August 2008: Our First Family Vacation
Two days after my last day at Chez and one day after my parents took
off to L.A., Daddy, PJ, Melissa, Mark, Isabella, Macho and I caravanned
to a cabin 6 miles from Downieville, CA on the South Fork of the Yuba
River. Having never travelled with the baby before, we packed the
car full of bathtub, ExerSaucer, highchair, playpen, clothes, diapers,
toys, everything but the kitchen sink. With the car totally full
to the brim, the only thing that belonged to Daddy and I were two small
backpacks of clothing. Oh, and food...
Once to the cabin, we quickly rearranged the rooms so that Daddy was
able to share a ginormous bed (by taking a twin bed from the other room
and tacking it on the side of our queen-size bed). The Peej was
put down for the night in the playpen, and then after his midnight
feeding, would sleep with me. It worked out well and we were
always able to have a leisurely morning afterwards.
The day that we arrived, we had lunch in Downieville at the local
pizza place, which turned out better fare than we had expected.
After lunch, we went back to the cabin and waded a little in the river
out back. Isabella was fearless and didn't seem to notice that the
water temperature was quite brisk. The Peej was quite aware that
the water did not feel the same as his bath water and made his
displeasure known. That night, after the babies had been put down,
the adults enjoyed a lovely steak dinner and played gin-rummy
The second day passed in a most leisurely manner, starting with a
hearty breakfast, followed by much enjoyment of the sun, napping and
lollygagging. The only thing that we did more or less to schedule
was eat! Once again, Isa amazed us all by going into the chilly
water up to her chest, without much complaint. The Mommies and
Daddies all jumped in at one point or another to refresh ourselves, but
the Peej's only concession to the cold water was sitting on a sun-warmed
rock and splashing the water that lapped up onto it. Oh, a hard
day it was, to put down mimosas for breakfast, rosé
for lunch and two nice bottles for dinner with our sausage-rice (all
chosen by and Mark).
The next morning it was all business
again, packing the cars up and heading our opposite ways, the Fernandez-Congero
clan to Reno by way of Lake Tahoe and the Su-Bowdens home to Kensington
by way of the Vacaville Premium Outlets.
It was a wonderful, relaxing trip and
one we'd like to make a tradition.
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