Vacation blues


VACATION! 

There is just something about that word. When you hear it you instantly think, warmth, swimming, fun, ice cream, books, car rides, pictures, and family time. 

This vacation met all of those qualifications...and more!

So my whole family and I were traveling to meet up with a wonderful family that we have been friends with for a long while now...but we weren't been able to see each other in person yet. Everyone was counting down the days..eager for the moment when we would be able to give each other a hug. Oh, and I was counting down the day to hold their precious little girl, Moriah. 


We all hit off really quickly! It was a blast to see everyone playing in the arcade in the hotel that we were all staying in. You should have heard us laughing..it was such a joyous noise. In fact, once in a while I would just step back and smile...seeing my little siblings playing with their new friends was so fun! Then I'd look around and realize, yes! My friends are here as well! 
Beautiful Lydia! Ah, a dear friend indeed! <3 She and I chatted like we had see each other everyday. It was such a blessing to talk with her..and to finally give her a hug! I can still remember the moment I saw her walk into the hall at the hotel. I squealed (something I rarely do..lol!) and ran over to Lydia. Such a beautiful memory! <3 

It was actually raining on the first day, but towards the end of the day, the sun peaked out and we decided to go to a park. Lydia, Chae, and Grace, taught me and my siblings new fun games to play. It was a blast to run around on the playground again like a little kid. :D I was a little sore that night..but it was worth it. haha!
ICE CREAM (no explanation necessary.) 

The night at the hotel was such a wonderful one..even more so because all 7 of us older girls got to have one big slumber party in the 'girls room'. :D We had popcorn, soda, candy, chocolate...ah, the works. We all shared stories..played dutch blitz, listened to Christian music, laughed..laughed..laughed. It was such a fun evening! I had previously asked Lydia "How late are you willing to stay up? lol!" and she replied "How early are YOU willing to stay up?". Can you guess how late we stayed up? 


The morning dawned a cloudy day. But, the clouds couldn't possibly put a damper on our high spirits. We woke up to a wonderful breakfast of fruit, yogurt, eggs, toast, waffles, juice..everything possible for a breakfast. I went simple with yogurt, granola, toast, fruit and apple juice. It was really yummy. :) After the delicious breakfast, we all grabbed our jackets (sadly it was slightly chilly) and headed for a walk on a wooded trail. 
I don't have many pictures of the trail because..well, I was holding Moriah again. She fell asleep on the quick car ride over, so I quickly asked if I could carry her part of the walk. Ah..the beautiful little baby! After a while, she woke up and wanted her momma.. but I enjoyed the moments I had with her. ♥ 





This is actually the only picture Lydia and I got together.. I am so glad we took this one, Lydia! We were both constantly taking photos of everyone else (and even each another, right? ;) ) but not many of just her and I. Let's just say...this vacation was wonderful. I will never forget the day I meet my beautiful friends, Leah, Lydia, Chae ( don't worry, I remembered you are older..lol!), and Grace. The memories we made together are priceless! ♥
Leaving..it was near impossible. 

I think everyone purposely tried not think about leaving part of meeting each other. In fact, it never crossed my mind. Then it came. We had to get home.. Let me tell you, I never cry. At first I told the girls that I felt bad that I wasn't crying when they were...that made them laugh for a second. :) Then, right as it was time to give the last hug, the tears came. Lydia jokingly said she was going to "capture the moment by taking a picture." 

The clouds perfectly show my feelings about leaving my dear friends..but nothing wonderful can last forever I guess... I cannot wait until the day I see them all again! ♥

Can you guess how EARLY we (the older girls) stayed up?
What are your fond memories of vacations?
If you could go anywhere for a 48 hour vacation, where would you go??











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  1. Ah, that sounds like so much fun! When my cousins and I were at a party, we stayed up until about eleven (I'm usually super conked out by the time it's evening). My family's going to a family reunion, but that means that I'll be the shortest yet oldest one there, haha. ^.^ I'd love for it to be vacation right now.

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Haha, I usually am pretty tired by then as well, but I really wanted to stay up and party. ;) How tall are you? I'm 5'3.. so pretty short. :) I hope you have a great family reunion!

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  2. Wow Julia! It looks like you had a ton of fun! I love all of the pictures!! It's great to get to see friends... I got to see one of mine this weekend that I haven't seen in almost three years and it was awesome. The only thing was. she came to my show and it ended late so we only got to talk for like 10 minutes. :( Anyways, it looked fun! Um... Did you guys stay up until 4 maybe????? Once I went to my friends house and we never went to sleep. It was fine until the next day was Sunday and we had to go to church and such. haha. It was kind of funny. Well, I'm so glad that you had a good time with your friends!

    ~Maddy

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    1. Thanks! I had fun taking pictures. :) Ohh, I'm sorry. I know how hard that would be. :( Well, not 4, but close! It was like 2:30 a.m. lol!! Haha, I bet you were a bunch of sleepy people. ;)

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  3. Hi Julia!
    It WAS such a good vacation! So nice to meet you all!!! LORD willing, we will meet again someday. Thinking back... why did we go up one flight of stairs and then take the elevator?! :) YOU are such a dear friend! <3
    ~Lydia
    P.S. Selah enjoyed seeing her picture on here. :)

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    1. Oh yes, I pray so too! I would love to giggle with you girls again! :D I think that there is only one flight of stairs unless you go through the 'secret' way. ;) YOU are such a dear friend! <3 Aww, tell Selah I loved holding her. :)

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  4. Awesome, Julia! Sounds like you had fun! I'm going to guess 5 a.m. But.. that's just what would have happened with me ;) I'm so glad you had a fun time!

    Ruth

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    1. I did! I really had a beautiful blessed time. :) Haha, no ..we had to be up by 8, so we went to bed at 2 a.m. ;)

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  5. Loved this post! Sounds like you had a ton of fun. ;) Loved all of the pictures, especially the one of you with your whole family! And the one of you holding the baby is precious. :) And don't we just know that icecream needs no explanation. :)

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    1. I had so much fun! Now I have to meet some more internet friends,...like you. ;) Yeah, that's like the first picture you've seen of all of my siblings right? Aww..you are so sweet! I would love to eat ice cream with you some day!!

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    2. Haha yes! ;) We can start a new tag. It is! They are all adorable. Sarah looks a lot like you! ;)

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    3. THE ICE CREAM TAG! Yes!! :D Oh yes. I've heard that one before. ;)

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  6. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I've met a few internet friends over the years and it is always exciting!! I think we may share a favorite pastime...holding babies. I was always asking to hold the little ones during church. I can't really do that now though since I moved fairly recently and don't know any of the families at my new church yet!

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    1. Ah, a fellow baby lover!!!!!!! :D I wish I could run up to every mother I see, and ask "May I please hold your precious baby for a few moments?!". Ah, babies... they are one of the most beautiful gifts from God EVER!

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  7. Looks like you had a wonderful vacation! <3

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    1. I did! I wish I could meet all of my "internet" friends..someday, someday you and I will meet!

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  8. I am SO happy for you! It's always nice making new friends :) I am guessing y'all stayed up to around 2 a.m. Am I right?

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    1. uhhh...HOW DID YOU KNOW?! It was 2 in the morning! good guess! :D How are you?

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    2. Haha!!! Just thought of how long I would have stayed up, lol!!! :D I'm doing okay, thanks. Can't wait to talk soon!

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    3. Well you were right! I can't wait to talk as well. :)

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