Hayley went back to Myles of Science again this summer. The kids, along with college counselors, hike and camp in the Great Smoky Mountains for a week while doing research on snail and salamander populations.
We spent eight days in a lovely oceanfront cottage for Hayley’s spring break. I think my favorite part was this amazing deck that overlooked the beach with our own little walkway down there. We had friends staying nearby as well so it was a really fun week. We saw an old college roommate of mine Kelli and then Hayley got her license!
This summer Hayley went on two great trips through colleges. She won a free scholarship to Summer Bridge, a girls in science program, at Radford University. Then she was accepted for a science exploration hike in the NC Mountains through Montreat College where they helped collect data for the Park Services. She had an amazing time at both and hopes to go again next summer too. After the Montreat trip, we stayed in the mountains and explored, visited WCU, Asheville and saw some Hunger Games sites.
We had a great time in Charleston for spring break! Staying in the historic district was great, did lots of tours of historic stuff (houses, carriage ride, dungeons, etc) as well as College of Charleston and Citadel. Hayley and I could look at old houses forever – toss in the water & aquarium, good food and the history and it might be our favorite vacation city ever.
Our dear old friend Bryan married his longtime girlfriend Tina at the beach so we went down for the weekend and a mini-vacation – lots of seafood, old friends and even got out on the water in Beaufort.
What a fun spring break we had. Took some of Hayley’s friends out to Winterpast Farm, went on a crazy dessert binge with Grandma Joanne and Grandpa Gordon then to the beach to the beach with our neighbors!
One of the recent bigger meets had a photographer shooting, so we got some great action shots (thanks Jeff Sides!) and I tossed in a few of my own. Hayley had a great race, she had a PR by over a minute on the Beeson Park course in Kernersville.
We spent July 4th up in Blacksburg again, a very relaxing break. Jeff and Hayley ran a 5k with Jeff’s parents over in Shawsville. I helped set up their new iMac (another convert to Apple). Jeff and I went back home after the holiday and Hayley stayed longer to hang out with her grandparents and Uncle Jay.
Jay is excited to have won a gift certificate in a raffle despite not running, lol
We brought Annabelle with us, she and Clayton enjoyed pinning Hayley down
We went to Boston for a week a couple of months ago and had a great time. It had been years since we had been back and my cousin Nicole’s wedding was the perfect excuse to catch a plane headed north. While I was raised in Chapel Hill, I was actually born in Boston where my father Tommy is from. I still have a lot of family there and this trip back was a really special time. The wedding was gorgeous and it was wonderful to spend time with everyone. I’m such a sucker for the city of Boston and its suburbs. It’s packed with history and great stuff to do. My family has such a long history with the area. With my obsession with genealogy, it made it extra fun to see some of the buildings that my family’s construction business built as early as 1895 that are still being used today. Oh and real italian food, thank goodness for that!
There were so many photos I’m going to do this in batches.
First pile, some of the aquarium photos and video clips. Hayley did a special program where you learn about the Harbor Seals and then get to work with a trainer and the seals in their enclosure. It was really amazing. Marine animals have such a special place in her heart so we were thrilled she got this chance. Of course no trip to an aquarium is complete without more photos from Hayley of whatever animals she loves – this time jellyfish and penguins.