Spring in Staunton

I hope this Sunday is treating you well!  I’m currently listening to lots of yard machinery busily working away.  It seems like everyone in our neighborhood is thrilled to have some outdoor chores.  Our son, Holden, was very upset to have to pause his outdoor play to take a nap.  His sad, little cry-cry voice was saying “I want to spray the ants!  Daddy and me were going to spray the ants!”  Good grief.  We got back around lunch time today from a few day stay in Staunton, Virginia.  The Mr.’s sister, aunt, and uncle live there, and we only get out there a couple times a year.  I try to time these trips around when I have a break from school to make the traveling easier.  We were blessed with pretty nice weather with the exception of some stray storms on Friday.

We arrived Thursday night after a busy day of packing, washing clothes, cleaning, and food prep.  Holden did some crafting, playing, and helping {a smudge} while I worked on getting ready for our trip!

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I’m loving the new organizational caddies that I got for our pantry.  Very good prices at Ross!  {i.e. so glad I didn’t go to Bed Bath & Beyond}

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Mr. Little Man helping with lots of errands including quite a grocery store trip this past Wednesday.

Friday – We rose and shone and headed down to Natural Bridge, Virginia {just south of Lexington}.

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He loved the long house!

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The waterfall that was at the end of our hike…

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Selfie!  🙂


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We loved being with Auntie Brookie!  Don’t let H’s face fool you!  He was getting a little sleepy from riding with Daddy.

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I just love this picture!

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There was a little inside play area that H really enjoyed.  In fact, we had to have a little time out there to help us remember that no matter how fun something is when Mommy says “let’s go!” we need to GO.  😉

After our big time at the Natural Bridge, we had a little picnic of chicken salad and other snackie items that I had packed up.  Our picnic was cut slightly short when a line of storms came through the area.  The rest of the day was spent relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company.

Saturday – We played at Gypsy Hill Park in Staunton.  We’ve visited this park a lot, and it is always so much fun.  It is also a very pretty park.

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We enjoyed lunch with the Mr.’s aunt and did more relaxing in the sunny weather that afternoon.  H’s aunt prepared a delicious dinner, and {best of all} I had a very minor role in it!  I chopped the broccoli!  Ha!  It was so nice to have someone cook for us.  Truly a sign of love!

We headed back home right after breakfast this morning, but we did stop to let H see the valley below at one scenic overlook near Charlottesville.

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I think the second picture looks like H is giving a “thumbs up!”

In regards to my crazy “to-dos” over this spring break, here’s how I did:

business

  • Pay bills 😦 – sort of did
  • Register for swimming lessons for H – found out I can’t do this yet!  ha!
  • Return to Gymboree & Old Navy – did it!
  • Wash and vacuum car  – so did NOT do this
  • Move rocks from front flower bed to backyard – getting ready to do this now
  • Clean house – DID IT!
  • Pick up new watch band for the Mr. from Fossil {the man is hard on his stuff!} – no new watch band for him 😦
  • Grocery shop – Check it off!
  • Make chicken salad – YES, a little too much garlic, but it was tasty!
  • Bag up any and all things I can get my hands on to take to Goodwill  – 3 big bags gone
  • Hair cut for H {I can’t believe he’s ready for one again!}
    – He is a shaggy dog!  This one will happen this week.

Fun

  • Work-out every day – I’m planning runs on Wed., Fri., and Sat.  I’m also planning a yoga DVD on Wed. and gym work-out on Thurs.  {Yes, I include this in “fun.”}. – didn’t do this – I did finally do the Pure Barre DVD workout that I’ve had for over a year!  I also worked out with my sis-in-law at her gym over the weekend.  🙂
  • Play date for H {waiting to see what friend of H can do this one!} – We had no takers on this.  Apparently, we are unpopular, or people are just as busy as we are.
  • Visit Color Me Mine or perhaps the trampoline park again – We went to Cloud 9 once, but we didn’t do another visit or the pottery place.
  • Park Visit – Visited park in Staunton!
  • Visiting Auntie Brookie and all the fun that entails! – Had so much fun and can’t wait to go back!
  • Walking Roscoe the Doggie-doo every day – Totally did NOT do this.  We had some rain a couple very busy days.  We did take a walk on Mon. and Tues.  He was outside with us practically all day yesterday.  He’s a well-loved doggie do.
  • Journaling daily – Yikes!  Didn’t happen.  Did manage about 3 days.
  • continuing to read American Wife {just started last night} – Read some on Friday while the Mr. and his sister were at a gun store – so not my thing.
  • Invite neighbors over for dinner {This one is easy!   It would be for the following week or weekend!} – Our neighbors were out of town, and I didn’t realize it!  This will be a “to do” for this week.

Whew!  What a busy break!  I must say I’m so ready for summer, and this break was a wonderful tease of what’s to come.  Summer to me means a more relaxed schedule, time to focus on home, travel to see family and friends, and more outside time.  Can’t wait!  9 weeks to go!

In regards to summer, what are you most excited about?

Any favorite “spring” activities?  I can’t wait to go strawberry picking!

Natalie

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