Friday, September 7, 2018

A Little Post About Vacation

Oh, but I think a part of me will always long for my childhood home.

A part of my heart belongs there. And it makes me ache to think about it and know that I will never be completely fulfilled ... Yet that reminds me another reason why heaven will be so precious!

Ah. Another trip to the west coast. I adore these trips. And never quite ready to leave!

I saw my older brother! <3 My aunt and uncle and cousins who I lived with once (my second family!!). My grandparents. Some more aunts and uncles and cousins from all over the country (they came for the wedding of my uncle). Dear friends. And countless other relatives. *winks*

I went kayaking. Which was like the best experience ever! Summer at its finest. Floating down the river beneath the towering pine trees. Oh, it was beautiful. And invigorating. And just simply lovely. I couldn't help thinking of the people who must have canoed down that river years ago ... native Americans? Early settlers? I love my "home"!

Right before kayaking, I was swimming with my cousins, sister, and aunt. That was really fun, too! The water was so cold! But once I actually ducked under, I quickly warmed up. We swam out to giant, floating logs and sat on them. I didn't get any pictures of this day, but it was so wonderful.

And the wedding. Simply beautiful. I was so honored and blessed to attend! Such a fun time with family.

Staying at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
Getting to know my lovely, new aunt. (who's my age)
Helping my cousin set up a blog.
Shopping trips.
Going out to eat.
Reconnecting with my childhood best friend and talking about all manner of things. ^_^
Crazy scavenger hunt on the "last night out".
Sitting in my older brother's room and talking with him and my mom.
Laughing.
Playing games.
Hanging out with fun people.
Riding in my older brother's cool car and listening to cool music. *smiles*
Refreshing walks.
Talking with my aunt (my second mom *winks*)
Picking blackberries and thimble berries.
Hiking.
Swimming.
Kayaking.
Long conversations with LaKaysha.
Birthdays.
Wedding.
Exploring and adventuring with older brother, mom, and the rest of the siblings.
Washing Grandpa and Grandma's white fence with all the cousins.
Hanging out with all the family.
Holding babies.  (My aunt's baby and my friend's baby)
Staying at aunt & uncle's I used to live with. (I felt a little nostalgic)

Oh. All the adventures. Can't wait until the next trip! *winks*

Here are a couple pictures ... (I was so excited to have a decent camera on my phone, finally. But it turns I don't take very many pictures anyway.)


At the airport. I felt so sick on the first flight. 'Twas not fun. Not fun at all.



Costco shopping trip! *grins* We packed the car quite full of groceries!


Because what's better than natural sour gummy worms? *heart eyes*


Staying at Grandma's house


Love waterfalls!




Time to climb this rock. We didn't go up that way. *winks*



Hiking with all the family


I was totally blessed to get together with LaKaysha three or four times! I love hanging out with that girl! We can just talk on for hours and have great conversations! It was good to share from my heart with her. <33 One day we took a nice walk and then went out and got smoothies. Mine was called west coast berry or something.


Going home. :'(

So many people to miss!


So talk to me, y'all!

WHERE DO YOU LOVE TO VACATION?

WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM THIS SUMMER?

DO YOU GET SICK ON AIRPLANES?

HAVE YOU BEEN TO A WEDDING RECENTLY?

DO YOU LIKE KAYAKING?

SOUR GUMMY WORMS?? *winks*

May God bless your weekend!

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great trip! Love sour gummy worms! XD

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    1. I did, Skye! It was definitely worth the money, haha. ^_^

      *high fives* Friends for life! ;D Sour gummy worms are the best.

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  2. That sounds so lovely! I'm SO glad you had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing. ^_^ Kayaking is indeed amazing. :)))

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    1. It really was, Deborah! I so love vacationing in the west coast with all my family! Thank you, my friend! And you're welcome. ^_^

      Yes!! I can't wait to go kayaking again someday!!

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  3. You had a fabulous August! Isn’t seeing extended family and friends the best part of summer?? I love it sm!!
    Eee, I want to go Kayaking so much!!
    So much beautiful scenery! We went to the mountains last August and it was lovely. ^_^
    Hahah, when we go to Costco, the car is always packed right full too !!
    Loved hearing about your month, Shantelle!

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    1. I did, indeed, Victoria! Yes!! Love summer vacations! Ah, you really should - it's so wonderful!

      That's great! I really love the mountains. :)

      Gotta love those Costco trips! ;D So much yummy food! What a blessing!

      Thanks!! Glad you enjoyed!

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  4. Sounds like you had a blast! And when we go to Costco, we pack our car as full as yours too! *winks*
    -Brooklyne

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    1. I did, Brooklyne!! ^_^ Haha, yay for Costco!! ;D

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    1. I know, right, Natasha??? *cries and laughs* What a fun and beautiful time.

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    1. Miss you, too, LaKaysha!! <333 Hope it won't be too long until I can visit again!

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  7. It sounds like you had a lovely vacation, Shantelle! :)

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