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Mountains and Trees July 13, 2010

Filed under: Summer — anet smith @ 8:39 am

Isaiah 55:11-13 (New International Version)

11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.

13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
which will not be destroyed.”

View from where I stayed on vacation

Almost same view from downstairs

Shenandoah National Forest at Big Meadow

From Skyline Drive

From Woodstock Tower


The Fourth of July Unwrapped

Filed under: Family,Summer,Tuesday — anet smith @ 8:00 am

Vacation is a wonderful time to unwind, ponder and generally change your pace. We are often away for the 4th – sometimes with family, sometimes just on vacation, always celebrating Hubby’s birthday. I think it’s wonderful that cities have large fireworks displays. It’s the crowds I detest – traffic, waves and waves of people – you get the picture.

Last Saturday, we had a wonderful 4th celebration in the mountains at Bryce Resort. We went early to enjoy the activities. The boys and hubby went tubing once, but M & L decided they wanted to play mini golf as a fam instead of more tubing. We kept score, but I don’t even know who won!

Hubby and L checked out the air strip.

There was an arts and crafts show. I saw some crafts I hadn’t seen at any other show before. I talked to a Vietnam Vet for a while and he gave M. a Vietnam map.

After a tricky, but yummy dinner (not enough waiters) we watched fireworks while covered in a blanket. Sure there were lots of people there, but it wasn’t crowded.

An afternoon and evening in the mountains with my family celebrating two important birthdays was definitely a gift to be unwrapped. It isn’t a small thing and certainly wouldn’t have slipped by unnoticed. It was a choice though over going into D.C. to watch fireworks. Our quest for the biggest and best can crowd out those ordinary things that are just as wonderful.

Please check out more of Tuesdays Unwrapped at Chatting at the Sky.


Washington D.C. July 12, 2010

Filed under: Family,Summer — anet smith @ 10:22 am

Spent two full days in DC doing some vacation sightseeing. It was over a 100 degrees both days so we were wiped out! It was so worth it though. We’re such history buffs and our national treasures are meaningful to the boys now.

I asked the fam what their favorite thing to see in DC was…L said the Lincoln display (including his top hat) at the Smithsonian, M said the Air Space Museum, hubby and I both say Arlington National Cemetary (esp. the changing of the guard and Lee house for me). I had no idea how immense the cemetary was.

I had an uncle who died in Vietnam before I was born – I appreciate hubby snapping this picture.

We drove in each day of our visit and took the subway – that was an experience. Two days just wasn’t long enough to see all we wanted. Next time we’ll plan ahead and try to see the White House and I want to spend an entire day at Mt. Vernon. I am thankful though for seeing what we did and for the spontaneity of the trip. My family rocks!


Happy Birthday Hubby! July 11, 2010

Filed under: Family,Summer — anet smith @ 9:42 pm

D, Wow, a lot has changed since your last birthday – our location, jobs, etc. One thing that won’t ever change is what a privilege I consider it to be your wife. What has changed is our love – it has grown deeper through the years. We’ve shared fourteen of your birthdays married and each celebration is always memorable – fireworks, travels. You’re always so patient with the same celebrations-cook outs, fireworks.

You don’t like to have much attention drawn to yourself and you’re such a giver so it’s fitting you share your birthday with such a big day…

I love you honey and hope you have a wonderful next year!



Filed under: Family,Summer — anet smith @ 12:08 pm

We are on vacation and the other morning M said “Mom, I’m going to look at some really cool things on the Internet!”. Mind you we are at Devon’s Mom’s so we are staying over a museum! Is there anything on the Internet “cooler” than seeing artifacts from the Revolutionary and Civil War in person?

The times we’ve been at home, we’ve sat in the lobby and worked puzzles. I hear that museum visitors stop and add a few pieces also when we’re not there.

Last night we drove over the mountain to hubby’s cousin to borrow a fly fishing pole (is that what it’s called in fly fishing?). On the way home through George Washington National Forest (have I mentioned how much I love National Forests? That’s gonna make it in my Daybook) we stopped at Woodstock Tower. It was dusk so we hurried along the path and to the top where we saw this view –

The boys recognized it as the print we have hanging over our fireplace, “The Seven Bends of the Shenandoah River”. (There are lots of trees in way of the view, but if you’ve seen the print, it’s recognizable) How cool is that?

(Post with DC pictures coming soon)


Our Flight Attendant July 6, 2010

Filed under: Family,Kids,Summer — anet smith @ 6:03 pm

We flew to Houston Friday morning standby – all four of us got there, but there were only three seats available on to Baltimore. The boys and I left hubby to fend for himself (which was the best thing considering he was flying with an expired ticket, it was storming so flights were getting delayed and was a holiday weekend). Once on the plane I discovered there were two seats one in front of the other near the front of the plane and one in the back.

The flight attendant suggested “the little one” would do well in the back. I escorted L. back to sit between two men who – well looked much more urban than us. With a warning to L. not to disturb the others sitting nearby, I joined M. After we took off, I checked on L. and he was sleeping.

Shortly after I saw the flight attendant ushering L. up the aisle so I assumed he had to go to the bathroom. I then heard fl. at. announce L’s name and that he wanted to be a be a flight attendant (which really is not his aspiration, he wants to be a bull rider) and that he would be through the cabin collecting trash. And that was that. With a big grin, L. took my trash and continued on up the row working at his new “job”.

On a side note: Those sitting by L. were indeed a rap group. One suggested he buy one of their songs off itunes. L told them his Mom wouldn’t let him listen to it. When they asked what music he listened to, L said “Christian”. They told him that was good too, to keep listening to it. When we got off the plane in Baltimore and headed to baggage claim, they all waved and called goodbye to L.


Month in Review – June June 28, 2010

Filed under: Family,Summer — anet smith @ 2:55 pm

For the most part I’ve kept my blogging goal for the summer this month and didn’t spend every day writing. When we went camping I took hundreds of pictures with the hopes of being inspired to blog with them. No inspiration yet. Right now I have one son at Boy Scout Camp and one who I picked up sick at day camp (now watching Swiss Family Robinson). I thought this would be a good week to blog, but since I’m lacking inspiration, I was happy to realize that it’s month end so I can do this review.

Both boys completed the summer reading program. I need to look for their prize coupon books – they might have some things I’d like! Our county does a very nice program and the prizes are free things to area businesses (especially restauraunts). The boys are enjoying the pace and variety that summer reading offers. They’ve both picked up some non-fiction finds and L. discovered the My America and Dear America series.

Garden update: the flowers in my duck planter are officially doa. It’s amazing what going a few days (while we were away) without water will do. The tomato and pepper plant appear to be doing well. So are the cantaloupe. I had no idea they’d take so long though. We should be enjoying their fruit about the time school starts. Didn’t have much success with seeds – onions, lettuce or carrots. However, the cucumber seeds sprouted and look great! Ultimately we got a very late start and will plan and prepare better next year – maybe even at Dads (bigger garden).

We had a very full month! It started with L. at soccer camp. I think he enjoyed that, especially goalie day. Only saw one World Cup game – unfortuantely it was the USA defeat to Ghana. M. passed his Boy Scout swim test early June. I’m so glad both the boys are good swimmers because I am not. We have enjoyed the neighborhood pool this month though. A couple times with friends and once with Cousin. I finished one book there and ventured in only when the water was warm enough to my liking.

A long time friend from high school and her family visited for a week. It was wonderful to see them and get to know her family better. I was curious how the boys would get along with three little girls, but they played great! During this time we also discovered that our across the street neighbors had grandchildren visiting for the month. This sparked numerous sports competitions, nerf battles, games, movies, and all around fun kid playing. I wish they lived here all the time!

Our trip to Texas turned out to be much quicker than I expected. I hope to make it back in October so I can see all the friends I missed on this visit. Hubby says we’ll be back sooner, but I don’t think that can happen realistically. We have too many more summer plans and then sports start. It was great to have Cousin with us for a week. The time flew and we didn’t do nearly as much as I planned, but it was great just to be at home and hang out. One evening we made the five mile round trip biking for snow cones. Cousin kept up with the other boys (hubby included). Of course I was far behind as ususal, but at least I’m able to do it!

Our camping trip was wonderful, I wrote about it already. We got to see a rodeo while there and thought that was neat since L. has taken quite a liking to cowboy things. I never dreamed so many rodeo events exisited! Who has ever heard of double mutton busting? Was all fun though – love being in a small town. The free bbq pork from the 4H cook-off was worth it too. I think M & L’s fav’s were hiking and fishing.

Hubby played in a golf tournament. His team won 1st place! I wish he could do stuff like that more often. This past week we helped Aunt with her garage sale (and will have another one this time at our house for her in August). We ended the week spending time with some new friends. We’ll be co-leading a small group at our church this fall and I’m really looking forward to it.

I can’t forget to add that we celebrated Aunt’s birthday in June and stopped by the Veteran’s Center (after camping) to have ice cream with Dad and say Happy Father’s Day. I’m sure he was unhappy we didn’t take him out for pancakes, but we did what we could do. M. also got something he’s been waiting years for – his football helmet! We’re ending the month with Scout camps, birthday preps (for the firecracker hubby), and packing for vacation (am grateful for the luggage I rescued from the garage sale).

I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! Happy Birthday America!