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Nana and Pop wanted to wait until the boys arrived to put-up the Christmas tree. But first, we have to cut down the tree, which means a visit to the tree farm. Once there, the boys are given a mission: Locate the Christmas tree…

Christmas Tree

Finally, among the hundreds of trees lining these hills, we find the perfect tree…

Christmas Tree

And with the pull of the cord and a quick swipe with the chainsaw, Pop cuts down our Christmas tree. The boys are pretty proud of themselves

Christmas Tree

Now, we’re gonna meet Mom and Nana for breakfast! Then Mom and Nana can decorate the tree 😉

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After a great 4th of July weekend with the grandkids, the boys and I are taking a road trip to Virginia to visit the grandparents (and great grandpa!). We arrived yesterday and after a good night’s sleep, headed-up the Blue Ridge Parkway for some breakfast at Mabrey Mill. We come here often when we’re visiting the family. It’s a great drive up the mountain and the scenery is breathtaking…

Mabry Mill

and the obligatory family-in-front-of-the-old-mill picture is…

Family

They used to make molasses, apple butter, and cornmeal using the old farm methods, but in recent years, the health department said they couldn’t do it any more because it wasn’t “safe”. Of course, it had been done this way for more than 100-years…well, anyway.

You can still see inside the working mill…

Inside the Wheel House

and learn about moonshine, blacksmithing, weaving cotton, and playing checkers with little corncob checkers…

Checkers Checkers

and best of all, to stroll down memory lane remembering the boys first visit to Mabry Mill…(then and now)

Adam and Alex in the Wagon Adam and Alex in the Wagon

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Okay! The training wheels are off! Here we go!! Adam rides on two-wheels!

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Today the boys and I took a road trip to Virginia to see Nana and Pop. This trip was “men only” and allows mommy to enjoy a little stay-at-home-vacation. Adam is my co-pilot in the passenger seat, and Alex is the navigator in the jump-set between us.

From his vantage point, Adam captured a picture of the highway as it unfolded before us…

Highway Highway

Anyway, we arrived late this afternoon and the sun will soon be setting on our first day…

Sunset in Stuart

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At last night’s offsight, we christened Chris’s new party area, “The Voodoo Lounge! Chris asked me and Kyle to affix the “Voodoo Too” plank to the Big Green Egg Station.

And we did…

Voodoo Too

Considering this is the only picture from the offsite, I must surmise that we had a pretty good time. If the beer bottles around the lounge area are any indication, we certainly did. 😉

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I’m in Fredricksburg, Virginia, for a couple of days working with the local hospital. I enjoy extended stays in this town because I have the opportunity to enjoy some genuine German food at The Bavarian Chef.

The Bavarian Chef

And the best thing about this restaurant is they have Bitburger on tap…

Bitburger

Prost!

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Well, the bags are packed and the cars are loaded and ready to go. Today we traveled up I-95 to spend Christmas with family in Virginia. We decided to take two cars to take advantage of the bed of my truck. Besides, it’s an easier ride if each of us takes a kid 🙂

Anyway, Adam was with me to start. He was very excited this morning and talked a mile-a-minute. I don’t think he paused for a breath for 250 miles…then BAM! HE’S OUT!

Adam is OUT

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…stay gold.

Visiting Nana and Pop in Virginia, and their a little fair going on in town. There’s a pony ride, and although it took some coaxing, Alex climbed on and rode like the wind!

Alex rides a pony Alex rides a pony

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Wood Brothers Museum I like to pay a visit to the Wood Brothers Racing Museum every time we come back to Stuart. This was the boys first visit. They love race care and they had a blast. We even got to go into the back where they store the cars. This actually used to be a working garage until they moved the team to Charlotte.

And when you think of racing, you think of lollypops! In fact, they lost all interest in David Pearson’s Mercury, when the lady behind the counter offered them to the boys. Alas, tour’s over!

Wood Brothers Cars Lollypops

Just so ya know…this is Pearson’s ’73 Mercury Cyclone. This was his first year with the Wood Brothers and he was NASCAR’s Driver of the Year!

David Pearson's Merc

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This year we spent our Thanksgiving holiday with the boys’ Godfamily, Chris, Sherrie, and their little boy Chase (a.k.a. Billy the Kid). We took-off Wednesday afternoon for the 4-hour drive south.

The dinner was fantastic and much, much more was available than we could possibly eat. We’re going to spend another day here before we head back up to PA.

Thanksgiving

It was great to see our friends again and the boys (dubbed “The Angry Men” by Chase) had a blast playing with their “Godbrother,” Billy the Kid…

The Angry Men and Billy the Kid

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