Sunday, October 3, 2010

Geof.'s half marathon, Harper's Ferry, a turtle, and the only produce from my garden

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UPDATE: Just posted these first few pics. They accidently got deleted in all the shuffle of forming this post, I guess. Geof. wanted us to see Antietam Battlefield (that he ran through). So hilly! not the best way to end a half or full marathon. And these pics of Cole and June? So good to see Cole smiling!! And June is quite possibly the most adorable.

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I can't say enough about our our short little weekend trip up north. Geof. ran his first half marathon with ease (he humbly said he feels confident he could have run the full. I know, humble and confident in the same sentence?) in the beautiful town of Sheperstown, West VA. My cousin Ivy had told me about the run a few months back and since I didn't think I could do it with my weak knee (but wanted to see that part of the country), I signed Geof. up for it. In typical Geof./Darla fashion, we left later than planned, hit traffic,

argued and accused each other for not having planned a better route, and finally arrived (after dark) to our destination..well, our dinner destination. The kids (and we) were STARVING! Geof. had signed up for the spaghetti feed which turned out to be cold pasta and a less than decent sauce. Cole and Dayne had probably 7 glasses of lemonade (what was I thinking?) and both wet all over their sleeping bags. Yuck. But enough of that. Back to Sheperdstown. What a beautiful town! I felt like I was in the heart of America, such a quaint little town. After a restless night sleep (we camped 30 minutes away..bad planning. Wasn't aware that there were camp sites closer!), we arrived around 7 am and crossed over a bridge into town and as I looked over the railing to the view of the river, I had to have Geof. stop so I could, 10 photos?! The mist hovering over the river and the sun was breath taking! And of course, I don't have the words to describe it. ): Absolutely stunning. Geof. and I only wished we could be there on a little weekend retreat staying at the Bavarian Inn over looking the river. Don't get me wrong, love our little boogers, but they were quite the handful this weekend. Cole and Dayne both had pretty bad colds and sadly, those two only get along on rare occasion. Once we dropped Geof. off, we ate some breakfast, got dressed, and then arrived way too early to wait on Geof.'s arrival. We sat, and sat, and waited, and waited. And Dayne kept trying to open the port-o-potty doors to look inside, and Cole continued to tease June and make her whine, and June..., oh June, she repeated her usual, "I want to go home now" the whole time! We walked down closer to the river and met up with my cousin Ivy's husband and son (notice pic of Dayne with little Christian?) and Geof. came soon after.. smiling, running as if he was born to do so (and he was), and then Ivy and her friends came a little while after. It made me want to sign up for the marathon next year. You literally run through 4 National Parks (the marathon). Geof. ran through Antietam Battlefield and not surprisingly, was enthralled by the history.
So..what else (Geof. and I are in the middle of our Sunday night Masterpiece Theatre and I really just want to sign off)? While driving to Sherperdstown the night before, we had noticed a little town nestled up against a cliff and the river (Shenandoah or Potomac? Not sure.) and didn't realize it was Harper's Ferry. It was such a pleasant surprise. We had a wonderful visit there and can't wait to go back. Although our kids were close to starving upon arrival (we seem to always find ourselves in this predicament, right?), and drove us nuts until they had food in their bellies, we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. Perfect, beautiful little town with rich history and incredible views and sites. Geof. said he felt like he was in England. I really liked the food. (; And the train. And the ice cream. And seeing my kids happy and playing outside. And having everyone at the restaurant laugh at June singing "Sound of Music" (move over Mama Mia, June has a new favorite soundtrack) again and again. We drove home Sat. night, the kids and Geof. watched the new, "Alice in Wonderland" in the back, and we all conked out and slept like babies until morn. Today was nice. General Conference, muffins, fruit salad..and an evening walk with the kids. Fall is here!

p.s. forgot to mention that Cole and Dayne ran a one mile kid run (which they seemed to like), we had a pet turtle for a day or so (he bit Dayne's finger hard and wouldn't let go. Oh, the screams from that girl!), and my garden produced one, tiny little...cantaloupe (not real sure what it is..)? That's it. Not even a tomato. Aren't tomatoes the easiest thing in the world to grow??


Emily said...

Those pictures of the misty river bridge are totally surreal. I feel like some civil war battle should be about start anytime looking at them. Good work! And Holy Harpers Ferry! Now I remember why I loved it so much, Geof's spot on with the England analogy. Take me there (both places) right now! Even though your kids were trying they're little faces and yours too look super happy in the pictures. And was Geof's really that happy mid-run?! It's looks like it was far to easy for him, not fair. Great to talk/text with you this weekend and will let you know the outcomes of this weeks excitement! (ps, why do I always insist on writing the world's longest comments?)

Brooke said...

LOVED this whole post! I just wanted to be with you for the weekend. You take such beautiful pictures Darla!

J9 said...

Sorry about the garden....yes, tomatoes should be the easiest things to grow, but you gotta have plenty of sun (which most yards in Richmond don't have). None of my cantaloupes made it last year either; I ended up picking them before the first frost and sitting them on my counter to ripen where they basically decided to rot instead! Ahhhh the joys of gardening! Looks like you all had a fun trip this weekend.

Romney Family said...

How beautiful!! What a fun family outing and your kids are growing up so fast!! They sure are adorable!

Ashley said...

I love the pictures. Gorgeous! Harper's Ferry is one of our favorite places.

The turtle biting Dayne's finger - hilarious! Sorry for Dayne, but I laughed out loud when I read that line.

Eliza Uribe said...

Love your music. Love the kids pictures. They are so incredibly beautiful. Love your story about the marathon and how the kids fight and starve to death. Love how you said, "So nice to see Cole smile." I feel that way about my first born sometimes. He gets so grumpy so easily and I see even hold back smiles sometimes. What's the deal? I am such a happy person, what have a done? Miss you guys tons. Oh we were just up at Antietem battlefield. Is there more than one? It was near Hagerstown MD. Is that where you were?

Mindi said...

I was complaining to Adam how Geof. can just run 13.1 without training and I've been training for a year and only made it to 12 before injury sidelined me. Adam's reply was, "Geof.'s an athlete."
Can't wait to visit you in that beautiful, beautiful area you live in.

Corey said...

Way to go Geof!! That's awesome. I do admire runners being that I am not one myself. And he is smiling at the end. He totally could have run the full thing. :) Love the pictures and the landscape. Miss you guys muchas.