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
family

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

home again, from Shenandoah, D. C., and Gettysburg....


Ten of the kids...and me...what a weekend!


Abigail and I with Sonja and Camille...we didn't do the big hike, so we explored a little....

We found a lovely view without hiking...we just drove and parked.


We found a playground...

We found a Target...with a Starbucks in it.

We headed back to the cabin and started dinner, Abigail and I. Chili and cornbread...


Miss Sonja at the cabin.

On Sunday morning, Abigail headed back home with the three high school girls, Evelyn, Suzanne, and Sonja. Mirielle and I headed toward Washington D.C. with Samuel, Kathryn, Jonathan, Charlotte Claire, and Camille. We did some sightseeing before bringing Sam back to the base.






Samuel is the best tour guide.


We visited the Botanical Gardens.


We went to the Cafe Rio with Sam, then came the part that's not my favorite: saying goodbye. It's just so good to spend time with Samuel. He's so good to Jonathan, so good to his sisters.

We drove as far as Gettysburg, and the van was not driving well. After checking into our hotel room, and enjoying the hot tub and pool, I drove with Jonathan to pick up a pizza...and the brakes were metal on metal...not good. So yesterday morning, we called a local repair shop and they so nicely fit us in...(Mike's Kars of Gettysburg, and no, they are not paying me to say how wonderful they were to us). After diagnosing the brake problem, they drove us back into town so we could walk around and explore....



We ate at the Lincoln Diner...Miss Kathryn and Miss Mirielle...




The mechanic shop van picked us up when they finished with repairs...it wasn't how we wanted to spend the day, walking around the battlefield is not optimal, everything is too far apart...but we made the best of it, and when the van was finished, we headed home...

And now we are getting back into our routine...it's chilly and windy and cloudy, real authentic autumn weather...brrr!!!!




























1 comment:

Carol Slater said...

Sounds like a nice trip other than saying goodbye. I like seeing your family make the best of the brakes situation.