Spending time with family is one of the greatest joys of life. Our daughter, Noel, came from New Hampshire to visit Samuel and us for the long weekend. I know she really misses her grown son, Samuel, who lives with us while he is attending college. It was a beautiful weekend spent being together.
|Wreath on our mantle
On Friday, she treated us to dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate her Daddy's birthday. Then on Saturday we went to our son's home in Richmond for a visit. While we were there we cleaned out the inside of pumpkins and Alex and Miles and Samuel carved their pumpkins.
|Samuel, Alex and Miles
The children certainly enjoyed themselves as well as Boo and Bear. We had pizza for lunch, which is always a hit with the children.
The next day we went to Mount Vernon. We are very lucky to have many historical sites to visit nearby. We are history nuts and enjoy any excuse to go to one of these sites. It was a rainy morning but then cleared off to make for an enjoyable day. Of course, Mount Vernon, was the home of our first President, George Washington. This beautiful property is on the Potomac.
|Rear View of Mount Vernon
|Front of Mount Vernon
I didn't realize photos were not allowed in the mansion. So I was snapping away. Oops-- But I must show you one photo that always gives me chills.
The Marquis de Lafayette gave George Washington the key to the main prison at Bastille. The key was given to Lafayette after the Bastille was stormed in July 14, 1789. This speaks to the respect that Lafayette felt for Washington.
After touring the inside of Mount Vernon we explored the grounds and the dependencies. I always enjoy seeing kitchens from long ago.
Mount Vernon is a special place to enjoy and to learn more about George Washington. Inside the museum we are amazed at the similarity of our grandson, Samuel, and George Washington at about the same age.
The model of Washington was made from a computer generated likeness of him at the age of nineteen. Samuel is twenty years old.