Originally, we planned on going to the beach for a week, but time (and money) got away from us, so we settled for a quick little trip to one of our favorite places. Ryan and I used to take weekend trips to Fredericksburg pretty often before we had kids, but hadn’t been since Rose was born. I had a lot of doubts about taking the kids there when they’re so young (mostly because of all the walking), but it was SO MUCH FUN.
We spent our mornings eating muffins and walking around town…we mostly just walked to the park and let the kids be crazy. We also found a horse that had to be ridden every single time we walked by it (we avoided that block as much as we could…quarters are hard to come by). We also checked out every single candy store and toy store. Luckily, our kids are still happy with us giving them a couple of dollars each. They think it’s awesome, actually. We found a little general store with a great toy selection, and it was super cheap. Rose walked out with a hot pink, plastic blowdryer with sunglasses, lipstick, and a cell phone to match…and she only spent $2! Oliver chose a tool set complete with a hard had, which was quickly stolen by Rose. He didn’t mind though…he was busy fixing everything. We also ate way too much. The highlight of our dining experiences was definitely ice cream. It was so messy and sticky, but totally worth it. I don’t think Oliver has ever been as happy as he was when he got to have his own ice cream cone. That little dazed grin on his face nearly made me cry. He was so, so happy. Thank goodness for all the walking, though. I had two scoops. From the time we got there until we left, we didn’t get in our car once. It was wonderful. We chose to stay at a hotel instead of renting a house because we wanted a pool to swim in. It was a good choice, for sure. And the hotel was right next to a creek with beautiful greenery all around, so we had fun exploring and being silly in the evenings.There were some pretty steep hills around us, so the kids each rolled down a few times, but even with the scrapes and bruises, they loved it. It almost convinced me that country living could be fun. On the way back home we stopped to swim and play with some cousins. They don’t see each other very often, but they love each other so much. It’s the sweetest. And it was perfect because the rest of our drive was silent. We were all sad to be home, and Rose keeps asking when we can go back. I think we’ll have to make it a regular trip.