Our final destination was Cape San Blas, Florida for a week with my best diver buddies from college and their kids. The route? Our house in the Poconos to Charlottesville, VA; Charlottesville to ATL; ATL to Cape San Blas and then CSB to Nashville; Nashville to Lexington, KY; Lexington to the Poconos. Whew.
|West Virginia en route to Charlottesville|
|High quality photo in Charlottesville|
We arrived at my friend Tracy's house (my college roommate that I was getting all nostalgic about earlier that day!) around 9:30pm and got to see her new house, catch up a bit and then hit the hay. The next morning we got to go to breakfast with her 2 sweet kids before hitting the road for the last haul to Florida. Not long enough, but great to have a little time with her!
The drive to Florida seemed to take forever even though it was only supposed to be 6 hours. Darby pooped 4 times, requiring 4 extra stops (in some freaky little Alabama towns no less), and her teeth were bothering her which made her extra cranky. We finally rolled in around 5:30pm and after seeing all of our friends, the memory of the drive seemed to vanish.
This was our 3rd trip down to the Cape and it really is one of my favorite places to go. Our friends Clayton and Renee built a house and got married down there a few years ago and all of our friends went down and discovered this hidden gem together. This trip was a little different than ones in the past as this was the first one since we've all had kids. It was definitely different, but different in such a good way. We rented a monstrous beach house about 50 yards from Clayton and Renee with our friends Whit and Carrie and Joey and Aaron. This place had 4 floors and an elevator! It worked perfectly for all of our families and it convinced us all that moving in together and living commune style is the way to go. We cooked family meals, watched each others kids so people could go running, go to the beach, etc. It was kind of chaotic, but that's what made it so much fun. It's hard to believe that there were no trips to the ER all week!
In an effort to not write a novel, here are some pics to sum up the awesomeness!
|Papa and the Gnarbs|
|Joey, Renee, Charlee and Kaden|
|Mama and Gnarbs by Clayton's backyard lap pool|
|Carrie and Joey imbibing|
|Babies sporting my homemade tie-dye and puffy paint t's:)|
|Abs and Doug...I mean Doug and Darby|
|4 out of 5 babies fell asleep on the boat...ahhh.|
|The boys on the tip of the Cape. (They dropped us ladies off to "return the boat" and I found these pictures on my camera the next day. No wonder it took them 4 hours.|
|The (tired) thinker|
|We rented bikes, hooked Darby's bike seat on and headed out to the tip of the island.|
|Boardwalk to the beach on the tip of the Cape|
|Sunset at CSB|
On Saturday morning we packed up the car and started our trek home. Our destination for night one was Nashville to see our friends Steph and Jeff and their sweet baby Maxwell. We got in around 7pm, just in time for a great dinner and time to chat. We didn't get to bed until about midnight and unfortunately, Darby was so wound up from all of the driving that she was up all night. We finally gave up around 2am and just turned on the lights and let her roam around the room...that lasted until 4am and then she woke up for good at 5:45. So, Sunday didn't start off on a great foot, but luckily, we were only heading to Lexington - 3.5 hours away.
|Jessica w/ Lily, Ellie and Ava|
|Darby was so pooped after the playdate that she slept for the first 3 hours of our drive home.|
As per the usual, we hit the road later than we would have liked and didn't get home until 12:30am. By the time we unloaded the car it was 1am and then Doug woke up at 3am to catch a bus to head to work in the city. Yikes. We have finally done all of the laundry...just in time to fly out to North Carolina Thursday morning for a relay race. So much for "stay at home mom-ming!"