Camping, Organizing and Moving


We went to see my mom again last weekend and so, we revisted the camping scene. Since we are approaching the hot summer when everyone wants to pitch up tent and sweat in the wilderness, I called ahead to make sure the camping site wouldn’t be full. The camping official-ranger-schedule people informed me that the camp was being run by a group called 24 Hours of Adrenalin. This group was hosting a bike race and reserved the entire park. I figured as long as they had room we’d stay there since it was close to my mom’s little condo — it was a bicycle race so I figured they weren’t going to party all night.

I never stopped to think about what the “24 Hours” in the title meant. I now know. My husband now knows. My kids now know. We know. It was so much more than a bike race. Yes, it was an ALL-NIGHT long bike race. So in the midst of the windiest camping night I have every experienced we were hearing about how well #124 was doing all through the night. At 6 am we woke up to hear about how thankful they were for all the volunteers and were offering coffee and hot dogs. I had my own ideas of what to do with those hot dogs. It was a cold, long night. I can’t tell you how thankful we were for little things like beds, walls and a good night sleep.


I have come to realize that I am in need of a set writing schedule. I feel like I’m juggling raw eggs and everyday one comes crashing to the floor (okay, I’ll stop with the bad analogies). My kids will be out of school within a week, and if I don’t get some goals and a schedule I will be spinning my wheels at the same time I am juggling my eggs (okay, now I’ll stop). So I have to get some goals written and a writing schedule. I will also be making a blogging schedule so that you, my sweet, faithful readers will know when to read my ramblings. I might even change my blog a bit. Yes, organized I will be.


We found a house to rent only 15 minutes from my husband’s work–and it’s cheaper. I am excited and overwhelmed at the same time. Once again I have to displace my children. Once again I have to box up my life. I know this is a good move, and this neighborhood we might be able to eventually buy into so we are planning on staying put this time for awhile! It is the school that is going to be the hardest to leave. We are debating putting them in the neighborhood one or trying a virtual academy-homeschool type situation. I’m not sure what we should do right now. On the one hand I feel I can teach my kids better than the school — I can make sure they continue in Spanish and infuse in them a love for learning. On the other hand, I don’t know if I can spend so much time with them without maiming them. Yes, that is a horrible thing for a mother to admit — they can just drive me so crazy. My son has a mouth on him. Sometimes that mouth is filled with wonderful questions and thoughts and other times that mouth needs to be silenced–quickly. My daughter is the most sweet loveable little girl unless she hasn’t had enough sleep. When she is tired I question why I had kids. The youngest one is so funny, but if he doesn’t have the right car in his hand when we are leaving the house watch out! How can I write if I’m teaching all the time? I don’t know.

So, this is my life right now. A big ugh! Filled with ugh-ness. I will be filling up boxes and trying to trade some of my writing for bank deposits, while I am being the perfect wife and mommy that I always am–making scones, knitting blankets, reading stories, painting murals and putting my spices into alphabetical order. Oh, no that’s not me–that’s Luisa.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tobeme
    Jun 12, 2007 @ 16:14:42

    I have been through this many times in my life. It can be stressful and at the same time, it can be a wonderful adventure. Moving blessings! I know all will turn out well. For questions, concerns about home schooling, you may want to check out Tammy has a great head on her and talks about home schooling in a very down to earth way. I believe her articles may answer some of your concerns.

  2. Jenna
    Jun 12, 2007 @ 17:43:06

    I feel you! I vote for homeschooling! You’ll only do slight injury to your children in the beginning, but don’t worry, they’re resilient and they grow back stronger! Seriously, it’s all a process and I’m here for advice if you should need any. Good luck on the move! Sounds like a plus for your family!

  3. Luisa
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 03:20:16

    Um, my spices are not in alphabetical order.

    Homeschooling! Jenna knows what she’s talking about!

    Congratulations on finding something affordable in your expensive neck of the woods! What is your time frame on the move?

  4. Ask Lucid
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 05:06:42

    I think there will be many people who can relate with your situation. Change is scary at times, but most of the time, it turns out to be just fine.

    I wish you luck with the packing, I know it can be tiring. Weigh out your options with the HomeSchooling. It will have its benefits and down falls. I guess you can look at it this way… If it doesn’t work out at home, they can always be put back into public schooling.

    Good Luck!

  5. Kara
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 09:49:40

    Luisa– You so have your spices in alphabetical order! Don’t be ashamed of your remarkable, somewhat nauseating ability to do everything.

    rjlight–Good luck with all the changes going on in your life. Moving is such a pain–the boxes, the tape, the bubble wrap (oh, wait. That’s the fun part!). Here’s hoping it’s as quick and painless as possible.

  6. rjlight
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 11:22:15

    tobeme- I am checking her out thanks for the link!

    Jenna — I didn’t realize you were homeschooling until I was at your blog yesterday — I missed it before.

    Luisa — hmm I predict your spices will be in alpha order by the end of the month — if they really aren’t yet…:)

    Lucid — thanks for your comments and you’re right I can try it and always change if I need or want to and my kids are still in one piece.

    Kara — thanks, my husband really does most of the packing and I do most of the stressing.

  7. Brent
    Jun 13, 2007 @ 20:03:08

    Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley…Oh hey, RJ. Didn’t see you there. Happy Wednesday and congrats on your Google page rank of 4/10.

    Best of luck on the upcoming move. You are truly a brave woman.

  8. Theresa
    Jun 14, 2007 @ 00:07:47

    I’m glad to hear you found a house. Ugh, moving, I don’t envy you. We spent a year in Málaga and the packing was horrendous, but at least we didn’t have to take all our stuff. I know I couldn’t homeschool my kids without going completely nuts. I love them dearly, but I also need a little time away. Whatever you decide I wish you lots of luck, and a lot of cooperation from your kids (which is even more important than luck).

  9. rjlight
    Jun 14, 2007 @ 06:47:01

    Brent–I’m still smiling about the spices –that was great. Okay, am I suppose to buy a dress and prepare a speech for the google ranking awards ceremony?

    Theresa–I am so tired of moving! We moved 3 times in Spain and then from Spain and other times before that! Sometimes I think I’m in a witness protection program. Are your kids in public or private? I had mine in public in Spain since they were 3–well, my oldest was in private for 3.

  10. Diesel
    Jun 14, 2007 @ 08:25:11

    I’d go on a trip called 24 hours of dopamine.

    We feel the same way about home schooling. There is such a thing as too much family time.

  11. Theresa
    Jun 14, 2007 @ 09:51:50

    Mine are in semi-private (concertado), because at the public school they were being pushed into learning Basque, and that is a whole issue over here. They start Basque at the age of 3, but don’t get English until they are 4, and there are more hours of Basque than English. As far as I’m concerned they should be learning English, French, and if possible German. After all, those languages are so much more useful than Basque.

  12. rjlight
    Jun 15, 2007 @ 14:32:41

    Diesel — finally someone mentions the camping part of my blog. i thought that was the most interesting part!

    Theresa — Oh yeah, you have the Basque language to deal with — such an interesting language yet not very useful! At least Catalan is close to French!

  13. chocolatechic
    Jun 17, 2007 @ 16:53:11

    “Homeschooling is not just about academics. Homeschooling is also an issue of the heart. It’s those precious moments that we as parents miss out on when our children are in some classroom expecting a teacher to have the time to handle those heart issues. We all know what they are….that moment when their heart is open to a lesson that transcends academics. Those precious teachable moments when we can reach our children. Those heart issues are usually the life lessons that stick with our kids the most.”

    This is why I home school.

  14. chocolatechic
    Jun 17, 2007 @ 16:54:38

    I also meant to say that I don’t camp unless the room comes with a complimentary continental breakfast.

  15. rjlight
    Jun 18, 2007 @ 07:28:15

    chocolatechic — I know, that’s why the decision is so hard. I am not a half-way kind a gal if I’m going to do it I want to do it right.

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