saturday we headed out for another beautiful drive down towards the blue ridge mountains to see gigi (steve's grandmother). the kids especially love to see and hang out with her.
|ok, this was from the week before, but you get the idea|
|ooh, i remember this one - snickers & peanut butter chocolate!|
|it's important to visit the happy cow|
|papasan chair! it's a nest!|
we had just enough time to take in a bit of the chesapeake & ohio canal national historic park visitor center. as per usual, i got excited and bought books and a magnet and postcards and grabbed some maps for later perusal. diana would have loved to investigate all the curious aspects of the museum, but ander was itching to see the trains we had promised.
the steam engine had already left the station for the day, but the caboose was open, and an obliging docent gave us a fantastic tour and thorough description of the parts and purposes of the caboose and its inhabitants.
|chillin' in the cupola|
|"all looks good here"|
our family is exceedingly fond of ice cream. so we ended our excursion with a walk to the queen city creamery.
i'm hoping to indulge in the cuisine at the crabby pig, if only because the name makes me giggle out loud.
i had to stop on the way back at an antique shop in the village of lucketts, va because of, well...
|ander: "look - busts!"|
|it's crucial to have a well-lubricated rooster|
sadly, the store was closed (understandable for late on a sunday evening), but we are definitely coming back to get something for the yard. i just have to make sure it fits in the back of the minivan.