Sunday, July 25, 2010
Crossing the Missouri River at Chamberlain always means we are getting close to home. Three hours left! Chamberlain is one of the prettiest places in the middle of South Dakota and looked even prettier after two and a half weeks away from home!
The image is a little blurry, but 10 miles from the house, we hit 5000 miles on the trip meter. That's a lot of car time! Worth every mile! I wish Tony would have been able to be with us. My sons are pretty much all grown up now and having lives of their own. It's a little sad as a mom, but I am so very proud of each of them. I treasure every moment I get to spend with them!
Halfway between Kitty Hawk, NC and Wichita, KS lies Nashville, TN. Great time to see the Grand Ole Opry, right? Wrong! Because of some very nasty flooding this spring, the Opry is being reconstructed and you get turned around at the gate. But I got to see the Parthenon. I didn't even know this existed in Nashville! Hmmm....
It has been years since I have been to the Atlantic Ocean! I couldn't wait to get my toes in the sand and walk along the waves. The beach was quiet Wednesday night, but Thursday it was full of people. I loved watching all the kids and the waves coming onto the shore! I think I need to schedule more beach time!
The boys and I settled in for a couple of days in Kitty Hawk, NC. We couldn't miss the Wright Brothers Memorial. I was a bit surprised that there wasn't more in the area dedicated to the brothers. I guess we find it more fascinating than the locals.
We left DC after a visit to the International Spy Museum and wound our way down the Eastern Shore. I spent a year of my childhood living here with my grandparents while my dad was in Thailand during the Vietnam War. I was sad not to find the few landmarks I remembered, but I guess 40 years will do that.
We then went over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. It was as fantastic as I remembered it. We stopped and had dinner at the restaurant and walked out on the pier. I dropped flowers from the wedding in the bay in memory of my mother.
After we dropped Mike at the Dulles Airport, the boys wanted to see the other part of the Air and Space Museum. Lots of planes and even a space shuttle. Part of the second Transformer movie was filmed here. The boys were thrilled. I got to see the Enola Gay. Lots of history here!
Mike had never been to Washington DC, so we thought he should see it! Spent Sunday seeing a few sights and took the Moonlight Monument tour. He got to see the Air and Space Museum on Monday before he had to fly home! Poor guy! I will have to take him back sometime.
Finally, the big day arrives! The morning was a mad dash! I had last minute shopping to do for the reception. The cake needed to be set up and a few finishing touches. Food tables needed to be set up. Flowers had to be directed. I waited for April to show up before I scooted out for a shower.
I didn't take this one since I was on the alter with them, but it seemed appropriate to add it! Rain forced the wedding indoors, but it was still a beautiful wedding and the couple couldn't have looked happier!
Bella got to practice with flower petals, but she was very worried and wanted them picked up. Aiden decided to help her with that. As feared, Aiden decided he wanted no part of being a ring bearer, so Bryan stepped in and took his place! I love kids at a wedding! They may be a bit unpredictable, but so cute!
Chad and Whendy. Chad is Whendy's son and Whendy is Allen's sister. Chad is funny (or thinks he is! LOL) Whendy is a doll. She is one of those women that is a natural caretaker and wants to help with any and everything. She and I really bonded during this wedding! I adore her. She is also Bella's grandmother. That is a wonderful and special relationship!
It was decided to take a day of R & R before we got into the wedding too deep, so we spent the afternoon on April and Allen's boat on Smith Mountain Lake. What an incredibly beautiful area! The lake is huge! There are gorgeous houses up and down the lake. What a great way to start a vacation!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Toto, we're not in Kansas any more! Our Interstates don't look like this in South Dakota! I love how lush it is the further East we go! I wanted to stop in St. Louis to get a picture of the Arch, but traffic was such that stopping just wasn't a good idea. I got to see it anyway!
Trip is going awesome! Love spending time with Jamie - although this is a LONG time in the car!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
We must be on vacation! This is my youngest son, Jamie, who very graciously took the next two-and-a-half weeks off to trek around the country with me. We are on our way to Virginia for my sister's wedding on the 17th. Mike and Chris will join us there. Then it's off to DC for a couple of days and then the boys and I will hop down to the Outer Banks for a few days before the long trip home! Fun pics ahead!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
This is the detail work on my bridesmaid dress for my sister's wedding. I think it is my favorite part of the dress. It is a very traditional bridesmaid dress - not the shorter one I started with - but I think it is going to look very nice. I am looking forward to seeing how happy my sister will be!
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
July 1st is my first day at my new job and a great time to start a 365 after having been so inspired by ISTE. I hope over the year to work on my photography skills and to build a collection of pictures that I might find valuable in my work!
This is the sign outside my building and where I am excited to start a new adventure and to grow!