Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Visit From Shane & Patty!

A couple weekends ago, we had the great honor to have my brother and sister-in-law in town for a few days! We had a great time just catching up and getting to know my new sister since their whole dating, engagement, and now year long marriage have been while Don & I have been here in Virginia. Not a great way to get to know the "new" family. We felt like we were attached at the hips while they were here. Since we do not have the privilege of having family around, when we do, we don't want to let them out of our sight! (Watch out Mom & Dad Turner - you're next!) It is also a great way to see the sights in our area. Most of you probably do the same thing - take for granted the things you have around you and when people come to town you get to experience it with them (most of the time for the first time as well)!! This visit was no different.

The first full day they were here, I bummed with them while Don was at work. We went to the Cape Henry Lighthouse which is north of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. We went down to the Chesapeake Bay and chased some crabs around and found a few shells. The dolphins even came through to give Shane and Patty a little show! **Sorry, no photos - forgot the camera!**

The next day Don had the day off and we continued our journey into Norfolk, but instead of driving into the city, we took a passenger ferry over the water and walked to our destinations from there. We headed to see the USS Wisconsin - a battleship docked for visitors to tour for FREE! We then had the hunger pains growing and decided that we would walk to what we thought would be a nearby burrito bar, but ended up being not-so-nearby, which Patty's feet could testify! However, the burrito bar was a delight! And for those locals - we even saw Craig Moeller (from 13 news) enjoying his own burrito! We later made it down to the ocean and allowed Don & Shane to get a late-afternoon dip.

Shane & Don on the Ferry!

Patty & Katrina on the ferry!

Don & Katrina with one of the MANY Mermaids in Norfolk.

Shane & Patty feeding the fish by the USS Wisconsin.

We're exploring the huge battleship - USS Wisconsin.

Nice look Shane!

Thanks again Shane & Patty for spending your first anniversary with us! We had a great time with you guys and loved each and every moment with you!


Karis said...

It was good to see you today -- better late than never -- I was glad I got to be there for part of the time. I have really missed that kind of fellowship.

Kristin said...

Sounds like you had a nice visit! What is the name of the burrito bar? How did you get to go to the USS Wisconsin FREE? We've always paid when we took visitors. Hope you are enjoying your summer. When do you start school?

Don & Katrina Hines said...

Hey Kristin,

I'm forgetting the name of the burrito bar, TJ and Shannon told us about it and would know the name - it is a really quaint little restaurant (it's located down the street from PETA).

Everytime I've been to the USS Wisc. we have never had to pay - you do have to pay for Nauticus, but if you are just there to see the ship, just go up the stairs to the second level and head to the ship.

Volleyball begins in two weeks, but I'm not teaching this year!! I guess I hadn't told you yet! I'll give you more details later!

Karis said...

You are so funny. I responded to your comment on my blog. I would paste it here, but the topic just doesn't fit "a visit from Shane and Patty" not that the first comment I put on this post did either. :-)

T.J. and Shannon said...

I'm glad you guys had a great time with your family. It's always nice when they come around.

Kristin -The name of the Burrito Bar is Machismo's Burrito Bar. It's right off Brambelton.

Tim said...

HAPPY early BIRTHDAY, DON!!! Glad to share the best birthday day with you! Go AUGUST 5th birthdays!! Hope you have a great one!! Love and miss you guys!!

Tim & Kristen said...

Glad you had a great time with your brother and sister in law. That is neat they got to come and visit you guys. Sounds like you got to do so much!! I can't believe you are starting volleyball so soon. I had a moment of missing it as I read your comment about starting in two weeks. I am going to miss that. I will come out to some games though if it works with my work schedule!!

The Ingrams said...

I'm glad you had such an enjoyable time! I always love walking around downtown Norfolk. Don't envy your walk to the burrito bar, but I'm looking forward to trying it!