Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Sunday, after attending church, we drove to Warrenton, VA, just out of Washington D.C., to spend 3 days with Mickey's other niece, Regina, and our sister-in-love, Sally, who was also visiting with them.

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This is Rich & Regina's lovely home sitting on 16 beautiful acres.

The back view of the house. There is a screened in porch, an open deck patio, and then another deck area with the hot tub. Nice!!!

This is their barn. Regina is also a horse lover and has two horses, Conner & Ryan, which she rides and shows.

Here are the two sisters, and horse lovers, Regina & Karen. Regina had just had a kidney transplant 8 weeks earlier. Doesn't she look wonderful?

Regina is a gourmet cook and lavished us with wonderful meals Sunday & Monday. Here she is in her gourmet kitchen with her mother, Sally, and husband, Rich. She has a wonderful stove that does everything but talk!!! Loved the warming tray.

Here we all are at the dining room table ready to eat one of the lovely meals. Susan, Sally, Rich, Regina, Karen & Tommy.

Here is a good picture of Karen & Regina's mother, Sally. Sally is our sister-in-love and was married to Mickey's oldest brother, Bob, who passed away in 1992. Isn't she adorable? She is 84 years young and as cute, feisty and fun as she looks!!!

Tommy, Mickey, Rich, Susan, Sally, Regina.

This was taken by Karen Tuesday morning. Rich drove Sally to her other daughters, Barbara and husband, Kip, home near Philadelphia. The rest of us were going into the little downtown of Warrenton. Warrenton is a very old town, with a lot of historical buildings. It was a delight. Karen & Regina went to The Horse Crossing store for some items. Since Oksana is starting to cook I bought her a horse shaped cookie cutter, which also had the recipe for sugar cookies and icing. I bought Aric an old copy (1966) of the book, Black Beauty.

Mickey & I were able to treat us all to a wonderful gourmet meal at the Iron Bridge Wine Company right on main street. Regina, Karen, Tommy.

We had a wonderful time with our little mini-reunion of the 7 of us. Regina & Rich were wonderful hosts and we so enjoyed getting to visit with them and get to know them better. Rich was a Colonel in the Air Force, worked for Boeing, and the Pentagon so he had a lot of interesting stories. He also is an avid collector of various things and he shared his many collections with us. Regina also collects Indian Ponies, which you can see a few of them on the shelf behind us in the group picture.

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weavermom said...

What a beautiful home! Looks like a very peaceful place to visit! :)

slk said...

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us - looks like you had a wonderful time!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Sounds like soooo much fun!

Gorgeous house they have.

Barbara said...

Hi! Susan
Glad you are back safe. From someone struggling to get back into blogging looks to me like you did pretty quick.
I loved that tote bag gift and how good you got it in time for your trip. Glad you had such a good time with your family.

annie said...

What a fun trip!

palmtreefanatic said...

looks like and sounds like a lovely trip!;)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderfully relaxing place this looks like. The homes are just beautiful.

I think it's so neat that you stayed with family. I'm sure they were blessed to have you!

Momma Roar said...

I'm really enjoying your pictures and stories!!

Why didn't you come to Philly? ;-)

Karen said...

I am loving your holiday posts, so many interesting places, catchups with family - sounds fantastic. Sally looks amazing - no one would ever think she was 84! Wow.

retha said...

I like those houses you have over there. Seems there are many places to sit outside on the veranda to have tea.

Good to meet the family.
I agree with Karen, I called Jason and asked him 'how old...'needles to say he guessed wrong the same as I did.

Jungle Mom said...

That is a lovely home. So nice to see families that enjoy spending time together.

Tiffany said...

Sounds like your trip was wonderful! I loved looking through the pictures. And I loved the prayer journal idea and the seeds! I have a ladies group that meets at my house once every other month, and I think I might expand on this idea- if you don't mind?! Glad you're back! Blessings!

It's All Good! said...

What a wonderful time you must've had! Love the home!

I've rec'd my first award. I wanted to pay it forward to you, Susan. If you've already rec'd this one, just know I was thinking of you!

Brenda :)

Sharon said...

Oh my goodness......that's my dream house! I love it! It looks like you had a beautiful time! Family is something to be treasured!

:0) Sharon

Nadine said...

What a gorgeous home. It sounds like such fun.

Tammy said...

I loved seeing the pictures of your reunion visit...and what a lovely home!

diana said...

the inside is as beautiful as the outside. and all that green grass. maybe it's because i've seen brown for so long, but i'd love to sink my toes into some of that lushness.

Anonymous said...


It all looks lovely. Beautiful house filled with loved ones, and good food addd (with someone treating!!)

Lori said...

Sounds and looks like a wonderful trip. The pictures are beautiful.
I love their home inside & outside. BEAUTIFUL!

Stopping by to say hello!!!

Love and Hugs, Lori

AdoptedAsHisOwn said...

Ohhhh, what a beautiful home she has!! So serene and fun and just a comfortable place it seems!!

Susie said...

What a gorgeous home! Looks like a lot of great memories were made.

Susie said...

Hi Susan,
I've just been reading through your posts on your trip to catch up.
So sorry to hear that your knee is acting up again. The plane flights as well as all the walking must have been quite uncomfortable for you. All the pictures are lovely. The size of the homes just amaze me! The best part, of course, is spending wonderful time with family and friends. Glad you had a good trip!