Monday, May 25, 2009

Our Memorial Day Weekend

"Almost Heaven West Virginia" was plastered all over everything when Nolan and I lived there during our first five years of marriage. To the girls, this marketing slogan is spot on. We spent the last four days in Wild & Wonderful WV (yet another tourism slogan) to visit Nolan's Mom and Dad and the rest of his family, and the girls just love it. They played croquet, went swimming, jumped on the neighbor's trampoline, had a picnic, cracked more hickory nuts than one could count, went for walks in open fields, stayed up late and so much more. Nolan's brother and sister-in-law were in from San Diego, so they got to spend time with their Aunt Karen and Uncle Andrew, too. It is a much more relaxed atmosphere than when we're at home. No work, school, soccer, gymnastics or appointments to get to. Ah yes, almost heaven...

Leila holds the neighbor's hedgehog. She loved it. Mia... not so much, as you can see by the look on her face. :)
Visiting family... including great-grandma, Belle. It is on this visit that I learned we have been seriously depriving the girls of a porch swing. Who knew?


Finally... freedom for my energetic Mia.20090523_57-2

Leila standing in the field above her great-grandmother, Sada's, house. You can see her church in the background.



Beautiful flowers, thanks to Uncle Eddie's green thumb.


Poor Mia pouting because she can't hang with Leila and the older neighbor girls.


Don't worry... the pouting never lasts for long.


Mia and her uncle Andrew on the neighbor's trampoline.


(Shout out to neighbors Becky and Lauren for the hedgehog, trampoline, watermelon, etc. etc.)

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!!


mommy24treasures said...

looks like so much fun and yes the girls need a porch swing!

a Tonggu Momma said...

We did... so glad y'all did, too. And a porch swing is a must, although a hedgehog is not.

Gail said...

Gorgeous pics as always! They made me smile, can tell you had a great weekend away.

Jen said...

Hi Michelle,
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pic with the church in the background!!!!! Reminds me of the old song...The Church in the Wildwood!!! These pics brought back many of my childhood memories of the more simple times!! Thanks for sharing.

Stacy said...

Love the pictures! Glad you had a great trip. We should get together soon!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I finally got to meet you all this weekend! Brittany was sad to see the girls leave but I told her you all would be back before to long.


Tisha said...


What a "heavenly" weekend. And what a blessing for the girls to have a great-grandmother. I love the picture of the three of them on the porch swing.

I'm glad you all had such a nice "kick-off" to summer with your family and friends.


Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

That sounds like a wonderful is nice to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle!!

Beautiful pictures of your little getaway weekend!!

Have a great week!


Jboo said...

What a fun time! Great photos! It does look like almost heaven!


Ohilda said...

Amazing pictures!! We love West Virginia!