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!
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!
So the girls and I made great time and arrived in Delaplane 10 hours after leaving Cincinnati.
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.
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.
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!
The kids had a great time playing together and then we all had a fantastic meal and birthday cake for my aunt!
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.
We spent the day playing cornhole and going for a boat ride. It was gorgeous.
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.
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.
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.
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!