Our Trip, Virginia

As usual, posting is falling behind.

One May 14th we packed up our things in New Jersey and set out for Virginia. We ate breakfast at Mary Lou’s house before we left. This next picture is titled “Breakfast with Sushi.”

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Do you want to know how our trip started out? When I got into the car, James said, “Look at me, Mom.” This is what I saw:

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Yes, those are golf balls. Notice two front teeth. He lost them both in Virginia.

We had a quick trip to Northern Virginia. We hoped to stop and see Uncle Jeff, which we did. Charlotte had a wonderful time playing with his watering cans.

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Our next stop was to see our good friends Homer and Marie. I could just kick myself for not getting any pictures!!! They live on the 22nd floor of a building, so that is always exciting for the children. Also they had all kinds of scrapbook goodies out for the children to play with, muffins, and juice.

As in New Jersey, it seemed like as soon as we were settled it was time to leave. Marie gave us wonderful directions to St. Lawrence Catholic church. That is where our former pastor is. We had not seen him since 2003 so it was wonderful. It was also wonderful to be at devotions. It was devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help with Adoration. What more can you ask for? After devotions we talked to a few of the parishioners there who complimented us on the beautiful family we have. Then we went to the rectory for some drinks. They have a nice little screened in gazebo there and we had soda (ahhh! It’s good to give the children soda once in a while because then you remember why you don’t usually do that.) When we were getting ready to leave, Father presented our alter boys with a special mug, along with the warning that if they ever approve of girl alter servers the mug would break in their hands. (Why is it not OK to have female alter servers? Because it breaks church tradition.) The mug has a picture of the late Bishop Keating who never allowed alter girls. We did have a wonderful time visiting Fr. He was letting Charlotte slap him five and when she did that, he would slap himself. She was quite impressed with that reaction. He was also going around with the water pitcher over children’s heads asking if they had been baptized. We just love his sense of humor. Then it got late and we had to go. On we went to Front Royal. We arrived there around 11 pm, parked and went to bed.

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On May 15 the children spent the day with the children where we were staying, MaryEllen’s Godparents house. There are lots of children and always exciting things for the children to do. They even have a horse now that the children got to ride. Joe and I spent the day checking out the old road and his brother’s property. On the way out, we saw the neighbors were home. I suggested we stop to say hello. Two hours later we left, but not before I came out the door to see Joe with an ax in his had helping to fix a brick walkway. It was very nice to see the Hoovers. We spent the evening at our friend’s house and Joe went out for Chinese with MaryEllen’s Godfather.

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The next day was packed full of activity. We went to our favorite used bookstore, Pagemaster, to see Mrs. Judy. She was very happy to see all those children again. Again, I’m sorry I didn’t get a picture. After that we stopped at my favorite Catholic store, Faithful and True, and even managed to pick up some stuff for our home school next year. Yeah! After that it was off to the playground to meet up with many friends. It started raining a bit, but we mothers were under the pavilion. We stayed there for a few hours and then went off to Charlotte’s Godparents house. (Unfortunately we missed her God father. He was working late.) There is always a handful of children to play with there as well. Here is Charlotte with her God mother and “God siblings.”

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When we left there, went back to the trailer to change, and made a mad dash for another family’s house for dinner. This is the picture that I most regret not taking. This family had everyone home except the oldest who is in seminary. We had a wonderful time. The boys went out to play football before dinner. The food was wonderful, a nice chicken and rice dish, steamed broccoli and cauliflower, and the best asparagus I have ever tasted. They said that was from their garden. The time flew much too fast and everyone (read adults) were getting pretty tired and we knew we had a long drive the next day.

Back to home base where we stayed up way too late with our friends having a wonderful time. Almost forgot to mention, that was the day that James lost both of his top front teeth.

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The next day we packed up. It was bitter-sweet. We passed by New Market battlefield where they were getting ready for the reenactment the next day. We went to that reenactment every year! Then we stopped at the Green Valley Book fair. Ahh, how we love books!  We thought it perfect timing that we were in the area while that was going on.  It is only open certain dates.  The rest of the trip was uneventful and we got home around midnight.

The most memorable quote was from James as we were driving in the Shenandoah Valley.  “Why did we leave this place?  I live Virginia.”

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One Response to “Our Trip, Virginia”

  1. Ruth Says:

    Sounds like a great trip. I wish we could’ve been able to get together. I love the pictures!

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