Friday, August 5, 2011


Over the 4th of July weekend, we took a vacation and went to visit friends in Virginia Beach!  It’s a 10-hour drive from here, so on the way there, we split the drive and spent the night in Greensboro, NC.
We had made reservations at a Days Inn there, but when we arrived, we quickly decided that we DID NOT want to stay there.  (Sorry.  We prefer that the locks actually work.)  So we relocated to a brand-new, super-nice Holiday Inn Express. 
The next day we arrived at Michele and Matthew’s house!  You may recognize them or some of their kids from pictures from Memorial Day weekend when we stayed at Matthew’s parents’ cabin.
We did actually go to the beach one day.  It was so much fun!  I wish we had been able to take more pictures than just this one, but it was really crowded, so we had to devote most of our attention to watching the kids.
The boys especially had a blast!  Reagan was a little wary of the waves, but the boys were all about them, jumping and splashing up a storm!
Reagan and Katie really hit it off!  Reagan LOVED having another little girl to play with!  I wish I had a picture of the boys playing with Andy!  They pretty much thought he hung the moon because he weapons AND Star Wars toys!
After church on Sun, we went to the Nauticus, a museum for all things naval and nautical, including an actual battleship you can tour!
Working the controls for the non-submerged submersible
Horseshoe crabs!
Who’s safer?  The kids or the sharks?
Exploring the battleship Wisconsin was really cool.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t!  But we still had a good time walking around and climbing up and down the ladders and looking at the massive guns!  There’s a tour of the inside too, but the kids weren’t old enough to go on that one.  I think you have to be 8.
Six hot, tired children! Jonathan, Zachary, Reagan, Katie, Thomas, and Andy
Before leaving, we stopped to make cards for our military to thank them for all they do!
Don’t forget me!
Yes, Baby Jack was there too!  And he was a real trooper!  So was his Mommy who carried his little sleeping self on her back for most of our sweltering tour of the battleship!
Monday was the 4th of July, and we mostly just took it easy and enjoyed each other’s company.
Still in our pajamas, but thoroughly enjoying the unexpected neighborhood parade!
Then it was time for the Slip n’ Slide!  Best $5 Daddy ever spent!
I want to slip n’ slide too!
Then we drove ten hours home the next day.  Yuck! 
What a special trip this was!  It was so nice to spend time with old friends and watch all our kids play together!  We really appreciate Michele and Matthew having a boy and a girl so close in age to our kids!  Ha!  And we also appreciate their willingness to share their home with us for a few days!  Love you guys!

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