Sunday, August 10, 2014

Summer vacation, 2014

This summer we headed up to Ruffit for a few days. Last year was such an epic adventure, with several legs of the trip and long, LONG car-rides in between each leg ... this year seemed easy in comparison.

Unimpressed GIpper

I did a lot of prep work for this one. I was worried Ro would be bored, and therefore bug me every second of every day to entertain him. Which would mean that I wouldn't be so much "on vacation" as I would be doing the same shit I do every day just in a less convenient location. So we made play-dough, we looked up some fun activities on pinterist (like making slime, which was a total Pinstrocity, let me tell you), and I even made him a list with all the activities he could choose from, with pictures so he could read it himself.

Oh, note to self. When you're making cookies and home-made play-dough at the same time, for love of god don't mix them up during the taste-test.


On the trip up we drove up in the evening, and Ro was asleep as soon as the sun went down. Of course that meant he was up and excited to see everyone at 11pm.


Do you think that meant he slept in? I don't think so.

Day 1 had some beautiful weather, and everyone ended up in the water. Ro even put his face in the water and swam by himself with a tube.

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He also drove the boat all by himself.

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The 4th was pretty wet from some Hurricane Arthur, but we kept busy making cake and ice cream for Daddy's birthday.


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July 5th was still pretty wet, so we did a lot of coloring and reading, and Grampy and Daddy worked on Mummy's bike.

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Um ... where are my wheels?

That night cleared up so we went "fishing" and had our first sparkler!

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Ro wasn't so sure.

Next day we went to the local playground. I realized that so many of my planned activities were "sit and do something mildly calm" things, like bubbles and side-walk chalk. I had forgotten how much of our day is spent running and biking and going outside to go crazy. And you can't run or bike at Ruffit. So we took an hour of just running and climbing and getting worn out.



That night we played with light sticks and sparklers again (and mommy looked up how to take a good picture of them!)

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And then we had a rave, apparently.

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Next day Mummy and Gramma went shopping and had lunch, while the boys had a picnic on the boat.

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We drove home on Tuesday, and Ro slept the WHOLE way!!!


As is tradition, we spent the next day doing laundry and getting groceries.


... and nursing our mosquito bites.


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