One thing we love (perhaps that's a little too strong - "happily endure"?) about Staunton is the summer ... oddly enough. I would normally advise anyone traveling to Virginia to pick fall or winter or spring to come, but we've been surprised by charm even in the midst of summer. While it has gotten hot (and Very Good Friends Russ and Kathy -- how'd you like those Capital Letters, Kath? -- arrived just in time to help us install our mega window-unit air conditioning), the breezes are constant, the nights are beginning to cool (and it's still August!), and there are enough water spots to cool us down on the hottest days.
We've explored around and found lakes and ponds and dams and the swimming pool of some friends. We've been enjoying ending Mondays at our friends' pool. Granted, most of the time is spent helping children overcome their fear of water (and get their suits on) and keeping babies occupied, but the kids eagerly look forward to Mondays and brag all week about what kind of swimming they're going to try.
And there's been other water play ... a canner full of water and a spray bottle provided almost an entire afternoon's entertainment.
|Miriam and Jonathan|
(And when it's not your turn with the spray bottle, just go ahead and dump a water bottle down her back...)
|Miriam and Abraham|
|Eden, Ben, and Lily|
Some of us just watch the goings-on.
|David Bianca (the bunny) and his/her? paper towel|
|Salem and Maverick|