Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Road trip Part 1

As a former teacher and student, summertime usually means a time to slow down, enjoy a break from the daily grind.  As a youth pastor and youth pastor's wife, this is no longer true for our family.  Marty brings in summer interns for the entire summer to work in student ministry.  This is an amazing internship opportunity for college students to grow and minister to the teens in our county.  We love the new energy this brings to the ministry and are so blessed by their presence in our lives during the summer months.  Because of the internship, and all the summer trips the youth take, Marty is incredibly busy in the summer.

Oh sweet August.  When August comes, we are able to slow down a little before the school year starts.  We decided to take a road trip to visit both families during this down time.  Our first stop, Virginia.
 We had some good pool time.  Hattie-Grace loved crawling in this float and played with a Barbie for the first time in the water.  She loved Barbie's hair the most!
 We visited Great Grandma Cates as well and played patty cake with her again.
 Hattie-Grace made herself right at home at the Ladies' Home, and crawled around on the brick patio. Who needs to walk when you have knees or steel!
 We had a yummy lunch at Marty's favorite BBQ restaurant, Nannys.  I think he experienced the most joy as a Dad at this lunch when HG enjoyed her pork barbecue and shoved handfuls into her mouth.
 We made a day trip to Norfolk to worship at Trinity and to visit old friends.  After church, we had a wonderful lunch with old friends and caught up for hours afterwards.  Our kids played together and it was a beautiful time of fellowship.  Hattie-Grace also got to meet my college roommate, Amanda on our way out of town as well.

We had yummy Mexican with the Cates one night.

We visited Maymont Park, a beautiful park in Richmond with a small children's farm and some zoo like exhibits.
Hattie-Grace loved the cows and has learned to tell us that they say "mmmm".


We enjoyed showing her the bear, since we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear all the time!

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