Thursday, August 7, 2014

Weekend Road Trip

For those of you who check my blog regularly, you will have noticed that on Monday I wrote a small little post that didn't even really count and then skipped out on writing anything Tuesday. Reason being? We were gone from Thursday night until Monday night on a mini road trip and I needed some time to recuperate.

The drive down was luckily broken into two, with us getting a hotel the first night. The construction in Pennsylvania was rough but we made it through in one piece and happily arrived in Virginia for a late supper Friday night. Oh ya, that's where we went, Virginia. Do you remember who is in Virginia? This post and this post might jog your memory.

Or if you are a more visual person, here is our awkward "family photo" we took while there.

It's totally okay if you don't actually remember who Jeff and Tory are, but since they are a pretty important part of our lives, I just assume everyone knows them.

The best part of this particular visit though, is we got to meet Lily! Tory was pregnant with her for our last two visits so it was pretty exciting to actually get to meet her instead of just dreaming about it. Let me say this, she is pretty darn cute.

In fact, she was so cute that 98% of my pictures from the weekend of are her and not much else. But I will do my best to still share some of the activities we did together. Other than stare at Lily's cuteness, that is.

Saturday morning we walked down to the farmers market and picked up some stuff for our picnic lunch and supper that night. Well, Tory and I walked with Lily while the boys roller bladed.

Once home from the market, we packed up our lunch and headed out to a park on the Potomac River to enjoy a nice picnic.

They even had a cool nature centre there with some snakes, turtles, bunnies and fish. Pretty cool stuff.

The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxing, with us hanging out at their house, chatting, watching movies and playing with Lily.

On Sunday afternoon, we introduced Jeff to geocaching and headed out to find his very first cache. He was pretty excited about it.

Unfortunately, some kids had found it before us and left it in a pretty sorry state. The log book was missing and all the contents were scattered.

It was disappointing but we're hoping that we got Jeff into geocaching enough that he'll head out by  himself some time and have better luck.

It was a really quick visit but it was most definitely worth the drive. We kind of love hanging out with this awesome family and can't wait until we get to do it again.

The trip home sucked though. What should have been a 10 hour drive turned into 14. Remind us to never travel on a long weekend again.


  1. Lily is adorable! Sounds like a fun weekend. :) Oh and, Jennie? Remember not to travel on a long weekend again! :P

  2. You weren't too far from me!! I'm in Baltimore, so just up 95 from them.
    I'm glad you had fun, Tory is awesome, I'm glad I had the chance to meet her about a year an a half ago.

  3. Jenn, you know I love this post! But can I clarify a few things for your readers?

    1) Jenn and Dan were so willing to roll with the punches that it was incredible. Nothing threw them--not longer naps or needing to stop to eat or crying at 5am or anything!

    2) After the last trip to VA, Dan had convinced Jeff to only back into parking spaces. Now, Jeff is completely obsessed with geo-caching--he and the neighborhood guys went out last night to do more! (And he's got the neighborhood kids hooked, too!)

    3) I'm very angry at you for posting the snake picture. You know I studiously avoided the snake.

    4) Lily is wearing her Canada onesie as I type this. We love it!

    5) I'm not sure how best to put this, but we were in awe of Jenn and Dan and the way they jumped into Lily's life. While Jenn and I were out shopping, Jeff and Dan had Lily--and Jeff later told me he was amazed by watching Dan's confidence and delight in playing with her and soothing her, no matter what. Similarly, Jenn didn't miss a chance to hold Lily, even offering to take her for however long we needed one morning so that Jeff and I could shower in peace (what a gift!). While it breaks our hearts that you two aren't yet parents to a rainbow baby, this weekend confirmed what we've always known: you ARE parents, and that little one (or two or three or four!) is out there, just waiting for your most incredible embrace.

    We love you two so very, very much!

    {{Hi Christina!! Love hearing from you!!}}

  4. Jackie - Thanks for the reminder. :P

    Christina - Tory is awesome and I'm glad you've met her before and can attest to that fact.

    Tory - You are the sweetest. Seriously. And sorry about the snake. ;)

    wickedsugar - :D

  5. It sounds (and looks) like you had a blast! Lily is adorable. I'm so glad you had a good time, even though the drive home was awful.

  6. Erin - We did have a blast! And don't you worry, if we're ever your way we'll definitely stop in for a visit to see your cute baby. :)

  7. So, so, so jealous.

    It looks like a wonderful weekend. I am so glad you and Tory found each other. :)

  8. Stasy - I'm pretty glad Tory and I found each other too. Now if only the world was a little smaller and I could meet you and some other wonderful ladies.