My girlfriends said they wanted to whisk me off to see The Chippendales before I get married. Then, LG’s friends dared to fly him to Vegas, guys-only. As much as I was tempted (and he was, too?)… something about this plan didn’t feel like ME.
“You know what I’d really love to do?” I told him one night.
“Have a kids-inclusive, family-friendly, co-ed Bachelor/Bachelorette party,” I said.
He looked at me very funny.
“I’m not kidding!”
As I shared my vision — let’s invite 15-20 of our closest friends to go camping and canoeing for the weekend on the Russian River — he smiled. He’s always up for spending time with good friends. I RSVPed at the campground, he reserved seven canoes and two kayaks. As we planned everything, however — “Please come for a pre-wedding Co-Ed Camping and Canoe weekend!” — we started to fight over all the details.
Aaaah, what were we thinking, planning ONE more thing on top of our wedding? Yet, last weekend, as LG, my daughter, and I headed out of town with a trunk full of S’mores ingredients, coolers, pillows, sleeping bags… we all sang to the radio and laughed.
Before it got dark, I pulled out my tent at School House Canyon (if you’re in the Bay Area, we highly recommend this sweet place!)
“This is a big tent,” LG said. “Why do you have a three-person tent?” he asked me.
“Well,” I said, “I imagined that someday in the future, I’d be camping with a partner.”
He smiled and our poles clicked together.
P.S. For the record, although we now have a three-person tent in the family (along with his two-person tent) we made our tent “adults only” for sleeping. (My daughter slept with five of her girlfriends in a HUGE tent about 20 feet away from us. )
In true Bachelor style, the kids also decorated his car from window to window with blessings such as “Love Doves” and “Very Engaged… We Are Ready”
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