August 29, 2011

The "What We Did" Post

Actually, we didn't do a whole lot. Ha!

Two years since our last vacation. And Ben working 6-7 days a week, 10-12 hours a day since March. We were both so ready for this get away of no plans aside from eating and sitting.

We left early Thursday morning and got to the camp site around noon.  We set up our little camp and I made sandwiches. The closest neighbors we had were at least two campsites over in either direction and it was so nice. The weather was deliciously cold, but sunny at the same time. The fog rolled in and out that first day.

We went down to the beach to build sand castles after I had a nap. I sat while daddy showed the boys how to do it, and then built his own with the shovel we brought. The kids were stoked. It was so fun to watch them "get it" and make their own by packing the sand in their buckets, turning them over, then giving them a good whack to loosen the "castle".

The rest of the day was spent with me reading and Ben whittling while the kids played in more sand.

Friday we had breakfast and puttered around. Went for a walk down the beach in the morning, went to our favorite fish & chips place for lunch, then built more sand castles in the afternoon. Again, reading and whittle and playing!

Unfortunately that evening after we got back from building sand castles a whole mess of people showed up. The campsite next to us filled up with a family that set up WAY TO CLOSE, had no respect for our space, and spent the evening staring at us. We felt so weird and uncomfortable that we went to bed early just to hide in our tent. We decided we would leave a day early and head home because it quickly turned into Not So Fun.

It was actually nice to come home early, since we still had a day to relax at home. We had breakfast and broke down camp and got on the road before 9, to get home around lunch. I miss the cold weather but we both felt so rested and relaxed that it was still nice to be home. It was good because the kids were getting restless by Friday evening (should have brought more toys) and our bodies were sore from lack of padding on the tent floor (don't buy those blue foam things. They don't work for anything). All in all though we both felt it was a very successful, peaceful vacation.

This guy landed across the camp grounds on Friday afternoon.

Now we know that next time we will go Monday-Friday.

I didn't get nearly as much knitting done as I thought I would, but I did get half way through On the Shores of Silver Lake. And I did work out a new mitten design in my head and started it yesterday.

We got good news Wednesday after Ben got off work - They're going back down to 10s! Yay! (They've been working 12s with 10s on Saturdays for a long time now. 10s will feel like he's hardly working at all!)

I don't feel like I've been disconnected from electronics long enough, so I'm not sure how much I'll be hopping around the internet. It was so very nice to not be connected to anything. I'll probably stay away for a bit longer to give my brain longer to refresh and slow down.

For those of you wondering - My sister and I have decided we are going to do the craft show and I'll be going to register sometime this week (hopefully, if I can get over to the office).

Happy almost September!


Kessie said...

Oh good, I'm so glad Ben will have a little more time off now. Your beach trip looks fabulous (except for the whole tent deal). I'll bet you were tired. Also, good luck on the craft show! :-)

Farm Girl said...

nice pictures!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Your trip looks like you were able to refresh and renew...good for you; we all need it every now and again.

Dawn said...

Sounds like the perfect holiday....the ones where you don't do much yet it feels just perfect!
What a wonderful beach scene!

Allison said...

What a beautiful place to vacation! No pictures of mama? Pass that camera over to Ben! I want to see the heart of this darling family. xoxo

no spring chicken said...

I think your vacation sounds perfect. Although you cut it short, it sounds like for many reasons it was best to come home early.

Enjoy your continued electronics 'fast'. And more knitting!!

Blessings, Debbie

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Sounds like a great time and a nice break away from it all. And the craft proud of you!! You'll do GREAT!! Can't wait to see the photos and hear about the experience.

Jennifer said...

What a fun trip! One family we love and admire who raised great kids said that one of the keys to raising a well-adjusted family is...camping! Something always goes wrong and you have to be flexible and gracious with each other ;)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Yea, I'm glad you are doing the craft show. You will sell everything you bring. I'm also happy you had a restful vacation. Sometimes it is good to get away from the computer for a few days.

Allison said...

You do know that we will want pictures of you at the craft show, yes? Don't you go and forget your camera, now! Ya hear? :D

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