Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shenandoah Vacation - Part 2

The things I want to remember:

* We loaded the car with so much stuff, that Dylan had to get in the front and climb through the middle into his car seat. At one point, we looked back, and he had snacks all over the seat! He was helping himself!

* How we successfully avoided the timeshare tour. (You're welcome, Jim).

* How Dylan went right to sleep in "the vacation bed" (pack and play).

* Dylan FINALLY drinking from a straw for the first time, and how pleased with himself he looked.

* The Super Nanny-like episode that occurred at nap time, when Dylan realized he could climb out of the pack and play, and how mean I felt when I stuck to the "no pool if you don't take a nap" statement.

* Jim commenting "I'm afraid there is a pocket protector in his future" when Dylan was counting while splashing, and "cleaning" all the numbers on the sides of the pool.

* Watching Jim and Dylan happily playing in the pool. Adorable!

* The deer we saw every single day, so close, and not the least bit afraid.

* Going to the arcade and Dylan getting a "lucky" 8 bouncy ball out of a machine, and how much he loved that thing! (He held it in his hand during his nap).

* How many times Jim and I had to search for that dang ball, and how we wondered (on the last day) how many quarters we would have to put in the machine to get another one. (Luckily, we found it).

* Taking Skyline Drive home, and how gorgeous the scenery was!

* Dylan pulling the coats and pillow down on top of himself in his car seat, giggling and announcing, "I made a mess!!"

* Stopping at Skyland Lodge for lunch, and Jim's chicken sandwich arriving RAW, which resulted in free dessert. What might have been Dylan's favorite part of the trip - Ice Cream! (He kept saying "Mmmm!")

* While we were on vacation, Dylan asking several times to "go home". Us saying "this is our vacation home...We'll go home in X more days". Then, on Sunday, (one day after being home), him saying, "I want to go to our OTHER home!"

I might have gone a bit overboard with the pictures! I took HUNDREDS, and had a hard time narrowing it down. You won't hurt my feelings if you don't watch the whole video. (It is two songs, "Shenandoah", the Bob Dylan version, and "Big Rock Candy Mountain", from the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. Oh, and the video is almost six minutes long!) I mostly make them for Dylan, who watches them over and over again.


Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

I'm at work so I can't watch the video, but I can't wait to! I may do it on my lunch break at home! I loved the stories! They crack me up.

Jonathan has this bouncy ball that he just loves and holds on to too.

The trip just sounded great and it is so great how you wrote down the memories you wanted to hold on to.

*sigh* Reading that made me feel good today. Don't know why. Just did. Thanks for posting it. I can't wait to look through all the beautiful photos.

The Girls' Mommy said...

Loved it! I'm so glad you had such a good time! (and I really liked that first song~)

Lisa (Jonny's Mommy) said...

That was awesome! I loved that there were so many photos of you and Dylan too! Really, really amazing photos here! Looove it!

Burgh Baby said...

I love that you managed to capture all those memories so that you can keep them forever. LOVE it!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I bet he loves watching these again and again. You all look so happy--what great memories.

JCK said...

Looks SO beautiful...

Sparx said...

You know what I like about this the best? Putting a face to your name!! And holy grown up boy!!!