Friday, June 29, 2012

Our Getaway via {Instagram}

Last week we had a mini-staycation in Lexington, KY (about an hour and a half away) to visit the little town of Wilmore for the Ichthus Festival.  We had originally planned to have the kids stay with my sister-in-law for two days and then bring them down with us for the remaining two days, but do plans ever work?

Miss Laynie Lou started coughing and acting sick, so we changed our plans and just took them with us.  After all, we were close enough to go home if she ended up with something other than a cold. 

{Cross and the night sky as captured by Layne}

We had a lazy schedule of sleeping until 10, going to brunch, returning to the hotel to swim with friends, napping, and headed to the concerts from 5-6 until 10-11 every night.  It was physically exhausting for the kids (and us), but was so much fun.

{I was spoiled getting to spend all day for 5 days with my hubby!}

Ichthus Festival is a Christian music festival on a farm in the middle of no where.  This is our 4th or 5th time going in the past 14 years and we absolutely love it.  In the past, we've camped for the weekend with our Youth Group. Since they decided not to go this year, we stayed in a hotel close by and hung out with a few families from our church that went.

{Enjoying the concerts after dark}

{Laynie and my niece Emma - they joined us on Fri and Sat}

The kids loved hearing the music live that we listen to every day on the radio.  They were totally star struck that these were the same people they hear all the time.  I wish I would've gotten pictures, but they even got to sit on the edge of the stage to hear one of Layne's favorite artists, Jamie Grace, sing.  And...she waved to them.

More importantly, they learned what it meant to "worship" God in whatever way they can.  They witnessed total strangers singing, waving flags, and dancing for our God.  It was an awesome experience.  And what I loved was that they danced so much harder when they were dancing for Him.

{Hello, freckles!}

We were a little apprehensive about braving temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s.  It was extremely hot at times, but cooled off nicely by around 8pm.  And we had lots of excuses for ice cream and Italian Ice. 

Now we are home.  Back to reality.  It's been a huge struggle to get our kids back on their schedules of going to bed by 9 instead of 11 or 12.  I've been exhausted without my 2 hour afternoon nap :)  And the kids have really missed being with their mommy and daddy 24 hrs a day. 

{Holy 100 degree temperatures, batman!}

And this is what we came home to this week.  Temperatures topping 100 degrees for several days in a row.  Thank God Ichthus was last week and not this week!!

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