Saturday, June 05, 2010

Peace Valley, TN

My family owns some property in Tennessee. Called Peace Valley, it is one of my very favorite places. We all gather there every Memorial Day Weekend to camp - I love it! This was our first time having both boys in the tent together, and I have to say, it went really well. They took longer than usual to get to sleep, but both of them slept all night without any trouble. Even when the braying hunting dog ran through camp at 3am, neither one stirred. 

Iain and Cory loved the trip: eating hot dogs and s'mores, sleeping in the tent cuddled up next to Mama and Daddy, playing with the cousins in the mud and creek all day... everything about it was heaven for them. And I loved seeing them fall in love with the Property.

Highlights from the trip:
--Cory woke up the first morning, stretched, and said in a sweet little satisfied voice, "I love this place."
--The boys were quite daring jumping down the embankment, and they loved it.
--Jeremy made pancakes for everyone on Saturday morning.
--It rained every afternoon and all night Sunday night. Even so, it was very pleasant. We had a great pavilion to sit under during the afternoons, complete with foosball table and plenty of camp chairs. Last time (before Jeremy and I were even together) that we camped in this pasture it rained all weekend long. And we had no pavilion. We sat out in the rain for three days. This time was much better.
--We even had electricity in the pavilion, meaning we could cook over a griddle and in a toaster oven even when the fire was out because of the rain. I know, it was weird. But it worked!
--The last night, I was up for most of the night. I listened to the rain and the crickets, saw all the drama with the hunting dog, and enjoyed the quiet.
--Making war paint from river rocks is a long-standing tradition. I was glad to see the cousins initiating my boys. (note: when I say "the cousins," I really mean my cousins who are just a little older than my boys. Iain and Cory are so blessed to have so many playmates in the family!)
--This was the first year we had a bathhouse. I was so impressed! My uncles built the bathhouse, installed a sink, two toilets, and a shower, and ran electricity to it. This is a big step up from the previous years - I'll leave it at that.
--And we made it one more year with no one falling off the bridge!


agable said...

Sounds like a lovely time! Your boys are so adorable.

Mrs said...

1. Sweater envy! Refuse to complain about the heat, though. I said I wouldn't after our cold winter.

2. LOVE the war paint.

3. Love Nan playing fooseball!

4. Camping stove! You guys don't have one? You may always borrow ours!

Mrs said...

PS: Iain is looking WAY too grown up, thank you very much.

Jessica Leigh said...

I've been thinking about your daughter so much recently. I bet you can't wait to show her all of these places!
Praying for you all while you wait. :)

Teresa Dawn said...

The war paint is too cute, love that second last photo. You have the same foosball table as us! I bought it a couple years ago for my brother for Christmas. Actually, it was about 7 years ago, where does time go?

Lindy said...

I love that they love it! :) It was so much fun to get to
see y'all and visit! AND...handrails are going up on the bridge... Yay!

Christopher Ryan said...

It sounds like you guys had a great time! Love the pictures of the boys - as usual! (Cory pulling a face, and Iain with muddy hands esp! Also love the pic of nan playing Fußball!)

Phyllis said...

I remember the beauty of that place! I loved it, and I'm not even a member of your clan. :-)