July 08, 2004
Summer Pt. 1

Ok, I'll give this a go again. A few days ago I wrote a fabulous and witty post about the mundane things going on around here only to have it deleted when I accidently clicked on a link while proofreading.

It's been very hot the last couple of weeks interspersed with massive thunder storms and tornado warnings. We've adjusted to this kind of thing so really it's just been typical unpredictable weather. We had a great 4th of July weekend we went to two different fireworks displays. The first was the massive Mt. Trashmore display on the 4th itself. Located in Virginia Beach there were thousands of people there and we ended up having to watch from offsite to be able to find parking. I got some great pictures and I'll post a photo album soon. There is a very small town only about 10 miles from here called Sedley. They have an annual tradition of doing their fireworks on the 5th. Brie and I loaded up the kids and met up with Westervelt family. it was like a scene out of a movie. This smalltown getting together, they had a nice show for which we were in the front row only 150 yard away from where they were being launched. It was loud, which Keegan did not appreciate, but amazing. The kids got to lie on the grass and stare straight up at fireworks. Brie mentioned afterward that those kind of moments are exactly why we are here, childhood memories don't get any better than that.

The summer has been pretty busy. We've got Gymnastic classes and now we are going to the library in Courtland every Wednesday for their story hour. Every week they bring in someone who tells a few stories and gets the kids involved. Sebastian got to bang on a trash can lid yesterday and loved it. He also got his own library card and checked out a few VeggieTales DVDs and a Nintendo Power magazine. Keegan got a book about goats as well.

We've been discovering more and more about our area. We discovered that Downtown Suffolk is actually a cool place. They have a couple nice Tavern/Pubs that supposedly serve some great food. It's also the birthplace of Planters Peanuts so there is a statue of Mr. Peanut dowtown as well. They are about half way done building the new riverfront Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. It looks like it's going to be the nicest place outside of Norfolk to stay and it's only about 25 miles away. In recent weeks we've made treks down to Ghent, it's best described as a sort of Berkeley-ish type area. It's where all the "cool" "artsy" people live and it has the shopping and food to match. It looks like it would be a great place to live if you were young and childless.. oh yeah and rich, it's one of the most expensive areas around.

On a sad note with the current value of stock and other recent developments Brie and I have had to face the fact that going on the cruise with Sean and Amy for our 15th Anniversary like we had dreamed is just not looking like a possability. We are researching a couple of other ideas we have. One of which would be to drive down and stay at Disneyworld for a couple of nights. We'll see. We are definitely going to be going there for the wedding the question is what will we do to celebrate while we are there.

On the hottest day of the year so far our air conditioner's "split air system" burned out. This meant we had no A/C for about 36 hours until our neighbour once again saved us. The good thing is that the owners agreed with him that the best solution was just to replace the entire unit. Now we have a brand new unit with a 10 year warranty so when we buy the house that will be one less thing to worry about. The owner also said he wanted to replace the hot water heater before we bought it as well. They are such a great couple and are always so good to us.

We look to be busy for the rest of the summer. It's hard to believe it is already July. I'll post again after I get back from going to Georgia and moving my Mom in.

Posted by John at 11:34 AM