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Old 06-26-2014, 10:04 PM   #21
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We are headed out tomorrow for a few days camping. I asked my son if he wanted to come. He said "of course, I don't want to spend the weekend home alone". He's 25.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:16 AM   #22
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We are headed out tomorrow for a few days camping. I asked my son if he wanted to come. He said "of course, I don't want to spend the weekend home alone". He's 25.

I remember back when I was about 16 or so, my folks would go camping all the time without me. Often without even telling me. I'd just come home from work on Friday night and they'd not be there. Sunday would roll around and they'd come strolling in while I've been home alone all weekend wondering where they are. (This was pre "everybody's got a cell phone" days.)




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Old 06-27-2014, 12:43 AM   #23
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ryand - Sometimes we need a temporary change from the usual routine. I know that you guys will make the most of your quiet time away.

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:56 AM   #24
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We're REALLY empty nesters. I'm coming up on 73 and DW will be 70 in August. We were married on her 20th birthday, so this year is our Golden Anniversary.

The youngest of our four children is in his mid-forties and we have 6 grandkids ranging from 24 to 2 and a half and a step-grandson in his early 30s. The youngest one lives in Japan, so we don't see her in person more than about once a year. Thank goodness for Skype!

We're having a big "do" for the anniversary and birthdays (it's my sister's 70th 6 days before my wife's) on the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend. We'll have my UK-resident brother and sister over, along with Japan-resident son and grand-daughter. Our three daughters and two spouses live in western Washington, all within 120 miles.

The party (catered) will have about 50 people attending and we'll have it in one of our community facilites right on the shore of the Burrows Channel. Look up Anacortes on Google and input "Skyline Cabana" if you want to see where we'll be. It's at the western end of "Cabana Lane".

As you can imagine, our utilsation of the RV between now and early September will be zero! A neat feature of Allstate's insurance on RVs is that, if it's parked completely off-road, you can suspend the on-road liability coverage. Saves a bunch of money if you're not using it. We park it alongside the garage and the tail is about 20 feet from the curb.

Mark - we managed to get out from under that dependency thing relatively early (not quite sure how). Maybe it was un-noticed fall-out from the fact that DW and I emigrated from the UK with two small children back in 1968. We managed, and, on the whole so have our kids.
First congratulations on the Anniversary and second on the birthdays.
Her kids range from 39 to 26 and they still call if they have a sniffle, grand kids 10 total range from 17 to 1 yr old and now they are starting to do the same, between my work and her kids and grand kids I never see her. Hope it all stops sometime in the next year when I retire. My parents were like you emigrated (from Canada) guess that's why I don't understand we were raised different, no grandparents to go to for help.
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My wife and I get the kid free weekends some times whether we want it or not. My daughter is actually my stepdaughter so we have obligations that we have to work around. Some times it's really nice to just be the wife and me, but we have a ton of fun when we have our li'l 6 year old.

I do agree though, a weekend alone as a husband and wife is very important. During the school year we have our daughter probably 90% of the time, so by the time she goes to her dad's we really enjoy the freedom.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:30 AM   #26
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I understand the allure of a kid-free weekend and camping, but I would have hell to pay from my kids, 7 and 10, if we took off camping without them. Fortunately at this age, I'm not rubbernecking the whole weekend and can let them stray a little bit. But that also depends heavily on the campground and any camp neighbors we might have...
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #27
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In the last 2 years, we have had a night with out kids only 4 times.
in the last 12 years we have had prob 10 nights with out kids, that is 0 overnights, but i get overnights because of work
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:41 AM   #28
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BeagleIL-I would think that when our kids hit those ages it will be tough to get away...at 2 and 5 the grandparents house is where its at. Endless cookies, tractor rides and general craziness. In the few times we have left both of them with my parents, we need to have a rehab/behavior reality check when they return home!!
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:10 PM   #29
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Coming in from the other angle on this one. As a old person all grown up now, I think back at all the times when mom and dad took me camping in the old canvas tent. Those are times I cherish and remember so well. As few times as we went, I'm so glad they went through the trouble of providing those experiences. I really enjoyed them.
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Mind you I wouldn't mind taking a grand kid or 2 with us but just can't get why their parents are so needy of their mother. I to loved going with my parents but wouldn't think about calling them to ask them what to do when I was over 20. Can't even go on a day trip without her phone ringing, got to get her to leave it at home. Adult Kids need to get a life and quit crying.
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