Category Archives: Pictures of the Adventure

Photos of our travels and stops along the way

Family Weekend Fun

Wedding. Family. Heritage.

Sometimes everything just comes together is a super-special way, and you’re left with more precious memories than you’d ever imagined!

Wedding
Our youngest niece, Sydney, got married on Saturday to the love of her life, Nate. The wedding was at a beautiful barn in central Vermont – the Cyr Barn.
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It was one of those (typical) Vermont summer days where if you looked in one direction it looked like a beautiful day.
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Check out the blue sky!
But as the wedding progressed, the clouds over the mountain took on a bit more threatening look.
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The weather did not squelch any of the joy of the day however!
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The reception was in the barn, which was whimsically decorated with white lights and white tulle.
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We loved being able to share in the joy of the day, and we LOVED being able to spend the day with my siblings and their spouses.
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We clean up pretty nicely, don’t we??

Family
So we spent Saturday at that lovely wedding, not only being able to celebrate with Syd and Nate, but also enjoying sweet visits with the sibs. Such a precious day. But then on Sunday, with no advance planning whatsoever, we were able to connect with our Canadian family who ‘just happened’ to be in Vermont over the weekend. What a delight!!
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Dewey and Sharon couldn’t join us since they were in post-wedding recovery mode, but it was so grand to see these folks. We even gave it a Senior Citizen attempt at a 10 person selfie.
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Where’s that selfie stick when you need it!!

Heritage
Usually, if we are in Vermont we are staying at the cabin. This time, though, the cabin was being used for the rehearsal dinner and housing for the groomsmen, so we opted to stay at another piece of our family history – the Dwinell Homestead.
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This home was built by my great-grandfather and his brother, and 5 generations later it’s still in the family. It wasn’t being used this weekend, so we made arrangements to stay there. It’s only used in the summer, and in many ways has remained just as it was at the turn of the century. (Think lots and lots of extension cords!) We poked around in the genealogy books, checked out the vast array of old pictures, and tried to conjure up just who might have sat in what chair last century.
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Super special to stay there!
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Wedding, Family, Heritage. What a beautiful weekend!
If you’d like to see a few additional pictures of our glorious weekend, you can check them out HERE!

Maddie’s Great Adventure

There is still a bit of the glow of our great week with Maddie going on here.  As I’ve sorted through the pictures, I’ve been trying to figure out what’s the best way to ‘put into words’ all the fun we had and all the memories we made.  Do I make a list? Post a bazillion pictures?  Maybe I’ll just talk about all the LOVE! Continue reading Maddie’s Great Adventure

Wait? More fun?

I had every intention of getting right back to work on the Monday following the cruise. Honest, I did. But when our daughter called over the weekend and asked if we’d like to join them at Knoebels Amusement Park on Monday, well, it didn’t take us too long to say – “Of Course!”

Even though we’ve only been to Knoebels once before (during our 2015 Adventure with granddaughter Hayley)
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we are big fans of this amusement park. We love that there is no admission fee, that you can either purchase an “All Rides” wrist band or just purchase tickets for the rides you want to take. The food isn’t too pricey, the rides are everything from vintage to state of the art, and the general feel of the park is oh-so-very family friendly.
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We met with Lara and Herbert and kiddos Ellie (11), Maddie (Toby’s daughter, 10) and Alexandra (3.75) by the Ferris Wheel and the park did not disappoint!

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Grams and Pops took care of some of the more mild rides.
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We also handled all of the watching of the bags and keeping track of kids that were too small to go (or didn’t want to go) on the big ‘coasters-
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(Despite the look on Maddie’s face – she WANTED to go on that ride!)
Lara, Herbert and Maddie did all the big roller coasters, but only Maddie and Herbert were brave enough to do the StratosFear!
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Yikes!
Spending the day with Lara and Herbert and these three cuties
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was a total delight. We got home late that night, exhausted but happy and content. It was a totally unexpected, totally delicious, impromptu day of fun!
Here are some additional pictures of our time at Knoebels. But I think this one, taken by Herbert, is one of my favorites!
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Oh, those faces!!!

The Sisters’ Cruise

OK.
The emails have been reviewed.
The SOWER newsletter is ready to go.
The banking and the credit cards have all been reconciled.
The pictures have been sorted.
I even put in a full SOWER work week.
Finally – a quiet afternoon (well, except for the shouting on the TV from the World Cup Finals) to write about The Sisters’ Cruise.
Oh. My.
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To say that this long anticipated Sisters’ Cruise lived up to our expectations would have to be an understatement. Our days started with coffee and Colossians (often on our sweet balcony)
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and often ended with more balcony time and beautiful sunsets.
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Or maybe a full moon, shimmering on the calm sea.
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And in between? A bit of pool sitting,
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a bit of game playing,
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a bit of eating (ok, maybe more than a bit of that!),
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a bit of napping,
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a bit of reading
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and a bit of being entertained.
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(loved our seats!)
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(In all honesty, we didn’t love ALL the entertainment, but we did love that we had the option to be entertained each night!)
The ship docked at four different ports – Portland (ME), Bar Harbor (ME), St. John (NB) and Halifax (NS). We opted to stay on the ship for the two Maine stops, and thoroughly enjoyed the quiet ship on those days.
Our view of Portland –
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Our view of Bar Harbor –
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We did enjoy bus excursions in both St. John and Halifax –
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The Sea Caves at St. Martins (Bay of Fundy)
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Peggy’s Cove, near Halifax, Nova Scotia
We relished each and every day – whether we were busy learning about the Bay of Fundy or the great Halifax Explosion of 1917 or just sitting on the deck watching the world go by.
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Each day we thanked God for His faithfulness to us, His kindness to us in allowing us to have this oh-so-special time together, and the wonderful gift of our sisterhood (both in Him and by blood). To Him be all the praise and glory!!

Thanks for being patient with the long gaps between posts.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse of our Sisters’ Cruise 2018 and if you’d like to see some additional pictures (more or less in order!) you can check them out HERE!

Four Fabulous Days

Did you ever come to a particular place in your life when you want to pinch yourself because you can hardly believe you are getting to do something? Gary and I often feel that way as we travel across this country – even with all the ups and downs, we still feel incredibly blessed to be able to do what we do.

Well, that’s how I’m feeling about my current circumstances.  Last week  I spent a Fabulous Four Days with two of my closest SOWER buddies.
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Jenny flew in from South Dakota, Kim and I picked her up in Burlington, and we spent four kick-back, chocolate-eating, pool sitting, coffee on the deck days at a condo at Smugglers Notch Resort, Vermont.
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We slept late (well, late-ish anyway), lounged around, and had a major gabfest for those four days!
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We checked out a local farm market,
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visited the fabulous (if you like this sort of thing) Hope Cemetery in Barre
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and even (ok, I insisted!) took a beautiful drive to The Cabin, where my SOWER sister world collided with my Sister sister World.
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And oh what a glorious collision it was!
When our four days were up, and we’d said our last ‘see ya later’ s, I headed back to the cabin (to be happily reunited with Gary) for our annual business meeting.
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Although not all of these people were actually at the meeting, they were there for a wonderful family meal. It was an amazing afternoon!
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(Thankfully only 4 of us were spending the night!)
We were back in Montrose by Sunday evening, and back to work Monday morning.
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But my anticipation level was still running high, because tomorrow (YES – TOMORROW) I’m deserting my sweet, precious, oh-so-patient husband again, and going on a seven day New England and Canada cruise with my sisters!!!
Oh. My. Goodness.
When we started talking about this cruise last summer (“Let’s put down a deposit, we can always get our money back if we change our minds.” I said.) we had no idea just how precious this cruise would be. With Elna’s recent cancer diagnosis (she’s doing really well – virtually no side effects from the Opdivo therapy 🙂 ) we have all become aware of how quickly our lives can change. To say we are relishing this next week, would be quite the understatement.

So to the 4 husbands who have (mostly) joyfully shared their wives with me last week and then next week, I can only say thank-you, thank-you, thank-you and thank-you. And to my sweet husband who has had to do double duty of ‘batchin’ it’ I say – You’re the BEST!!!

Oh – and another reason to pinch myself? All of Gary’s cardio tests came back with that lovely word “Normal” attached. The cardio Dr. doesn’t want to see him again for year, and we already have regular appointments with our Primary Care doctor for later in July. Thank you for your prayers – our God has been very gracious to us!!

Thanks for stopping by! It’ll be quiet next week, because I’ll be crusin!

PS – If you’d like to see more of my SOWER sisters and I having a grand time in Vermont, you can check out additional pictures HERE!. (Warning, there may or may not be food pictures involved!)