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The Fourth of July Unwrapped July 13, 2010

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!


Anet’s Daybook

Filed under: Daybook — anet smith @ 8:36 pm

Outside my window… dusk, the ice cream truck driving by

I am thankful for… an hour for the cousins to be together, finally making it home!

I am wearing… shorts, Toys for Tots t-shirt

I am remembering… vacation, how nice it was to be away and have a change of routine

A few plans for the week… mowing (and lots of it!), the boys going to church camp, getting the house back together

I am currently reading… read Mount Vernon Love Story while on vacation

I am hoping… to make a big dent in all the organizing that needs to be done in the house. Am also hoping to make it to see Dad this week, maybe next?

On my mind… mowing – was going to have someone do it while we were away, but it rained every day – I bet Dad and Aunt’s is terrible.

Hearing…. the fan, hubby’s keyboard, M avoiding cleaning his closet

I am praying that……. Dad is feeling better. Aunt discovered he had pink eye when she visited on Friday.

From the kitchen… lots of veggie things at the end of the week when the boys are gone

Around the house… unpacking in process

One of my favorite things… National Forests

From my picture journal

Hubby’s great great uncle sold ice cream to the school children from this store in Edinburg, VA

More daybooks here.



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.


Anet’s Fourth of July Daybook July 4, 2010

Filed under: Daybook — anet smith @ 4:24 pm

Outside my window… lots and lots of green trees, mountains, the New Market Battlefield

I am thankful for… having lunch with my grandmother. I told the boys they need to be thankful to have eaten meals with their great-grandmothers – I don’t have that memory.

I am wearing… denim capris and sleeveless red striped top

I am remembering… past trips to the Shenandoah Valley.

A few plans for the week…seeing family and friends, trip to D.C., flying home standby

I am currently reading… Mt. Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark

I am hoping…that all four of us can fly home together

On my mind… the great sacrifices our founding fathers made and comparing past leadership with current

Hearing…. MIL’s voice, hubby fixing grill, traffic on the Interstate

I am praying that……. I have patience in planning. I have been praying often for my son’s life purpose and future mate.

From the kitchen… a birthday celebration: crab, shrimp and steak

Around the house…a scared doggy

One of my favorite things… purple and all shades of it

From my picture journal

Notice the fire on the bottom left. First time I was at a display where something caught fire. Also the coldest I’ve ever been at 4th Celebration

More daybooks here.