Our First Family Camping Trip

I must really love my husband and my son.

I actually went camping this past weekend.

You have to understand, I am not an outdoorsy girl. I have never been camping in my life and really don’t understand the allure in pretending to be homeless for a night.

But having kids makes you do strange things, so this weekend my husband and son and I went camping.

It was civilized; we had a camp site and set the tent up right by our car. Our site was also in good proximity to the bathrooms, because I’m sorry, but no way am I peeing in the woods. We had sleeping bags and blankets and even an outdoor air mattress. We were for a brief time; only enough to set up camp, build a fire, cook hot dogs and s’mores, and sleep in the tent. We packed up and went apple and pumpkin picking the next morning. Dare I say it, but I actually had fun! My husband is an Eagle Scout and grew up camping and back packing with his Dad and brothers. While I don’t think I’ll ever love THAT, I did have fun with just one night out in the woods with my boys. And I loved how excited my son was about it. The best part was that a deer came right up into our camp site! Despite my reluctance, we really did have a great time. And the views were gorgeous.

 

My big boy in the mountains!

My big boy in the mountains!

Mountain View

Mountain View

So gorgeous!

So gorgeous!

Our tent all set up!

Our tent all set up!

Getting the fire started

Getting the fire started

Look at these handsome camping boys!

Look at these handsome camping boys!

Enjoying the fire. And some junk food.

Enjoying the fire. And some junk food.

The tent set up

The tent set up

The fire set up

The fire set up

Our camp site

Our camp site

So you see this deer?? It came right up to our camp site! I love the excited look on my son's face. :)

So you see this deer?? It came right up to our camp site! I love the excited look on my son’s face. :)

So beautiful. And so close!

So beautiful. And so close!

Breaking down the tent. He was such a good helper!

Breaking down the tent. He was such a good helper!

The next morning, we went apple picking in the mountains.

The next morning, we went apple picking in the mountains.

Love this one of my apple picking boys.

Love this one of my apple picking boys.

I love this picture. He has gotten so big and he was so good at collecting all of the apples!

I love this picture. He has gotten so big and he was so good at collecting all of the apples!

My happy pumpkin picking boy and his apple cider.

My happy pumpkin picking boy and his apple cider.

We had such an amazing time and it was a wonderful way to kick off the Fall season.

Do you have any good camping stories?

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Vacation Week 2013

Once a year, we leave our regular routine of life and enter into a vacation world of just the three of us.

Work is finally on hold, dishes and laundry are left until we return, we don’t worry about coordinating with family or friends, and we are able to just focus on fun as a family.

My husband gets three vacation weeks a year and we always spend two of them traveling to see family in GA. We so rarely have family time in regular life and date nights happen only twice a year. So this one week of just us is always cherished.

This year, we spent the first bit of vacation time doing house projects. Perhaps not relaxing but my goodness did we get a lot done! I can never go out of town if the house is a mess and I had a lot of small home improvement projects on my list so we knocked them out.

Then we spent a day at the Great Wolf Lodge. I was a bit nervous about taking a three year old to a water park but he LOVED it!!

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Our next stop was VA Beach. We had a great time in the sun, sand, and pool.

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To end our week we went to our very first baseball game in Richmond. We were lucky enough to go on a night with fireworks and “kids run the bases.” We had a great time!

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Vacation always seems to go by too quickly, but every year I cherish that small break in routine and busy for a few days of fun.

Halloween Decorations

Happy Halloween!

I adore Halloween, the costumes, the decorations, the adventure of trick or treating, the chocolate…mmmm, the chocolate.

We have had the house decorated for the entire month of October and just carved our pumpkins this weekend, so now we are officially ready!

I am so thankful that we suffered very minor damage from Hurricane Sandy here in Richmond, VA, and am praying for those who are still struggling with the aftermath. Everything was cancelled here Monday and Tuesday, and it feels so nice to get back into a routine and leave the house today, just in time for Halloween.

My son is at school right now as a dinosaur, and later today I will get dressed as a witch and we will go trick or treating with friends.

This morning, I am enjoying a Pumpkin Spice Latte and bringing you all along with me on a tour of my house to bring in the Halloween spirit. I will even share some chocolate with you. :)

Welcome to our home! We are ready for Halloween!

 

Our entry table, complete with a spooky picture.

 

Our living room window and wall above the couch. Bats and pumpkins and spiders oh my!

 

I love these mice silhouettes going up our stairs.

One of my favorite features of our home; our phone nook. This is the perfect little nook to decorate for the holidays. And right now it is super spooky.

 

This lady welcomes you as you walk into the dining room.

 

The spiders have taken over the china cabinet in the dining room. Would you like to eat with us?

 

It’s all in the details. Here is the centerpiece for our dining room table and the big spider that lives on our dining room chandelier.

 

Our spooky bathroom decor.

 

The kitchen sink and island, decked with pumpkins and Halloween letters.

 

All of the toddler areas; the reading area with Halloween stories, the table with a decorated trick or treat bucket, and my son loves the mouse stairs.

 

Happy Halloween Everyone! Our carved pumpkins for 2012.

 

 

Thank you so much for coming on a house tour with me! I will leave you with a preview of our costumes:

My dinosaur. We are excited about trick or treating tonight!

 

Please stay safe and have fun trick or treating tonight. I will be sharing our Halloween night on Instagram, and would love to see your pics there, too!  See you soon!

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I am normally not a huge St. Patty’s Day fan. This goes back to the fact that I’m not a huge drinker or party girl, and even if I was, having a two-year-old kind of throws a wrench into all night party plans. But this year, I got excited about it. Really, really excited about it. It fell on a Saturday when the hubs was off work and the weather was perfect. And, it just so happens, that my kid looks adorable in green and has red hair. He totally pulls off the whole Irish look. So, this year quickly became my favorite St. Patty’s Day. I got to spend it with my two favorite boys. We celebrated with green….everything. And a lot of family fun.

What better way to kick off your St. Patty’s Day than by blowing bubbles? And I mean LOTS of them! Of course, while wearing green.

This bubble catching is hard work!!

Inside, we painted green toenails and played with all of the green letter magnets.

Then, we got to work making cupcakes! Yum!

While the cupcakes cooked, we had a wardrobe change. But of course, it was still green!

As the hubs points out, even his beer was green. Good call.

Yay sprinkles!

Now for the best part: eating the cupcakes! They are chocolate cupcakes with peppermint green frosting.

Think thin mint girl scout cookies in cupcake form. Amazing.

I think it’s safe to say that the cupcakes were a great success.

We couldn’t waste the lovely day, so we headed outside for even more outdoor play.

After his big hit and a few rounds of ball, we watered our flowers.

Even the cat helped. 

As the day ended, so did all of our fun family activities. We enjoyed some amazing dinner grilled out by the hubs and I enjoyed some leisure time reading a magazine while the toddler swayed in his swing. It could not have been more perfect. And then, in good old-fashioned St. Patty’s day style, the boys ended the night with shots. (Of tea. Don’t worry; no alcohol was involved.)

I felt so blessed on Saturday. Partially because it was a really good holiday, and I love a good holiday celebration. But mostly because we spent all day as a family, doing fun activities and enjoying the beautiful weather.

And who can resist this cute little Irish guy?

Happy St. Patty’s Day from our family to yours.