Monday, August 2, 2010

Pickin' Peaches in Northern VA

Went on another adventure on Sunday afternoon with our house guests. This time, we went to Stribling Orchard and picked peaches. 2 bags full. I believe we will be eating lots of peaches in a short period of time. I love going to these orchards because they are nestled in the valley of the Shenandoah mountains. They are surrounded by so much natural beauty and history. The farmhouse was built in the early 1700s. The guy that runs it lived in the house growing up, and his family (dating back to great great grandfather and family) has been there since the home and farm were built. Now, that is a LONG history in a historic home. What a legacy! You drive up the dirt/gravel road and see log cabins. One of the family members working there told me that some of the buildings were slave quarters, one was a smokehouse, another a kitchen, and so forth. I LOVED it! We had been to Hartland orchards before, but had not been to Stribling Orchards. We had a fantastic day filled with lots of laughter and fun. The bags were so full of peaches that the straps broke on both of them. They had a HUGE, and I mean HUGE, bull that I was told was no longer a bull because he was castrated named Sparky. Poor Sparky. They had two donkeys named Hannah and Susannah. And they had some sheep. Gracie and Garrett loved every minute of it. Van kept picking up the kids to pick peaches from the highest branches, and he even lifted up Edward and Mary when they requested it. My back hurts me to just look at the pictures. It was a blast and we plan to go back to pick raspberries and apples soon.

Afterwards, we took the girls to Wegman's grocery store, and they were AMAZED at the size of the store and the amount of food in it. They were taking pictures of all of the different foods to show their families. So cute! Edward had said she wanted to try potato salad. So, we bought some and had it for dinner along with grilled steak, yellow squash, and portobello mushrooms. YUM.

It was a great day!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

The National Harbor

We took the girls on trip to The National Harbor in Maryland. Van and I had never been to the harbor before so it was an adventure for us as well. It is really beautiful, and we plan to go back as soon as we can. We went on the water taxi over to Old Town Alexandria, enjoyed some live music, and an ice cream from Ben and Jerry's. It felt like a mini vacation. Enjoy the pictures.