Phew.  Just when I felt recovered from our trip I had to get my endoscopy and colonoscopy.  Five polyps removed, a biopsy of a patch of irritation in the colon, acid damage in the esophagus, a biopsy from there and from the stomach.  We got home from our trip Thursday night and jumped right back into our Friday routine.  And then I slept all day Saturday!

The Trip

On a recent Friday I loaded up the kids and left for Delaplane, Virginia.  My aunt has a huge farm there and my sister, Julie is living there with her son, Luke, taking care of our Nana.  The house she is living in is a part of the farm called Yew Hill and George Washington actually slept in the house a few times.  History is neat!

The view from Yew Hill

So the girls and I made great time and arrived in Delaplane 10 hours after leaving Cincinnati.

The note Luke left on the porch for us, "Hi, I'm inside. Love, Luke"

The kids went to bed, all four on the pull-out, while my sister read to them and then sang a lullaby.  It was lovely.

Four kids, Four pillowpets

Then we stayed up until 4am talking.  Got up the next morning and packed everybody up again.  Nana came home and we all loaded into the van for a four+ hour drive to Rocky Mount where my cousin Ryan lives with his family.

Distracted on the way to Rocky Mount by this furry little guy crouched next to a gas pump. Later learned he's a vole.

My brother, Ed met us at Ryan’s.  He had not met anyone there except me and the kids.  When he came in and met Nana it was magic.  She was unusually lucid so she knew who he was.  She cried, he teared up, hell I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room!

Nana meeting Ed

The kids had a great time playing together and then we all had a fantastic meal and birthday cake for my aunt!

Ed with our cousin's baby, Griffin


35 looks good on Aunt Tori!

We stayed the night there and then the next morning we packed up again and left for Union Hall where my aunt and uncle live on Smith Mountain Lake.  I vacationed there as a kid a few times and it is by far my favorite lake.

The backyard

We spent the day playing cornhole and going for a boat ride.  It was gorgeous.

Luke and Kenai

Me and Jules

The kidlets

That evening we said goodbye and drove the four hours back to Delaplane.  Monday we met another aunt in Gainesville because she was going to keep Nana while we were visiting.  We meandered around Target and had lunch at Panera.  On our way home we decided to stop off at my sister’s friend’s house.  Rhyss has a beat up two-story in Marshall, right on a creek and he has a 6 yr old named Juniper.  Coolest. Name. Ever.  I spent the first two hours playing in the creek with the kids.  They were super muddy so I got them cleaned up while Julie and Rhyss fixed us a yummy dinner.  We stayed up drinking and talking.  Tuesday morning we headed back to Delaplane.

Give that girl a banjo, she fits right in!

They loved Juni's trampoline!

We took naps and then I took the kids on a hike.  We fed horses and jumped creek beds.  My cousin, Andrew (we LOVE Andrew!), was by the pond when we got there so we had fun watching him throw sticks in the pond for his dog to fetch.  Mental image for your enjoyment:  me scaling a fence across the creek with toddler on my back.

Luke had to duck down because this horse liked the taste of his hair!

Kenai feeding one of the horses a carrot

Elliet's very excited about horse camp this summer!


Andrew's dog, Buck

Andrew and Kenai

Wednesday we napped off and on and then in the afternoon my sister dyed eggs with the kids.  Then we fed some donkeys and played for a while.  After that, various aunts and cousins arrived for an Easter egg hunt and tacos.  I cleaned up some of the mess and started packing and then crashed.

Kenai took this picture of Luke, I kinda love it

Dying eggs

Ziva, aka Walks Without Fear

Elliet decided to eat the apple instead of giving it to the donkey

Thursday morning we drove home, which took 11.5 hours because I had to stop and rest at one point.  All in all a great Spring break.  Looking forward to going back…. though I don’t miss the stink bug infestations.  Not one bit.

**Many of the pictures here were taken by Julie.  The good ones are hers and the rest are mine!


About Just Vegas

I'm a 30-something married SAHM which means the nightmare scenario that plagued my early 20's has become reality. Funny thing is, I kinda like it. I have 3 lovely daughters who are educated at home and at a part-time alternative school. I love animals and I love people (in the general sense, not everybody all the time). I have no income to speak of, I'm not crafty and I hate cooking. My skills include reading the internet, watching tv on the internet and conversing with people on the internet. I'm an armchair philosopher, spiritualist, agnostic, feminist, liberal, activist, political pundit and tv critic.
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5 Responses to Trippin’

  1. GiGi says:

    Love this! What a great, albeit exhausting, trip. This is my favorite part: “Mental image for your enjoyment: me scaling a fence across the creek with toddler on my back.” Heh.

  2. Beth says:

    Sounds like so much fun! Glad you had a good time.

  3. CR says:

    Your brother sure is handsome. You should take him out for beers sometime soon.

  4. Mel says:

    Looks like such a fun trip!

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