Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lake-cation: Love it!

We just returned from a fabulous week at Deep Creek Lake in McHenry, Maryland. We reunited with four families from our Gaithersburg ward and it. was. great! So great we are still finding sand in all kinds of surprise places. The girls and kids went up Sunday and most of the husbands, including Harley, joined us Wednesday. We stayed in a posh rental home with fancier amenities, bigger TVs and waaaaay more space than our apartment. 10 Adults, 5 kids and more cameras than the paparazzi. We were quite the crew.

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No big deal, we lived here for a week.

Highlights

-The lush, green beauty of Maryland's "mountains." I loved escaping the humidity and the city and breathing in the fresh air, wildflowers and peace.

-Spending weekdays with Harley.

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-Games, games and more games. Harley and I LOVE playing games and we played A LOT of games at Deep Creek. It was so great to put the kids down and play games until the early hours of the morning, not worrying about paying a sitter or eventually having to move children home. The best game: The Newlywed Game, hosted by "Midnight Adam." ("Midnight Adam” is really just Adam, but he gets a heck of a lot funnier after midnight.) We learned a lot about each other and laughed, laughed, laughed.

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-Great food. My favorites: BBQ pulled pork, kebabs, homemade mac 'n cheese, BBQ ribs and cake batter fudge.

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Anderson enjoying an early dessert tasting

-Visiting a free petting zoo.

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Have you ever seen a goat like this? His neck and head were caaa-razy!

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-Taking Anderson to the beach for the first time.

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Loving summertime watermelon…

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sand…

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-Being matchy matchy with the girls.

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Remember in high school when someone showed up at Prom wearing your dress and it was the worst thing ever? Fast forward to adulthood and someone shows up at the beach wearing your swimsuit and someone else is wearing your cover-up and it’s just a great photo op.

-Fierce games of “500” in the water and castle building on the sand.

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-Watching Anderson play with 4 kids for 7 days and never get bored.
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-Hot tub, hot tub, hot tub.

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-Harley’s ride down the Alpine Slide, followed by a bonus ride!


-A beautiful hike to Swallow Falls.
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That’s a real snake! Click here, then scroll down to watch the video.

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-Not dealing with bottles. We set a goal to wean bottles pre Deep Creek and we did it!

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Yay for sippy cups exclusively!


-Anderson learning a new trick: We say "one... two..." and he says "fwweeeeee!"

-Lots of new playgrounds and areas to explore.

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-Sitting on the back porch, watching the lake and reading.

-Having a good time with great people.


Lowlights

-Regretting moving away from those great people. Regretting not making better friends with those great people while we lived closer. (Why is it you never appreciate what you had, or could have had, until it's gone? Mental note: make more friendshipping efforts in current ward.)

-Anderson's first real throw up. Not spit up. Vomit. A lot of it. All over the pack ‘n play.

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Bug before he caught a bug.

-Sharing a room with Anderson which meant more often than not he ended up in our bed.


-Chilly weather. The temperature never climbed higher than high 70s. Rain and wind canceled our boating and kayaking plans. :(

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Anderson was not a fan of the cold water.


-Frozen TV reception just as SYTYCD began.

-Getting my trash kicked at Cities and Knights. Twice.

-Harley wiping out the Ellsworth’s memory card. (Thankfully all pictures were retrieved.)


The Girls

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The Guys (minus Jake)

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Sean, Tade, Matt, Anderson, Harley, Adam & Desi. Anderson was pretty upset his dad was once again wearing that awful flag shirt.


The Kids

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Madeleine (13 months), Desmond (15 months), Anderson (14 months), Seth (2 years) & Tade (5 years)


The Whole Gang (minus Jake again. Is he in any pictures?)

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Seth, Heather, Des, Adam, Tade, Mari, Shauna, Sean, Harley, Anderson, Wendy, Ligia, Maddie & Matt


We had a wonderful time. Major props to Ligia & Matt for organizing everything. Next year: Outer Banks!

21 comments:

Adam E. said...

Great post, Wendy. This is one of the few times I've had vacation withdrawals.

Mari and I are writing competing poems of the vacation. I bet you can't wait.

Jen said...

What a fun vacation! I'm sure you had a great time!

Jen said...

You are looking great, by the way! Way to go getting back in shape post baby! You look fabulous!

Logical Libby said...

I do love Deep Springs.

But they aren't mountains if you can drive to the top of them.

Rachel said...

Secret Confession: Before even reading about it, I judged Harley's shirt. Of course, I thought it was POLKADOTS!!!!!! Then I had to go back and read your other post. hahaha. Love it! I guess he won the vote?

Looks like an amazing vacation. Jealous.

Laura said...

Wendy. You're sexy.

Ming said...

Love it! So glad you had such a fabulous time. Your new suits look great on you!! The snake is icky. H's flag shirt has GOT TO GO! Bug looks adorable. So sad he threw up...it's going around man.

Crystal said...

Remember what a small world it is- I used to work with Sean here in Orem a few years ago. It is funny that you are friends with him now too, and crazy to scroll through your pictures and say "hey I know him". That looks likes it was soooo fun. You guys both look so great too.

Brittany said...

How fun! I love getting together with great friends! Looks like you all had a blast! I'm glad Harley got to join you! BTW I love the picture of you and Anderson on the beach... what a cute smile he's got and I love his cool shades! :) Oh and you look fabulous!

Harley King said...

I wonder if it took Shauna 8 hours to find her swimsuit too?

I wish more people could dress like me and wear flag shirts.

Anderson needs goats.

And dogs.

Emily said...

I think having this much fun is illegal. Seriously, I don't think this is allowed. And I feel very jealous.

Claudia said...

What a great vacation! Glad you had fun!

hwangberg said...

oh the memories! it was a great week. Actually the only pictures I got of Jake were the ones lost from my camera.

Ligia said...

Ok...now I have to get my butt and gear and do a post on my blog. I totally miss Deep Creek already and am already counting down till OBX. Great company, the yummiest food, the best of games, good times, lots of laughs and memories...what more can a girl ask for?!

p.s. i bought "the" bathing suit today in black and white.

Ryan and Cheryl Harris said...

Loved it! Sounds like a good time. That place looked nice...I want to go hot tubbing. I've been wanting to go hot tubbing my whole pregnancy. I so sad Anders got sick :( Poor thing. Is he better? I want to hear more about the trip but thanks for the highlights and pics :)

Kara said...

What an AWESOME vacay! There's nothing better to have a relaxing trip to the water with friends you love, food you love, and family you love. LOVE your bathing suit. Favorite pic- you and Anderson by the beach, both in shades... priceless.

Kaija said...

What fun! You guys sure know how to do vacations! And friends!

lys said...

Jealous! Looks like you had such a great time!

You look great in your swimsuits-- where did you get them? I'm in the market for some new swimwear.

I love the picture of Anderson standing in the water with his sunglasses in hand-- he looks so chill. (Cute swimsuit on him too!)

No more polling the masses, Wendy-- you've just got to get rid of Harley's shirt!!! (Although I'll bet all the attention that he's getting is just making him want to keep it more. . .)

Glad you had so much fun. So sorry Anderson got sick. Throwing up is the worst!

Mom said...

I pledge alliegence to the flag shirt

Ali Snow said...

I hope Harley brings the flag shirt to Utah this summer just in case we go boating.

Wein said...

isn't summer great?