Monday, June 30, 2014

Hatteras Island

We recently spend a wonderful week in North Carolina with my parents and my sisters' family.  We stayed on Hatteras Island in the town of Avon.  We had to drive over this long bridge to cross the water and enter the island.  Megan rode in the another van with my parents and nieces.  They told Megan she had to hold her feet up every time they crossed water.  They got a huge kick out her doing that.  Silly girl!

We then drove for what seemed like forever.  On one side of the road there were dunes and every now and then you would get a peek at the ocean.

On the other side of the road is what they refer to as the sound.  It was a very pretty drive.

Finally we reached our house and it did not disappoint.  This the view from the third floor balcony. 

You looked down from the balcony and our pool was hidden behind the dunes.  

After a trip to the grocery store and dinner we spent a little time at the beach.  

The first night there it was super windy and great for flying kites.  We would barely unwind the string before it was taking off. 

Chuck is an early riser and caught some great shots of the sunrise.  Me on the other hand enjoyed the benefits of an almost risen sun from bed looking out of the sliding glass door! :)

This beach was loaded with crab.  Megan got a kick out of watching them dig their holes.  

The hit game of the week was trying to beat Grandpa at war.  

Many hours were spent enjoying the sand and the beautiful view. 

A huge thank you to Chuck for all of the driving he did.  I don't care for driving and didn't drive one time on the way down and only an hour or so on the way home.  Thanks Babe!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Waltons Mountain aka Schuyler, Va

On our way home from the beach we decided to veer off the beaten path for a side trip.  Once we were off of the highway we drove down a curvy country road.

We turned off onto Rockfish River Road and there was the childhood home of Earl Hamner, Jr.  If you have read my blog for a while then I am sure you know that The Waltons is my favorite show.  I love the simplicity and family values the show portray.

You can take a tour of the home but we opted not to because a nasty thunderstorm was rolling in and we were anxious to get back down that curvy road.  The nice man running the Walton"s Mountain Country Store said we could walk up and take some pictures.

The museum is located in a former school.  The actual school that Earl Hamner, Jr attended.

Once we entered we were greeted by the nicest lady.  She sent us on our way and we started by looking at all the memorabilia that lined the walls.  There were pictures of the Hamner family along with the actor who played them.  Newspaper clipping, class picture of those who attended the school and all kinds of goodies related to the Walton show were everywhere.  

Then we moved on to the good stuff.  Different rooms in the school were set up like a room from the Walton's home.

I can envision the family sitting around this room listening to the radio on a winter evening.  I see Grandma and Olivia mending, John and Grandpa relaxing after a day at the mill, John Boy reading a book and the kids playing a board game.  Swoon!

Of course my favorite room was the kitchen.  There was so much detail to take in.  It would be a dream come true to touch and feel the things displayed and have seat at the table.

You couldn't visit without stopping by Ike's to check the mail!

There was a room with several models of the home, general store and Baldwin sisters place.  

Our last stop before we outran the storm was Schuyler Baptist Church.  What a cute a little church!

The mountain views were just as I imagined. Amazing!

I almost didn't make this side trip.  Chuck keep telling me that I would regret it if I didn't and he was right.  I am grateful for a husband that knows my heart and encourages me!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Blooming Treasures

We just returned home from a week at the beach.  While we were gone there was plenty of rain and hot and humid weather.  That left the yard a jungle.  First we tackled the lawn and then I gave my plants a little TLC.  I grabbed my camera when I went to check for any lurking weeds.

We'll start with my view while sitting on the back porch.



Next we'll visit the back porch. 

When we arrived home I looked out the kitchen window and noticed my hanging baskets looked different.  At first glance I thought that maybe my mother-in-law had trimmed them back.  No.  As my father-in-law says my mil is a flower killer!  She didn't water them enough and killed them.  She was kind enough to replace them. :)

Follow me along the walk to the front yard.  On the way we can peek at the petunias along the garage windows.

Now we are out front.  This wagon greets you as you come up the walk to the front door.

The window box impatient plants are gorgeous this year.

There are a couple patches of hardy lilies in front of either end of the sidewalk.  I enjoy looking at them through the living room window and love how much privacy they add to front of my home.

Blooming treasures... God's gift for us to enjoy! ~ Author Unknown

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!