I had a rare opportunity to take my son, just the two of us, on a little weekend adventure. This was so incredibly special because usually I either don’t have the kids (because of my schedule with their dads) or I have both kids. So, I took full advantage of our schedule working out to where I just had my little man for the weekend – especially since the week prior, I was in Nashville on just a girls trip with my mom and Morgan.
With the car loaded with gear, I picked Parker up from school on Friday, and we headed up to Oscar Scherer State Park for the weekend, which is just about an hour and a half drive for us. My plan was to stop at Panera for dinner, then go to the grocery store, and then to the Park to setup camp. Parker fell asleep in the back of the car, so I just went straight to the Park (I called ahead of time, knowing I would be arriving after hours, to get the gate code) and setup camp in the dark, while he was sleeping in the car. The setting up process takes me about 10-15 minutes – I’ve got it down to a science!
I hopped back in the car and we headed to Panera and then the grocery store. We didn’t get back to camp until around 9pm and we headed straight to bed to get cozy!
In the morning, we had a quick breakfast (and lotsa coffee for the Momma!) and headed out on our adventure for the day – hunting for shark teeth on Venice Beach!
That day was incredibly gorgeous – the water teal and clear and the sky so blue and sunny.
We rented a sifter thing (?) from the Pier, got knee deep in the chilly water, and got to work. We talked about Megalodons, laughed at our own kind of silliness, and just completely enjoyed being together. About an hour into our hunt, Parker said “Momma, this is what life is all about!” Yes, my tiny man… this is exactly what life is all about.
After finding a few teeth, we took a lunch break on the Pier, and then ventured off to another beach. We found even more teeth at Caspersen Beach, including stingray barbs (which I didn’t know was a thing).
Parker was so excited and proud of the little treasures we found. His pure excitement and happiness filled me to the brim!
That night we had an early dinner and then Parker insisted on doing the dishes for me!
We headed into the the tent for the night to play Go Fish, Guess Who, and Uno until we couldn’t keep our eyes open anymore.
Right before he drifted off, he looked over to me and said in a sleepy little voice “Momma, I love you bigger than a Megalodon.” Oh, my sweet little boy…