June 26, 2014

Vacation Memories.

We had the joy of our biennial family vacation last week.  Every other year, we go with Ken's extended family to the Outer Banks for a fun week of food, sand, sea and cousins!
Travel time!  Caroline was really happy if we would just give her the whole bag of pretzels.  This trip was one of our more tumultuous.  No one slept in the car for extended periods--they were just too excited!
We've started the tradition of stopping for lunch at the New River Gorge overlook.  It is a great way to get the wiggles out and have a picnic lunch.  This year, Grandma and Grandpa were able to join us!  We walked and climbed and found lots of neat creepy-crawlies.
After a stay-over in Richmond, we visited Colonial Williamsburg for a few hours.  This was our first visit and we loved it!  I'm so glad my SIL suggested we all stay for the reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Fifes and Drums march.  It was the most moving event of the whole day.  I think everyone in America should experience it!  I could probably write a whole post about it....  lol. I told Nicholas that we should get one of those stocks for time-outs.  Seems highly effective.  

After Williamsburg, we made the mad dash to the beach, made it just in time for Mass, and then....relaxation.  Three days of nothing but beach time.

An evening treat--a trip to Whalehead Club and Currituck Light for crabbing with everyone.  It wasn't our most successful trip with only 3 crabs and a fish.  But it was still fun and the sunset is always beautiful.

And now...trip pics by child! Yay!  Youngest to oldest.  ;)












June 8, 2014

Happy Pentecost!


Happy Pentecost!

O God the Holy Ghost
Who art light unto thine elect
Evermore enlighten us.
Thou who art fire of love
Evermore enkindle us.
Thou who art Lord and Giver of Life,
Evermore live in us.
Thou who bestowest sevenfold grace,
Evermore replenish us.
As the wind is thy symbol,
So forward our goings.
As the dove, so launch us heavenwards.
As water, so purify our spirits.
As a cloud, so abate our temptations.
As dew, so revive our languor.
As fire, so purge our dross
Christina Rossetti (AD 1830-1894)


June 6, 2014

Birthday boy.

Another birthday, another interview!  We had so much fun with Elizabeth's interview, we might just make this a tradition.  Interspersed with birthday photos, of course.

Peter, are you three? Yep!

How does it feel to be three?  Really good.  (Seriously, that's what he said.  In Peter-happy style.)

What do you want for your birthday?  Circles.
Circles?  Yep.
What else?  A giant camper  (He was holding a matchbox-car one at the time.  If you keep asking, you get a different answer every time.  When trying to get birthday ideas for the grandparents his responses were: a plane shirt, a thing to ride, a surfboard, stingray, a lion, and a jar of cheeseballs.  Later he said a gun.  And more lions.  We're not convinced that he knows for sure what most of these things are.)


Peter requested a "rainbow" cake.
Oddly fitting for an Ascension day party, you think?
What's your favorite color?  Nothing.
(Interject big discussion on colors here).  Nick pipes up, "Peter isn't your favorite color purple?"  Yes, purple.  (Nevermind that we just determined that he thinks RED is PURPLE.  I'm obviously doing awesome at teaching him his colors).

What's your favorite animal? Purple.

No, no, that's a color.  What's your favorite animal?  You know, dog, cat, chicken, ....   Sally.  Sally is a dog, you like dogs the best?  No, cats.  But Sally.  Moving along now....


What are you going to do when you grow up?  Play cars.  
And with that, he was down and off to...play cars.





A few more favorites of Peter's at the ripe age of three:  swimming, Thomas the train, his sippy cup with milk, and his blankie with the shiny edges.