This weekend we traveled to Charlottesville for a bit of family time. We met my little sister and brother in law at Monticello and then went apple picking (aka mormon mardi gras, anyone see SNL?) at my favorite orchard EVER. As we hiked up the side of the mountains above Charlottesville I thought about how we did this exact same hike four years ago with a determined little Sawyer marching in front of us with his best friend Fischer while Finn bounced in the Bjorn. We were there with one of favorite families the Adams’. Chris and I talked about the amazing memories we made during law school and how as memories get more and more distant they meld and become mixed with other memories from a similar time period. I did such a good job documenting our life in Williamsburg and our life in Timor. For some reason when I returned to the states I suddenly felt I had nothing to say. More specifically I thought I had nothing “meaningful” to add to this over saturated blogging world. My post became less and less frequent. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to share the goings ons of our lives I just thought “who in the world would be interested?” Well, I have let this go on for far to long. Last night when I couldn’t sleep I decided I would start a new personal project and call it “A Picture, A Paragraph”. For the foreseeable future I am going to attempt to post at least one picture and at minimum one paragraph everyday. Now some of you may think this isn’t a big deal, and maybe it’s not. But keep in mind I am a momma to four, take four hours of French everyday plus two hours independent study AND usually have 2-3 photo shoots a week. But, as my Dad always said to us kiddos it is all about priorities. I want to remember my life. Even the “dull” parts we spend waiting to get to our next post. Pretty sure at the end of our lives these transitional periods will make up the bulk of our past ha! Now, this does not mean I will stop posting tutorials. If I could make it a priority I have a snazzy back to school dress that I made Evie that I would love to share! Does it mean you have to read them? Of course not. But I sure would love for you to join our family on our journey! And, it starts today!! Now most will not be this lengthy but hey, a weekend deserves a bit more attention no? Oh and I will not be posting on Sundays, just FYI.
I already mentioned our trip to Charlottesville. Did I mention my dressing our entire family in stripes? Yeah, that was pretty funny. I actually do it quiet often. I put a chambrey shirt out for Sawyer, then suddenly Chloe is in a chambrey tunic and Evie a denim dress and I look down and voila I am in my chambrey shirt and skinny jeans. Um, how did this happen? It is like I get something on the brain and just can’t get away from it ha! On several occasions in Timor Chris and I turned up to the embassy wearing pretty much the exact same outfit, khaki’s and a blue pin stripe shirt. Great minds think alike? What added to the hilarity though was that my little sister was also wearing a striped shirt! I guess she got the memo
We actually cheaped out and didn’t pay the money to go into Monticello. Having all been there before we simply ate lunch and then let the kids play in the children’s room downstairs, which was AWESOME! We ended up staying in this little room for an hour! We built with blocks in neoclassical shapes:
Played an earnest first game of checkers with Uncle Paul
And created rubbings…. or just drew a picture of our family when we couldn’t figure out the rubbings thing.
The girls played rustic kitchen and ran.. okay well Chloe ran ha!
If you are in VA you probably know about Carter Mountain Orchard. They have got the corner of the market in apple pickin, and though they are always swarmed with people they are so efficient! We parked a about a mile away ha got our bags and headed up.
The kids mainly wanted to wander around which luckily we had two extra sets of hands so we let them! We are so lucky to have Claire and Paul close for these last few months. Our kids absolutely ADORE them!
Our kids are also embaresingly enough the LAZIEST kids I know. It is terrible. I mean come on, Finn is five and he is in the ergo? When I made him get out his response was to lay on the ground and tell me his legs couldn’t walk anymore.
This kid is in for a rude awakening when we get to Paris! Chloe on the other hand could not get enough of it! She tried to walk everywhere but still isn’t great at slanted, uneven ground. At one point she sort of rolled in slow motion down the side and gave me a look as if to say “this is completely involuntary!!”
We scarfed down a dozen doughnuts and a slice of pie No calorie counting over here friends (though there probably should be ha!)
As we left we drove through downtown Charlottesville and talked about how our lives would be different if we had attended UVA as opposed to William and Mary for Law school. We showed the boys the century old dorms designed by Thomas JEfferson and informed them that this was an acceptable choice for undergrad Finn announced he is still attending Science school aka somewhere he can create potions like on Harry Potter and get credit for it.
On the drive home we passed a very unique ice cream shop and had to stop:
I ordered a “medium” ice cream and was given a mountain:
I couldn’t eat half of it. But I do appreciate getting my money’s worth ha! Of course the kids lost it when we informed them that the minute we walked into the house they had to go straight to bed. Finn: “But we didn’t get to play at ALL today!” Mom:” What about the children’s museum? Or all your running around at the orchard?” Finn: “That was having fun mom, not PLAYING”. Did you know there was a distinction? Apparently there is!
Hope your weekend was full of fun as well!
Cheers! See you tomorrow!