We visited my brother and his family in Virginia first. Along with them are our friends Nick and Clare and their three children. Both families are rural dwellers, each with their own fantastic little homestead. Not only that, but they live on the outskirts of the cutest little historic town! We tried to give my brother's family some breaks from their kinfolk, so as to not overstay our welcome. One way we did this was by tootling around the little town of Strasburg. They have a great little cafe called Cristina's, where we got cafe au laits and snickerdoodles as an afternoon snack. We tried to hit up the indoor flea market, but that wasn't such a successful part of the outing.
Anyway, when we got there the bald eagles were not there. But just as we were wondering where they were, up pulled a pickup truck full of animal carrying crates, full of... BALD EAGLES! And a hawk. We got to see all of them right up close and the rangers were SO NICE. After all the birds had been released again, they said, "Come on inside, we're going to put the snakes back!" They'd had the animals at a junior ranger camp someplace. Anja got to pet two of the snakes. Very cool!
We left South Fulton at bedtime on Wednesday and drove through the night back home. When we came in we both had a strange feeling of not really recognizing our own house. It's really good to be home. I haven't taken such a long trip in many years. Actually, that might be the longest trip I've ever taken. But it was great! So fun to see all those people and go so many places. But I have to say... I so enjoyed being home all day today, living out our normal Saturday routine, and cooking dinner in my own kitchen. Wonderful!
And on a sidenote, I'd like to say that having two little girls (as opposed to having two baby girls) is SO MUCH FUN. Just now, they were up in the playroom at my mom's house, and I would go to check on them and stand at the bottom of the stairs and hear them playing together upstairs. So cute!!!!
And while the heat is pretty oppressive, I am LOVING the summer vegetables that July brings!!