Monday, July 30, 2007

I'm Baaaaaaack


Ahhh. That was nice.

We finally decided to come home from "camping." It was a nice little break. Even though we only went to Gettysburg (which is only about a half hour away), it felt like a vacation. I guess we crossed the Mason-Dixon line and were in a different state, so that totally counts. Right?

Joe's parents, sister (and her husband, her two kids and his two kids) and half-sister (and her son) were all there. We rented three cottages and one camping site. We were all in close proximity to each other and shared all meals together. There was some drama (as is always associated with his sister), but not as much as I expected. Sometimes it was fun to just sit back and watch. Free entertainment.

While we were there, we had a birthday celebration for Joe's mother. We decorated the outside of her cottage with balloons and streamers (and hanging flower pots). The children loved it. So did she.

We ate. And then we ate some more. And then ... we ate some more. Yup. Lots of eating going on. And swimming. The campground has two pools. And a miniature golf course. Lots of things to keep us busy.

We were having so much fun, that on Thursday morning (when we were supposed to leave to come home), Joe and I decided to stay an extra night. It was a great decision because we were able to get some more family time with just our little ones.

When we came home Friday, we had to get an estimate on our main floor's central air unit, which went out last weekend. They are here this morning replacing the unit. The unit that is less than seven years old. The unit that just had major work done on it 1 1/2 years ago. The unit that is no longer under warranty (nor was it 1 1/2 years ago). Not fun. But at least we'll have air conditioning again on the first floor.

I stuck photos of our camping trip on Flickr. You can see them here.

13 comments:

Heidijayhawk said...

sounds like a fabulous trip!!! we are going out of town in october, so we won't be during the traditional summer months. hope you guys are staying cool with your newly fixed ac!

Karyn said...

Look at that cabin!!! It's beautiful!!! You call that camping??? I think it's more like going to a 5 star resort!!

Sounds like you had a great trip. I'm SO glad you're back (although I'd appreciate it if you could get back to your regular blogging schedule now please).

I'm off to look at your Flickr photos.

Welcome home :)

Kathy said...

It sounds like you had a ton of fun. And it totally counts if you are in another state!
I'm jealous about the AC. So jealous. I'm sure the cost for the unit might hurt but the cool, comfortable summer must be so worth it.

Jen said...

What was the name of the campground? Does it have a website? I could enjoy nature in a cabin!

kirsten said...

sounds like a great trip - camping/cabining or whatever! i remember going to gettysburg in high school. i'm jealous of all the east coast history. i miss it.

nikko said...

What a great trip! So glad that everyone had fun and that you had a nice break from "real life".

Yay for AC!

Katie Jean said...

sounds like fun and looks so gorgeous! We went to O.C. for a day and it felt like we were in a different world. Funn how that is.

Good luck with the AC!

laeroport said...

Welcome home. Sounds like a fun time. :)

Felicia said...

Sounds like a wonderful time. Doesn't have to be far from home to be a break from routine :)

capello said...

wha? NO AIR CONDITIONING?!

TinkerBlue said...

Welcome back. Sounds like a great trip. The photos look like you had lots of fun. I think I even saw a smile on Taylor's face.

madmommy said...

Wow, that is just the kind of trip I need! I sure miss camping with my parents when I was a kid. Kansas isn't much of a state for camping. Too few trees and lakes. Glad you had that extra day.

amandajean said...

I love how you put a positive spin on the family drama and chalk it up to free entertainment. that is funny. it makes me think you are a wonderful, wonderful woman.