It was such a gorgeous fall weekend and it felt so good to be out of the cities. I got us all packed up, all six pillows and all! lol
And we made the drive up Friday evening. It felt like it was taking forever because we were having to stop so much. Kids having to pee, one of the kids having diarrhea :-( and then we needed gas and to eat dinner. We FINALLY made it a little after 8pm. It was dark but we managed to figure out where we needed to go and got all checked in. Our room was a room in the retreat center with a half bath, three bunk beds, and a queen bed. The kids were SOO excited to be sleeping in bunk beds and in their sleeping bags. I think it was the first time the girls got to sleep in sleeping bags. I had bought them bags a while ago with the intent on camping like we used to love to do, but we haven't gone camping since having the twins :-( we would have gone this summer if I wasn't pregnant/birthing a newborn/caring for a newborn. So next year we will DEFINITELY get back into camping and some mild backpacking. We miss it. Part of our motivation for going on this weekend trip was a semi-camping trip where we didn't have to worry about food or sleeping out in the cold.
Saturday we woke up, early like normal time. Got around and headed to breakfast. It was a chilly morning at a whopping 27 degrees. There was already a fire going in the fireside lounge, which was attached to where we were staying.
The kids even got some time at some games before breakfast.
And I got to try out my new babywearing jacket. It has a little zippered opening in the front (and back) with hood attached for baby, so I can just pop his head out through the opening. He loved it :-)
This was the typical scene in the mess hall while waiting in line for food. ALL the kids running around having fun.
After breakfast we took a walk down to the water and enjoyed the beautiful fall colors!
Then there was a massive game of bonkers. It was a tag type game with stations where you'd need to complete a task, get a sticker, then rush off to another station without getting tagged by someone with a flour sock. Kyle, me, and the girls were playing on one score card and Isaac had his own score card. It was fun.
Then we found the playground, with zip line and swings.
Mr. man did so well the whole weekend. I mainly wore him so he got plenty of zzzz's. When he wasn't sleeping I tried laying him down and letting him stretch and he was always so happy.
Games in the fireside lounge again.
After lunch Mary was asking to rest, so I took her back to our room while Kyle took Isaac & Emma to check out some of the outdoor activities. Most of them were a little too big for our gang, but Isaac did check out the big swing, which he said was "scary".
Before dinner we spent some more time in the fireside lounge. This was the many hangout so it was nice being in the retreat center since it was attached. Most of the families with small kids were in this lodging. There were many other options, which maybe we'll explore in future years, but being close to the crowd was good for us this year.
Heading to dinner, here's the dining hall with the fall colors.
After dinner we hung around the dining hall waiting for worship to start. Here we are during worship:
Worship and Eucharist was followed by s'mores back at the fireside lounge, which Kyle and Isaac partook in. I took the girls back to the room for bed. Since Emma didn't nap she was delirious.
Sunday was send off day, but we did have breakfast there. And stuck around for some more games while we packed up and got on the road about 11am.
I took these pictures a few seconds apart but the top was through my sunglasses. I thought it was crazy how fall my glasses made it look.