Melting Pot with Erin and Jake - yum it is such a great place to have a filling and fun dinner. It was restaurant week in GR so many places offer a special 3-course menu for $20.00, Melting Pot offered a starter course of cheesy spinach and artichoke fondue followed by a choice of salad and then a sample of ravioli, steak, chicken, shrimp, mushrooms and potatoes that you cook in the fondue pot. We of course added on Chocolate fondue for dessert which was delicious with strawberries, but a little overwhelming for me when it came to the cakes, marshmallows and other sweets you could dip. We are getting excited for our sixteen week appointment in a few days and hope to get another thumbs up from Dr. Lown.

15 weeks: Baby is the size of an apple
Your baby has grown to the size of an apple and weighs about 2 1/2 ounces. (Length: 4 inches, head to bottom.)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Week Fourteen

Week fourteen has been an exciting week - the first time I got to experience round ligament pain and the first time I got to feel the baby "flutter" on a regular basis. I first felt the fluttering right before Halloween, but it wasn't consistent at all, in fact I think I felt it one day and then not again for several days. It is such a strange feeling and it still has me wondering what is really going on in there. This week the fluttering has become more and more consistent, about everyday or so, and I can only picture the little one in there swimming laps in its amniotic fluid. I really wish Matt could feel the little flutters because it sure is neat. As for the round ligament pain; that made a timely appearance during one of my classes when I was walking over to a student's computer to help them on their project. Owww, it complete caught me by surprise and had me limping the rest of the class. When I got back to my office I googled how to relieve the pain and spent the next 10 minutes using my desk as a ballet bar for stretching... good thing I am on the 4th floor, I can only imagine what people would think if they could see in my office window. Matt and I also made our inaugural trip to Babies R Us to check out some baby gear. We spent about an hour in there, registered for 2 items and bought nothing. The less than friendly registry lady was floored that we only found two things... I really wanted to point out that most of the items we were looking for they didn't even carry, the rest of the stuff was sold out and to complicate the matter every aisle had unattended kids running around like wild banshees. But, alas, we just smiled and said we were only browsing that day. I look forward to a trip to Buy Buy Baby and USA Baby in the next few weeks, maybe we will have better luck at one of those two places.

14 weeks: Baby is the size of a lemon
Your baby, now as long as a lemon, weighs about 1 1/2 ounces. (Length: 3 1/2 inches, head to bottom.)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Week Thirteen

Week thirteen has us waiting with baited breath for pregnancy hunger to kick in. I have heard from most people that this was the week they started to get their normal appetite back. We are struggling in this area a little bit. Although, we are not nearly as nauseous, we are just not that hungry. Matt put together a really helpful calorie counter chart to help me stay on track ... pretty much it is a force feeding schedule to help us make sure the baby is getting all the nutrients it needs. Lucky for me the system includes a date night of my choice if I can stay on track. I guess we are already starting a bad habit for the baby, if I need to be bribed, I can only imagine we will have to do the same with the little one. We are creating a little monster as we speak.

13 weeks: Baby is the size of a medium shrimp
Your baby has reached the size of a medium shrimp and weighs nearly an ounce. (Length: almost 3 inches, head to bottom.)

Friday, October 22, 2010

"Falling" In Love

We are officially in love, smitten, head over heels with our little baby Knoll. Sure, it has only been twelve weeks since we found out we were blessed, but we are already counting the days until we get to meet our little one. We have been waiting until our twelve week appointment to announce our news, and now we can't wait to share our excitement with everyone. We put together some blogs to chronicle the weeks leading up to today.

Week Twelve

Week twelve means that we made it through two ultrasounds, a handful of appointments and two experiences of hearing the heartbeat on the Doppler. We are ecstatic that things are going well. At our appointment this week we heard the heartbeat again and it was still a strong 160 bpm, we questioned the Dr. if that would mean a boy or girl and he just laughed - guess we will have to try the string test and drain-o test after all. I hear they are very accurate and scientific. Until, then we will continue to drool over all the fun baby things in neutral colors.

12 weeks: Baby is the size of a lime
Your baby is, by this time, the size of a lime and weighs 1/2 ounce. (Length: just over 2 inches, head to bottom.)

Week Eleven

Week eleven was an landmark week, mid-term examination week, which means we have made it through half the semester and have not had to run out of class sick. Yea! I have to admit at the start of the semester I was concerned that my 8:30 class might be an issue, but so far so good. I have also started to feel a tad more energetic, my naps now only take up one daytime TV show and some days I can actually skip it all together, I feel so accomplished. I still have not had much of an appetite and I have fought to maintain my desired weight, I am hoping that soon my appetite will return and I will be able to work on adding that pound a week.

11 weeks: Baby is the size of a fig
Your baby is now about as big as a fig. (Length: just over 1 1/2 inches, head
to bottom.)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Week Ten

Week ten means that the baby is the size of a kumquat, I wish that I wanted to eat a kumquat or anything for that matter. This week I have had no appetite, nothing sounds good and everything gives me heartburn. I read somewhere that heartburn may mean a full head of hair on baby, based on the level of my discomfort, this baby may come out looking like a Sasquatch. Yikes. This was the last week of our favorite ice cream place, so we made sure to stop by on the last day and get as much bubble gum ice cream as we possibly could; to store in the freezer, I just know when my appetite comes back I will want some super bad. The weather continues to be beautiful and I can't help but want to clean, purge clutter and then take a nap in the sun.

10 weeks: Baby is the size of a kumquat
Your baby, now barely the size of a kumquat, weighs less than a quarter of an ounce. (Length: a little over 1 inch, head to bottom.)

Week Nine

Week nine was filled with beautiful weather and we tried to take full advantage of it - by being outside as much as possible. We spent some "exercise time" walking around Art Prize and some work time cleaning out the closets and having the windows wide open. It is going to be hard to see this weather go, but I am looking forward to big cuddly sweaters and more comfy pants. Not much has changed regarding our lack of energy or queasiness - although it has seemed to be better in the mornings and only really get bothersome after dinner time, that is an a little bit of an improvement. The big disappointment this week was finding out that Wendy's no longer offers Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese, I nearly, and by that I mean, I did, have a break down when I heard the news. If only Wendy - daughter of Dave Thomas - had been there herself .. they would have Bacon and Cheese Potatoes on the menu again in no time.

9 weeks: Baby is the size of a grape
Your baby has grown to the size of a grape, weighs a fraction of an ounce, and is almost 1 inch long.

Week Eight

Week eight started out with out first official appointment with our OB. Granted we have seen him almost every week so far, but this is the first appointment where we talked do's and don't s, family history and what the schedule will look like for the next month or so. Things seems to remain on track even with the painfully large spot (cyst/ mass) on my ovary. We are continuing to track it and hopefully by twelve weeks it will begin to shrink, if not we can look at surgical reduction methods, until then we are praying that it doesn't burst and that it continues to supply the baby with all the needed hormones. At the end of the appointment we were delighted to hear the heartbeat via Doppler, due to the fact we are only eight weeks along the Dr. didn't know if he could find it, but within the first few seconds he had it picked-up and recorded it at 160bpm's - it sounded healthy to all of us and the Dr. reassured us is was a very good sign. Outside of our appointment the baby went to its first official Tigers vs. Twins baseball game and enjoyed some delicious nacho cheese and pretzels and a large glass of ginger ale. The baby, however, was not, enjoying the smells of onions, onion rings, hot dogs or chili.

8 weeks: Baby is the size of a kidney bean
Your baby -- now comparable to the size of a kidney bean (just over 1/2 inch long) -- is constantly moving and shifting.

Week Seven

Week seven seemed to be pretty uneventful considering all of the excitement we have had the past few weeks. The nausea and dry heaving continue and I am getting better and managing it. Although, every once in a while a student will have coffee in my class and I can barely breath. Naps continue to be a daily occurrence and they have now started to interrupt my daily friendship with Ellen, oh well, we will have all summer to get reacquainted. On a side note, I have been staying to my Dr's scheduled weight gain, but this past week I popped a button off my pants... I was a little surprised that they were so snug so soon, I rather blame it on poor craftsmanship.

7 weeks: Baby is the size of a blueberry
Your baby, having doubled in size since last week, is as big as a blueberry (about 1/2 inch in length).

Week Six

Week six started out with an early morning appointment to have our second ultrasound. The baby is looking healthy, measuring exactly at six weeks and its heartbeat went from 112 to 120 beats per minute in only two days, they said it will continue to increase until it peaks in a week or so. The strange spot on my ovary has not grown since the first ultrasound, but they are still going to keep an eye on it along with keeping an eye on my HCG levels. Week six has also brought on some waves of nausea and dry heaving, although it has been pretty manageable so far. Saltine crackers first thing in the morning and right before I fall asleep has been the key to keeping the nausea at bay along with sips of ginger ale and sour candies during the day. When I am not feeling queasy I have been craving everything salty – green olives, chips/salsa/guacamole, cucumbers with salt and sour cream and McDonalds French fries. I have also been extremely tired; naps are now a daily occurrence and at about two pm everyday you can find me on the couch asleep in the sun. I know the naps are good for the baby so I am more than willing to partake and it does help keep me out of trouble, I am getting stir crazy not working on projects around the house, so the fatigue has helped keep things in perspective.

6 weeks: Baby is the size of a lentil

Your baby is as long as a lentil (about 1/4 inch).

Week Five

Week five was my first full week back at school. I have my usual schedule and teach from about 8:30 to 2:00 on Tuesday and Thursdays. In the past I usually just snacked between classes and then ate my meals when I got home, but I realized this week that I might have to adjust my usual. I have been starving all week and my 15-min breaks between classes have left me with little time to eat. I made a run to the grocery store to stock up on fast foods to have in my office – right now fruit and string cheese has been the perfect solution. I also didn’t realize how little time I have to use the bathroom, my new pregnancy bladder has me looking forward to the end of my classes to just to make it to the bathroom, this should be an interesting semester! In the middle of week five I had some scant spotting, I called my OB and they sent me to the lab to get a blood draw. My levels came back good HCG of 13800 and Progesterone of 31. They said that there is not much to worry about, but they scheduled me for my first ultrasound at five weeks five days. The ultrasound went well and they were able to see the baby’s heartbeat, it was 112 beats per minute, perfectly normal for a heart that just started beating. They did recognize a strange spot on my ovary and scheduled me for another ultrasound at exactly week six.

5 weeks: Baby is the size of a sesame seed
Your baby has grown to the size of a sesame seed, looking more like a tiny tadpole than a human.

Week Four

At four weeks I decided to take a home pregnancy test to see if we were pregnant. I had a sneaky suspicion since the Saturday before (10 days post ovulation) that I might be pregnant, I was already experience early signs of pregnancy, but was really busy with getting ready to go back to school, so I waited it out until four weeks two days. As soon as I saw the positive pregnancy test I called my GP to see if I could come in and have them validate it with a blood test, sure enough we were pregnant. Matt had been working late all week on a project for work, so I racked my brain for a creative way to tell him when he finally got home. I decided to stop by the pet store and Hobby Lobby on my way home to pick up some supplies. I got enough stuff to make a special dress for Mrs. Whiskers to wear, it seemed the most logical way to tell him since she is our “furbaby.” The top of the dress had the words “I have a secret…” and then under the tu-tu skirt it said “I’m going to be a big sister.” When Matt got home I sent Mrs. Whiskers to the door to meet him and he was very surprised. I have been feeling really healthy and have only been experiencing fatigue and “growing pains.”

4 weeks: Baby is the size of a poppy seed
Your baby -- now officially an embryo -- is about the size of a poppy seed.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Two Trips To See The Twins

It has become a yearly tradition in the Knoll household that we attend at least two Twins games a year. This summer was no exception as we first saw them play at the new Target field over the 4th of July weekend and then most recently when we saw them play the Tigers in Detroit. Our first trip to Target field was really cool, it is a beautiful park. Although, as I was sitting there in 100 degree heat using the bathroom as often as possible to sit in the air conditioning, I found myself wondering why they thought it was a good idea to move to an outside stadium. Similarly, as the back of my sweaty thighs stuck to the new plastic seats I remembered back to my experience at the old stadium – ahhh air conditioning, artificial lighting, and no whining about the heat. I know that Matt and other nostalgic baseball fans would argue that baseball is meant to be played outside and that the old stadium was not made for baseball, but uggghh, how can you pass up air conditioning? Nevertheless, we had a really fun day at the game, Matt’s sister and brother joined us and a good time was had by all. The game started off with para-troopers dropping down on the field, followed by two homeruns by the Twins and ending with some excellent people watching. Unfortunately the Twins didn’t win that game against the Rays. Since the new Target field is right downtown, after the game we had a delicious dinner at Fogo’s Brazilian Steakhouse, which is quickly becoming one of our favorite types of cuisine. Our second trip to see the Twins was just a few weeks ago when they played the Tigers. We went to the game with my parents which was a really fun outing and it gave Matt someone more knowledgeable to talk baseball with, while my mom and I enjoyed people watching and peanuts. It was a beautiful night for a game and to many of our delights the Tigers won. In fact, just as a point of reference, we have never been to a Twins game when they won. I am starting to think I am an albatross around Joe Mauer’s neck.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Michigan Brewers Guild Festival

I recently ran across some pictures from a beer fest that we attended earlier in the summer so I thought I should finally get them added to the blog. The beer fest was in Ypsilanti, so it was a nice opportunity to see my friends Sara and Paul, both of whom live in the metro area. I was a little worried that the event was going to be canceled based on the horrible weather, but you can’t even tell from the pictures that the night before there was tornado warnings, flood advisories and down pours. Many parts of the park where the event was held was still flooded with mud and most people wore rain boots, but Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day and thanks to my friend Paul we had a great place to enjoy the day… near the river with cool breezes and under the shade of some trees, thank goodness since in the sun it was at least 100 degrees. Our friends Amanda and Max also made the trip from Grand Rapids and they joined us about half way through the afternoon, just in time to enjoy some great food, craft brews and good conversation.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Just Call Me "Troop Beverly Hills"

When I tucked my camp sit-upon and my Brownie/Girl Scout handbook in a box in my parent’s basement I had no idea that they might someday be of use, but it looks like I might be wrong. Matt and I recently went on our first official camping trip together, which may or may not become a summer tradition. Although I did enjoy participating in Girl Scout programs, I never got excited about camping. I mean, I love the theory of camping - I love shopping for camping gear and all the organizational items available, I enjoy sitting by the fire and enjoying nature… but up to this point that is about as far as I got. In fact, some might say that roughing it for me would include staying in a less than perfectly appointed hotel room. However, Matt is attempting to change my tune. This “trial” camping trip was planned as a short and sweet attempt to break-me-in to the camping life style. In fact compared to what Matt is accustomed to we were "Glamping." We drove up to White Burch Campground on Friday afternoon and Matt unloaded the car and set-up the tent. Since this was an “introduction” Matt did most of the work – that was a smart move, considering setting up the tent took 30 min. and I would have lost patience by then and decided that it would be just as good to sleep in the back of the Volvo. While Matt was doing the hard work, I set out to start the campfire, which was less than a challenge since we had lighter fluid. If only I would have know the joy of lighter fluid when I lived at my Uncle’s house with the wood burning stove, wow – life would have been a whole lot easier and warmer. Anyway, I digress, with the campfire burning and the tent and supplies all set up we made some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches over the fire in our handy hobo pie makers … pretty tasty considering the lack of conveniences. The rest of the night was spent around the fire enjoying our time together. Nighttime while camping is still a little difficult for me to embrace – the concept of walking to the bathroom with a flashlight is still not appealing to me along with trying to sleep with no sound barriers and loud neighboring campers and then there is the issue with wildlife making noises all night that really wears on my nerves… I mean who knew that roosting turkeys make so much darn noise all night… and I thought Mrs. Whiskers made a lot of noise when she snores. Needless to say our first night was a little sleep deprived, which brought us to the wee hours of morning in which it down poured, not just a light steady rain, but a rain that made me feel like I was going to be sleeping underwater at any time... but lucky for us our tent stayed dry. It continued to rain on and off for all of Saturday, a little extra trail that made this camping experiences an “experience.” We did make it out to canoe for the afternoon, but with the river so high from the rain it was really fast and we were able to make a 3 hour canoe trip in about an hour and a half. It helped that Matt is very experienced at canoeing and he was in charge of our route, all I had to do was paddle, take pictures and point out obstacles that going to be in our way. After our outing on the water we got back to camp, got cleaned off and started up the campfire for another night of just hanging out. We were able to get dinner made and a few s’mores made before it started raining steadily again, so we packed up and snuggled up in the tent. With all the rain most campers had headed out so I was fairly confident that this night was going to be much better, which was true until I had to go to the bathroom at 3 in the morning .. uggh .. still not digging the walk to the bathroom. Sunday morning was a very nice morning – quiet, fresh smelling and just a great time to enjoy some tea and nature … this was while Matt was packing up, since it was my “introductory” trip I took full advantage of just relaxing while he piled stuff back into the car. Lessons learned from this trip to remember for next time – refresh memory by skimming through the girl scout handbook ( I will need new recipes and camp games for next time,) pack ear plugs, don’t take so much food, get a campsite near the bathrooms, bring sleeping pills, stop drinking fluids well before bedtime, pretend that every trip is still an “introduction” and let Matt do most of the hard work! T-minus 3 years before I am fully ready for the Boundary Waters.

Thursday, August 5, 2010