Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wirts Wharf 2013

And finally, I've made it to the pictures of our trip to Colonial Beach, Virginia. Rob's sister and her husband have a home about an hour and a half south of Washington DC called Wirts Wharf. Yes, that is the name on the plaque on the columns as you pull into the house. We don't make it every year, but when we do we always have a ball.

Pictures don't do it justice. It is a beautiful home surrounded by water and we are so blessed that Rob's family opens it up to us each year for family vacation. And while we love being in the water and riding on the boats, we just love hanging out with family. Early mornings on the porch with coffee and late nights gathered around playing Mexican train dominoes are really what makes getting together each year so much fun. I miss everyone already and can't wait until the next time we can all get together.

One of the kids' favorite things to do was jump and play on the large floaty/trampoline thing. That's what I called it. The large floaty/trampoline thing. Obviously it has a technical name, but I kept saying to to Rob, "Can they get up on that large floaty/trampoline thing all by themselves?" So that's what is is called. In my mind at least.

And then one day while we were having lunch on the porch it began to rain really hard. And then someone noticed that it was blowing away. So Rob and Hazen ran down to save it from floating all the way down the Potomac back to DC.
And that has been all Will has talked about since we got home. Daddy and Uncle Hazen rescuing the float. Pretty sure that might be his earliest memory.

And thank goodness they rescued it because look at my little daredevil go!

 Kayaking and paddleboarding were also highlights of the week.

As was riding in Aunt Laura and Uncle Hazen's awesome boat.
 Someone was so excited for her first boat ride.

The jet skis didn't go over so well with my kids. Remember when I called Will a daredevil earlier? Nah. He's a wimp. But Rob and I had fun.
And so did Sophie and Uncle Frank

The paddleboard came in handy when Hazen was ready to pull up the crab traps.
And we loved being pulled by the boat on the bouncy chair thing. That's what Will called it. Again, my technical expertise is coming out.
 Sophie and Madeline catching a wave.
Some days it was good just to hang out in a chair in the water...
.... And some days it was good just to chill in a hammock.
Fishing was a must..
.... as was just hanging out in the sand and watching the day go by.
I love this shot below because it gives some perspective to what most of our afternoons looked like. There are some kids playing in the water, Aunt Stacy is rocking the paddleboard, and Hazen and Max are zooming around on the jet ski. So. much. fun!
Hey, look!!! We may or may not have celebrated our EIGHTH year of marriage while we were at the river.
And Laura may or may not have celebrated her birthday while we were there too!
 But the dog did most certainly eat half of her birthday cake.
 Oh, well. We'll never forget that one.
We had a lot of fun hanging out inside the house too. Aunt Laura actually had a book fair for the kids one night. She had bought each of her nieces and nephews a bunch of new books, but then she had the brilliant idea of bringing all the books her son Max had outgrown and letting the kids draw numbers and choose them one by one. She cleaned house and we all got new books. Win/win.

 Thank you, Aunt Laura!!!!
Cousin Sophie was a huge help feeding Lainey...
And even painting Bennett's nails.
As a matter of fact, cousins kind of rock. We are so thankful for all of ours!

In the evenings we had a great time playing board games and/or listening to Rob and Frank take musical requests.

All in all, it was just an awesome week being with our family who we don't see nearly enough.

 And our last night there happened to be the 4th of July. We had to have our annual family pic decked out in red, white, and blue of course.
 The 7 Webster/Marshall cousins.
Happy 4th!!! Let's get this party started!!
I love, love, love, love this picture of Bennett. One of my all time favorites.
So many captions could be used for this one.
And here are just a bunch of shots from a wonderful 4th on the river.
And the shot of the night thanks to J. Robert Webster. A framer for sure.
I cannot wait to go back. So thankful for a week of resting, playing, reconnecting, and enjoying family. So so thankful.


starnes family said...

1. You look fantastic.
2. I want to join in on this trip next year.
3. Too much to ask?

Allison's Alley said...

Y'all are awesome!! Looks like y'all had a BALL!!

Allison's Alley said...

Y'all are awesome. Looks like y'all had a BALL!!!