After two tremendously long day of driving, we finally arrived late Saturday night in Corpus Christi. I am always so exhausted after driving halfway across the country, cleaning and unpacking. I am still not all the way unpacked and feeling pretty exhausted. Jonny and Sophia were awesome on the road trip, which made the whole thing much more tolerable. As we were getting ready to drive away from our little townhouse, I realized that I have never taken a picture of it. We have spent the last two summers in this little apartment complex, and I wanted to remember what it looked like....
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.
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.
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.
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!
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???