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Tales from our travels

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

On our way to the next adventure!

To say that this has been a Summer of Fun (for me anyway) might be an understatement. Sower Sister’s Getaways, Sister Cruise, Knoebels with some of our kids and grands…well, it’s been a downright doozy of a summer. This morning, though, we begin an adventure that’s been in the works for over 10 years. We get to take each of the grandkids for a week the summer that they’re 10, and although Maddie was pretty sure it would NEVER be her turn, here it is! We’ve packed up the house and are on our way to begin Maddie’s Great Adventure. After we get some routine Doctor visits out of the way, we’ll be snagging Maddie from her mom and dad and heading to Williamsburg, VA for a week of spoiling. Let the fun begin! 😍😍😍(This is the first time I’ve tried blogging from my phone. If it works you might get a blow by blow of the adventure. If not- watch for a recap in a week or so!)

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!