Mostly, I crave wilderness and my family. Alone, with friends, it doesn't matter. But knowing that this is what makes me tick has made me so much happier. It makes Aric indescribably happy too. I don't know if it makes the kids happier. I like to think it does, but I don't know for sure. They did their fair share of bickering in close quarters this weekend, but as usual, they also loved on each other and played hard in the snow, and in board games. So that counts for something, right?
We spent the Family Day long weekend unplugged, just the five of us. It was incredibly warm (especially compared to our last winter adventure), and it snowed 10 cm one day and was perfectly clear another. We played a lot of Quirkle and Charades and practiced multiplication tables. We built snow tunnels and luge tracks and skiied along the lake. We melted snow for drinking water and made late night outhouse trips. It was noisy and quiet all at once.