Sunday, July 19, 2009

Another long overdue update...

Hello, family and friends! It's been a long time since we've been here. Summer, so far, has been a whirlwind of activities for us. In May we went with Mom and Dad to Virginia to see Melissa and Teagan. (We missed Chase, who was out to sea on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for a long deployment.) There were lots of adventures to be had: Yorktown, Jamestown, the illustrious Stuckey's, Virginia Beach, touring the U.S.S. Wisconsin, a huge Yankee Candle store, Kiptopeke State Park with an artificial reef of sunken cement ships, and one or two trips to the McArthur Center mall. Here are a few of our favorite pictures:

In June, we got to spend some rare time with Kelly's family. His sister Heidi and her family were in town from Texas, and everyone else was able to be there too. We spent an evening at Chuck E. Cheese, having fun watching all our nephews play. Later, on Saturday, Ali got to go up to the Allen Family Reunion even though Kelly worked the weekend. What fun! There was a western theme to the reunion this year. Before everyone went home, we got to spend a fun day at Boondocks with everyone, too. Somehow, neither of us remembered a camera all week, though...dang!

Ali also got away for a Girls' Weekend with her mom, aunts and cousins. They spent a night at Aunt Nettie's house, where they had a riot playing the party game Boxers or Briefs. (This is a game not yet included in our extensive collection. We've decided to find a copy since.) The next day they went to St. George where they saw a great production of Footloose! at the outdoor theatre, Tuacahn.

July has been a bit quieter. Kelly's work shut down for a week over the Fourth of July. Collin Wood was in town, on leave from the Navy, and it was nice to see him again. Mom's birthday came and went with little fanfare but all our best wishes.

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