Wednesday, October 22, 2008

California 2008

Second annual trip? We're grateful the Lord worked it out again for us to visit our good friends in California. . .this trip was first considered when Nathan found out he'd be attending a conference in San Diego. The timing was a little tight between other plans, but the scramble was worthwhile. =)
So, we arrived in CA Wednesday July 30 and spent a day together as a family. . . visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and Underwood Family Farms (working farm and petting zoo). Thursday evening we arrived at the Swillums - less than an hour after family members had departed. On Friday Brian and Lai took us (and all four little girls) to a favorite spot - Oxnard Beach and park. Our families had so much fun picnicking and playing in the sand and waves. Reminded us of adventures on this side of the country a few years ago. Saturday morning, some ladies from Grace Community Church gave a baby shower for little Havilah (7 weeks old) and Julia was delighted to be present with Lai for the rosebud covered event. That evening we had girl time while the Brian and Nathan went to Brian's Bible study up north aways. Sunday found us all at Grace for worship and then at Souplantation for lunch (we need those in the east!). After that, Nathan had to leave for San Diego. Abigail and Julia enjoyed a few more days with the Swillums. . . including a carousel ride, pictures, consignment shopping, lots of little girl play, long chats, and a zillion more pictures (Lai shared the pictures from her camera with me). We thank the Lord for our dear friends!
Early Thursday morning, Julia and Abigail were back at LAX for the flight home. . . gotta make the wedding rehearsal in TN the next day!

Summer marathon installment

Let's see, we left off with a visit with the Mees July 16. The next day we left their home and drove to Pigeon Forge to meet up with Mom and Dad Garner and the Talley cousins. The next three days we enjoyed our first group family vacation and had lots of fun in our cabin, its hot tub, Ripley's Aquarium and Dollywood. Wish I could share some of the 140 fun pictures (mostly of the five cousins), but alas those are no more.
Sunday we drove home to SC with Lane and Patrick, arriving in time for our evening service at Heritage. Abigail loved having a big brother and sister for a week and Julia was busy as mommy to three. Visits to the zoo and park and such filled our mornings.
Monday of the following week, we drove Lane and Patrick to Alabama and stayed overnight at Talitha's. Tuesday evening we were back in Georgia for a night at Mom and Dad Garner's - so that we could fly out of Atlanta the next morning for California! To be continued. . .

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Reason for absence and the absence of pictures

A few weeks ago, our computer "crashed." The good news is that it is up and running again (after a lot of work which included a total format). The bad news is that the back-up didn't work and we lost everything on it.
So. . . It shouldn't take me as long as I'd thought to catch up on posting pictures. . . since we don't have any. Actually, I'm working on pulling and saving pictures from old e-mails and photo sites and anywhere else we stashed some.
Hope to be back soon with highlights on the rest of the summer!