Weekend at Cobb Island 2016

We've had a pretty low-key summer with lots of time at the pool and minimal travel , but last month we did get away for a weekend at Cobb Island, MD.  Our awesome friends invited us back to their parent's house this year and we had another relaxing and fun getaway.
The view from the back porch.

The kids (and Ron) loved using the neighbor's kayaks.  There were a lot of jellyfish around this year, so thankfully the kayaks were available to us or they would have hardly gotten in any water time.

Cooper was brave and venturing out to the "deep" part of the water.  The other kids were amazed.

When it was time to take the boat for a ride, it took a lot of convincing to get our kids to agree to go.  They loved it last year, but as evident in the photos below, Jonathan was not happy about it this year.  I'm not sure what his fear was, but we pretty much told him he had to try because we knew he'd like it....and we were right!  

Kaitlyn was a little better at masking her fears for the photos...
 ...but once we picked up speed she didn't like the "bumps" and made us take her back to land.

We headed back out and the dads had some fun.

After the boat ride, the dads and the kids did some fishing.

Ron got out for some kayak fishing on Day 2.  This was pretty much his dream day...being outdoors, kayaking, fishing and chilling in his hammock.  He was in Heaven!

There weren't any good trees to hang his hammock from so he improvised and found these two posts in the water.  I think Katie and I expected him to fall in while attempting this, but in natural Ron awesomeness, he did it like a pro and made it look easy.

He did it!

He did eventually come back (to get a beer), then enjoyed happy hour in his new favorite spot.

The rest of us enjoyed happy hour on the pier.

After our waterside happy hour, we hung out in the back yard until dinner was ready.

While Chris grilled, Ron took the kids back out for some fishing...

 ...and decided to give them the full "eat what you catch" experience.

Our gourmet spread.

Night cap on the pier while the kids were sleeping.

And nothing caps off a weekend at the river better than jumbo ice cream cones for the way home.


A Day at the National Harbor

Earlier this month, we decided to drive into "the city" to check out the National Harbor.  I had been there briefly in September 2014 to Run the Color Run 5K with my friend, Rachel.  It was a tough run for me and I was not taking in the sights, I was just trying to survive!

But I do remember what a cute area it was and have always wanted to get back there.  We decided to go on a Sunday after church and the weather was perfect!  Not too hot (unlike the temps we've been dealing with since then) and just enough cloud coverage to give us some shade.  The breeze coming off the water was also a bonus.

We first made our way to the kid play area.  It's what the kids spotted first and where we ended up spending the majority of our time.  For $7/child, the kids got unlimited rides on the carousel and access to the small playground next to it.  It was a pretty good deal considering we were at a touristy kind of place.  I can't even begin to tell you how many times we rode that thing.  Between each ride, the kids would scope out which animal they were going to ride next, switch seats then ride again.  It's amazing how dizzy an almost 40-year-old mom and a 40-year-old dad can get while spinning at 5 mph over and over again!

Here are photos of almost every animal on the carousel...

Once we convinced the kids to take a break from the kid area, we walked over to the pier to check out the boats.  They had a pirate ship you could ride and the newest attraction --- The Capital Wheel.  We had hoped to rent a paddle boat, but the water was a little too rough so they were closed.

There was a cute sandy area with a sculpture of a giant embedded in the earth.  It was funny to see kids climbing all over him.

We're pretty sure this part was not intended to be a slide, but the kids figured out how to climb up the giant's shin and slide down.  It was pretty high and with no rails or handles, we're surprised we never saw anyone slide right off the top.

If you know me, you know how much this grosses me out!

The kids were treated to a snow cone then we did some window shopping.

Biker dudes!
We had a really great day exploring a new-to-us area and I'm sure we'll be back for some more fun!
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