Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dollywood and Virginia Creeper, Yes with a newborn.

So the first two weeks we took it easy around here, but now that I am feeling so much better and recovering so fast we have been out and about. We have to take advantage of our Dollywood passes before they expire so Shannon and Mom and I took the kids and went on a pretty day. That was like 3 weeks post-partum, then last week (4 1/2 weeks post-partum) we camped and biked the Virginia Creeper. Don't worry, we only did the first half which is all downhill. I will have to put a few pics up later of us biking the actual trail. I didn't think I had my camera on the trail but it turns out I did, it was just buried in my bag that had a million other things in it for Annie and Calvin. Hey I had to be prepared for anything, from hungry toddlers to blow outs from a newborn. So I took pics on Scotts phone but don't have those downloaded yet. The ride was awesome and we only had to stop once so I could nurse Calvin, so we stopped by a little creek and bridge so everyone hung out until we were finished.  Here are some pics to enjoy!

This was during recovery at home, I was bored one day so I thought I would see if I could take some cute newborn shots. Lets just say, I don't have quite the knack or equipment to take any good ones, but I love my little man and will always treasure these photos. 
 Here is where we were hitting up Dollywood, and Ty was being a little ham as always.
 This is pretty much what he did the whole time except when I had to feed him. Did you know that Dollywood has a nursing mothers room in the ladies restroom? Yeah, they do and I totally took advantage of it.
 One of Annies favorite rides, was the Car ride from the 50's section of the park. She loves driving those cars, and lets just pray that the driving she does in these will not play out to her teen years when she can drive a real car. She gets crazy and distracted too easily from focusing on keeping the car from bumping all over the place. Good thing I don't get car sick.
 Nana and her girls, enjoying the fall decorations at the park. Notice Libby doing a pretty pose. It looks like she might be starting to work towards being miss America.
 Mom loves those turkey legs.
 We also went to Rev's birthday party. He was born 3 weeks after Annie. His mommy did a wonderful job making a whole construction theme party, complete with a delicious dirt cake in a dump truck. So creative. I don't know why I didn't take pictures of all the creativity. You'll just have to take my word for it, it was awesome.
 And now the camping trip. The weather was perfect for camping, Upper 40's at night and upper 60's during the day. Here is Annie and Poppy enjoying the warmth of the camp fire our first evening there. She is a great camper, except the last night we were there I think she was not very tired when we put her to bed because when we went to check on her a little while later, it pretty much looked like a tornado had run through the pop-up camper we were staying in. No seriously it was bad, she completely emptied every bag she could get her hands on, including the diaper bag which is full of little knick knacks. Needless to say she got disciplined for that and then went right to bed.
 Sharing some hot cocoa cocoa with cousin Libby in the morning by the warm fire.
 After our bike ride we waited with the kids in Damascus for the guys to bring back the vehicles. Of course we had to pull out the ipads so the kids could watch The Lion King (Annies favorite movie right now). Don't ask me why she is wearing Libby's sunglasses, she just wanted to look cool I guess. Plus they were Dora the Explorer, and she loves Dora right now.
 Little Calvin in his abominable snowman suit. Hey at least it kept him warm.
 Annie and couz Hudson looking through a sticker book together. This lasted about five minutes.
 I know it looks like this baby was sleeping the whole time in all the pics, but trust me, he got a lot of crying out on this trip. Right around 6 every morning he tried to wake up the campground with his screaming, but luckily Peter and Bethany were the only ones nearby in a tent, and on that morning Calvin decided to let everyone sleep in until 7.
 This is what kids should be doing while camping, getting creative with the outdoors instead of watching movies or being distracted by some kind of media. I love when they have fun outside. Here they are using a log for a see-saw.
 My little Monk. Yes, he has gone bald on the top of his head, but kept the hair from his side burns back. He looks like a little monk. I'm thinking about using this googly-eyed picture for the baby dedications shot on Sunday. What do you think? At least he is awake and not crying.
 Or maybe this one would be better. Covering his little baldness. AWWW!!! Well maybe not, someone is picking his nose in the backround.
 Gorgeous mountains were full of colors. God is so creative and kind to give us different seasons to enjoy. Fall is my favorite. I wonder if he decided to give all trees different colors and beauty just for us to enjoy.
That's all for now
Yours Truly

1 comment:

  1. You are my hero. But I must add b/c people always said it to me--don't overdo it! Remember you just had a baby and rest every once in a while! :)
    We did the Virginia Creeper when Gavin was 7 1/2 weeks old, and remember I had a c-section with him. At another visit with Dr. Roberts (prob with Henley) I told them what we did and they said, "Umm, we probably wouldn't have recommended that!" Ha!