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2011 Vacation Details, Days 1 and 2

So, per what is now the norm for this family, and it drives me nuts, but I can’t seem to get it under control either, we left late.  Waaaaaaaaaaaay late.  Steve had been trying to leave work early, but also didn’t want to leave the new guy hung out in the wind.  He got home around 5 maybe, and since the boys and I had everything waiting by the door, Steve super-quickly attached the car-top carrier, threw his clothes in a bag, and started loading up the car.  We left by about 6 pm.

No worries though – we only needed to make it to the outskirts of Chicago.  That’s 8 hours, folks.  I had asked my dad if he could take the older 3 boys for the night so that we could only get 1 hotel room, and he said sure.  I called him to let him know that we’d be getting in at crap o’clock so that he could go to bed early and sleep for a little while before they came, but he said he’d wait up.

We got to Dad’s about 2 am, and bless his heart, he walked right out to meet us.  I had a small overnight bag packed with a change of clothes and swim trunks for the boys, so they took that in and we were off.  Our hotel was only 15 or 20 minutes away, so we were checked in my 2:30 and we both passed out.  Thankfully, our hotel already had the crib in the room and it was set up so we just stuck Christopher right in there with his fuzzy blankets and Scout and he was gone.  Nathan slept fairly well, and I ended up waking up in a puddle of leaked milk because of it.  Good times.

Chris woke up around 7 maybe, and I had just fed Nathan, so I took Chris down to the lobby area where the free breakfast stuff was so that Steve could sleep a little longer.  We stayed down there for quite a while, me thinking he could use all the sleep he could get, and I came back up to the room to find Nate screaming in Steve’s arms.  So much for sleep.  I took Nate and Steve ran down to get breakfast for himself, then we checked out and ran over to Woodman’s for some provisions.

We wanted to grab some of this Kettlemania stuff we can’t get in our stores anymore, and some Aerobars, and of course I forgot to pack my shampoo, conditioner, and toothbrush.  I packed toothpaste, but no toothbrush.  We got over to my dad’s about 11, and stayed until about 2.

My sister and her hubs came over as well.  A couple days before, they had to have one of their cats put to sleep.  The cats had been part of their family for 16+ years, and my sister was taking it really hard.  So, through a non-discussed mutually agreed upon sister telepathy thing, I didn’t mention a thing.  She looked like if I said anything, she’d burst into tears.  So I just gave her Nathan and let her bathe in the baby snuggles.  It helped I think.

By the time we were getting ready to leave, I developed a raging headache.  I thought it was just not getting very much sleep the night before, possibly not drinking enough water, something that I would be able to fix easily.   By the time we got to the KOA in Ohio, it was so way worse.  And I was coughing.

I got the sheets out and had the boys make up their beds, and David starts freaking out cause there’s a WASP.  It was all I could do not to completely break down.  Russ is allergic to bee stings, but this one was nothing to be feared.  It was barely flying, like someone had sprayed bug killer in the cabin already.  Chris ended up stepping on it and killing it.  That’s my boy.

At some point Steve went out to a store to get me some Zicam stuff and some other provisions for breakfast, and by the time he got back, the boys were all in bed.  I tossed and turned all night and kept waking up either soaked in sweat or shivering like mad.  And that was just the beginning of the vacation.


To be continued…


Shute Colonial America Tour of 2011 Itinerary

I thought I’d start the vacation entries with the itinerary.  As I get time, I plan on actually writing more detailed blog posts about some of the days, at which point I’ll put in links to that post as well as links to some of the historical sites.  At the time of posting, I have very few links up, so I apologize for that now.  Check back in a few days and I may have something up.

So then, here goes.  The original plan is in normal type, what we actually did on that day if different is in bold.  Feel free to laugh at what we thought we’d do.

Day 1 – Thursday the 9th– Driving day to IL.   Got into Montgomery about 2AM – dropped off the kids at PoPo’s and arrived at our hotel in Naperville about 2:30.

Day 2 – Friday the 10th– AM – hang out at Dad’s.  PM – drive to KOA in Streetsboro, Ohio.

Day 3 – Saturday the 11th – Driving day to Vacation Villas at the Berkshires resort in W. Massachusetts.

Day 4 – Sunday the 12th– Rest day (laundry?)  My sick day

Day 5 – Monday the 13th – short trip to Vermont/Bennington Battlefield.

Day 6 – Tuesday the 14th – drive up to Boston, see Salem and walk 1/2 of the Freedom Trail.  I was still feeling slightly icky and didn’t want to over-do it, so we left later than planned and only got a chance to go to Concord Bridge.

Day 7 – Wednesday the 15th – still in Boston, other half of the Freedom Trail, Plymouth, and return to Berkshires for the night.  Walked the entire Freedom Trail.  I was feeling way better this day.

Day 8 – Thursday the 16th – at the villas, rest/laundry day.   Stayed around the resort – Steve took the kids to the swimming pool for a while so that I could get some rest after the exhausting day yesterday.

Day 9 – Friday the 17th – at villas, short trip to Albany.   Went to the top of Mount Greylock (highest point in Mass), then took a trip into Vermont to go yarn hunting at a local yarn shop.

Day 10 – Saturday the 18th – drive to Valley Forge via Morristown National Historical Park and Philly.   At Patrick’s passionate request, stopped at Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ (of “Cake Boss” fame) on the way!

Day 11 – Sunday the 19th – Valley Forge, Philly, travel to Williamsburg / Greensprings Vacation Resort.

Day 12 – Monday the 20th – at resort, laundry, tour of colonial settlement? Stayed at resort.

Day 13 – Tuesday the 21st – Drive to DC, Smithsonian museums, spend the night in DC.

Day 14 – Wednesday the 22nd – DC monuments/memorials, Capitol, Nat’l Archives, Library of Congress?

Day 15 – Thursday the 23rd – Our 20th Anniversary!  Mt Vernon or Monticello?   Went to Jamestown Settlement instead – made the decision to hold off on Monticello until Sunday.

Day 16 – Friday the 24th – Jamestown/Yorktown?   Neither – we went to Colonial Williamsburg for our first day there.

Day 17 – Saturday the 25th – rest day/laundry.   Yorktown, plus Day 2 at Williamsburg (and a stop to pick up some soap and a William & Mary T-Shirt) – we were all about ready for the vacation to end at this point.

Day 18 – Sunday the 26th – Check out of Greensprings, drive to KOA Natural Bridge, VA.  And a pretty awesome stop at Monticello in between.

Day 19 – Monday the 27th – Leave VA, drive home.   16 straight hours.  Oh joy.

No, not yet

I’m still not done writing the vacation stuff.  Nor am I done writing about Nathan’s birth.  To be honest, I’ve barely started.  So, take this new baby picture to hang on to while you wait.


Um, hi; remember me?

It’s been recently pointed out to me that the last time I updated my blog was something regarding my broken foot.  A couple of things have happened since then.  I’ll give you the Reader’s Digest Condensed Version here, and give it the old college try at filling in the details in the next few weeks.  No promises though, not with a newborn.

Thing that happened #1 – I finally had it with my OB dr, and fired her at my 36 week appt.  Found a  new Dr and fell in love with her when, upon seeing that my BP was a little high at the appt (I’m thinking due to nerves), she told me that instead of sending me to a non-stress test she just wanted me to lay down on the exam table for a little while and relax and she’d be back to check the bp in a little while.  It went down just fine.  That turned out to be the one and only appt I had with that Dr.

Thing that happened #2 – Baby #5 came along at the 37 and some odd days mark.  Labor went great, boys all behaved great, doula was great, nurses at the hospital were great, Dr arrived about 10 minutes before he was born.  Yes, he.

I am now the proud mom of 5 boys.  Nathan Albert (family names on hubby’s side) was born on April 26 at about 3:30 in the afternoon.  He weighed 6 lbs and 12 oz – my smallest baby ever!  I’m hoping to really flesh out his birth story in the coming weeks, cause it really went WAY WAY better than I had ever hoped it would after learning I’d really have to give birth in a hospital.

Thing that happened #3 – My sister came down for a visit during the boys’ last week of school.  She went to some of the end of year awards stuff with me, and also took me to see the Diana exhibit over at Union Station in Kansas City.  I think I spent about 45 minutes just staring at the wedding dress.  It was awesome.

Thing that happened #4 – Right after school got out, Son #1, the 13 year old, came down with some kind of awful cough thing.  Sounded like bronchitis, but he ran a fever off and on for 3 or 4 days.  Weeks later when we’re getting ready to go on vacation, he still has that stupid cough.

Thing that happened #5 – I caught that cough thing right at the start of the vacation.  Spent one whole day in bed getting up only to pee.  Hubby knew I was sick when he offered to take me yarn shopping and I said no.  Hubby took care of all 5 boys for the better part of 2 days, only bringing me the baby when he needed to nurse.  The rest of the vacation was fairly alright.  We saw the Bennington Battlefield and the Concorde Bridge, walked the Freedom Trail in Boston, visited some of the Smithsonian, saw several monuments and memorials in DC, and visited Yorktown, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg.  Again, I’m hoping to give more details about the whole thing in the next few weeks.

Thing that happened #6 – Hubby and I “celebrated” our 20th wedding anniversary.  I use quotes cause we literally did absolutely nothing.  It was sort of sad actually.  We were still on vacation, and hoping to leave the 13 year old in charge of the younger 3 and take the baby out with us somewhere.  We were thinking he could handle the 9 year old, the 7 year old, and the 16 month old.  What we failed to take into consideration was that for the past 2 days, we had walked and walked and walked them all around DC, and the 13 year old was practically dead on his feet.  Then we talked about getting everyone in bed, and taking the baby with us, and just running out for ice cream or something.  Then we realized that by the time we did that, we’d be exhausted too.  So, I think we wished each other a Happy Anniversary and kissed and went to bed.  We’ll celebrate at some point.  I hope.

Thing that happened #7 – I think I remember playing with yarn at some point the past few months, but I don’t think I finished much, maybe a crocheted rug

and a pair of socks

or something.  Still working on Chris’ baby blanket, and trying to decide what the heck to do for Nathan’s baby blanket.

I think that about sums it up for now.  I’ll try to get some details up at some point this summer.  Before I forget them all.


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