Farewell Frolics

June 12, 2012

So, some dear friends climbed on a plane today to embark on their life’s next adventure: park rangering in Kotzebue, Alaska.  Yeah, that’s far.

A small group of us went to my parents’ weekend double-wide…err…house to enjoy grilled foods and lots of tubing down the Potomac River.

The burgers were well worth the excitement.

Sonny never wants to go in a tube or raft or kayak ever again.

We wanted to safeguard all our valuables before we went down the river.  Good thing each piece was so unique.

Look at these lovely ladies:

And, of course, a trip to the country wouldn’t be complete without some nature shots:

Be safe, friends!


November 26, 2011

We spent Thanksgiving north of the Mason-Dixon line.  I didn’t manage to capture any pictures of the food or the centerpiece…I also didn’t cook a single thing in three days’ time.  But here are a few things we are thankful for:

Thanksgiving cards from Nannie and Granddad (and Co.).

FREE indoor play zones.  That have coffee shops.  And a bring-in-any-other-food-you-want policy.  Five minutes down the road from Oma & Opa’s.  Who knew?

Friends like Andrew, who loves to pick up babies, and share his cool hat and cell phone.

Story time.

Rambunctious cousin time.



An Apple a Day

October 10, 2011

…is probably what we’ll be eating for awhile around here.  Most likely in the sophisticated form of applesauce.

On our way home from Oma & Opa’s (celebrating Opa’s big 5-4), we stopped at Homestead Farm.  And by “one our way”, I mean big-time detour.  But that’s okay; Oma traveled with us so she could head on to a clergy wives’ retreat in the area, and we had a great time on the farm together.

Yes, yes, the boys are in overalls.  Why not?

Channeling Willa Cather and John Steinbeck.

Definitely don’t get to do this everyday.  Though our suv’s tires are just about that size, judging by their cost.

Fuji apples for the pickin’.

Licking apples is almost as fun as eating them.

It was a hard 30 minutes of work.

Oh Hi Oh

August 9, 2011

We took our first major road trip of 2011 this past weekend.  Daddy was working, but Nanny and Aunt M. joined us to make for a much more favorable adult-to-child ratio.  We journey to northeastern Ohio, to see this:

The newlywed Mr. and Mrs. Yeager

Perhaps it is because “Ohio” is such a fun and easy word to say, but we found S. talking about it all week in anticipation, and quite often on the trip.  We stopped for gas a few blocks from home: “Ohio, Mommy?”  New favorite song? “On the Ohio.”  “Where’s Ohio, Mommy?” “North. Can you say ‘North’?” “Thank you, God.”

Ohio did not disappoint.

A cat named Otis who lives in a bookstore.

We spent Saturday morning in the Larchmere district of Shaker Heights.  This bookstore was our destination.  Vintage and out-of-print children’s books galore!  Two hours passed quickly.

Little cafe.

Crocheted tree sweater?

And then it was off to the wedding!

Sophomore year roommates!

Mr. and Mrs. Unrath

Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer

Seven years post-graduation, my close college girlfriends are now all married.  It’s amazing!  Not because it shouldn’t be so, but because it happened.  When there were many days we thought it wouldn’t.  We’re very thankful for God’s grace in our lives.

And now, I will leave you with two pictures of my elf baby:

Harper’s Ferry

July 22, 2011

It’s as beautiful as they say.  And we get to spend lots of time there now, thanks to a little house on a plot of land my parents purchased this year.

Thank goodness every town has a fire station. Even if it is historical. What else would we talk about on the ride home?