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.