Monday, September 19, 2011

camping with an eagle scout, on his birthday

 

i married an eagle scout.

i'm reminded of this every time we take an evening walk and he points out the constellations. when he tries to teach me the cardinal directions, only to grow frustrated when i insist that north is always the direction right in front of me. he's thoughtful, considerate and most of all, prepared.

when we first went camping, the packing took days. he thought of every last detail, down to a funky light that hung from the tent and cast a pretty glow. he brought pots and pans for boiling pasta, a tarp in case it rained, and a lantern that stayed in the box the entire time.

so for his birthday, i surprised him. when he picked me up at work for our "dinner date" i showed him my car. i rose with the sun on friday morning and packed everything we would need for an impromptu camping trip at the local park. with the floorboards sighing with morning, i got his clothes and toiletries together and packed a bazillion blankets to shield us from north carolina's weekend cold front. i told him to bring pablo.

and together, we set up camp in less than half an hour. and i zipped us three up inside and held them both close as rain bounced off the tent. we talked and ate lunchables deep into the morning.

happy birthday, babe. you're the best, scouts honor.

30 comments:

Erika Lee @ A Tiny Rocket said...

awww you two are so cute :) sounds like a great birthday.

i do love lunchables.

Ana Magdalena said...

what a wonderful surprise. Happy birthday to him!

chambanachik said...

What a great birthday! :) Too sweet.

Suz and Allan said...

That's too cute! I married an Eagle Scout too. He keeps me from getting lost on the trails when we hike and I don't notice the colored hash marks on trees telling us which way to go. Not that I need an Eagle Scout for that but he is pretty handy!

Jennifer Rod said...

What a sweet thing to do Courtney! You look great in these photos. I love those red pants. So classy with your bangs.

Happy birthday to your eagle scout, who is obviously rubbing off on you.

Torie said...

Aww, that was so thoughtful of you! Cuddling in a tent in the rain? That sounds awesome. :) Happy Birthday to your man, and hats off to you for putting together such an awesome gift.

Victory Garden Yarn said...

Ah, what a lovely surprise! Boyfriend is an Eagle Scout...and he works for an outdoor company, double bad! I know exactly how you feel about the first time you went camping with him-I had a very similar experience! And now every time we go camping or hiking I feel extra special super safe with him, because I know that he has thought of EVERYTHING. :)

Melissa Blake said...

Sounds like a great time! :)

Steph said...

What an awesome surprise! That was very nice of you.

saltandpine said...

What an awesome birthday surprise! My husband would have absolutely loved that. Wonderful idea and really cute photos... :)

Katie

Shalyn said...

You are amazing and so thoughtful:-)My hubby is an eagle scout as well and I swear we have had the conversation about north always being straight in front of me, ha

Amylou said...

That sounds so wonderful! Such a sweet thing for you to do! So glad he had a good birthday!

my soul is the sky said...

i loved this post. it looks like it was a lot of fun. thanks for your comment on mysoulisthesky :)

Emily said...

oh my gosh i just love camping! How sweet you planned all that!! Luckily for you, you know your safe out there with an eagle scout!

Holli said...

Oh how fun!!

Jennifer said...

How. Fun.

That was such a great idea! We're no where near an Eagle Scout, but we do love the outdoors...this makes me crave camping!

Amber Blue Bird said...

gosh you are such a sweetheart. Happy birthday to Robert. PS North is always in front of you..thats just a fact.

Gentri said...

That was so sweet of you! He probably loved it!! Aw! This made me want to go camping! Please tell me that VW van is yours! I'd be pretty jealous. :)

Janette said...

Camping in the rain sounds lovely! But I would have to go rent a cute pup with the likes of Pablo!Teehee! Happiest of birthdays to your love....

Janette, the Jongleur

the southern hostess said...

You, my dear, are a good wife. :)

Mo Pie, Please said...

This is so heartwarming! I bet he was happy as a clam :) Happy belated to him!

Coco Draws said...

Great post. :)

Justina F. Lee said...

So cute! And is that a camper van I see?? :-D

Siddy Says said...

Awww! so adorable... hope you guys had a lovely time.

xx
Siddy

www.SiddySays.com

Erin {pughs' news} said...

That's just about the nicest birthday gift I've ever heard of! What a lovely post.

Cara-Mia said...

I love this! Such cute photos and a nice idea for a birthday. You two are such a lovely couple.

Claire said...

yey Birthday camping is just the best :)x

yours truly, melissa said...

What a sweet bday surprise! And your tent in a rainstorm sounds cozy...

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

how cozy do you two look right there?! awe, warms my heart to see. isn't it wonderful to be with a man who knows his stuff like this? it's one of my fave things about Sean too, loved and related completely to your pointing north compass. me too, i'm not directional so the boyf had his work cut out for him. we've got some pretty swell fellas, always there to save the day or even perhaps tacking down a tarp when necessary!

awesome surprise you gave him, beautiful love you share!!! xoox ♥

kate said...

this is so unbelievably sweet. i love your surprise:) and how wonderful is it to be around a man who loves to BE a man. so glad you guys had a sweet little birthday getaway!

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