Super fun pictures today, because we went camping over the weekend! It was on my summer manifesto to go, but though the calendar says it's still summer, it sure didn't feel like it where we were! We were all a little chilly but it was still a great weekend.
We slept with the windows open Friday night and it got cold! Saturday morning we closed all the windows and turned on the heater for the first time this season.
While Chris was at a jazz band rehearsal, Joey practiced pushing his walker and I finished packing for the trip.
It was a two and a half hour drive to the campground (in Shenendoah National Park) and sweet Joey slept the whole way. (I took this picture of his reflection in the carseat mirror.)
We drove nineteen miles on Skyline Drive—absolutely gorgeous! There are dozens of scenic overlooks to stop at, but we were getting there late in the day so we only made about a 60-second stop at one so I could snap a couple quick photos.
Got to our campground...
...and started setting up camp.
We went with two other families. Six adults, 3 kids, and two dogs. (The three cats had to stay behind.) The other two kids can walk and run around, but Joey obviously can't, so he got passed around a lot.
My cutie pies.
We had tacos for dinner—delicious!
And s'mores for dessert, of course.
An imperfect picture of a perfect moment.
After a rough night of frequent waking and more crying than usual, Joey and I woke before everyone else at 6:30. It's not what I would have chosen, but we enjoyed it anyway. We went for a little walk and enjoyed the chilly stillness before the rest of the campground began to stir.
Even though it was a hard night with Joey waking every few hours, it led to one of my favorite moments of the weekend. In the deep dark hours, I was standing outside the tent rocking Joey back to sleep. As I rocked him, I looked up and marveled at the stars, and I saw a shooting star! It was big and bright, and gone in a flash. And I know you are supposed to make a wish, but I realized I had nothing to wish for because I have everything I need.
When we came back from our walk, we sat and giggled by the firepit (sans fire) for a little bit, and then we went back into the tent to try to stay a little warmer.
After breakfast, we all ran around and alternated between entertaining children and packing up to head home. (It was a short stay, but since we had never been camping with babies before, we decided to test the waters with just an overnighter. It was a good plan, but I can't wait to go again!)
Lots of bubbles and jumping and dog wrestling and hot chocolate drinking.
Love love love. We have such good friends.
When we got home, Chris had to run off to a gig, and Joey and I took a walk.
Joey didn't feel like napping, so we played a game I like to call "Exhausted Parent," which is where I sit still and Joey crawls all over me and chews on things.
Chris and Joey went to a friend's birthday cookout, but I wasn't up for it after my 6:30 wake-up and non-existent naptime, so I stayed home and relaxed and worked on Project Life a little.
And that's a wrap on Week in the Life! It's kind of an exhausting project, actually, but I'm really glad I did it. I think it'll be fun to look back on this a year from now. Now I just need to figure out how to put it all together in an album!