|...boat is there, we are here...|
One of the reasons we decided to move home was the fact that our terrific house sitter was moving out and our beautiful home would be available to us. We had moved out of our house two years ago and the thought of spending a SUMMER at home sounded great. This would be a first in 22 years, as we are usually sailing the Chesapeake or New England! So, off the boat we moved, rented a mini-van, and drove home! What a dream....six months living in our house!
|Larry, Gerri, Radeen and Hayden|
|Greg, Kate, Radeen and Hayden on the Beaufort waterfront|
After dinner, we moved into our beautiful massive bedroom suite on the second floor where we passed out on a king sized sleep number bed. That night, we did not even move. I awoke the next day in exactly the same position I feel asleep in. It was great to be in a home with endless water, power and light. We lounged around their beautiful home for a few days, enjoying great meals and loving their Doodles, Gracie and Lucy.
|The van, loaded with stuff to move home|
Here is a great photo of Kate and Radeen, enjoying a class of Champagne
There it is....the mini van leaving Snead Island Boat Works, loaded with stuff going home. We lived out of this van for 7 days as we meandered our way from Florida to Pennsylvania.
Life on the road....in a mini van....WHAT THE HECK are we doing?
After leaving Greg and Kate's, we were driving right past our "DC COUSINS" in the Springfield, VA area, so we were excited to stop for a family visit. What a fantastic time to see everyone! We were blessed with the entire family gathering together - thank you to the young adults who came to see us, especially on a holiday weekend. It was great being introduced to the three newest members of the family, too. Thank you to Sherry and Paul and Diane and Tim for hosting us for a wonderful stay!
Here are some great photos of our DC FAMILY
|Radeen, Baby Brea and her proud aunts, Heather and Allison|
|Hayden, Baby Brea, Aunt Heather and Aunt Allison|
|Radeen, Allison, and Sherry, who is Norah and Brea's Grandmom|
|Brea's big sister, Norah, with her mom, Kristin, and Radeen|
|Thane Hayden with his Grandmom Diane and his Great Aunt Sherry|
|Diane and Thane Hayden (a family name used for many generations!)|
|Norah teaching school|
|Thane Hayden, Norah and Baby Brea...the next generations of cousins!|
|Paul, Radeen, Sherry and Hayden|
The next day, we sadly departed the DC Cousins, excited to move back into our own house!
|Saltbox 13....there it is...what a beautiful home. We designed and built this in 1984.|
It is cozy and simple, with passive solar, and it is our very own design!
|Radeen gives a "WE DID IT!" We moved HOME.....at least until Oct/Nov, when we set sail again|
|Welcome to the JUNK MAIL, a table full of mail|
So....good bye to the cruising life for a break. Hello to land life for several months. We are so looking forward to this time where we can live in our home, relax, drive a car, have barbecues and share some dinners with the friends and family we have missed so much. We can also run all the water we want because WE HAVE A WELL with 38 gallons/minute capacity! This may spoil us, but I doubt it. We already miss the boating life a bit....the peace, the calm, and the friendships. We will return to that in late October, when we rebuild the boat after the factory refit is complete.
|Radeen says goodbye to the Gulf of Mexico at Bradenton Beach|