April Fool's Day brought 3" of snow and a morning full of trickery. But, let me back up a bit. When we were in Ocean City, Maryland last year, we saw a camper like ours but with 3 pop out beds. The kids have been sharing a queen size bed since we got the camper, which wasn't a problem initially, but over the last year, we have spent countless camping nights listening to "He's on my side!" and "Her foot is touching me!". Up to this point, we had been able to drown them out with wine. But in the back of our mind, we had been entertaining trading in our camper for one more bed. Don't get me wrong...we love our camper! But, we finally found one we liked and decided to put ours for sale and just roll the dice. We decided if we sold it by last weekend at the latest, it was meant to be. If not, we were happy to keep our camper and head out on our first trip of the 2011 season to Savannah, Ga for April vacation.
We immediately had interest but it didn't sell. The first people that came to see it were very interested...a man, his wife, and two pre-teen daughters. They were pop up campers thinking about moving up. We figured the full bath would be the selling point for them, but turns out, they don't mind using the camper bathrooms. Hold the phone, Peeps. Are you kidding me? Who would rather use a public bathroom as opposed to their own private bathroom? Freaks. Cut. It. Out. They didn't deserve the camper.
The ad expired last Saturday and we began to prepare for our April vacation trip. Sunday morning came and brought a call from an interested party that must have written down our number before the ad disappeared. He came on Monday to see the camper and an hour later Jack saw our camper driving down the road when he was on his way home from school. A little surprising...for all of us.
Tim worked all week to find and purchase our next camper and we had planned to pick it up on Friday in Albany, NY. We decided to surprise the kids on April Fool's Day. We let them sleep in and then I woke them up at 7:30 saying "We all overslept! School is starting right now...we have to get up and get going!" They both had the same reaction..."Yeah, right Mom...April Fool's Day." I said, "Look at the clock...we are late!" They both snapped into action and ran to get dressed. It was then that I told them I had already called them in sick...they were skipping school...and we were driving to NY to pick up our new camper!! They were so psyched! Well, let me be honest...I was so excited to surprise them. I wish people would surprise me more...I LOVE surprises! Mimi bought right into it and loved the surprise. Jack asked if he could go to school instead of driving back and forth to NY. Clearly he doesn't have my genes. When I reminded him that his parents were letting him skip school and he could watch DVD's most of the day, he loosened right up.
It was a long day...we left while it was snowing and it snowed/rained all day...we didn't get back home until 7 pm...but it was well worth it. The new camper is awesome!! It feels enormous even though the camper is only 2 feet longer than our other one. A few upgrades other than the third bed, though...heated mattresses (which will come in handy in the fall), more storage space, built in fans and book lights for each bed, and a double sink. We have been busy this weekend...packing up and doing "tours" for our friends. We can't wait to try it out!
Our first trip will be on April vacation. We intend to travel 17 hours our first day, all the way to South Carolina to visit our friends the Ranneys who recently moved there. We miss them and can't wait to check out Charleston and spend some time with them. I will say, last year when we drove to Disney, we made it this far in a day so we know we can do it...although a bit painful...but it can be done. Thank God our kids have been used to road trips since they were born!
From there we will hunker down in Savannah for the week. Tim and I went to Savannah with a few friends for a long weekend before we were married and totally fell in love with the place. It's rich with history and has a great arts community and we can't wait to introduce the kids to it. We hope to spend a fair amount of time exploring the Georgia coast, specifically Tybee Island and Jekyll Island where they have a sea turtle rescue center...right up Jack's alley.
It will be the first time we don't get dressed up for Eatster...or have Easter dinner. Instead we'll be wearing "comfy" pants and if we are lucky, we'll have ham sandwiches. But I know, above all else, we will have an awesome adventure!