Monday, November 10, 2014

A Long Weekend at the Cabin

Some posts just need a little music..... this one definitely qualifies. 
Crank this song up, k?

Yesterday we arrived back home from our annual vacation to the cabin in the woods, just outside of  Leavenworth. This year we had our largest group yet. If I counted right, I believe there were 18 of us---10 adults and 8 kids. Last year it was 6 adults and 7 kids and the year before that it was 6 adults and 5 kids. The group just keeps on growing and for some reason, I have a feeling that it'll just continue to grow. 

With little cousins under all of our feet, we played games, ate WAY too much good food, stayed up late, walked down to the river and just hung out together. 

What I love most about the cabin is that you don't feel like you need to leave to have fun. Over the 4 days that we were there, we only headed into Leavenworth once. The cabin in itself feels like a complete vacation.

More than anything, what I love the most about this vacation is the people that we spend it with. Those people know how to have fun. We danced in the kitchen until we were sweating and we played games, after the kids went to bed. 

In the mornings, the kids came flying upstairs, bargaining to see how many bowls of "special cereal" they could have. We gladly pulled out bowls and served up huge portions of Fruit Loops and other once-a-year treats, because after all, we were on vacation and that's just what you do.

Later in the day, we made a bridge by throwing sticks into the river and then Jeremiah fished with some of the kids.

Many times, throughout the vacation, I heard our kids say that "this is the best vacation ever!" To me, that's worth all the post-vacation laundry in the world. 

A few photos.....

Last time we drove over, we blasted Christmas music while the snow fell. This time, the fog was moody and gorgeous, but we didn't see any snow. 
In exchange for snow, the trees were absolutely gorgeous and painted with fall colors. I'd prefer snow, but that's alright.


Sleeping baby.
Pajama foosball tournaments. The boys really "got it" this year and spent a lot of time playing on their own. Very fun to see them start to game together!
This river is just a short walk from the cabin. We spent a lot of time down here together, throwing rocks and just goofing around.








This girl. She's busy as can be and always going in the opposite direction. 
Nick's pickled onions. The food this weekend was out of control good.
Just a small part of the living room at the cabin. I shared more cabin photos last year here.
 Treats from Auntie Kelsey.
Movie nights.
Views from inside the car on the way into Leavenworth.

Cake making and beater licking.
One morning, my sister suggested that just the girls hop in the car and go for a drive to take a few pictures of the gorgeous aspens. After driving for a bit, we ended up coming across an interesting road in the woods, that led us to this train track. It was so pretty out there and of course, I was nervous that a train would come so I quickly took this photo and then hurried away from the tracks.

A few moments later, a train came bellowing down the tracks and through the mountains.
After watching the train go by, we drove to this lake and stopped just in time to see a rainbow arch across the sky and end on the island in the lake. If you look closely, you'll see it very faintly, to the right of that island. 
 We set the camera on a picnic table and took a windy group photo.
And then...just as we were about to leave, the rain started to really fall and the rainbow brightened up. How gorgeous is this?
Thank you, family for being so fun to vacation with.
Thank you, husband for still loving me, even though I beat you fair and sqaure at poker.
Thank you, Kelsey for the dance parties.
Thank you, cabin for the best reading spots that a girl could ask for.
Thank you, Eliza for letting Mama sleep well while we were there.
Thank you, Stephanie for baking cookies with my Pais.

Let's do it all again next year, k?

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