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Nearly Heaven, West Virginia – Kath Eats Actual Meals

Right here’s a recap of our weekend journey to the West Virginia mountains!  

We spent the weekend at a farmhouse within the West Virginia Mountains!

Hey-yo!! We’re again from our weekend within the West Virginia mountains with a big group of mates!

Our group spanned 3 generations

Our group spanned three generations ages 2 to 70-something. The nucleus of the group was the Riedesel household, who’s mates with the homeowners of a historic farmhouse bought over half a century in the past for his or her household of 13 youngsters to take pleasure in. Our mates have been going to the farm for over 40 years! Thomas visited as a younger lad along with his dad and mom and as a younger grownup, and he was excited for Birch, Mazen and I to get the complete farm expertise. 

farmhouse family in 1995 and 2006

We additionally had two animal mates be a part of us

Candy Penny the canine

And Quill, the hedgehog!!!

The farmhouse

Life is outdated there, older than the timber

The farmhouse is big (it’s form of like 2 homes linked by a porch). There are 22 (!) bedrooms and solely 3 bogs in the home and loads of area for a big group.

The home is frozen in time in probably the most charming means. It jogged my memory a lot of the home I grew up in. From the field followers within the window (there isn’t any AC!) to the vintage furnishings to the big porches with a dozen rocking chairs, we undoubtedly had that “misplaced in time” really feel. There’s additionally no web and cell service is spotty at greatest, so unplugging was simple to do.

My quilt and sheets from residence on our 4 poster mattress!

I used to be most anxious about sleeping with out air-con, however the field followers labored their magic and I wasn’t scorching in any respect. (Flashbacks to rising up after we didn’t have AC in our bedrooms till I used to be in center faculty!!) Birch slept in a crib in our room (fortunately he slept all night time!) and Mazen was up in a bunk room along with his buddies. 

The view

Bucolic cornfields and West Virginia mountains.

The Pond

Behind the home there may be an ice chilly spring-fed pond. The boys took a swim to the dock to discover a good snake ready there for them! For sure I didn’t put one toe within the pond.

However others the place not afraid of what was under the floor!

The Boy Pack

Mazen specifically had an absolute blast operating round with this pack of boys. The fished, they sailed down the slip n slide, they tubed the river, and performed “boat” within the pond. 

Mazen did get snuggle time along with his little buddy too <3 

Friday BBQ Dinner

How do you feed 40 individuals? In bulk!! Our buddy Chase was head chef and ready BBQ, mac and cheese, and coleslaw for the group. Plus we had about 10 coolers stuffed with drinks!

Cupcakes for dessert

Pancakes For Breakfast

Pancakes cooked on a grill griddle for a crowd! We had loads of contemporary summer season fruit too. 

River Time

On Saturday after breakfast we drove a couple of mile away to a river to do some “swimming” aka wading. The water was crystal clear! We noticed crayfish, minnows, and poison ivy – fortunately no snakes! 

The large boys determined to tube the way in which residence (with two supervising dads) and had a grand outdated time. I took Birch residence for a nap and did somewhat snoozing myself! 

Slip n Slide

We made an epic slip n slide with a large roll of plastic that supplied hours of leisure for the children!

The Costume Occasion

On Saturday night time we had a dressing up social gathering and had been tasked to put on an animal costume that began with the identical letter as our first identify!

There aren’t too many animals that begin with Ok, and Kyle and I had been each Koalas! Effectively, technically I used to be a PINAkoala!

Birch the Butterfly didn’t like carrying his costume very a lot. Mazen the (water) Moccasin obtained his morphsuit on Amazon! It was SCARY! 

And Tommy the Tiger was all enthusiasm! 

Saturday Dinner

Scrumptious apps made by April! Caprese skewers and crab dip. 

And burgers and canine, corn on the cob, and freshly made peach cobbler for dessert. 


We performed Molkky (and corn gap and bocce and might jam) into the night time. 

On Sunday morning it was up and at ’em packing and cleansing and we made the journey again over the mountains in direction of residence. 

Nearly heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is outdated there, older than the timber
Youthful than the mountains, growin’ like a breeze


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