Did everything go perfect? of course not- with 11 imperfect people in one house there was bound to be some disagreements but it was super to be together. Most mornings we listened to the Bible and did a devotion together- a great way to start the day. The days that we planned in some resting time definitely were better days. We all need some time to rest, recharge, and get re-excited about seeing each other. We realized how hard it is to stay full of grace when we tried to have all fun and no down time. But even those hard times can be good when you humble yourself to make things right.
We started off the week slowly- well if you can call me leaving Janelle with 7 kids to feed the first morning she got here slow :) James went to work and T and I went to my doctor appointment. I thought he'd enjoy time with mommy and getting to hear baby's heartbeat. After my appointment, the ten of us did go to one of my favorite spots in Baltimore- Sherwood Gardens- so pretty and I love that it's just a short walk away.
Wednesday we went hiking at Patapsco Valley State Park- we hiked from the nature center across the suspension bridge to the falls. We definitely have 8 nature loving kids- even if they ran some of the hike, they were very excited about being out in God's creation! We ended the morning with a little playing at the tire park and a quick picnic. We had some worn out boys!
Thursday morning we went to Annapolis. It was pretty and the visitor's center movie reminded me lots of my time at West Point. But it was no West Point :) We do want to make a trip back there some day and see more of the museum on the USNA.
We made a quick trip to Sandy Point- we were too tired for Park Quest but enjoyed some crabbing. No keepers but it's fun to pull them up!
Friday morning we went to Oregon Ridge for more hiking. The kids really loved the stream and finding all sorts of nature as we walked. 1-2-3 on me was a lot of fun too.