Military moves can be hard, but it is always so much fun to meet back up with friends from past duty stations.
Kate (from Kate Tells Stories) and her crew lived just down the street from us in Monterey, and Trenton and Cullen were the best of friends. They moved to the DC area two years ago. We went a whole year without seeing them, and then were able to catch up with them last summer when they came to visit us here in Pennsylvania.
We were long overdue to see each other again, so when Kate texted me a couple weeks ago asking if we were available to get together this week at her parents’ farm (which I had heard MANY stories about and seen so many beautiful pictures of), I jumped at the opportunity.
The kids were up early on Monday, and we were out the door and to the farm (located in the mountains of Virginia) by lunch. Everyone ate lunch, and I don’t think the kids stopped going until bedtime!
I love that they automatically pick up right where they left off! That’s when you know you have good friends!
Charlotte somehow convinced Bennett to marry her. I spied them holding hands many times throughout the day, and even caught them dancing. I just wonder if Bennett told Charlotte about his plans to live in a monster truck….
The kids spent the first day on the farm swimming, swinging, playing Legos, riding the golf cart, playing house, feeding Marme’s animals, roasting marshmallows at the bonfire with Papa Fritz, and eating s’mores.
It was an amazing first day.
….Until Charlotte decided to run into the high chair as she was coming in from the bonfire.
I took this picture to send to Jarrod, and right as I was putting my phone back in my pocket, Charlotte threw up everywhere. Thankfully once she finished throwing up (on Marme’s new chair and the rug), Charlotte felt a lot better, but I felt horrible!!!
Tuesday we went to tour Skyline Caverns. We were all excited about exploring the cave, but once we got down into it, Kate started getting claustrophobic. She knew she wouldn’t be able to make it through the hour-long tour, so she took Wells, Bennett, and Evelyn out with her, while I continued on through the tour with Trenton, Charlotte, and Cullen.
All three older kids really enjoyed the tour. I was wearing a dress though, and didn’t bring in a bag since I was going to be carrying Evelyn, so I don’t have ANY pictures from inside the cave. But there were really pretty formations, streams, and a small waterfall. There were also a couple times that our guide showed us what complete darkness looks like. That wasn’t a favorite for the kids.
We spent the rest of the day at the farm swimming and playing. And Trenton and Charlotte got to ride a little motorcycle for the first time!!!
Wednesday before we headed back to PA, we all stopped at a little creek/park to feed the ducks and burn off some energy. It worked because all three of my kids napped on the way home, and Kate told me that her three slept on their drive home too!
We’re already starting to plan our next get-together with Kate and crew, and we’re hoping to include the hubbies too! Trenton and Charlotte are also talking about trying to have Daddy convince the Navy to move us wherever their friends go next!
The Farm was such a nice little getaway (even if the kids NEVER stopped going!), and we had such a wonderful time. Trenton and Charlotte talked nonstop for 30 minutes yesterday evening telling Jarrod all about their fun times! Thank you to Kate for inviting us, Marme and Papa Fritz for cooking for us, building fires, riding motorcycles, and opening up your home to us, and the rest of Kate’s family for being so open and welcoming to us.