S: Our Virginia Vacation - June 23-28, 2012
FC: Our Virginia Vacation
1: A special thank you to the Watts Family for allowing us to spend time at their vacation home along the shores of the Nandua Creek. We all had a wonderful week! | Journey's End, 12055 Nandua Shores Drive, Painter, VA
2: The house was perfect! Lots of space to relax, talk, reminisce and even quiet places to sneak off for an afternoon nap! (Yes, I'm talking about you, Mark!)
4: As soon as everyone arrived and had a bite to eat, we all headed to the dock and the kayaks!
5: Kayaking memories
7: Thanks Steve for bringing your boat. Both the "little" and "big" kids had a great time!
9: Delani, Abriana and Sabrina
10: Mark and Linda's
12: FAMILY | People: Jolene, Steve, Linda, Mark, Katie and Cindi Dogs: Sophie, Chloe, Annie and Titus
13: Families fill our lives with happiness and laughter leaving us memories to treasure today and forever after.
15: Steve and Jolene
16: Live well, laugh often, love much | Steve
17: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. - Cathy Allen
18: Steve Demonstrates his Athletic Skills!
19: Great pictures Jolene!
20: Save the Date for Cindi and Mike August 5, 2012
21: IT'S NOT WHAT WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE, BUT WHO WE HAVE IN OUR LIFE THAT COUNTS. - J. M. Laurence
22: The Happy Couple Awaiting their Big Day!
24: Summertime! | Katie and Nick Polton | Katie
25: Always have a blast at the beach!
26: Jolene & Katie
27: Kelvin and Kevin
28: JUSTIN & ERNEISTA'S FAMILY
29: Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao Tzu | Justin, Erneista, Sabrina, Kelvin, Kevin and Alyssa
30: The Family. We are a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. Erma Bombeck
31: FAMILIES ARE FOREVER
33: Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. -Anthony Brandt | Kevin | Kelvin | Sabrina
34: The newest addition to the family, Alyssa, was pleasant all during the vacation---she's a healthy and happy baby!
35: Alyssa Marie Stinnett
36: Baby Alyssa
38: Thanks Steve for the great crabs!
39: Katie and Delani Tubing
40: Josh and Jen's Family
43: Lasting Memories...
44: Josh, Jen, Allison and Luke
47: "I hope you always have a shell in your pocket...and sand in your shoes."
48: Katie, Allison and Luke playing in the sand.
49: Allison and Abriana
51: It's the moments I spend with you that build the memories which last a lifetime. -M Gutierrez
52: Water Balloon Fights | It went on, and on, and on!
53: SUMMER OF LOVE
55: Abriana | Q. What was the most exciting thing that happened on vacation? A: When Delani, Cindi and me saw a bull shark! | Q. What didn't you like about the trip? A. Not having service on my cell phone and almost being eaten by a shark and getting stung by a jellyfish!
56: Q. Who did you enjoy spending time with? A: Mostly between Cindi and Sabrina because we all had a lot of fun together. I would have said Delani, but she wasn't really around me much. | Q. Would you like to go back next year? A. YES! Because it was SO MUCH FUN!!! Everybody was having fun no matter what.
58: Q. What did you enjoy the most on the trip? A. Going in the water because it was really fun and when we stayed up really late. It was really scary, but fun, when we saw the bull shark!
60: Abriana and Delani
66: It was all about Justin Bieber for Abriana's 11th birthday!
67: Hoping your wishes come true year after year.
69: "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken" - James Dent
71: Fun day in the sun!
78: After the games, everyone decided to head for the water!
80: Mark thought it would be fun to cover Abriana's face with peanut butter and let the dogs lick it off----of course he was right---it was great fun! | Abriana loved being buried in the sand---that is until Mark and the dogs came along!
82: "Our memories of the ocean will linger on, long after our footprints in the sand are gone."
83: Delani, Kelvin, Kevin and even Sophie all wanted to be buried in the sand too!
84: Fun at the Carnival! | Alyssa's first carnival!
86: My Best Buddy in the Whole World! | Titus | Sophie
87: Dogs leave paw prints on your heart. | Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Roger Cares | Chloe
88: Games on the Beach
89: Wherever Mark goes, he always organizes some type of competition, and the guys just love it! | Luke's trying to keep up with the big guys!
90: First off, everyone puts a pair of pantyhose on their head and places a raw egg inside. The purpose of the game is to smash your opponent's egg (located on top of their head) using a rolled up newspaper! | EGG BOP | Mark and Katie won! | TEAMS Mark and Katie Josh and Abriana Steve and Kevin | GAMES---GAMES---GAMES
91: HOT POTATO TWIST Instead of playing hot potato, we used sardines, kippers and sweet potato baby food. It was passed around the table until all was gone. Whoever ate the last bite won the game! | Erneista won this game!
92: CHEERIOS FACE-OFF | After covering their faces with Criso, they have 30 seconds to see how many Cheerios they can make stick to their faces without using their hands. | Kelvin's the winner!
93: PIE PAN BUBBLE BLOW Pie pans are filled with whip cream with a piece of bubble gum on the bottom. The first one to eat all the whip cream and blow a bubble wins! | Kelvin wins again!
94: WHITE-HEADS | After spreading peanut butter on their face, their partner would throw mini-marshmallows at them. The one with the most marshmallows wins! | Teams Steve and Kevin Katie and Delani Mike and Kelvin Josh, Luke and Allison Abriana and Sabrina | Winners! | Not sure why Katie is in this picture???
95: After placing a knee-high pantyhose stocking over their heads and face, they were given a banana. It was a race to see who could eat the banana through the nylon first! | Steve's the Winner! | BANANA LEGS
96: Katie---do you like the feel of cotton???? | ODDS AND ENDS
97: Several version of the same sand love theme for Cindi and Mike | Delani's Domino's Pizza | Abriana and Delani's Tie-Dye Shirts (there's quite a story behind these two innocent looking shirts!)
99: Thank you! Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for making this such a wonderful vacation. I believe what everyone enjoyed the most was just spending time together and "swapping" stories at the dining room table. Of course the kids enjoyed the swimming, boating, kayaking, "shark hunting", the carnival, etc. Thank you Mark and Linda for all you did---preparing the menu, buying the food, and bringing all your toys. That was no easy feat! Steve, thank you for the delicious crabs. And Jolene, Katie, Cindi and Mike, all the kids (Sabrina, Kevin, Kelvin, Alyssa, Abriana, Delani, Allison and Luke) enjoyed spending time with you---thank you for making them all feel special. Justin and Josh, it was so nice to have all our families together and spending time with all my grandchildren. God has blessed our families in so many ways! Love, Susan