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Our last week at the beach was Nash Week.

Thirteen of us…

…and another fabulous house.

S’mores ala Grampa & Ooh-la-la

KITES + PELICANS = Roaring good times!

Reptile Farm!

Pirate Bill’s Annual Treasure Hunt. Arrrrrrgh!

Boys’ Tickle Fest…

…and subsequent collapse.

Endless beach time.

One giant Uno game.

24 fans: This is where I saw ‘President Allison Taylor.’

Sitting right here, on this bench, in the middle of Edisto Island.

Beach Bling

We did a LOT of eating.

Sam & Foard think it’s awesome that they have reading cousins!

It’s not many grandmas who will teach you how to shoot…

Thanks for the sweet memories, Austin, Annina, Sydney, Melissa, Andrew, Peter, Grandma, Mom & Dad– we love you all!

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Sweet Memories

Our time at the beach with Mat, Paul & Grandmary will always be treasured in our hearts.

We arrived at Edisto Island still mourning the death of Jake’s cousin, Ginnie. And while we were there, we said goodbye to his uncle, Howard, too.

That’s a lot of loss for one family.

Then two weeks after we left the beach, Grandmary went to be with the Lord.

Our time with her was truly wonderful, and we feel so fortunate to have been close by to share some of her last days on Earth.

I can only hope to look this good in a swimsuit when I’m 88.

And I told her so.

The boys light up whenever Uncle Paul is in town!

Blurry pictures = fun times with Gaffer!

Not sure who loves reading more.

[Who invited Harry Potter to the beach house?]

We love you, Mat & Paul. We miss you, Grandmary.


Super Simon Weekend

Our friends, the Ilinčevs, celebrated their tenth anniversary this weekend (woot woot!)
We had the priviledge of hanging out with their oldest, Simon, while they were gone, and had a blast!!!

We went for a hike & creek time in Šárka, a gorgeous park near us. This place reminds me so much of the woods where I grew up, and we could’ve stayed all day.

Bike roads & ‘spiderwebs’ are a favorite.

[Yes– we were spotting him!]

For the few hours we were home, the Legos came out and the creating commenced. Simon worked all weekend on a spectacular house, and was proud to take some pictures when he finished.

The Ilincev’s left us with a ton of amazing fruits & veggies from a farm they recently visited. Needless to say, we’ve eaten like kings this weekend (including the Weekend MVP: pb&j minis)

A highlight: Okoř— a gorgeous old castle we frequently visit. This was the first time we were able to go inside and explore. It’s a climbing boy’s dream!!!

We played hard. And we slept even harder.

Thanks for hanging out with us, Simon! We had such a sweet time with you!

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My amazing husband turned 30 while we were in the States!
We called it “The Thirtieth Birthday of Music & Love”–lots of concerts, lots of family time.

We kicked off the celebrations in Charlotte when we saw his favorite band, The Wood Brothers, at our favorite venue, the Visualite, with one of our favorite Charlotteans, Jessica Dean.
Abigail Washburn opened– it was fabulous.

We were excited to be at the beach with the Alligoods on May 17th, and the birthday boy woke up to a breakfast of sausage gravy & biscuits– not bad!

We celebrated again with the Nashes… this time with steaks, bocci ball, and a chocolate Guinness cake.

But the piece de resistance happened after we came home.
Our kids stayed in Praha while the two of us(Thanks, Davises!) enjoyed a 10hour-round-trip overnight journey to Stuttgart, Germany, for another concert.

Have we been in a car for 10hours sans kids since 2007? Nope.
It was fabulous. Conversation, more conversation, beautiful scenery.
And my feeble attempts to capture the ‘feel’ of the road trip.
Like this:
Wow– Germans build really nice bridges.

“Wow– Germans build really nice windmills.”

And trying, multiple times, to photograph this gem that appeared at every exit:

AHA! Finally got it.

HA! I’m just immature. And it’s just funny. You know it is.

Woo hoo– we made it!

Studgart was cool, especially once we found the store that sold Frosted Flakes! Caesar Dressing! and OREOS!!!!

A tasty birthday kebab… (this one’s for you, Achim!)

The metro stop closest to our destination wasn’t open, so we walked through the largest parking lot in Europe….

…and finally made it.
Mercedes sponsors an entire complex there, and our concert was in a small ampitheater carved into the hill under the Mercedes museum. Very cool.

At long last, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi band.
They. Were. Amazing.

Happy Birthday, Jake.
You are the most wonderful, sacrificial, loving, Godly, talented man I know– thanks for letting me come along for the ride!

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McCann’t Believe It’s True!

Sean, Lindsey, Lucy, Ellie & Anna McCann came to visit us at the beach– it was bizarro and wonderful to be in the same country at the same time!

Beach time.

Play time.

As always, books galore.

That’s a lot of curls at one breakfast table.

Some of my favorite shots of our time together….
A simple, serene family dinner… right?

[trying something new… trying to be a good sport!]

Lots of hugs and kisses… we can’t wait to be together again!