Thursday, August 28, 2014
The girls have been begging to camp in the backyard so finally we found an evening that Andy wasn't on call and did it. We started out the evening by roasting s'mores over a charcoal fire (of course!) and then the girls watched a movie in the tent with Andy (and plenty of popcorn and sour patch kids). Camping is NOT my thing. I'm not outdoorsy and having UC makes the prospect of camping even more unpleasant. Even the backyard setting isn't my thing so I was glad that Andy was willing to undertake this mini-adventure. I brought Lucy in to go to bed in her crib and came back out afterwards expecting to escort the other girls to their beds. But, I was surprised to find everyone asleep! They spent the whole night in the tent with Andy and loved it! We celebrated a fun night with chocolate chip pancakes and bacon.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The first week of Maddie's summer break our family packed up and headed south to Bald Head Island, NC. We went with some of our dearest friends and it was an incredible week. I was so excited when we came back to share pictures--I uploaded them right away and ran out to buy flash drives to mail to my friends with the pictures. Well...the flash drives are still on my desk and it's now the last week of summer and I'm just now blogging. But better later then never! This will mostly be a picture dump b/c I don't have much time for blogging, but here's a quick summary. We drove down to Charlottesville to stay with Katy and David on Saturday. Sunday our families got up bright and early and made the trek down to make a ferry to the island. We met Kim at the town where the ferry is and together we all made the trip to BHI. There are no cars allowed on the island, only golf carts, and limited options for shopping so between us we had many tubs and coolers of food in addition to our duffels and suitcases (and strollers and pack n plays and bikes...). It was such a relief to finally arrive! The home we rented was amazing! The rest of the week consisted of beach, pool, relaxing at home, walking around the island and lots and lots of eating! The kids played beautifully, the adults enjoyed time together and even our youngest traveler, Katy and David's not even four-week old baby boy, was a beach pro! (I'm sure Katy was a bit more exhausted than the rest of us with the night feedings and almost constant babywearing, but she handled it like the pro she is!) The trip was so much fun and a dream come true--we've talked of a week like this since college! We are already planning for BHI 2015! This definitely is a top memory for our family and one we'll look back on with joy for years to come.
Okay, here are the pictures! (And this may be the longest picture post I've ever done but I'm so behind on blogging this summer that I don't have the energy to break it up into multiple posts...) And if the 100+ pictures here aren't enough for you, check out Kim's lovely post here.
On the road from NJ to C-Ville. It was one of our better road trips, only a couple stops and no major traffic.
Off the ferry and onto little trams to take us to our house
In the golf cars and off to the beach!
The last morning the kids hung out and watched Puss in Boots for the millionth time while we scurried around packing and cleaning.
Andy did have it in his head that he wanted to stop for BBQ so we found a place in NC where we partook in the Sunday post-church buffet. It was delicious!
And that, my friends, is the end of this post. Kim was more on the ball than me and sent me all her pictures so perhaps I'll share a couple of my favorites when I have a chance to blog again. And I have a couple funny little videos to share, too. But, if I wait to do all that stuff this post may never get published (and would be even more ridiculously long) so I'll go ahead and post this.