Archive for August, 2009

Not for the Faint of Heart

August 24, 2009

Here is one of Kevin’s latest watercolors:  Kevin's watercolor civil war  (Click on the picture to enlarge.)

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Pictures for Mom

August 24, 2009

My Mom is staying at my sister’s house right now.  My sister has Internet access, so I am just going to post some pictures.  We have been away to Charleston, SC and Pigeon Forge, TN.  The pictures that I post will come from that vacation. 

 Before we left, Charlotte treated us to a little dress up. She used the couch’s arm cover.  charlotte couch head

While we were away, Veronica turned one.  Where does the time go?  Here she is opening a present before we left.

 Veronica opening present 1   Veronica with dress 1 year old  Veronica with bib 1 year old

 We arrived at Dollywood one morning and the first thing Veronica did was fall asleep. Veronica at Dollywood

kids at dollywood  James at Dollywood

  family at dollywood  teacups at dollywood  We went to Dollywood with some friends of ours, so yes, there are some extra children in the picture by the sign.  We also ran into my brother and niece there and got a family shot in the parking lot at the end of the day.

Next we went onto Charleston.  We got there just in time for a Solemn High Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.  The boys were very excited that they were able to serve that evening.   We just love it when there are a lot of priests and seminarians around.

cathedral charleston 1   cathedral charleston 2   cathedral charleston 3

We toured many places in Charleston including Ft. Sumter and the aquarium.  We also spent a day at the beach and the children loved it.  The boys would dig holes and Veronica would crawl over and get in them.  There were loads of starfish and sand dollars.  I had never seen any of those things on the beach in New Jersey. 

charlotte at beach   veronica at beach  MaryEllen with starfish

aquarium 1  john with frog  veronica at aquarium

maryellen & crab  maryEllen with frog

Last, but certainly not least, we went back to Pigeon Forge so we could hike in the Smokey’s. 

kids in the smokys  james & kevin at the smokeys  John in the Smokys

sugarlands visitor center 

Hi Mom!  We hope you enjoyed the pictures and we hope you are enjoying your stay.  Send Aunt Gert our love.