A week of camping under the stars, lulled to sleep by the sound of the trees brushing against each other and the crackling of the warm fire. Our family get together this year was at a quiet state park in Washington state...at least it was quiet until we got there : ) We did observe the quiet times of 10-6...but other than that..it was a rolicking, crazy reunion. We erected 7 tents in record time. Setting up chairs and mess hall for the feeding of 17. (+ the 2 pugs) It takes a well orchestrated plan to organize for such a group. Luckily my mom and sisters are just the people for the job. The temps and weather cooperated the whole time. Cold/cool in the am..perfect warmth mid/late day. The kids explored the trails and beach. Low tide happened at all the right moments, smores were made. Many card and board games fought and won. We came home tired but content, and ready to start planning for next years exodus..where ever that may be.