I thought I would take a break from DIYing today to share something fun, our fall family getaway! I share pics of my kiddos all the time, but you rarely get to see me because I’m always behind the camera! Today is your lucky day.
A few weeks ago we decided to take the kids up to the mountains. We live in Virginia Beach. Our biggest mountain is called Mt. Trashmore. I’m not kidding. It’s a city park that was built atop a landfill. Sounds kinda gross, right? It’s actually very pretty, but seriously the only hill in town.
We’ve always wanted to see the mountains in the fall as the leaves are changing, so this was the perfect opportunity!
We stayed at Massanutten Resort which I’ve only visited for ski season. I was amazed at all they had to offer in the off season too!
This is the condo we stayed in:
The bottom right photo shows the slopes without their wintry white. Very cool.
This is what we woke up to outside our bedroom window. We get to see the sunrise on the beach, but this was pretty spectacular too.
This view from our deck shows some of the beautiful fall colors:
Our first day there was full of outdoor adventure since the weather was so perfect. Jack and I zip-lined, Jack got to jump higher than he every thought he could on this awesome trampoline, and then we all took a couple turns on the tubes.
We visited the prettiest petting farm ever. We met this friendly little fella. Doesn’t he have the most picturesque view?
The boys got to ride a horse for the first time. I still can’t believe Brennan was such a trooper. He did not want to wear that hat!
There were deer everywhere. Aren’t these colors amazing?
A quick picture before heading out for day two. Me and my boys:
Day two we visited Luray Caverns.
The caverns are awe inspiring…
…but after about thirty minutes of oohing and ahhing, I was more interested in capturing pictures like this:
hee hee and this:
The caverns were creeping me out a tiny bit towards the end and I don’t think Brennan was enjoying them either:
Right next door was our favorite adventure from our trip, a maze garden!
We ended up splitting up, mostly because Brennan had his own idea of which way to go!
This was part of the maze path. Isn’t it pretty?
We kept seeing them, but couldn’t tell them how to get to us!
Reunited once again.
They also had a toy museum next door… anyone remembering playing with one of these? Yep, I was a 70’s child.
How about one of these? For real??
This was my favorite part of this little museum…little us! I was in tears. I wonder if you can buy the home version of one of these. Getting ready every morning would be a hoot.
We also visited this circa 1880 one room school which had been moved to the property to be restored. Fascinating!
Had to snap a picture of this pumpkin vignette:
On the way back we stopped by this little store where I found the cutest little mason jar tree light covers! The boys got lucky, only one shopping stop for mama this trip!
Our plan for the afternoon was to take the boys to the indoor water park. Unfortunately, on our way into the building, Brennan tripped and got a huge goose egg on his forehead. We sat down for a while to watch him and he was acting fine after he recovered from crying. Then the manager came over and gave us two free passes to the park.
That saved us $80. Thanks for taking one for the team little buddy! We ended up having a ball…for a lot less.
Here is the next morning…much better!
This was our third and final day. Before heading out, we spied some more friends nearby:
Brian went to dump the trash and he said the dumpster read, “Bearproof Container” yikes!
We rode the chairlift just before heading home. Honestly, this is the only way you’re getting me on a black diamond. It was FREEZING cold by the time we got to the top!
It’s hard to tell, but we were SO cold and the lift kept stopping to let people on and off.
View from the top:
Time to head home. There’s really nothing like home when you know your vacation has to come to an end.
This was a moving car picture. The scenery was so beautiful, but I had a hard time catching it on film from the car.
I think we wore Brennan out!
That was our fall family getaway. Short and sweet. We had a blast! I enjoyed taking a break from what I usually share to bring you a little something more personal. I hope you enjoyed it too 🙂