Sunday, June 15, 2014

Fun to be One!

Lucy Snow is finally one!

Lucy was so excited on her birthday!  She loved is when we sang to her.  It was a pretty mellow day.  She got muffins for her birthday and all the yogurt she wanted (she loves yogurt).  She kept clapping every time she saw her purple balloons.  Lucy is so full of life and her favorite words are 'dada' and 'hi.'
The weekend before the big birthday day which was June 10th, we threw Lucy a little birthday bash with some of our Morgantown friends.

 The party was at Cooper's Rock state park, one of our very favorite places.  Johnny, Lucy, and I got there a little earlier and did some rock climbing, then started to set up.  My friend helped me to make Lucy's 'smash cake.'  I used a chocolate candy shell to make the base of the cupcake look like the wrapper.  Again, she loved the 'Happy Birthday' song, but only put her hand in the cake for a second and licked some of the ice cream.  She initially circled the cake a couple times curious as to what it was.  We tried to give her a chunk of the cake in hopes she would then devour it....but the actually 'smashing' of the cake was very anti-climatic.

We ate lots of hotdogs and s'mores.  Everyone invited brought food too, so we had a delicious feast.  There was pasta salad, watermelon, cookies, chips, pop, veggies, cupcakes and salad.  The kids loved running around all over the place.  Lucy joined them for a while, but she started eating dirt and twigs and leaves, she had to enjoy the few from riding on her dad's back.  All in all it was a really fun party.  Lucy was all tuckered out afterwards and fell asleep about five minutes into the drive home.

 The next day after the party, we tried giving Lucy the 'smash cake' again.  I think it helped that she was in her high chair and there was not an audience watching her eating.  After several investigatory tastes and squishing a lot of frosting between her fingers, Lucy started to devour the cake.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Harper's Ferry

I have a bucket list of places to visit in and around WV before we leave.  Of course, the infamous Harper's Ferry was on the list.  The beautiful and lush landscape surrounding Harper's Ferry could only mean one thing....camping!  We brought Lucy's pack n' play and put it up in the ten.  She actually fell asleep on the drive to our camping site-Green State National Forest.  She had a smooth transition from the car and slept from 7:30 to 5:30 the next morning!!  I was astounded.   Of course, I kept worrying that she was getting cold or uncomfortable, but Johnny kept re-assuring me, she would let us know if she was.

 Five thirty was a little too early for me, so my darling husband took Lucy on a nature hike, started a fire and made delicious oatmeal for breakfast.  Obviously, five thirty was a little too early for Lucy too because she fell right back asleep once Johnny started hiking.  She looks so comfortable in her carrier.
I finally got up and helped take down camp.  Lucy loved watching us from her playpen.  She really likes nature, especially eating dirt.
I would take her camping again anytime!  I tent was a quite snug with the playpen, but we all stayed really warm.

After packing up camp, we drove onto Harper's Ferry.  Learned all about John Brown's raid.  We discovered Harper's Ferry was used as an artillery during the Revolutionary War by George Washington.  We stopped and at delicious fish n' chips and of course tried the egg custard.  Lucy could not stop pointing at my ice cream cone, motioning for more licks.
After lunch, we ventured out on a gorgeous 5 mile hike.  It was pretty busy all along the path, due to the Memorial Day holiday, but the striking green vegetation surrounding us made up for it.  John pointed out several poison ivy plants and Lucy slept most the the hike.  At the top, the reward was a gorgeous overlook of Harper's Ferry.  All in all a great trip and so fun to be outside and in the sunshine!