Jake and Robin sold their house, and were moving to a new neighborhood in St. Louis. Like I would for any of my friends, I offered my back to help him move. So the whole family showed up at his old house to load up the moving truck! Jake bought pizza and some soda that we were all happy to partake in.
I didn’t waste any time getting the truck loaded. Moving is the kind of thing you build up a rhythm for. Once it breaks, its hard to resume.
With the truck totally packed, we drove over to the new house. Jake was thinking of waiting till Saturday to unload, but I strongly insisted that we get started. Since all of his help was still around, we got started with the dreaded piano. My third time moving the wonderful instrument. Then we just kept going till the truck was empty!
By the end, I was more interested in photos than helping, a sure sign I”m getting old 🙁
Jake and Robin invited us to go camping with them at Onondaga Cave state park. They gave us the date and told us the campsite they would be staying at. We had the weekend open and decided it would be a fun time to hang out with them. We booked the campsite next to them.
We spent the day doing a short hike to Onondaga Cave to explore the visitor’s center. Of course the kids just wanted snacks and to see the cave, so we did all of that.
Corvin and I went for a long hike while the others hung out and Jake drank fancy wine at the campfire.
We spent some time swimming in the Meramec and trying to avoid all the drunk boaters coming down the river. Corvin got into a bike wreck with a kid running and sent him to the hospital. Just your normal weekend.
Here is a video of us taking down camp.
Jake called and said that we were invited to go bowling with them. This was the perfect excuse to get out of the house and the doldrums of winter darkness. Off to the bowling alley we went. Learning from a previous experience bowling with Kelly and Jeff, we asked for something special. Bowling alleys have a platform you can put the ball on and push to have it roll down the lane at a reasonable speed. I believe it may have been designed for handicapped people, but small children qualify as well 🙂
We all had a great time. The highlight for the kids was probably the nachos!