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ASHA!

I LOVE your new siggy picture!!!!

And how are you doing?

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Hey Sarah! Thanks! I am doing really well in the second trimester! My worries are mostly over for this baby- it seems like she/he is doing well! I can feel the movement too. Biggrin My belly is getting bigger, people are starting to ask... The kids have asked "if i am sure I am not pregnant" but I was a little too chicken to fess up! Weird, huh? I wanted to wait till my scan... but it seems like I will have to come out soon. They will be excited, at least most of them!
As for the siggy pic, we went to Kentucky to a State Park resort. It was a blast!! We toured caves, went canoeing, hiking... we saw so much wildlife too! It was wonderful! It wasn't exactly camping, we had a cottage with a full kitchen and 2 bathrooms, but it saved on food a lot. I wish there were jobs there for DH, I could move to KY, just for the scenery!
Here are a few pics:
That's me and few of the kids hiking a trail:

Just beautiful!

Climbing up

gardenbug's picture
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How fantastic! I'm so glad you make a point of having family trips each summer! Wonderful experiences and lovely photos to remember them with.

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Those are awesome photos. I love KY too. Funny that you didn't want to fess up to the kids. I'd have a hard time not telling them if they asked. You'll have your scan soon anyway, right? So happy for you!

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Those are awesome pics Asha!! I love hiking- that park looked beautiful to hike through! Sounds like a good deal too! Was it very expensive?

I would love to come down and see the US, I would have never thought that Kentucky would have topography like that!!! I have only been to California (LA and San Diego),Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. I have been to Mount Rushmore- I thought that was really cool to see!

I am glad all is well and you are having an uneventful and wonderful pregnancy!

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That’s so great! I love seeing photos of your trips.

We have lots of mountains here – well a couple hours away – but we’ve only gone once! They are REAL mountains, though, and I don’t think Ivy could make it… I wish we had some good short hikes. Maybe we could do that? It inspires me!

And I love the scenery too!

Did you see any snakes or turtles while canoeing? I spent a little while in Kentucky doing some research and it was really nice. We saw tons of different kinds of snakes while we were canoeing. It was so neat.

How do you guys deal with the long drives? How long do you go at a time? How often do you have to stop? How long can you drive at a time, and do you have to stop at hotels?

I’m curious. Some friends of ours have 5 kids and 2-3 times each year they drive 17 hours straight from Winnipeg to Edmonton (and back). We can hardly make it the 3.5 hours to the fair grounds without losing it. How do you do it?

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The trail we were at with Sebastian was 0.7 mile long. We took turns carrying him through stretches of it, but he did walk a fair amount. DH and older kids did go on a 8 mile trek.
We saw a TON of turtles! I don't know why they were everywhere! Mostly box turtles, some tiny ones and some pretty big. We saw salamanders sunning, a beautiful fox, deer, a crane bird, I am not sure about snakes...

This is how we get to places: we drive at night! When we went to NYC we started around 9 PM and drove straight through without stops. This time the drive was 6.30 hours so we started at 1 AM ( we carried the littler kids into the car, the older ones got woken up and they walked to the car) they ALL slept through the whole ride.

On the way back we tire them out with nature walks, swimming and such things. Then we eat dinner and start driving around 5PM. Most little ones take naps about an hour into the drive, but by 8 PM all of them were sleeping. DH believes in getting them too tired to have enery to fight in the car Wink

As for accommodations, we usually choose places that offer suites with at least one big bedroom and a living room, kitchen. This cottage had 2 bedrooms ( 2 queen beds each), living room with a sofa bed and 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. It was beautifully set near the woods. It cost $190.00 a night. Kind of steep, but worth the experience we were able to have. We often say that we could have just stayed home and saved money and/or trouble, but then we wouldn't give them the memories...

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I love the pics too! Your kids are beautiful! Funny about the kids asking! lol I'm sure they'll be so happy to learn you are!

Looks like a fun vacation! DH and travel to AZ (13hr drive) about once a year, and we have done the drive all night thing, but when we get to our destination we are exhausted but the kids are ready to go for the day. Thankfully Grandma and Grandpa can help out at that point. How do you and dh manage to do fun stuff having been driving all night? Smile

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"rachelrazzle" wrote:

How do you and dh manage to do fun stuff having been driving all night? Smile

That was my next question!!!! Especially being pregnant!

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I agree. We always travel early in the morning but never through the night. I value my sleep too much. Of course, my kids travel pretty well. When the two oldest were little, we went on a 30-day trip from PA to the West coast and back. We traveled during the day and camped at night. It was the most awesome vacation ever. I wish we could do it again.

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My DH works from 8pm to 8 am and he is used to being awake at night. I try to nap while he drives. We definitely are drowsy the first day, but not too bad. The kids are usually calm being in a new environment and all, that first day. The first night on vacation is a good night of sleep! Then we are ready to go!

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"sarahsunshine" wrote:

That’s so great! I love seeing photos of your trips.

We have lots of mountains here – well a couple hours away – but we’ve only gone once! They are REAL mountains, though, and I don’t think Ivy could make it… I wish we had some good short hikes. Maybe we could do that? It inspires me!

And I love the scenery too!

Did you see any snakes or turtles while canoeing? I spent a little while in Kentucky doing some research and it was really nice. We saw tons of different kinds of snakes while we were canoeing. It was so neat.

How do you guys deal with the long drives? How long do you go at a time? How often do you have to stop? How long can you drive at a time, and do you have to stop at hotels?

I’m curious. Some friends of ours have 5 kids and 2-3 times each year they drive 17 hours straight from Winnipeg to Edmonton (and back). We can hardly make it the 3.5 hours to the fair grounds without losing it. How do you do it?

Wow! That's where I live and we have driven to Edmonton a few times and let me tell you driving there with 4 kids we need to stop in Saskatoon over night!!!!

You do have the beautiful Rockies so close! We love doing the Calgary - banff - jasper- Edmonton run and try to do it every year. It's so sad to see those mountains become smaller in the rear view mirror when we are driving back!