Hello friends. Before I move on to a tour of the lower level of our home in Virginia, I thought I would pause and do a post on what life was like at the lake we lived on. The lake and surrounding community were pretty peaceful. We were also at a place in our lives where we were ready to focus on having a family. As so many of you might know, when you have little babies, they suddenly shift all of your priorities and put life into perspective. Many of our days were filled with focusing on feeding our kids, making sure they were OK, and just trying to make it through the day on four hours of sleep. When we weren’t heavily in the “baby” phase, we were exploring the surrounding area.
Some of the things we loved to do regularly included:
Meeting up with other Moms at the corner library for story time,
Going for walks or bike rides in our neighborhood,
Playing in the sandbox,
Visiting nearby parks (there were some just a few miles away and one had lots of animals to visit),
Napping (So important!!!),
Going to the beach,
Getting homemade ice cream at a local creamery,
Having breakfast at a neighborhood café. (We were regulars on the weekends and the owners knew our girls by name.),
Having Sarah, at the corner salon, cut our girls hair,
Picking up coffee at the coffee shop,
Attending a local preschool.
I was invited by a family friend to be a part of a book club. I met moms through the library and was also part of a mom’s group in town. It was so nice to have these other moms to talk to and share life with.
So, in general, our life was pretty simple.
Both Vernon and I like to take pictures, so when I went back to look over what we had in our files, there were soooooooo many to choose from. (This makes me think I need to create some photo albums asap!)
Here are just some of the photos we took . ..
My oldest daughter was born three months after we moved to the lake.
And two years later, we had another girl.
hundreds of thousands of photos of our girls. Here is a look at what our life was like . . .
On the first Halloween with my youngest daughter, I had a little red riding hood and a mini wolf to trick or treat with.
This was at a Halloween celebration, one year later, at preschool.
Making a fort in their playroom.
Playing in their playhouse, on our back deck.
Playing inside on a chilly fall day.
More playing . . .
Who doesn’t love to dance around the house in a purple or red tutu???
Exploring our local parks.
Playing in their sandbox on our back deck.
Getting their hair cut at a local salon.
Playing in the kitchen cabinets with flashlights.
Playing in the living room.
The girls loved to play in the sandbox at the ice cream shop.
Going on a bike ride with Daddy.
The Holidays were a lot of fun!
Not everyone likes sitting on Santa’s lap.
Preschool Valentine’s Day celebration,
Date night with Vernon!
And this is a photo I took, right before we loaded up the last moving van and left Virginia.
And that’s a look at our life on the Lake! We tried to make the most of every day there. Some days were filled with really basic activities, but those moments are the ones I cherish. As I go through the
thousands(too many to count) photos here in our file, I am wondering what the best way is to archive all of them. I’m thinking of making some albums. (When I figure out my next steps, I’d like to follow up and let you know what I decide on.)
I’ll be back this week with a post on our lower level renovation.
Have a great week Everyone!