Tuesday, July 28, 2009

East Coast Road Trip

The kids covered composition notebooks to make their personal travel journals. Can't wait to see them at the end.

What would a hotel be without a pool to cool off after the hot drive?

My cousin Cindi in Springfield Missouri.

A picnic in our room after swimming

My wonderful folks, Blueridge Parkway

Make your own cones at Golden Corral

Every time I tell someone I am traveling with 7 kids, they give me the strangest looks, trying-to-be-polite smiles. I don't care. I'm NOT crazy. I'm so happy we are doing this. My only wish would be that my man was along. But having my folks come has been wonderful. To have the 2, 14-year old boys sitting in their car, talking about anything and everything, is nothing short of great preparation for life! The things they can glean from their grand-parents cannot be measured.

To see the 7-year olds reading for hours on end is amazing to me. To have all the boys helping with loading and unloading, and arranging the car without their dads over their shoulders is a great lesson.

To have my 16 year old, with her permit, driving and taking risks and learning from them, is a beautiful thing.

We left Friday morning July 24. Spent that night in ABQ, the next night in OK City, visited my dad's only sister and 2 of my cousins in Springfield Missouri. Kept heading a little north and slept in Lexington Kentucky but we were too late to see Lincoln's home. It's okay since we'll have 2 days in Williamsburg. I have never seen so many thickly growing trees as in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia. Thousands of acres, covering hundred of miles. And to think God gave us this beautiful earth to have dominion over and most people live on land the size of a postage stamp. Something's wrong with that picture!

Williamsburg for 2 days. More to come!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Just in case our kids in North Dakota miss us!!

Saying goodbye July 1, Alex (16) Dex (14 on the 4th) and Emma (11) head to North Dakota
Jefferson misses his sister.
Sheri's office/apt. Quite the community/complex at Irvine Spectrum. Gorgeous.
Jefferson taking time to draw bunnies.

Doheny State Beach. Always needed room for bat and ball.
Playing pickle at Dana Point.

My 'almost 8' youngest, still wants snuggles
Oceanside Pier

Oceanside pier. Lunch at Ruby's Diner
My brother Steve's daughter Emilie (left)
One of 4 pools
Balboa Island, Wilma's, a favorite
Tried to stop and see my cousin Bruce at the Marina, but he's on vacation. The nerve!
Nice to take Daddy's car! Cheaper too.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Celebrating Life and Friendships

Almost every year, my sister's family and ours have celebrated our 2nd born boys' birthdays, together. They're only a day apart. They look about as much alike as my sister and I. Golden and dark. We are so grateful for these chances which go too quickly, to be together. I can't believe they're 14 already! I think I'll post some pics of their previous birthdays on the 4th of July. (Dex's actual birthday!) We hadn't been to Organ Stop Pizza for years. The kids didn't even remember it. So we also invited some friends so the kids could say goodbye before leaving for North Dakota today. Sob! It was a fun night. Hard to talk, fun to listen and laugh. Thanks for coming Anviks, Langakers, Greggs, Tutens,Shepherds and Rays and celebrating!

My sister Karen and me
Nate (15) and Harrison (celebrating his turning 14 with Dex)
Our Presidents: cousins Jackson and Jefferson. (almost 8 year olds)
My parents are so amazing. Looking and feeling awesome at 71
Lizzy with her buddies Jemima and Zion
Alex and her friends. Dakota and Matt
Love these 2. Bradley and Dawn Gregg. New to Organ Stop Pizza that night! So fun
Alex's best buds Kara and Mcabe
My birthday boy. 14 on the 4th of July and he'll be in North Dakota!
I'll miss the conga banging!