Summer adventures- Mem Sahib and others

29 06 2014

We had a nice Indian dinner at a restaurant called Mem Sahib with Amelia and Henry’s friends and Miss Jane and Miss Sophia’s. We feel lucky to be part of this child care family.

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Amelia started ballet classes and she loves it.

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We try to get out for a walk at least one or two evenings a week.

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Fathers Day Weekend at Deep Creek Lake

17 06 2014

We had been wanting to check out Deep Creek Lake in northwestern Maryland, about a 3 hour drive from our house. I have a lot of colleagues who go there to ski, boat on the lake, and rent houses. I found an online coupon for a two-night cabin rental and we had a lot of fun exploring. It was a great little vacation celebrating Paul!

 

Map Deep Creek Lake

We stayed at the Lodges at Sunset Village (http://www.dclhotel.com/). They call the rooms hotel suite log cabins- they were very nice!

The cabins were up on a hill in the town of McHenry, with a nice lake view.

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Amelia loved the stage (back deck).

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And we loved the fire pit and chairs!

 

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There was a playground just steps outside of our cabin.

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The only downside was that it was not really possible to walk very far- too hilly and off of a highway.

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Paul was pretty happy with his fathers day accommodations.

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We went to the Deep Creek State Park as soon as we got into town. This is one of our favorite state parks we have visited. It is clean, friendly, has a beautiful beach, big nature center, and a bird aviary.

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A storm rolled in during the afternoon so it was the perfect time to check out the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Nature Center. There were lots of hands-on exhibits and fun stools and ladders to scoot around.

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We went out to dinner in the rain and found a restaurant called “Wendy’s” in the next town over, Oakland. It was cute.

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Time to throw away this umbrella although it doesn’t seem to bother Paul.

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It stopped raining by the time we got back to the cabin, so we had time to introduce Amelia to S’mores and enjoy the campfire (and some wine).

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On Saturday we explored Swallow Falls State Park. Another nice park with an easy 1.4 mile loop passing three waterfalls. The path was both stroller accessible and walk able for a toddler!

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Priorities! Lunch first…then hike.

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Amelia’s first picture of mommy

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Taking a break

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And out…

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After naps we went to Smiley’s to spend the coupon/discounts that came with our weekend cabin package. The kids got to try bowling and arcade games.

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Paul got to play in the batting cage and ride go-karts.

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Amelia liked the pirate ship playground.

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Although we try not to frequent too many chain restaurants on vacation, we liked the  lakeside backyard at the Pizzeria Uno on Deep Creek Lake.

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Ducks!

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We lost our good camera at this point (shocking that I even let it away from me! ha). But when we went back to the restaurant they had it for us in the morning. That always makes you feel good about people and karma. Lucky us!

On Sunday we gave daddy some presents including this fun shirt. We also went out to breakfast.

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Before leaving town, we went back to the Deep Creek State Park beach. It was another beautiful day and the kids got a lot braver about swimming and playing in the water.

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We can’t wait to go back someday.

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Quality Time & Recent Videos

09 06 2014

I love cuddling and reading with the kids. Thankfully, they love books too!

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Henry practicing walking

 

Amelia dancing in Bethesda

 

Amelia also loves to be on stage practicing her ballerina moves

 

Taking a wagon ride in the neighborhood

 

Brazilian music at Strathmore