Well, we are back in Miami!
We actually ended up leaving on sunday instead of saturday because we brought aunt Sarah with us. Yup, we adultnapped her. 😉
After a very, very long drive mostly during the night, we finally arrived at around 2:00 pm yesterday.
Lily was sooooooo good, she slept almost the whole entire time!
When we got home, we had the nicest welcome from auntie K who had made welcome signs for us and bought fresh flowers for our empty vases. She also took very good care of our plants while we were away.
Thank you auntie K! You are the best!!
We already miss West Virginia but it also always feels good to be home…
Lily sleeping in the car
aunt Sarah driving while Will finally rests
Today is our last full day here in WV.
We will be packing up the car and driving back to Miami tomorrow afternoon.
We are sad to leave but we feel blessed to have had such an amazing two weeks here.
We will deeply miss our family, friends, the dogs and this beautiful place.
I will also really miss the every day simple routine I have had here.
Waking up with fresh air from sleeping with the windows open.
our bedroom window
We went to Cass for an ice cream run the other day. (I had to have it!)
It was the many of firsts for Lily.
First time in Cass.
First time seeing a train.
First time on a train. (even though it didn’t go anywhere)
First time eating ice cream. (thank you Dawn 🙂 ! unlike me, Lily only had a few bites and didn’t finish it!)
First time throwing rocks into the river. (we got giggles!)
Oh, the simple pleasures…
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Yesterday we had our very first rainy day since we have been here. (figures, we were supposed to spend the day at the pool)
There was lots of rain, thunder, lightning, almost the whole entire day!
So, unlike all the other days, we were inside.
We read books, looked out at the rain, took naps. It was a lazy and rainy day.
Will reading to Lily and Lola in the morning
I love a good sunset. (who doesn’t, right?)
And that is just what we had the other day.
A blanket, some wine, cheese, the whole family and bubbles!!!!! 🙂 (you should really click on the bubble pictures so you can really see the bubbles)
It was the perfect way to end an already perfect day.
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While at Whittaker Falls yesterday, I could not ignore how different (and better) things were.
When we were there last year, I was still pregnant.
Who knew that Lily would end up loving the river as much as Will has while growing up here in West Virginia and as much as I have as long as I have been coming here.
And what a difference a year makes!
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then. august 2009
now. august 2010
Lily turned 9 months young on saturday. (this post is long overdue, I’ve been having problems posting)
At 9 months old, Lily is all over the place! She crawls everywhere and has us walk with her as much as she can. She can’t wait until she can do it all by herself.
Her top left tooth is finally showing through. (took long enough!)
She has grown so much since she has been here in WV.
This place has done wonders for her. 🙂
my little rock n roller…
Lily has been really loving it here. Her days are so filled with wonder.
But she is not the only one.
Cousin Adelaide was back this weekend as well as other little friends of ours.
They all love it here.
And why wouldn’t they?
This place is magical for them.
You can see it in their little faces. 🙂
This is where…
you can swing over the flowers and butterflies
We are in West Virginia and will be for the next two weeks.
There have been many outdoor moments and I’m sure there will be many more.
However, Lily and cousin Adelaide playing together outside this weekend were some of my favorite outdoor moments.
Here is not only one but two of my favorite pictures of Lily and Adelaide.
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Adelaide holding cousin baby (Lily) after playing in the pool
Lily and Adelaide playing with leeks from the garden
We decided to leave to West Virginia thursday night instead of friday like we were supposed to.
We were so anxious that we just quickly packed, loaded up the car and drove away!
It was a long but smooth ride. Will drove straight pretty much the whole way.
We stopped for an hour nap somewhere in South Carolina but that was pretty much it.
Lily did really well. She’s so good.
We arrived yesterday afternoon and it feels sooooooo good to be here. 🙂
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We are having a great time with our family. (lots of pictures to come)
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gas and water stop