Family

A family day out on the town…

***WARNING: This post has a lot of pictures!

Hubbs and I wanted to make sure that we took the kids to the Smithsonian before we moved out of VA.  We got the opportunity earlier this week and we really had a fun time.  The weather was good, everyone was in a good mood, and it was a weekday so it wasn’t terribly busy. Our main focus was the Air & Space Museum.

The following model was neat to see since we recently watched the newest version of The Three Musketeers.  The description read:

La Minerve

The interest in balloons which swept across Europe in the 18th century had many expressions.  La Minerve was designed by French aeronaut Etienne Robertson in 1803.  Completely fanciful, Robertson’s self-contained aerial community represents the hopes which many Europeans held for the bright future of air travel.  This is a modern model of Robertson’s conception.

After leaving the Air & Space Museum, we walked down to the Natural History Museum.  Our oldest son LOVES all things dinosaur and space related.

Our youngest son is really into ocean life and sea creatures right now.  He is actually looking forward to science this year.  I’m not sure if I should be grateful or stressed since this will be my first year teaching it to them.  He has high expectations.

Baby A did really well all day, but by 3:30 pm, she was done.

The museum had a section of nature photography and this photo stopped me in my tracks.  It is stunning in person.  Maybe I can get a copy for our new home :)!

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We thought while we were there, we should at least drive by The White House.  However, streets were blocked off, rush-hour traffic was beginning and it just wasn’t meant to happen.  So, this is the best I could get…

All in all, it was a great trip and one that I’m glad we took the time to make before we leave VA.  The boys had an awesome time.  Washington, D.C. is really a beautiful city.

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Update…

We haven’t been up to much around here lately.  Last weekend, Hubby, Baby A, and I met my mom, dad, sister, nephew, Bobo, and Bubbie in Knoxville.  Our boys had been in Florida for about four weeks visiting.  We had a lot of fun over the weekend, but we were there for other reasons as well.  On Monday, Hubby had two interviews with a couple of hospitals.  We are so excited!  We are praying to get an answer soon.  We know that they called for references, so that is a good sign.  We’re just really ready to be settled and in what we hope is our “forever home” (to use a pet adoption phrase).  His contract with the current nursing facility is up at the end of this month.  The Lord knows we like to do things spur-of-the-moment and at-the-last-minute!  HE is just answering our prayers the way we normally live…maybe we will have to change that in the future.  I’m only a little stressed.  I mean, party of five, a large dog, storage full of stuff – no biggie!  I’ve got this.  If only the little food fairy and cleaning fairy would come take care of things while I was sleeping, it may be easier.  But, we are all together; we are happy; we are healthy; and we continue to be so blessed!

Here are a couple of pics I took when my parents visited at the beginning of June.  We took a ride over to Washington, D.C.  My dad really wanted to see the Vietnam memorial.  I love this shot of him:

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Catching up…

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted.  I go through fazes where I don’t even want to look at the computer or my cell phone.  So now, I’m catching up on things.

Around Mother’s Day, Tom’s mom came for a visit.  We had a great time visiting, hiking and shopping.  While she was here, we came across a neat little beach area along the river for the kids to swim.  It is so pretty here.

Here are some pics from her visit:

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While going through these pictures, I realized that she is as bad as me.  We’re hardly ever in the pictures because we are holding the cameras!

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My dear Granny…

My family is suffering a great loss right now.  My sweet, loving, full of grace Granny passed yesterday.  Right now, there are no words except “We love you and you will be missed dearly.”

Daisy

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New Family Blog

This blog will be for family so that we can share the day-to-day pics and stories with those in other places.  Here are some random pics from past year to get you caught up (this takes awhile so I will add more later) – just click on the pics to open a slideshow and see them larger:

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