Dirty, with 742 ants on the side

I imagined that having my husband out of town for eight days might mean that I’d get lots of writing done. I was very much looking forward to having quiet evenings on my own, to write or read without the TV buzzing in the background. (As much as I would miss my man of course.)

But being a single mom of two babies has kicked. me. in. the. bum.

Did I mention jet that Judah cut his first two teeth this week? Or that it’s been raining all day, everyday? (Hello cooped-up toddler.)

I thought that I was tired before—exhausted even—but it pales in comparison to how I’m feeling now: so completely and utterly DONE. (Is it too dramatic to use all caps?? *sigh*)

Last week I was “late” with my Project 52 photo since we had been away camping, and this week I wanted to actually write something to go along with my photos… but as much as I want to write I just can’t. If I don’t go to bed now I might lose my mind. And I’m semi-desperate not to get behind again.

So instead I’ll just say this…

Camping was great. Awesome even.

It rained. A lot. Which wasn’t as bad as I would have thought. (It made the heat more bearable.)

The boys had a ball. And got super dirty (muddy) every day.

We all slept poorly and ate well.

There were far too many ants in our tent and stars in the sky.

We had no phone or internet or urgent “to do’s”. (Nice.)

And before we knew it we were home again, clean, dry, plugged in, and drowning in nine loads of dirty, muddy laundry.

Oh, and Ryan had to ant-bomb the car because a bazzillion of them (742?) took up residence there while we were out bush. (Must have been seeking refuge from the rain? ) Thank God we didn’t see them until we were unpacking the car when their little hiding spots were unearthed and hundreds of them scattered. Hundreds. Not sure I’d have been able to cope with the two-hour car ride home had I known. (Freak. Out.)

After the ants were obliterated Ryan got on a plane the next morning and flew to the other side of the country for eight days of meetings. (Hello March, you are insane.)

Good times, friends. Good times.

Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos (and surprise, surprise I’m not in a single one of them). But here are my favorites from the week:

little boy covered in dirt

[11|52: camping]

brothers in a bucket bath

dad and baby camping

Oh, and this one just makes me giggle:

toddler sleeping in a funny position

Dear friends, when’s the last time you went camping? Or maybe just got really, really dirty? Or had your life threatened by an ant invasion?

P.S. For not having any time/energy to write, I sure did end up writing a lot. ha!

camping: #11 of my 52 fotos project.
Linking in with other Project 52ers: Styleberry Blog and Courtney Kirkland.

About Author

Adriel Booker is an author, speaker, and advocate based in Sydney, Australia who believes storytelling, beauty, and the grace of God will change the world. Adriel has become a trusted voice in areas of motherhood and parenting, Christian spirituality, and global women's issues. She's also known for her work with the Love A Mama Collective—serving under-resourced women in developing nations through safe birth initiatives—as well as her years spent as a Bible teacher and leadership coach. Her latest book is Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss and she's made the companion grief journal available for free. Find Adriel across all social media platforms at @adrielbooker or sign up for LoveNotes, Adriel's 'secret posts' that aren't published anywhere else online. ✌️


  • Jody Collins
    18 March 2012 at 4:30 am

    Adriel, did you actually COUNT all those ants, or are you just guessing? smile? I remember taking Aaron camping in 1978 (when all the GA babies were 2 ish). We dragged him to Yosemite and we went tent camping; tried to keep him clean. really. There was a firepit nearby and one morning he crawled into it, wading through the ashes. what a sight!
    so glad you had all the ‘free’ time to tell us your story.

  • Nessa
    18 March 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Ants freak me out… especially in mass quantities! EEEK
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  • megan @ boho mama
    20 March 2012 at 7:47 am

    Oh, you brave soul you! It looks like you had a ton of dirty fun…but the ants…I just got the chills.

  • alicia
    20 March 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Ohhh I love camping. Sounds like you had quite the adventure. The only time I am able to somewhat tolerate any kind of insect is while camping. When in my own home….I freak out. I become the typical girl screaming over a little thing like a spider. You should of seen our kitchen and dinning room last spring….I bet we had you beat with the number of ants. 🙂

  • Rachel
    22 March 2012 at 10:52 am

    I totally know what you mean about the single mom thing. Brutal! I am actually DREADING camping with kids.it looks like a lot of….WORK 🙂
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  • Jessie Gunderson
    28 March 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We heart camping! Just went this summer. It’s still snowing here so it will be a while. AND… I probably already mentioned this but maybe I’ve been lurking, can’t really remember, is that my mom brain, are these really my kids, who am I? Oh yes, I was saying that I forgot you have a Judah too! My middle boy is almost five and his name is Judah. Love it! 🙂
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  • Courtney Kirkland
    29 March 2012 at 4:21 pm

    It looks like you guys had a BLAST! Noah went camping for the first time last summer and he had a blast. The dirt, the mud, the outdoorsyness of all of it. I’m not a big “camper.” I’d prefer to stay out for a bit and then go back to my warm bed. 🙂
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