Weelll! It was tiring for mommy, but Saluda was a blast for all of us. Rhianwen especially appreciated 24/7 attention. This blog will be more a picture story than words.
Figuring out sleeping arrangements was interesting in an A-frame with one bedroom and a loft. What do you think happened with Wally as a daddy? If you haven't guessed yet, just take a look at the picture below.
Scaling the ladder to her bed.
I was actually a little jealous! That loft looked so cozy with the mattresses tucked up against the window. I just had to lie down one night with her to see what it was like. Rhi did a wonderful job sleeping on 2 mattresses one on top of the other without a bedrail. Every time I looked at it, it made me think of the princess and the pea. She's certainly tougher. Alden slept in his pack n play in mommy's and daddy's room.
We hiked to Pearson Falls, such a nice easy hike and beautiful falls. Rhianwen kept saying, "No, my walk!" whenever we tried to hold her hand on slippery places. She just was little miss independent...my dad kept making comments about how she was a lot like some other girl he knows. Hmmm. I think over the years I've realized more and more how I can't do things all on my own. I've actually become more dependent on others than ever before!
Hiking with Grandpa.
We made it!
Looks like a place for fairies.
What a sweet moment!
With Grandma Nanny Kim.
Canoing (she was with daddy in the back, but he hopped out for the picture)...we aren't that silly!
Ok, so maybe we are.
Yes, that is a zip line you see. Mommy said no, Daddy said yes. Who do you think won? Thankfully, Rhianwen stayed on...over and over again! She LOVED it.
I think most of the time Alden was wondering what on earth was going on? Where was his home? What was all this stuff called fresh mountain air? But he loved being out in it.
Other things we did: S'mores (of course), shopping in downtown Saluda (Christmas ornaments and a bracelet for mommy), eating delicious apples, feeding lots of "Mr. and Mrs. Mallard" (terms from Make Way for Ducklings), playing soccer, getting very dirty, relaxing a bit. The funny thing about the S'mores was Rhianwen wouldn't eat hers without me breaking off pieces for her.
A few funny things: once home, Rhianwen found her bike helmet and a broom and motored around the backyard saying she was riding a motorcycle.
Mommy asked her what her carrots tasted like (I'm not sure why I did this), and without hesitating, Rhianwen said, "Hamburgers!" Oh, well, that's interesting.
Story of the week: Jesus Calms the Storm...Rhianwen kept saying, "What happened? What happened to the storm? No stars!"