Today is packed: I'm working out, attending a baby shower and then I'm hauling a bunch of girl scouts out to the woods for horseback camp. Overnight. In the rain. I'm digging out every piece of fleece I own because the weather is dreadful, at least for a trail ride. Lexi is packing lots of thin layers as the scouts wear matching bright shirts over everything, to make them identifiable, if they were to get lost in the woods. I'm thinking if I happened upon a lone, crying girl deep in the woods, I would figure it out. But I'm not the director so we obey.
I'm overlooking the cold and focusing on the time spent with my girl. I better be making it awesome because this trip came at a price. I am taking off on one of the holiest of all holy days in my family - my sister's birthday. You think I jest. I worried a wee bit when the star lined up against me, pitting the beloved horse camp vs. Lori. Lori loves her birthday in a way I just don't understand. There's a lot of plotting involved and a weeklong celebration. Thankfully, she forgave me (you did forgive me, right?) and bought my 'this way you can party all weekend' suggestion. I think she is replaying last year's festivities with friends this year, which sounds fantastic to me.
So, Ms. Lori, have a spectacular birthday! I know you will. I'll be shivering in my sleeping bag tonight, rethinking my commitment to scouts. And perhaps parenting. But you knew that already, huh?
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