We just got back from….

camping at my home away from home, Dale Hollow Lake-Willow Grove campground. I mean, REALLY, I feel as comfortable and safe there as I do in my own house. And I guess I should-I haven’t missed even one year in 27 of going! It’s a tradition we are keeping with Josie and Jack, too-this was Josie’s fourth year (she went first when she was only 3 weeks old!), and Jack’s first, of course. 

Warning: the rest of this post is going to be a long, rambly, recap of our trip, so skip it if you would like, it really won’t bother me! 🙂

I am going to recap in bullet points, in an effort to keep this post at a manageable length! 🙂

-Packing with an infant is….challenging. Luckily, Mama Judy dropped by and helped out, or we might have never got to leave! 🙂

-We managed to make it ALL THE WAY THERE without stopping! 2 sleeping kiddos=awesome travel time

-It rained the entire first 2 days of our trip. In fact, it rained a little every single day we were there. We didn’t let it get in the way of having fun, though :). 

-The first day we were actually able to get on the water, Jack got stung by a bumblebee. He was okay at first, but when we got back to our campsite, he started vomiting and acting lethargic. So we had to take him to the Livingston ER. Two hours into our five hour ER stay, he was perfectly fine. 

-Josie completely mastered riding her bike in about 3 days. She went from slowly pedaling and us having to give lots of helping pushes and steering guidance, to three days later pedaling so fast by herself that we have to jog to keep up, turning circles at will, and even being able to stand up to pedal up hills! We officially have a bike rider. 🙂 And she begged to ride her bike all the time-we made at least a couple trips around the whole campground every day! 

-Jack has learned to yell. Loudly.

-Speaking of Jack, he did great in the boat. He didn’t care much for his lifejacket, but as soon as the boat was underway, he was fine-either he slept, or just chilled-he loves the sound the boat makes. 

-Josie swam the entire time we were at the water. If we were on the boat, she was swimming. She even got in some practice time with her ring and kickboard, and did great! 

-Mrs. Laurie brought a tie-dye kit and all the kids got to tie-dye shirts. They had a blast, and the shirts turned out great!

-Speaking of kids, Josie loved every minute of getting to hang out with her “tids.” (Claire, Morghan, Bryce, Tyler, Sydney, Ella, Isabelle, and her cousins-Beth, Alec, Wyatt, and Katie Ann) She was so sad when they had to go home! They played in the water together, played on the playground, rode bikes together (Josie was so proud that she could ride with them! And Bryce was actually the one to teach her to stand to pedal!), ate smores, painted rocks, tie dyed shirts, and just played. 🙂

-I gave Jack some water out of a cup and a water bottle, and now he is very interested in all drinks. 

-I slalomed for the first time in over a year-last year I was pregnant with Jack, so I didn’t get to. I was able to get up just fine, and I didn’t crash…but MAN am I sore!

-Daddy and I were able to run almost every day of our trip. Mom even ran some with us! I love getting to run with my Dad. It is so much more fun than running by myself, and I love that we have something we can share. 

-Josie is completely obsessed with the color purple…..she bought a purple hat, she painted all of her rocks purple, she tie-dyed her shirt purple, if you ask her anything about color she says purple, she will only color with purple crayons, etc.

-Jack is getting more and more interested in toys-which is a good thing! 

-Oh, and the whole cereal thing? Jack has rebelled. I still have never gotten him to finish a whole tablespoon….just as he was getting the hang of actually swallowing the cereal, he decided it wasn’t for him. Now if I try to give him cereal, he just screams and cry. So we are taking a cereal sabbatical for a few days. I think he will eat it if I flavored it (that’s what I had to do with Josie), so I am going to ask Dr. Eidson about that. 

-The first part of the week, Jack did.not.sleep. very well in the camper at all. Like, one day he was up for the day at 3:45…bleh. I finally discovered that he slept better in his carseat than the Moses basket. So guess where he slept the rest of the week? You got it, in his carseat! We were both much happier after that :).

-I discovered that getting TWO kids ready to go to the lake take much longer than just getting one kid ready to go on the lake-especially when one wants to be fed every hour and half or so! :). 

-It takes a village to raise a kid, and I was so thankful our “village” was at the campground with us :). It made the trip a lot more enjoyable for Jake and I-we were actually able to ride bikes together! I actually got to swim! We even got to eat a few meals kid-free! 🙂 (and I actually got to finish a few meals without feeding or holding Jack!)

All in all, we had a wonderful, relaxing trip, and we were all sad to see it end (just like always!). Josie is already asking when we can go back. (me too!) We will definitely be going back before summer’s over, even if it is just for a weekend :). We are so blessed to get to take such an awesome family vacation.

Stay tuned for lots of pictures in the next post…..

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