Sunday, July 3, 2011

Celebrating 30 Years

I've been away from the blog world for a bit to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

On June 27th, 1981 we said "I Do".
Yep, that's 30 years with the same man.
Thirty years and we're still "doing" and for that I am thankful.
We decided to get away for a few days and head to a couple of bed and breakfasts in Virginia.  It was a very laid back trip.  On the way we decided to stop in Mt. Airy, NC. 

Mt. Airy is where Andy Griffith was born and his childhood home remains there today.

It seems there is some debate as to whether Mt. Airy was the small town that inspired The Andy Griffith Show. 

Whether it was or it wasn't, it sure does have the feel of good ole' Mayberry.

After leaving Mayberry Mt. Airy we drove on many mountain roads with beautiful views as we wound our way into Virginia and the first bed and breakfast inn.  We enjoyed eating at great restaurants, stopping at antique shops, visiting Stonewall Jackson's house and even visiting a local winery.  You'll have to take my word on this as we didn't take any pictures.  I told you it was a laid back trip ; - ).

Our second destination had a lovely view from the balcony.  It overlooks the Pagan River in Smithfield, Virginia.

Smithfield is where the famous Smithfield hams are made.  It has a cute little downtown area and The Smithfield Inn (pictured above) is where Paula Deen has filmed some of the commercials for Smithfield hams. 

While I was checking out some of the shops, Brett had a chat with Ben.

The Christmas Store was having a Christmas in July sale. 
One of the windows was done up with a red, white and blue Christmas tree along with Uncle Sam.  Very cute.
Inside they even had Santa visiting.  He was dressed in his red pants and a patriotic shirt.

Now we are home once again and as I sit here typing away, the fireworks are going off all around me.  It's a week long event around these parts (much to the chagrin of Peanut who likes to hide in the closet and whimper). 
It was good to be away and now it's good to be home.
I'll be around to visit just as soon as I get the suitcases unpacked and the washing machine humming.
In the meantime, Happy, Happy 4th of July to all of my readers in America!!



  1. How wonderful...Happy 30th Anniversary :)

  2. Dear Kim...Happy Anniversary! I enjoyed all of the pictures that you looks like such a wonderful time for you both! Hugs ♥ Teri

  3. Looks like the perfect way to celebrate. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Congratulations on 30 years together! What a beautiful, young couple you two were in that wedding picture. Don't you find it difficult to believe that 30 years have past since that day? I appreciate that you shared pictures of your time away together. Your photography continues to amaze me. I could almost hear Andy whistling as I looked at the pictures.

    Your new banner is perfectly done! You added a touch of beauty to my July 4th. Thank you!

  5. Congratulations to the handsome couple.....beautiful couple in the picture!!!

    Your get away sounds like the perfect way to celebrate!!!!

    One of my blog friends lives in Smithfield, VA, glad you posted pictures. It looks like a quaint little town.


  6. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 30 years together!
    Your trip pictures are wonderful. I hope you had a great time together.
    Happy 4th!

  7. Happy Anniversary! What a lovely trip!!

  8. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary and so glad you got to have a nice getaway together. Looks like a great trip.

    There is a Mt Airy here too in Maryland.

  9. Happy Anniversary! Looks like a wonderful trip!
    Happy Fourth of July too!

  10. Congratulations to a beautiful couple on your 30 years together. Looks like you had a wonderful and special celebration trip. Also, happy 4th! Love your pretty tablescape.

  11. Happy 30th Anniversary, Kim! How wonderful! Looks like you had a great get-away, the Inn is beautiful.


  12. HaPPy AnNiVerSarY! It sounds like you both had a wonderful time. It is fun to get away and fun to arrive back home. Well, I could do without all the laundry...

    Lovely pictures and who doesn't want to visit Mayberry? I know I do!

  13. Congratulations on 30 years! It looks like you had a wonderful anniversary-getaway. Great photos!

    We are celebrating our 40th in a few weeks. Where do the years go?

  14. Happy Anniversary!!! It sounds like you had a wonderful getaway!

  15. Happy Anniversary to you both! I'm so happy for you and it looks like you had a wonderful trip! I would love to go to Mayberry...I mean Mt. Airy! My hubby and I both love to watch Andy shows on tape! ♥

  16. Beautiful snaps.... The picture of your wedding 30 years back is awesome... You look gorgeous in your wedding dress... !!

    Happy 30th anniversary... !!


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