Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Tale of a Trip
The Castle Mobile hit the road around 11:30 on Wednesday (May 21st) and headed North of the Mason Dixon. (Ahhh. . .I'm feelin' my roots! :-)
It was the first time the littlest lad was out of SC. He looks thrilled to be in KY, doesn't he?! :-)
And he was even more thrilled with his carseat!
Thursday (May 22nd) found us at the Creation Museum, and what a great time we had! I was so moved and boosted in my faith!
We were accompanied by our good friend - "Uncle" Kevin Moser.
On Friday (May 23rd), we (the boys and I. Troy was with Andy P.) were treated to a picnic lunch at the Cincinnati Zoo. Mmmm-mm. My Aunt Joan also fixes the best picnics!!! Her specialties to me were fresh pineapple and Busken cookies. (Which I shared with none other than me, myself, and I!) We were surprised and excited to see our old neighbors (Dorcas and Blake Bishop) in the Cat House!
That evening, we descended upon the "Old Homestead" in Glendale and reconnected with my family. And, yes, I was picked on by Greg! :-)
My youngest brother, David, was finally able to meet his new nephew.
Jared (Leslie's son) and Ethan seemed to again enjoy each other's company.
On Saturday (May 24th), Paul (oldest brother), Nancy and Breanne dropped by my Grandma's (where we were staying). Wow! How many times have we sat on those steps for a snapshot?!
Grandma Sampson and four of her five great grandchildren. (Silas is thrilled to be in this picture!)
Saturday evening, we headed to Shelbyville where we stayed with David and Jamie Spivey.
Sunday (May 25th) was the big day for the boys to spend time with their extended family, and they loved every minute of it!
Memorial Day found us attending a reunion on the Castle side. I believe there were some old geezers in attendance. :-) (Inside joke for the Castles)
After the meal, Seth was preferring to live on the basketball court,
and Ethan was feeling a bit more at home in the sand.
Picture Day was Tuesday (May27th), and Brenda Herring graced us with her skills. We all had a great time. We have some of Silas smiling! I even had a special one done for the blog. :-)

A memorial service for Mary Hall (Troy's paternal grandmother) took place on Wednesday (May 28th). Some of the little guys recited Psalm 23,
and some of the big brothers sang a song. It was a sweet time, and I feel as though I know Troy's grandma much better!
After the service, Troy's Dad treated a ton of us to Great Times in Indy. I was more than happy to eat tons of pizza, and all the grandkids had a blast using the tokens from Grandpa. I am sure it is a night my kids will not soon forget!

We hit the road again on Thursday (May 29th) and connected with our great friends - the Manleys! Sigh. . .We miss them so much! I love this picture of Camden. Isn't he the cutest?!
And during our trip I actually succeeded in getting some snapshots of the baby's smile! Uncle Trint's tickling is doing the magic!
Janelle Manley has the knack, too!
The process of cramming everything back into the van again fell my duty on Friday (May30th). We said our goodbyes, and headed South with two sad boys who thought it would be a great idea to live on the same street as their cousins. :-)
Sarah, Marcia, and Lanee, I am so sorry it did not work out for us to be together! I had every intention of making it happen. . . You know how it can be on trips though! Some mornings I had to stay put to let the baby sleep.
Minus some annoying construction, and Troy and I almost falling asleep at the wheel, we made it home without any hitches.
"And does it ever feel good!"


  posted at 7:55 PM  
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10 Comments:
At 12:03 AM, Blogger Constance said...

I always love the chance of getting to see family. It looks like you had a great time and I am looking forward in seeing those pictures that Brenda did.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger dorcas said...

It was so nice running in to you several times at the zoo. I believe that Blake started recognizing you all. You forgot the part where Blake yelled from the carousel, "What are you doing here?" I'm glad that you had a safe trip.

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger Les said...

I can't wait to see the pictures you had done, especially since you captured Silas smiling!

 
At 2:30 PM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

WOW! LOVED all those pictures! Want to squeeze your baby! You are forgiven... sure looks like your trip was really busy! The Creation Musuem is awesome, isn't it? Glad you got to go! Nice to see Silas smiling! He just looks so thrilled in the first few picts! Ha! Your boys are growing us sooo quickly!

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

Oh Martha! I feel so badly that I forgot we had talked of trying to connect on Memorial Day! Will I ever be forgiven? :)

 
At 5:55 AM, Anonymous the grinch said...

WOW !!!!!!! your older brother is quite the mans man is he not ???? surely someone for all men to aspire to be like.... thank you for sharing this snapshot with the world.

 
At 7:43 AM, Blogger The Going Blog said...

You were almost close enough to "smell" when you were at Great Times :-) We have celebrated Camerons birthday there before. Sounds like you had a great catchin up with family and friends. I'm sure my in-laws are glad you are back though.

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger loree2000 said...

Sounds fun! And TIRING!! Glad you had a 'hitchless' trip! :) Looks like you got a lot of memorable pictures! I enjoyed looking at them!

Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for the nice comment. Come back and visit soon! :)
P.S. I'm Lila Kemp's daughter. You may remember them from Gospel Center?

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger Norma Gwen Watson said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip. We didn't even get to take ours. Missed you at church the last two Sundays. Sounds like the boys have had colds. Hope they are well soon!

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger Martha C said...

Dorcas, I had forgotten that Blake said that. How funny!
Don't worry, Angie. I knew you were popular and busy! :-)
Grinch, you crack me up!!!!

 

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