.. this one.... this man-child of mine, who turned 24 today, who taught me all about strength and faith and courage...such a good person..
Since he is the old married man, we celebrated his birthday on Sunday with a bite to eat on the sound and a trip to the aquarium.
the 4 of us devoured these and followed them up with shrimp poboys . If you are in Atlantic Beach,NC I suggest Channel Marker, right off the bridge.
Here is Vika being a crab... The aquarium was OK, I had gotten the tickets from Groupon... it was a bit far for a day trip , we were exhausted by the time we got home. It was great to be able to spend time with Christopher and Vika, see their new apartment.
I spent most of this week reading in my spare time.
I received this book a couple weeks ago in a Popsugar box. I am not sure it is one I would have picked. I am so glad I got it though, probably one of my favorite reads this year. Based on a true story of 3 plan crashes in NJ in 1952, the characters were wonderful..and real. Two thumbs up!
..and Chris and I have been on a foodie kick this past week too... chard romaine with balsamic dressing, tomato onion jam , cheddar jalepeno grits, something new every night... and the grilled corn... Chris's very favorite...
..and of course we have been in The Word, the thing that keeps us grounded.. that encourages, validates, motivates.... the discussions we have, the prayers.. so important, especially in these times.
I have 4 sons, 2 daughter in laws, 1 future daughter in law , and 2 grandbabies on the way. It is unrealistic these days to think that my children, with their busy lives should have to re arrange things and be burdened with gathering around to pay homage to me one day a year...I mean , I get it, you'll feel like a schmuck if you don't , you feel obligated even.... not what I am going for.... I like the yearly processes of keeping in touch, a quick note, a text, getting together cause we want to... laughing... no pressure...
So, while I heard from everyone... we spent the weekend with Jamie & Emily at their new home in the Charlotte area. It was a great time seeing Jamie's work, looking at shops, doing a bit of baby consignment shopping, dinner at Fox and The Hound, playing " Shut The Box" at a local place... falling into bed exhausted, waking up and eating a HUGE breakfast at the Country Kitchen.... and then the Mother Lode of experiences..............IKEA
.. a tiny home decorated inside the store... one of everything ..please..
Fortunately for 7 month pregnant Emily, there were plenty of chairs....
..and those Swedes.... yes, now your child too can have the wolf eat grandma and then you can pull her out of his stomach...
After covering every sq foot of Ikea, picking out small stuffed wood mice, a book about a hedgehog, drinking glasses, a clock, ..oh yes.. a baby bed and a mattress, it was almost to the point I couldn't think...
Check out please..... but oh the Babe is worth it... this grandbabe due in July!
These two will make great parents... play spaces are being created, book shelves are being filled, plans are being made....
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
This is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie style houses. I am not a complete fan of Frank Lloyd but I do appreciate his trend setting quirky style of architecture.
.. Like hiding the front door in an out of the way spot
I was not able to photograph the inside of the house but as much as I am not a fan of the outside of a Wright House, I am drawn to the inside. Earth colors and textures, including a plaster dyed wax treatment on the walls called encaustic . A place for everything and everything in its place. A Wright leaves no room for clutter. The Wright designed furniture was all in mission style... Chris is a HUGE fan of mission style furniture and I was so sad he could not join me in the tour.
Even the colonnade from the house to the barn followed the horizontal lines of the structure.
I grew up in Springfield. While I always KNEW there was a Frank Lloyd Wright house in town, no one really restored or acknowledged the house until the early 2000s. I am so glad they did. The art and history combined make this a landmark to be treasured.
If you are in the area, I suggest at least a drive by. It doesn't disappoint..
We went and got Mom's apt keys yesterday for her new digs. It is PERFECT! Just the right size for her, she can have her dog, she has 3 meals a day and snacks served in the dinning room, cleaning service, cable, internet.plenty of activities and right near her church family
Here she is sitting in her new bedroom, its not fixed up yet as none of her things are in there, she did ask to keep the plaid chair in there
.. on to the livingroom, those pictures are coming off the walls and being replaced by her P Buckley Moss collection but I imagine one of the deacons from her church ( and dear friends of the family) will be there often.. wait... here he is!
..and Mom's youngest visitor of the day Miss Annabella...oh yes!!!
That's Clarence's wife Gale hiding behind the baby, Mom has said over and over how she can't wait to have them visit along with the others from the church.
I wanted one of everything but only bought a couple candles and a little something for The Babies....getting in practice..
Today was packing... and tossing... and separating Just about ready for the big move.
Its that season, the season when we let go and move forward. mom has been in this house for 46 years. I moved here when I was 10.. my brother was three... my other brother was born here... my father died here... it a tough thing to let go. I imagine there will be tears..and laughs... and we pray for the family who will live here... the folks that will build a history here..
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecc 3:1
We are fortunate to live about 20miles from the VA line, and so a long weekend trip to enjoy God's creation of the Shenandoah Valley is as easy as pie!
Chris, Jeremy and I headed out to explore. Kathy and I had decided this vacation was going to be " fall themed" even the travel food! Kathy brought Pumpkin Spice Oreos, I had M&M Candy Corn , along the way we had Pumpkin Crunch desserts, Pumpkin donuts,and lots of other pumpkiny, apple goodness.
Jeremy and Kathy enjoying the river
Mirror Lake a Luray Caverns. We had been there before, and it is beautiful, but like everything, it is becomeing expensive, rushed and commercialized.
Rt 11 Potato Chip Factory was a blast! I'm not sure which was more fun, the factory, or the way the GPS took us to get there.
We found a covered bridge!
..and the New Market Battle field for Chris,although we all very much enjoyed it and even meet a couple members of the Bushong Family who were there for a private viewing of The Field of Lost Shoes, based on the battle.I believe it is in theaters now.
..there were no pictures of the bad experience we had at Carter Mt Orhard. a 30 minute traffic jam up the mountain, tons of people, and hte you pick was restricted to an area where all the apples were picked off the lower branches, they did not provide picking poles, and Chris and Jeremy had to climb trees to get a bag full, we ended up going to their shop and getting them already picked from the real orchard part, at the same price as the pick your own.... another 25 monute traffic jam down the mountain.....none of us were happy....
Best Italian subs EVER
My favorite! Monticello! I love this place, there is always something new jumping out at me, Chris and I are both fans of Thomas Jefferson.
Chris and Tom are the same height...
This mini vaca was so wonderful a great kick off to my favorite season! Time with my loves and God's creation.... a great combination!
So many birthdays this month as we celebrated my DIL , Emily's birthday and combined it with a wonderful announcement that my son Jamie has accepted a wonderful job offer in another city. They know how to throw a shindig.. plenty of good food and friends. Some of these "kids" I have know since they were in their teens spending a bunch of time at my home... Now they are in their 30's... with children of their own!
... be still my heart!
...and on Thursday was my FIL's bday... and I didn't get any pictures... but let's just say we traveled in a MONSOON to get to dinner... but was totally worth it as we always enjoy spending time with the inlaws... and this was the big 70 for him. They had taken a trip to the Highland Games earlier int he month and I can't wait to hear about that. The resturant was a bit noisey for much conversation.
So, Mikey and Wendy posted this totally awesome blogpost this morning. I was ready to grab the emergency cash, load the dogs in the car and hit the road...
.. any how.. about the doorstop... ummm... my new nickname...some time around oh.. let say 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning Raven, our lab wanted out... I rolled out of bed.. let her out.. laid on the sofa til she barked to come in... in a sleepy stupor I walked back to the bedroom AND.. ran smack dab into the door frame of the bedroom with my left Supraorbital bone..fancy word for brow bone. My groans woke Chris up, we checked for blood, took something for the pain and swelling and went back to bed. ( so much for the concussion worries.).. so yesterday I had a BAD head ache all day and a swollen eyebrow... and today....a shiner that would put Rocky Balboa to shame. Not sure why it was delayed... but needless to say church was out of the question this morning...I'll spare you pictures...
nightlight going in the socket near the bedroom...
... Yesterday was such a blessing for Chris and I as we witnessed Jeremy and Kathy become husband and wife. The wedding vows and charge to the couple were so well spoken... trust , respect, honor, cherish.... the bride was beautiful, the groom handsome... and we added another sweet daughter to our family..!
The reception that followed had Jeremy singing to his bride... and maybe.. just maybe Mama and Jeremy were belting out and dancing to some "Wagon Wheel"....
...Oh there will be lots of pics to follow over the next few days! I didn't take a single picture, but Mom in law got some lovely ones...
Big shout out to Dad in law for being our chauffer and its always nice to have chat time with Mom in law....!
Not much sleep last night because of some reunion going on, so everyone in our block of rooms needed ear plugs to have slept.... BUT
We traveled 13 miles from the wedding site and had brunch at the lovely home of one of my dear friends, Liz and her husband. I have know Liz for at least 15 years if not longer, we talk almost everyday online... BUT.. we had never met face to face until today.... but it felt very comfortable... beacuse we KNEW each other.... and it was so much fun being able to give each other a hug!!
The way home took us across the Cheasapeke Tunnel Bridge... the day was cold but sunny so we HAD to take a few pictures
.. the 17 mile bridge with two under water tunnels was very interesting, and lovely on a day like today.
Like I said, more pictures to follow.... but a lovely weekend for sure!
My Father in law planned the best getaway for us.... I took no lap top, no cell phone service....we had plenty of good food, rest, and fellowship... take a look...
- For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his
eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: