Day 18 Fight & Make Up
Today was the reset day. The plan was to unpack from our camping trip, clean a little, pack again, and head to Grandma’s house for a few days in Richmond. I knew I needed help, so I did what any desperate mom would do….I hit both kids with a great bribe. They each had a list of chores to do, all afternoon and evening to do them, and a trip to MayLynn’s for ice cream waiting on the other side. Well, Chica bit, but Bubba not so much. Here’s an accurate summary of how it went down:
Exasperated, I asked Chica if she had any suggestions. And she did. She said I should extend the deadline by 30 minutes and let him know that we were going to Grandma’s tonight, instead of tomorrow. Whadayaknow?!? It worked, the chores got done, apologies were said, and they stuffed themselves with ice cream before setting out for two more hours on the road.
Day 19 Pocahontas State Park
When we were camping last week, Becky encouraged me to check out Pocahontas State Park. I realized just how close it was to Grandma’s house, so I talked her into taking us there on our first day in RVA. The kids played by/in the water while I ran a few miles. (What’s with that muddy trails sign, BTW??) I made a firm plan to come back with my bike the following week when I would be in town again for a meeting. They have the most well-maintained and marked bike trails I have ever seen…which I fully realize might not be saying too much because this (early) mid-life crisis hobby of mine is still fairly new.
Day 20 Kings Dominion
Keeping with our summer tradition, we visited KD today and did all the things. We were waiting in line for the Avalanche, and Bubba looks over and asks, “Is that my cousin?” Sure enough, their cousin was in line too! What a fantastic surprise.
I was able to talk Bubba into a few more rides this time. We rode the Racer 75 (also known as the Rebel Yell to old people), Grizzly, and Flight of Fear. Right before the FoF took off he asked, “Does this go upside down?” I honestly replied, “I don’t think so…”, then BOOM! We flew out of the start and immediately went upside down. LOL. As soon as the ride was over, I started apologizing: “Bubba, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know it went upside down.” He replied with a funny “Wait…what?” That kid had kept his eyes closed the entire time, and he had no idea we had even gone upside down. We ended up riding it 2 or 3 more times until he could keep his eyes open long enough to see the whole thing. Fingers crossed for Anaconda and Twisted Timbers with him next year!
Day 21 Dressing Room Selfies
I don’t go shopping often, but losing a few pounds and attending a friend’s wedding definitely call for something new. Jay and I were not only guests, but Lori asked him to take her photos, and I was planning to help as his second shooter. I was feeling pretty particular about what I wanted, including nothing that needed a new bra, something other than black, and a high enough neckline and long enough hemline that I could bend and squat without flashing anybody. After trying on lots of things and admitting just how embarrassingly bad I am at mirror selfies, I finally settled on a navy & white polka-dotted jump suit. Thanks to Rachel’s suggestions, I followed that up with flip flops from Old Navy and a clearance rack necklace from Kohl’s. Looking at these pics again now, I still wish I bought that one with the orange top, but the jump suit was definitely the best choice for working a wedding.
Day 22 Wedding!
Here are just a few of my favorite shots, but you can see many more on Jay’s site. It was a beautiful and joy-filled day.
Day 23 VT
Jay and I spent the morning walking around Tech before we met Justine for breakfast at Gillie’s. I feel sad thinking about this day because it’s probably the last time I’ll see her for a long while. She and Kyle are moving to Charlotte where she’s taken a new teaching job. Working as her partner this past year was such a privilege. She’s smart, funny, caring, organized, and flexible…all the things you could want when working with somebody. I’m going miss her like crazy, but I’ll attempt to keep up with her life in NC through her dog & cat Insta posts. Also…why the heck didn’t we take a picture at breakfast? This picture of them from the night before will have to do!