Ahh. A week away. Nothing like it to refresh and recharge. Probably even more appreciated now that our home lives are more hectic with baby care and prep after we each get home from a full day of work.
Pre-Bella, our week long trips were out of the country or at minimum out of state. We’d recently been to St. John (twice), Hawaii, visited three countries in Europe, and taken a Caribbean cruise. We had been contemplating a Mediterranean cruise, but my fear of the long flight with Bella, plus the fact that we were going to have to pay $600 for her to go on the cruise (cause 7 month olds do loads of activities and eat from the buffet?!) made us re-think our planning.
We decided instead to stay close to home. Close enough that we’d actually stay in-state! Lance’s parents had a great experience at Lake Lure in western North Carolina. I love how relaxing lakes are, so the fact that we could make this a big family trip with grandparents and even Titan, made it an easy choice.
Turns out, there isn’t much to do in Lake Lure. We did the big hike up to the top of Chimney Rock, played a few rounds of golf, and had a really nice dinner in Asheville (at Curate if you are familiar with the Asheville dining scene…spanish tapas with North Carolina flare…definitely a great choice!). Other than that, it was a lot of lounging around the house and enjoying the beautiful lake views.
We took advantage of the large screened porch, the red canoe that came with the house, and the large deck on top of the boathouse. At night, we played many games of Bananagrams and roasted S’mores in the fireplace.
She had so many firsts. Her first swim in a lake. Her first time in a baby pool. Her first boat ride. Her first hike to the top of a mountain. Her first time sitting in a restaurant high chair. It was so nice getting to spend so much time with her. I loved all of the extra nursing time and not having to worry about the pump or milk outputs for a week.
Bella ate up all of the grandparent attention. I’m already feeling for her teachers at daycare tomorrow. She is so spoiled after all of this time being held.
It is amazing how fast vacation weeks go. I’m so thankful that we were able to have such a wonderful family trip. I know Bella’s grandparents were thrilled to spend so much time with her!