Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fall Trip

This year we took the opportunity during fall break to fly to the East Coast.  We flew into Baltimore and visited with Howard's cousin and fiance.  They have the most adorable home in Baltimore.  It could be on one of the home shows on HGTV. 

We ventured north to Pennsylvania and took in the awesome autumn scenery.  My niece and her husband graciously put all 5 of us up for a few days.  They also have a lovely home that they are renovating one room at a time.  My girls took advantage of having horses close by and begged by niece for a horse ride while there.  On Sunday, we had a very awesome time.  I got to see an aunt and uncle that I have not seen in over 10 years.  I also got reintroduced to a cousin or two.   We also got to meet some more second cousins.  It was such an awesome time.

On Monday, we went to Philadelphia.  You need free tickes to see Indepence Hall.  When you go there, you can also pick up a booklet for children to complete while visiting the different historical sites of Philadelphia.  When they are all done, they take the booklet back to the rangers and they check it and if the children complete most of the areas, they have the opportunityto take the Ranger oath!

Tuesday, I had the opporunity to friends from high school and then we visited with my aunt again and her youngest daughter.  She was unable to  join us on Sunday .  My aunt makes beautiful jewelry, and I hope at some point she will let me feature her 

Wednesdasy, we headed back down to Virginia.  We stopped in DC on the way.  We got to observe the Veterans' Wall.  It was very nicely done.   Thursday, we went back with the rain.  We saw the Federal Bureau of  Engraving and then visited Air & Space Museum. 

Saturday was the beginning of the big weekend and we headd back to Baltimore for the wedding. 

The wedding was fabulous!  Everyone had an awesome time.  Congratulations Lauren and Scott.

Congratulations Lauren and Scott

There are times in one's life where time almost stands still.  For one week, we escaped the desert to go back east for Howard's cousin Lauren's wedding.  While there we enjoyed family and friends and beheld great historical places like Independence Hall in Philadelphia and observed great inventions such as the Wright brothers' first plane.

For me  going back home to Pennsylvania in the Autumn was an opportunity to view the natural pallette of color that God paints the country side each year with the changing of leaf color. 
We had a great time visiting with my niece and her husband and great nephew.  My sister and other niece came over every day.  On Sunday we had an awesome visit with my family.  I got to see my aunt and my dad's youngest brother.  I got to meet my cousin and his son and his sweet youngest daughter.  My girls went horseback riding which they absolutely loved and enjoyed very much.