Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Incredible Journey (Part 2)

Let me start by saying that we are not yet in Washington... not even close! We are a bit closer.

At the moment we are actually visiting family in Colorado. It's been a wonderful break from the daily driving that I've done for weeks now. (Over 4,000 miles and counting!)

I'll get caught up soon, but for now, here are some pictures from the second part of our trip. We spent nearly 2 weeks in Virginia and had the pleasure of seeing friends from Massachusetts and just running around my old stomping grounds. The D.C. area holds a lifetime of memories for me and I enjoy sharing some of that with my kids.
While in Virginia we camped at a familiar spot... my grandmother's property. She is one of the few people left who own acres of land in the shadow of the nation's capitol, where everything is condos and homes crammed on 1/3 acre lots. Her property is a paradise in the midst of the hectic lifestyle of northern Virginia.
I backed my 26-foot camper down the winding driveway and pulled right up to the water and electric hookups. I figured camping here was a safe place to start since a) I have never camped in a camper before, and b) I was a little freaked out about camping without a man around, especially since there were escaped convicts on the loose from Arizona and I was a bit overly paranoid.
Besides, my grandma's house is more beautiful than any campground. And we were surrounded by nature!
Plus, there is a perfect playhouse for the kids and plenty of things to explore.

Of course, for the little guys exploring means making mischief. They don't miss any chance to create a little chaos. In fact, they thrive on it.

When I had one son, I said it was difficult. When I had my second son, I said there wasn't much more challenging than 2 little boys so close in age. When I had twin girls, I determined that twins (even girls) were
definitely the biggest challenge I could ever face. With the addition of these twin boys, I have now learned that I should just shut up already.

Twin boys are, by far, the sneakiest creatures on earth.
If these guys weren't so darn cute...

My four boys kept me busy as I saved them from drowning, made sure they didn't throw things into the fish pools, and ensured that they didn't catch the camper on fire.
We visited family, went swimming, walked the Manassas battlefields, and went to the Air & Space Museum. We walked and walked and soaked up the sun.
We had mama drama, we had minor injuries, and we had a few annoying roadblocks. But we had a great time and made memories that will stick with us for a lifetime.

Sometimes, success in life can only be measured by whether or not you survived.
We survived.

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