Wednesday, August 28, 2013

We went camping

Yesterday, my handsome man turned 24.

I'd been asking him the same, subtle question for a while. It went like this: "What do you want to do for your birthday?"

And he'd been giving me the same, blunt answer every time: "Nothing."



Obviously, a real-and-true nothing just wasn't an option. But since his birthday fell on a weekday, I understood his desire to remain in a sans-streamers "chill mode" for the evening. 

The fun-tastic solution? I surprised him with a camping trip. In our living room.


 At our campsite, there was a botanical garden.

Okay, so this is really a commission series I'm working on that's pulling double duty.

And there were top-of-the-line ammenities.

A remote control for him, design magazines for her. And a kickin' dinner menu.
Complimentary water? Clearly, this place was 5-star.
S'mores: It's just not a camping trip without them.
As soon as the hubs walked through the door, he went to change into his "camping clothes." For the rest of the night, this happened.

This is my new favorite picture of all time.
He liked the fact that he got to play in a fort, eat hot dogs/baked beans with bacon/potato salad, and watch TV.

I liked that there were no bugs.

Our sprawling campsite. Don't you just love nature?
Overall, it was a great day at Kamp Kiker. He had a happy birthday, and I had a happy one-month wedding anniversary. Definitely a win-win—love that.


On a side note, I just figured out how to import my old blog onto this new site. This might give new readers the impression that this is a long-established, well-tended sort of blog. It's not (or at least it wasn't in the past...totally my goal to go into serious-blogger mode and change that). But it has sporadically documented some of the cooler things I've done in life, like my first day as an US Weekly intern, or the time I spent in Southern France working as an au pair

For the sake of some good ole' memories, reminders of what was on my heart back then, and probably lots of laughs, I'm going to share links to a few of my favorite older entries every time I post something new. Sometimes, it's not good to look into the past. In this case, I think it is. 

Two good ones to get this party started:

1. Madrid mishap—A disaster of layover in Spain. Warning: Reading this post may cause uncontrollable fits of laughter.
2. As fast as you can—Reflections on running—literally, around a track, and figuratively, away from things that are scary or uncomfortable.



  1. Oh my gosh, what a cute idea!!! I love this!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! We really had a blast...who knew that fort building wasn't just for kids? :)

  2. how precious and wonderful is this!??

    1. It's the little things, right?

      PS, the photos on your site are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi Karley! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! I love this idea of an indoor camping night! So cute! I got my wood burning pen on Amazon but you can also get them at Hobby Lobby:) Have a great day!!

    1. Looks like there's a trip to Hobby Lobby in my future :). Thanks for getting back to me!

  4. This is such a fun and cute idea! My husband would love it! I think I'm going to borrow it for my anniversary in a couple of months :)

    1. Seriously, I highly recommend it. Can't wait to see the "campground" you come up with!


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