It's official, our girl LOVES the outdoors. We were up at our friends' cabin in PA for the weekend, and it was all we could do to get Emma to come inside to eat. 2013-06-04_0016

She especially loved her new fishing pole. I figured she'd play with it for 5 minutes and give up when it inevitably wound up in a tangled mess, but I seriously underestimated her. She got it right away - dropping her line in the water then reeling it back in... over and over and over and over again. She must have done that for 45 minutes straight, which is like 5 hours in toddler time.


She also loved playing with her friend, Shane, and their cuteness was off the charts...


It's pretty much guaranteed that if you give Emma a big open space to play, she will run around like a mad woman until she tires out. She loves to say "Goodbye! Adios!!" then run away until we shout "come back!" and she runs at lighting speed back toward us saying "Hello! Hola!" Even better if there's a hill involved.


I knew we had an outdoorsy girl on our hands when not even the cold mucky pond water phased her...

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She finally started to tucker out our last morning there...


...of course, that was until we stumbled upon this awesome roadside playground on the way home. :)


I'll be honest... being pregnant at the cabin in 90 degree heat is no picnic, but seeing how much fun our little girl was having made it all worth it, and I can't wait to get back there next month.

Maternity Series #2: 22 Weeks

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We just got back from a long weekend at the cabin, and while I'm completely exhausted, I can't stop thinking about how great it's going to be to take you there as you're growing up. It's basically little kid paradise and between fishing and swimming and getting to sleep outside, I really hope you'll love it there as much as the rest of us do.


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Jared and I just got back from a long weekend at our friends' cabin in North Central Pennsylvania, and the trip was exactly what we needed. You may have noticed I've been a little absent from my dear blog lately (and that will sadly continue as the next couple months are likely to be some of the craziest of our lives.) We've been stressed beyond belief, but for now we're recharged... 4 days in the woods, no phones, no internet. It was perfect. We even got to break in our new "our backpacking days are over " tent. (Yeah, it has two rooms. That's apparently how we roll now.) This was my 5th year going to the cabin and while it's different now that most of us have kids, it's still one of my favorite weekends of the year...