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Week in Review Jan 24-31

Last year for her 9th birthday my daughter received a really cool gift. Which was educational and hands on. Always, a good combination.

But it sat and sat for almost an year. On Monday we watched a National Geographic program as part of our homeschool day. This must have jogged a memory. For on Tuesday before she even said, “good morning” my daughter was setting up her “dig”. I convinced her to have breakfast before she started. Afterwards, she and her little sister went to work.

The great archeologist documenting her find.

As usual we spent a day with my parents. My mom had a fun Valentines craft ready for the girls. Candle wreaths! I am so grateful that we live so close and the girls are able to spend so much time with them. They love hanging out with grandma and watching “old” movies with grandpa.

We have finished the last week of January. The end of the first month of 2020. How quickly time has flown. I can’t believe we are already 31 days into this new year. We have plenty on the calendar for February and I’m sure before we know it, it will be March. I often wonder why time just flows so swiftly without our even really noticing? I swear it was just yesterday that I was posting the first week in review post. I’ve managed four weeks. Fingers crossed I can make it the rest of the 48 weeks of 2020.

So that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photos. I hope next week brings you joy and peace.

Love, B.

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Week in Review Jan 17-23

This week wasn’t as busy as last week. However, I still managed to take a few photos.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Monday for school we studied Martin Luther King Jr. And my eldest took it upon herself to write a little history report to share with her Dad.

The youngest, trying to comprehend not being able to sit wherever you like or go into certain places based solely on skin color. She thinks, “that is so stupid.” I would have to agree.

So what you’re saying….

On Wednesday it was my husband’s birthday. And like I do every year I took some photos of him after work.

I’m really not sure what I’d do without him? And there just aren’t any words to express just how much he has made my life better. He is a wonderful husband, father, friend, and all around great guy!

The Man

Sometime during the week my Mom and I, finally, found the Asian market everyone’s been telling us about. Five Mile International Supermarket is awesome! We didn’t have a list but we still managed to walk out with a few things we just had to have. Next trip we go with a list to make some of our favorites.

Memories of Okinawa right here in Fredericksburg

The girls had to do their laundry and I just thought this was so funny. The youngest tucked her stuffy in before she turned on the washing machine. I must admit that I will miss these little things when the girls are all grown up and don’t need their stuffed companions anymore.

All tucked in and ready to go for a spin.

I tried my hand at some self portraits. This is one thing I struggle with. I hate having my picture taken and I’m terribly embarrassed about taking self portraits. Cell phone selfies are fine, even fun. But self portraits seem so serious and self indulgent. But I know if I’m not comfortable in front of my camera how can I make anyone else. So I hope you all are ready, I’m planning on taking at least one self portrait a month.

Self portraits

So that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photos. I hope next week brings you joy and peace.

Love, B.

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A Trip to Cape May for a 5K

Had the pleasure of going to Cape May, New Jersey for a fun 5k at the Cape May Winery. It was an AWESOME weekend. We took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The crossing there was a bit choppy and over cast, but the return trip was absolutely beautiful! While there we ate at three places each very different and very good. Dinner was at the Good Earth Organic Eatery  where I had a wonderful gluten free almond pesto pasta, YUM! Breakfast, before the race, was at the Avalon Coffee. Although, this was a bakery joint I was able to get some eggs and sausage which were good. The others said the bagels were outstanding and we all agreed that the coffee was excellent. After the race we sampled the wineries many fine wines before we headed to the beach. While down at the beach we got very hungry and stopped into Zoe’s Beachfront Eatery. I had an extremely good hamburger. The food in Cape May is superb. The people of Cape May are so warm and friendly. and so are the vacationers we met a lovely woman and her therapy dog, a standard poodle named Sigmund Freud. It was an trip not soon forgotten. I have already started planning for a return trip with my family. The charming seaside town of Cape May, NJ is one that should be experienced by all.

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Memorial Day

A few shots from the Fredericksburg National Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day luminaria.

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Monroe County Historical Association

Monroe County Historical Association                                                                     Stoudsburg, Pennsylvania                                                  http://www.monroehistorical.org

While in Pennsylvania I visited the Monroe County Historical Association’s museum. The association has taken up permanent residence in Stroud Mansion. A beautiful 12 room Georgian-style mansion built in 1795 by Jacob Stroud for his son, John. There is a research library and a rotating exhibit along with the permanent collection. It is an absolute gem. I highly, recommend stopping in if you ever make it to Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Until then here a few of my favorite photos from my visit.

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