Last month I had the opportunity to go back to Virginia to watch my sister's kids while she and her husband were out of town. I have only been back to Virginia twice now since we left 10 years ago. I didn't realize how much I miss Autumn in the East. The trees are beautiful when the leaves change- and there are copious amounts of trees in that area. It is nothing like the trees in Oregon. Oregon was very green with many trees, but they were mostly evergreens. In the east, you have such a variety of trees. There are still evergreens, as well though. It was crazy how I forgot where everything is and even the names of all the roads I used to drive regularly, but then I was driving and it all came back to me. I have to say, I do miss the East Coast. Of course, I didn't realize how much until I was there!
Just an example of the trees. They were everywhere. They even came out over the roads so it was almost like driving through a tunnel. I remember driving through those in the fall when I lived there. I loved it!
My cute boy.
These two were inseparable. (Natalie and her cousin)
Love her winks.
While in the area, I absolutely had to stop in to see my grandfather. They own a larger piece of land in the country. It even has a pond. Here he is with the inseparable cousins.
Natalie is quite the ham- especially in front of a camera.
They had a blast collecting nuts in the yard.
My nephew (1 month younger than Drew) being loved by the dog.
Natalie loved the wide open space where she could just run and run and run and run...
See? Totally and completely inseparable!
Me and my grandpa!
My niece. She was such a great help. I am grateful that she is such a beautiful, smart, and loving young lady.
Look at these beautiful girls.
Another niece. She was having fun collecting nuts from around the yard as well.
At the pond.
Someone was excited.
Maybe she wants to be a cheerleader?
My grandparents' beautiful land.
More of their property.
More acorns and nuts.
We went to the park to meet up with my friend. I hadn't seen her in 10 years. The boys were hanging out in the stroller eating their crackers. The two of them are quite the pair- cousins that are 1 1/2 months apart. They were a lot of work together, but it was so much fun and I just love them both!
More cracker eating.
I did get to see my sister for a few hours when I arrived, before I dropped her at the airport to head out of town. I'm glad I got to see her (even for a short time).