summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Thursday, June 12, 2014

so relaxing!

The beach, the sun, the wind, the sand, the waves...mmmm.

At Fort Monroe yesterday...Paul with the four girls with us, and Jonathan.

Sunshine...on my shoulder...makes me happy. John Denver:)

Yesterday, we went to Virginia Beach. The waves were powerful! I got knocked down, so I made my way carefully out of that water and sat on my towel in the sand and watched Paul romp with the kids, waves rolling over their heads. I talked myself into going back in, but not for long. The waves were just too strong, my knees were killing me as I tried to stand up when they hit.

After a while we got hungry, so we packed up our stuff, brought it back to the van in the lot we paid seven dollars to park in, and went to McDonalds, where the cones were 69 cents. I had a McDouble without the bun, and a cone. Not terribly bad, but not what I like to eat these days. I also had a coffee which was yum. We walked up and down the main street, not buying any t-shirts or fudge or salt water taffy. Back to the hotel for a swim, and in the hot tub...then dinner time. Panda Express, orange chicken, yum, fried rice, lo mein, and steamed veggies.

This morning we went to the Virginia War Museum, then to the beach again. Hotel, pool and hot tub, then pizza and chicken wings for dinner.

No cooking, no cleaning, no remembering who needs to go where. Of course, I really miss the little girls. And the pups. And Mirielle and Joe and the other kids.

There are so many interesting things in this world. Yesterday on the way back from the beach, we were stuck in a traffic jam, the guy in the truck next to us was reading a book as he drove. We went across a huge drawbridge near Newport News, and through a tunnel under the water near Hampton Roads. Ships and helicopters and beautiful houses on the water. There is too much going on here to write more tonight. Sam has been messaging me, he should have his phone tomorrow to call me. He is being re-tested next week....


Jana said...

Oh wow! You are right in the area where my sister and I and our families live! We would love to meet you if it would work with your schedule. I feel like we know you since we are huge fans of your blog! We could meet at a coffee spot or wherever works best for your family. We will treat! Let me know if this would work for y'all. My email is

kristine barr said...

yay for retests!

16 blessings'mom said...

Jana, I would really love to meet, but we are leaving this morning! Kathy also messaged me and wanted to meet, and it didn't work out due to the nature of our un-plann-y last few days. The weather has been promising rain, and it has rained, but somehow never when we were at the beaches. We fit the museums in during the rainy parts. It has been so nice to be unscheduled these last few days, as the kids are usually busy almost every night with something or other, and we have time restraints. Anyway, I'm sorry it didn't work, but thank you so much for the offer! If you are ever in central New York state...let me know! Kristine: I know!

Kathyb1960 said...

OH WOW! Glad to know they are working with him and allowing him to re-test. I think they must really see a lot of potential for him b/c if the Army didn't like him, they probably wouldn't allow re-test! I will b praying for him! God is good!

Anonymous said...

So happy for your son- good luck to him! We're on vacation near you (two weeks at the Outer Banks- thanks Dad!)- the weather and waves have been wonderful.