We are back!
We had an awesome vacation and all of us are mourning the fact that it is over. Jake and I agreed that this was the best vacation yet. The kids had a blast the whole time, and so did Jake and I.
We packed a TON into the week and had so much fun! We went to the beach almost every day, we went to the aquarium twice (where Jonah fell into the touch tank....), we visited 3 lighthouses (Jake and Lily climbed to the top of the Hatteras lighthouse, the biggest one!), we went on tons of beautiful hikes, we went to Jockey's Ridge and climbed the sand dunes (according to the kids, it felt like we were in the desert!), we played at the playgrounds, we went out to lots of new restaurants, we went out to ice cream, we played in the hot tub (the kids' new favorite thing to do), we visited Aunt Beth, Aunt Rachel, Uncle Jordan, Great- Grandma, and cousins David and Reign (it was SO fun to see the cousins playing together- between all 5 kids we had ages 1,2,3,4 and 5!) , we went to the arboretum, to the Elizabethan Gardens, we went to the Wright Brothers memorial (where we got to build our own kite and fly it), we took a ferry ride to Ocracoke Island, we tried fishing for the first time (and caught a crab!), the kids became Jr. Park rangers and each earned a badge and a patch, we took over 700 pictures (which I still need to finish editing so I will only put up a few on this post), and we had a GREAT vacation!
We even had a fairly pleasant drive there and back, even though the rides were long, especially the ride home. We left at 4am and got home at 4:30pm. We made great time, but still, a long ride in the car! But, overall the kids were great. I worked really hard putting together fun things for them to do in the car, to make the drive fun and enjoyable. And for the most part, it was fun and enjoyable.
We are already talking about going back and what we will do next time :)
Keep us in your prayers tomorrow as Kate goes in for her EEG and her MRI is on Monday.