Saturday, July 21, 2012


On the Friday of our PA trip, Mike and I headed over to Camp SOKI to pick up Addy and spend the weekend with my Dad, Step mom, sister, brother-in-law, and grandparents.  Now, Camp SOKI is the name of my Dad's cabin, and it stands for Spending Our Kids Inheritance.  Hmmm, very cute...thanks guys ;)

However, the first name of their camp was simply "The Land".  Back when they first bought it, that's all that it was .... land.  They would bring up their RV and camp there.  But now, the RV is sold and there is a brand new, beautiful, permanent cabin on that land, so they have decided to rename it.  Camp SOKI.  Well, the sign clearly states the property's true name (LOL), and it's the name that Tina and I prefer, so we've still been calling it "The Land". ;)

We had such a fun weekend up there, and it was so great seeing our little lady again!  She had a blast with her grandparents that week, we could tell :)  But nothing topped Addy' excitement when Mike and I got there on Friday.  It was quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen.  She got a huge grin and was so excited that she got this shoulder shrug thing thing every time she looked at us.  By us, I mean Mike.  Ha ha, she was pumped to see me, but it was nothing compared to her reaction at seeing Daddy.  Like I said, cutest thing ever :)  I got out my video camera, but by the time I did, it was awhile later, so I didn't quite capture it.  Still cute though.

After we got settled in, we decided to take a stroll down to Swamp road.  Addy led the way :)

True family photo, with the extended family in the background, ha ha.

Here comes Daisy!  She loved being free up there!

 And poor Holly bringing up the rear.  I'm sure she's thinking, "Daisy, can we take this down a notch?"

The guys digging the fire pit

Check out the determination on Jay's face, ha ha!

Addy in her camp attire.  Overalls were a gift from her great-grandparents, and everyone loved them!  But I had to pair them with the pink sparkly shoes, just so there was no mistaking that she is a lady ;)

Addy and Grandpa looking for pine cones, while Grandma supervises from the porch.  Note the beautiful, handcrafted door at the top of the steps.  That was a clever DIY project of my Dad's to keep the dogs and the child up on the porch.  Just a good old piece of plywood :)

Heading back out to Addy's favorite spot, Swamp Road.  Look at her face.  I'm sure she's thinking, "Get this carriage moving Grandpa!"

Addy and Aunt Tina, checking out the wildlife

Sniffing a that face!

Those are some true mountain boys.  Huskin' corn while their watchdog is on the lookout ;)

Their helper has arrived.

Me and my girl :)

And no evening would be complete without a little playtime with Daddy....

...and ice cream :)

Whew, what a week!!  Zonked out as we left the cabin to head back to Philly.

We all had such a fun weekend, and I know Addy had a whole fun week up there at "The Land".  It's so nice to just relax and hang out with family.  There is truly nothing better :)


  1. Such a fun weekend! Can't wait to do it again - next time, baby #2 will be here!

  2. "Next Time" can't come soon enough! :-)