Thursday, August 25, 2011

Summer Lovin' Had Me A Blast!

Golly, I sure did miss you guys...kind of a blog-withdrawal!  Felt disconnected somehow, but managed to enjoy my east coast vacation to the nth degree.  We started in Philly, headed down to Ocean City, MD, back up to Philly ~ said "goodbye" to the DH and chickie girls ~ and journeyed on to Reading, PA.

Buckle up and away we go!!
DH and me

our chickie girls
traditional first day breakfast meeting at the Dough Roller

our new venue

acres of beauty
our street

Home Beach Home
our private beach - guests welcome!

a VERY happy man!
dock o' the bay

and at sunset
on "the Boards"

some of our favorite treats





This was our 9th year in Ocean City and we all agreed...it's not summer without the beach.  So, I guess wherever the summer takes the Hess family, it will include salt water, sand, and sun (and hopefully a Boardwalk!)

As I mentioned in the beginning of my post, I spent a wonderful week in Reading, PA with my sister (in-law).  Anna Marie and I didn't turn on TV a-l-l-l-l-l-l-l week....we just shopped and yakety-yakked our faces off!  One of the highlights for me was indulging in Swedish Fish Water Ice from Rita's.   My niece, Dianna,  and her hubby Greg,  are the proud owners of two stores and a kiosk.  They are VERY busy this time of year....

AM and I made a shopping trip to Lancaster County.  The first time I visited Weaver's back in '91, it was pure Amish...inside and out.  I'm talking hats and bonnets on wall pegs.  I guess even the Amish make changes...their simple country store is now more on the order of a small WalMart.  They still have wonderful fabrics, trims, and prices.


at an office building

farmer stopping at the hardware store
lovely lunch at Leenah's

be still my beating heart....a covered bridge!
my nephew Darren and wife Danielle with Anna Marie 

Great Nephew Zachary and I pose with the fam
Zachary scores big-time at the Kutztown Fair
Every minute of every day was a memory and I know I'm looking forward to next summer and more wonderful times with my precious family and friends.  Now, if I could just keep up with the swaps and posts while away from home....hmmmmm

Have a beautiful week dear hearts, and yes, I will be back with you on Monday!!
xoxo
Karen

6 comments:

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful time you must have had!!! Sending ((hugs))) your way!

Cindy

Dezinaworld said...

Ohhh looks like a fantastic place and you had such a brilliant time. I am so glad my friend.
Good to have you back too
hugs June x

Kasia said...

Looks like you guys had a blast! Wow, all those cool adventures must have been sweet! :D

Hugs,

~*~Patty S said...

Welcome Home!
easy to get behind when you unplug for a bit

clearly you all had a fabulous time away...Thrashers...Kohrs...shades of shoefly pie! Sweet buggies!

we have the best memories of visiting the Magic Garden in Philly ... a town we would Love to visit again sometime

you have me wondering what Swedish Fish Water Ice is exactly :)

Have a great weekend dear Karen
oxo

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Karen,
welcome back. Looks like you had the most wonderful time!!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful pics.
Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Marie

Terri said...

Oh Karen! You had so much fun! I am thrilled for you. I have never been to Ocean City. It looks like a very relaxing place.
I am sorry I was so long in seeing this! I forget to check my g-mail account : (
Thanks so much for inviting me to visit.
Hugs,
Terri