Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thinking about packing...

I realize that in two days, I need to have packed, cleaned and ready to go. I have gotten my suitcase out, and thought about all of the million things that have to be done before we leave. You know that feeling like there is just to much to do, and you don't know where to start. Well, I am feeling that today and procrastinating the inevitable. You would think I would be an expert by now in the art of moving....  
Instead of starting, I am drinking my soda, checking pointless social media, listening to Jonny play with our dog downstairs and letting Sophia take a little nap. I am going to miss the beauty of Virginia, the new friends we made in our short time here and the many adventures we have had this summer. I am also very excited to go back to our own house, yard and Texas lifestyle. 
Wish me luck. The drive never gets shorter or less insane.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Rock Climbing Friday

Oly wanted to make sure to fit rock climbing into our schedule before we head back to Texas. He worked extra hours during the week in order to get off early today. We were hoping to beat the rock climbing crowds at Great Falls National Park. It turned out that we didn't beat them, and still had to wait our turn to climb. It was a really long day, but we all came home tired and happy.   
Sophia is in love with creeping crawling things. She is always on the hunt for roll pollys, grasshopper and anything she can get her little hands on. This poor little lizard crossed her path, and met its unfortunate demise. After holding it for about ten minutes, the little guy decided to rest... (aka die.)

While Oly climbed, Jonny entertained himself by breaking rocks. The usual.

Sophia loves to boss around Maui, or as she calls her 'Maua.'

Jonny really wanted to climb this time. Oly harnessed him and up he went. He climbed all the way to the top and was fearless.
He had to cross the rock face to this little crack, in order to climb to the top. After his climb, I tried the same course, and I couldn't believe how scary it actually was!

In this picture he is yelling at Sophia to look at him. He wanted her to see how brave he was.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dancing Sophia

At the beginning of the summer, I signed Sophia up for ballet classes. The class was once a week for 45 minutes and was in the shopping center right next to our townhouse. It was perfect, because we could walk together to class. She loved her class and dancing with other little girls her age. I can't believe yesterday was her last dance class. Where has the summer gone?  
They are pretty strict about not letting parents in the room during class time. I managed to sneak this picture from the doorway.

She is seriously the cutest.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Camping at Duothat State Park

I wanted to go camping in the Appalachian Mountains, and after some research found some cabins at Douthat State park that were available to rent. We left last Sunday, and spent the next four nights at the park. It was such a beautiful area, and we all had such a good time. Thursday, on our way home, Jonny got teary eyed because he didn't want to leave. 

This is the view looking out from our cabin. We brought Maui with us, and she loved running around the mountains.

Our cabin was nicer than I was expecting. It had two furnished bedrooms, a fireplace, living room and full kitchen. 

We love sitting around the fire making smokes and telling stories. 

I read that there was swimming at the lake, so I made sure we all packed our suites. We were surprised at how nice the swimming area actually was. It was a full on beach, and the water felt great.

The park also has fun nature programs for the kids. We went to a salamander catching activity and caught quite a few. After we caught them, we identified them and returned them to the stream. Sophia was pretty upset, she thought they were going to become her new pets.

The park also had a delicious restaurant. The food was pretty good and it had the nicest view overlooking the lake. 

After dinner, we went for a walk by the lake. It was one of those perfect nights. Nice temperature, beautiful scenery, happy kids and nothing much to do. Jonny is really into taking pictures with my camera lately, and took this picture of Oly and me.

We also went on a couple of fun bike trails, rented a motor boat and drove on couple of off road trails. I hope we can make it back soon! 
Here is a little video Oly made of our trip.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Picking Peaches

Last weekend, we went to Bluemont, Va and visited this place called "Great Country Farm". Peaches are in season,  so we thought it would be a fun family activity to visit an orchard and pick some fruit. We didn't realize until we got there what an awesome farm we stumbled upon. They charged an admission to get onto the farm, but luckily military got in free. The farm had over five acres full of fun games for the kids.
There were slides, mazes, playgrounds, a huge inflatable bounce thing, gold panning, a corn seed bin and fun farm animals. 

After running around for a couple of hours, we boarded the wagon and drove to the orchards to pick our peaches.

Jonny went a little crazy with his picking and we ended up with eight pounds of fruit.

Oh the peaches were heavenly.

We have not had any problem eating those eight pounds...

I love the countryside of Virginia. Why can't Oly's job be here???

Our dog inside

I thought this was a cute picture of our dog Maui. I haven't mentioned her very much in our blog, so I thought I would make a little post about her. We got her in March, at a local rescue agency in Corpus Christi. The poor girl was on death row at the pound. They rescued her, gave her all of her shots, microchipped her and put her up for adoption. When I got her, she had no idea how to walk on a leash, was terrified of cars and pretty nervous. The rescue agency told me for the first year of her life she was out in a backyard and totally ignored. Since living with us she has come to life. She walks very well on the leash, loves to run next to bikes, is amazing with my kids and is one smart dog. In Corpus, we had a fenced in backyard, which she spend a lot of time in. She would come inside sometimes, but was mainly outdoors during the day. I knew that when we moved to DC, she would have to become an indoor dog, and I was nervous about what life would be like with her. I am happy to say that it has not been bad at all. She has never had an accident in the house, has been very obedient and loves her crate. She actually has been a saint, considering how much she is smothered on a daily basis by Sophia.  

The first annual kid day

A couple of weeks ago, Jonny asked us a question. He said, "We have celebrated Mother's Day and Father's Day, when is it going to be kid day?" We decided to look at the calendar and picked July 18th as kid day. The kids were counting down the days, and very excited when it finally came. They each got a toy, and decided together the days activities would include. They wanted a "staying home day." These two are the biggest homebodies. They stayed home and played together all day long. When Oly got home we ordered a pizza and watched the Lego movie together. They loved kid day so much, they are already counting down until it comes again next year.