Monday, July 19, 2010

The Garden that once was.

Well, here we go again. A few weeks ago, my lovely garden looked like *THIS*

I had stuff growing everywhere.



This morning....I committed the ultimate garden offense.

I did this.



The time had come. Wednesday our house begins to get packed, so I would potentially no longer have access to all my tools. Tomorrow the "to-do list" is so long, there was just no more that could be squeezed in. So this morning I dismantled my entire garden.

I went over and talked to my neighbor about taking all my potted plants, and in the process saw "Mrs. Q's" beautiful flowers blooming. She left two weeks ago for GERMANY of all places...so she didn't get to see the results of her work. I had told her I would take pictures and send them if her flowers bloomed before I left.

So I took these for her.






This one was my favorite. Absolutely stunning.


And after about 3 1/2 hours of work, this is what remains of my garden.

(You can see where I gave my next door neighbors the soil from the raised beds, so they could try and grow some grass on the hill back there.)


Sigh. At least we were able to enjoy most of the garden.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

PCS Progress, and a fun trip to Virginia

Yesterday morning, we roused our tired tookusses up at 3am, downed a cup of coffee, and hit the road.

About 4 and a half hours later, we arrived in Portsmouth, Virginia.


(I didn't bring my camera on this trip, because of what we had planned. I brought my husband's little pocket camera, and I honestly didn't take many pictures. The camera spent most of the day in a locker....You'll see why.)


The agenda for today, was taking Jeff's truck to the port, to be shipped to Alaska. The first thing we did, was give the truck a quick wash, because everything has to be "just so" when you ship a vehicle.



Then we headed to this place just down the road.


We spent about an hour there, and pulled out of the parking lot minus one vehicle.

Then we headed north.


Driving on I-664, the Chesapeake Bay.


One the other side, massive ships.


And into the tunnel that goes under the bay.




Passing this sign brought back lots of memories. This was our very first duty station right after Jeff and I got married 19 years ago. We were stationed here for 2 years, and our daughter was born here.



Our destination......




Our Mission......




And very unlike the unfortunate "Oktoberfest" incident.....(you can revisit the horror here).......we had a blast. This was the first time that this neglectful homeschool parent took her children to an amusement park. The first ride we hit, was the "Loch Ness Monster" roller coaster. My daughter was able to spend some time with an old friend, who years ago, lived in NC. Then he moved to the midwest, and now lives just down the road there in Virginia. So he came and hang out for the day.



The boys as they completed their very first roller-coaster ride. The look on Jack's face was priceless. We failed to mention before hand that the front seats were the scariest. Oops.


Here is where I put my camera, along with all the other belongings in the locker.

But my daughter got this lovely picture of herself, her friend, and a new mutual friend.


At the end of the day.


After we left the park, we made the long trip home...5 hours later arriving at our front door at 12:25am. It was so strange not seeing the truck in its parking spot.


And I will leave you with this beauty.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Raven Rock State Park

Last weekend, we went on an outing to hike at Raven Rock State Park. It is the same park that the kiddos and I went to a few months ago, before Jeff came home from Afghanistan. So we went again, this time as a family.

As we were walking along a trail, we glanced off to the side, and saw this.


Last time we went to Raven Rock, we took the Raven Rock trail, that led us to an area of rock formations along the river, which lended name to the park. This time, we took the "Fish Trap Falls" trail that led us to another part of the river.

There were rock formations in the water, that created shallow areas to walk all the way out on. It was so cool!




Jack found a teeny tiny frog.


The Jeff and the boys waded out along the rocks, seeing what they could find in the water.






The doggies had fun getting wet too!






Some of the boys' treasures....



And of course, a family photo op.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

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