My Favorite Things


Bluegrass music. Farmers’ markets. Hokies. Airstreams. Friendly people. Mountain views. These are a few of my favorite things. And, when I can have all of these things at once? Well, by golly, I turn into Julie Andrews and run around singing. Okay not really. But I should because wouldn’t life be even more awesome if it were like a musical? I think so. But I digress, as usual. So where can one find all of these wonderful things? Highland Haven Airstream Park in Copper Hill, Virginia, of course.

I wrote about this park last year. And since it was so awesome that visit, we returned again this year. And it did not disappoint. We spent a week there enjoying the company of other Airstreamers. The park has beautiful mountain views from every site. The folks we met there are so incredibly friendly and welcoming. It truly is a happy place.


After several weeks of really hot temperatures, this mountain retreat offered some cooler weather and a wonderful breeze. A breeze we thought would be strong enough to fly our kite. It wasn’t. I swear, this kite will not fly. Ever. But that didn’t stop me from singing “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”. All. Day. Long.

We visited nearby Floyd, Virginia, home to some of the best live bluegrass music and a great farmer’s market. It’s a one stoplight town that comes to life on Friday nights when musicians gather for a bluegrass jam. It’s quite the sight. And sound.

We met up with Everett and Missy of Living a Simple Life¬†and had the opportunity to meet their new and absolutely precious little boy. The last time we saw them I was in a seriously sleep deprived state with a newborn. I’m glad to know that my appearance and mental state did not scare them so much they never wanted to have children.


We visited our beloved Virginia Tech primarily so we could get a picture of Emerson on campus. No pressure on her or anything. (Future Hokie.) No, really, she can go anywhere she would like to go. (As long as it starts with “Virginia” and ends in “Tech.”) I kid. I kid. She will totally have our permission to go to any college. (In Blacksburg, Virginia.)


We also had the great pleasure to meet some fellow Airstream bloggers. When we arrived to Highland Haven there was a North Carolina rally taking place. Attending that rally was Jim and Debbie of Dreamstreamr. I’ve been following Jim and Debbie’s blog for awhile. Their blog includes some wonderfully useful tips for full-timing. It was very exciting to meet in person. We had a great time talking with them and seeing their Airstream…a 25 ft that somehow makes me 23 ft Airstream look so cramped. And dirty. They shared some great ideas with us and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit with them. Go check out their blog and say “Hi” to Jim and Debbie!

The week ended with a win…a shuffleboard win. Chris joined in on the shuffleboard tournament (because sometimes he likes to pretend he’s retired.) And, lo and behold, he and his teammate won! Highland Haven may never let us return since Chris, who was all “I’ve never played Shuffleboard,” won the game. (So typical.) But I hope they do let us come back…because shouldn’t there be a trophy for that win?

Happy trails!

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Kamping is Fun.


Virginia Beach was not our only beach stop for our vacation. Originally the plan was to continue on to Chincoteague. I’ve always wanted to go to Chincoteague for the running of the wild ponies. It seems like such an amazing sight but I assumed it was at a different time of year. I was still set on seeing Chincoteague, with or without these wild ponies. So as we were preparing for our journey, I did a little research on where we could camp in Chincoteague. Lo and behold, we were going go be there during the big pony event. I am never this lucky!

Of course, this meant most campgrounds were totally booked. And, as I started to read about the event, I got way less excited. Standing outside for hours in the heat waiting to catch a glimpse of some horses? Hmmm…that might have worked a few years ago. Standing outside in the heat for hours. With. A. Toddler? Yeah, no. That’s not happening. So, change of plans. Those wild horses will have to wait.


Thankfully, our back-up plan was easy. My other, “Oh, I’ve always wanted to go there” place was the Outer Banks. And so we did. Without reservations. In the summer. On a weekend. Because that’s how we roll.

We arrived in Rodanthe where there seemed to be a number of campground options…except most were fully booked. Shocker! We were presented with two choices: KOA (holy expensive site, batman! (but with hookups and laundry)) or the national park campground (ahhh, cheap, beautiful, peaceful, and no hookups.) Seems like an easy choice, no? Yeah, no.

Two years ago the national park would have been the obvious choice. And even now we REALLY wanted that to work. But it was 100 degrees. And during the extreme hot temperatures and the mid-day sun, we needed a cooler place to retreat to with Emerson. With our fair skin, I don’t like to expose her or myself to that much sun. And, while not a major issue, she was wearing her last clean diaper and I desperately needed to do laundry. So we did it. We went with the expensive campsite at the KOA. And you know what? It was fun.


The beach in the mornings was beautiful, minus the somewhat large number of jellyfish. Ew. Emerson loved the two (that’s right, TWO!) playgrounds. They had some bouncy thing-a-ma-bob (technical term), that Chris thoroughly enjoyed, despite looks from the 8-year-olds wondering why this old man was jumping with them. And, the pool? Ah, the pool was the perfect temperature.

We were across the street from a kiteboarding area, a sport that fascinates me. Seriously, how do they not blow away? When I was in college, a friend handed me his umbrella to hold. It was one of those mega umbrellas that is supposed to withstand anything. It was windy. I nearly blew away like Mary Poppins. My friend had to hold me down. I was much smaller then. But I digress. My point? I don’t see kiteboarding in my future.

There was a pretty good restaurant nearby, too. Emerson liked it so much she peed on the floor. Twice. I won’t go into explaining how this happened (pssst…she has dumb parents.)

We only stayed two days but it was a lovely two days. And while one of my biggest pet peeves is when the letter K is used in place of the letter C, I’ll agree with KOA just this once and say “Kamping is Fun.”

Ugh. That was really difficult to type! Have a wonderful long weekend, everyone!

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If You’re Happy and You Know It

Chris works a lot. And, lately, he’s worked a whole lot. He’s slept very little and in those moments when he’s not working, he’s thinking about work. So I was thrilled when he announced that he was taking a week off. What would we do? So many options when one’s home has wheels.

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Emerson doesn’t absolutely love auto travel. Would you if you were facing backwards and unable to see out the window? So our travel lately cannot be more than four hours. Anything more than that and we are all somewhat traumatized from the drive. Emerson from sheer boredom and us from the children’s songs CD that is on repeat or the numerous Yo Gabba Gabba YouTube video clips. After so many hours, none of us are too happy nor are we willing to clap our hands, stomp our feet or shout “hooray!”

So, where could we go in four hours from Staunton, Virginia? We had several options but we knew one thing: we were hot. Like the rest of the country, we were a sweaty mess. Since it seemed there was no escaping this heat wave, our decision was an easy one. To the beach we go!

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In all my years in Virginia I have never been to Virginia Beach so we chose to spend the first part of our vacation there. First Landing State Park is a great state park located on the beach. It’s also Virginia’s most visited state park and getting a spot in the summer could be tricky. But we lucked out and were able to claim a site for our very own for three days.

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We were just a short walk to the beautiful beach as well as a lovely hiking trail and playground. Emerson enjoyed sitting in the sand and playing in the water. But I think she loved the playground most. She experienced her first slide (with a lot of hand holding, of course) and would have been perfectly happy to go up and down the slide all. Day. Long. It was wonderful to see her having so much fun and be so playful. She was especially full of giggles this week.

The start of our vacation was excellent. The water was refreshing and relaxing. Our daughter was all smiles. And Chris was finally getting some much needed sleep. We were happy. Clap, clap. Stomp, stomp. Hooray!

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P.S. Chris would be very disappointed in me if I did not announce that he purchased an iPad for me. The purchase was made about a month ago. He’s asked me every day if a blog entry was posted. My only excuse for not posting is that I had a lot of pinning to do on Pinterest (Hi, my name is Lani and I’m a pin-aholic). And, more importantly, there were these green pigs that needed to be destroyed by some angry birds. (Please know that I am not proud of this.) So, thank you, Chris, for my iPad. I love it! Now, excuse me, I’ve got some angry birds to fling…

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This Time Last Year

Our 4th of July weekend included a lot of statements beginning with the phrase, “This time last year.” It’s hard to believe a year has passed. This time last year we welcomed Emerson into our lives. This time last year I had never heard of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now, not only can I recite it from memory but I can throw a hungry caterpillar themed birthday party!

Yesterday we spent Emerson’s birthday with family and ended the day with a birthday party at the campground. Emerson got her first taste of carrot cake covered with a sugary frosting. (Chris was opposed to the cake idea but we compromised by a) making carrot cake, and b) using as many local ingredients as possible. The carrots, eggs, and flour were all from local farmers). As suspected, Emerson loved it. She also loved smearing it all over her dad’s shirt.

I became very sentimental last night as I climbed into bed and reflected on the year. I recalled those early challenges of exhaustion and trying to soothe a fussy baby. That fear of going out alone with the baby. What would I do if she started crying at the grocery store? (She did. I survived.) And how suddenly I have a child who is walking, clapping, laughing, dancing, and saying, “Da” every time she sees one of the campground’s ducks. It’s amazing how quickly time flies.

I’ll stop now before I get all mushy and teary eyed and simply state that it was a happy first birthday for our little girl. We are blessed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go tend to my TODDLER (ack!!) as she attempts to feed the dog her carrots.

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The Blue Screen of Death

Helllooooo out there! Remember me? Yes. I’m back. But only to explain why I’ve been missing. My lovely little Dell mini computer has been giving me the blue screen of death lately. The dreaded screen pops up about every five minutes and requires me to restart. It’s extremely frustrating. Chris attempted to reinstall stuff and solve the problems, but…yeah…that didn’t work. So I gave up on using it. All Internet-related tasks are done on my iPhone, which also seems to be struggling lately. So you see the problem, no?

I feel the only solution is for Chris to buy me an iPad. All in favor of this idea say, “aye.”

Until then, I will attempt updates on my phone. Happy Summer!

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