During our childhood summers back in The Philippines, my parents would pack up our station wagon and drive from Manila to Pampanga to pick up my cousins for another 5 hour drive up in the mountains of Baguio City, where my other cousins live. And my parents along with a total of 10 children would roam around the parks and have barbecues in Camp John Hay, when it was still a US military base back in the 80’s.
When I look back it at now, I thought my parents were absolutely nuts for doing that. It was almost always a chaos of giggling, bickering, playing and fighting over the most mundane things – such as who goes down on the slide first or who gets to push the merry go round. But oh boy, I am so glad that my parents did that – I have a bankful of childhood memories that is absolutely priceless to me right now.
Fast forward to 2015 and I found myself driving Sky and me to the mountains of Lyle, WA for a weekend with fellow mom’s and their kids on Friday right after work.
I was happy to have found new mommy friends in the Tri cities, WA – through our wedding planner, Socially Yours – which is a brainchild of Shasta and Angie. We transitioned from business to personal right smack after our wedding. And I was more than fortunate enough to have an invite to their annual Mom and Kid’s Cabin getaway for this year.
Twenty minutes before reaching our destination, my phone’s signal was gone. I have been forewarned that we will be unplugged for the whole weekend. And that was fine by me… As long as I took a bunch of picture – I’ll be fine – I think. 🙂
There were 6 moms and 9 kids in total and I personally didn’t know how Sky would fit and mingle with new kids. My worries quickly dissapated within 5 minutes of arriving at the cabin. There were happy barefooted, shirtless boys – who welcomed us as soon as we parked. They reminded me of Lord of the Flies, boys being boys.
We spent the weekend chatting, eating and hanging out by on the banks of Klickitat river the whole Saturday afternoon. Seeing the kids play hard and laugh hard outdoors using good old fashioned squirt toys and float on kids floaties and learning the art of taking turns was all so worth it amidst the sweltering heat of the sun.
To top it all off, being in the presence of such powerful women just made it all surreal for me. It’s wonderful to meet kindred souls who share in the celebration of motherhood and still being ourselves despite the many hats that we wear. These women were just plain awesome. And it is wonderful that we all just clicked.
Before I left to go back to reality on Sunday morning, we already started planning for next years trip. Building Real Life Childhood memories in the outdoors.