The Sights Unseen

Sensenig Family RV Adventures

April 20, 2015

Historic Jamestowne

It has been amazing to be surrounded by so much history. To be able to expose our family to connections being made through reading about and watching history. Being able to BE where our people were, to walk where they walked, is just priceless.

Historic Jamestowne is one of those places that I could continue to visit time and time again and never tire of being there, in its rich history. I realize that not everyone in the family feels the same, which is why we didn’t return every day, but I appreciate their willingness to give it a try! Connecting with history isn’t something you can force and there needs to be a definite passion toward the learning so that the information is a living, breathing experience. And I did see moments such as this happening, spontaneous questions being asked and those lights of connection being turned on. I love seeing those moments happen. Totally worth it in every way.

We had the wonderful privilege of spending our time there with our precious friends, The Lincoln Family. It was wonderful to be able to spend time together in person after many months of being friends online. Beautiful family.

Here are a few highlights from our time in Historic Jamestowne:

Entrance to the Visitor Center at Historic Jamestowne. We walked through this building to get our tickets and to continue on to the historic sites.

Entrance to the Visitor Center at Historic Jamestowne. We walked through this building to get our tickets and to continue on to the historic sites.

With the Jamestowne monument in the background, Hannah is ready to get there!

With the Jamestowne monument in the background, Hannah is ready to get there!

Jamestown Monument, up close.

Jamestowne Monument, up close.

Statue of Pocohontas

Statue of Pocahontas

Kids playing in the barracks

Kids playing in the barracks

Statue of John Smith

Statue of John Smith

Place where John Rolfe and Pocohontas were married

Place where John Rolfe and Pocahontas were married

Walkway to Archaearium that housed many artifacts of this time in history

Walkway to Archaearium that housed many artifacts of this time in history

We watched the ferry carry passengers through the channel

We watched the ferry carry passengers through the channel

Spending a beautiful afternoon with a beautiful family...love that you can see the kids playing in the background!

Spending a beautiful afternoon with a beautiful family…love that you can see the kids playing in the background!

Trees blooming!

Trees blooming!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

Coastal Virginia

Yes, it has been 4 months since I have blogged. Not that there has been nothing to blog about, but just finding the time to write when we are out and about living life has been a slight challenge. But I know that there are those of you that like to read what we are doing and I like keeping a record of what we are doing, so…here is our latest!

We have been spending several weeks in the Williamsburg, VA area and really loving it! Warmer weather, making new friends, meeting up with online friends in person and seeing so. much. history. It is such a lovely place.

We took a little day trip today to First Landing State Park near Virginia Beach. On our way there, we went through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. Amazing construction created for an underwater roadway to get from Hampton Roads to Norfolk, VA. Here is a link to some info about the tunnel and it’s history.

We arrived at the state park and although there were many more people there than we experienced the times before (it was the first sunny day all week!), we enjoyed the beach experience, picking up seashells, jumping over waves in the freezing water (Hannah didn’t mind at all!) and soaking up the sunshine.

Hannah was so excited to get in the water and totally puzzled why we thought it was so cold!

Hannah was so excited to get in the water and totally puzzled why we thought it was so cold!

Love this guy! There's a lot of hair happening in this picture!

Love this guy! There’s a lot of hair happening in this picture!

Swimming with the mermaids!

Swimming with the mermaids!

My two favorite guys trying to endure the sandy wind.

My two favorite guys trying to endure the sandy wind.

Some shells we picked up that will most likely be turned into jewelry!

Some shells we picked up that will most likely be turned into jewelry!

After washing off all the sand, and Hannah was covered in sand because she decided to roll in it on the way back to the shower, we decided to grab a bite to eat at a wonderful seafood restaurant, Captain Groovy’s in Norfolk, VA. If you are EVER in Norfolk and you love seafood, you must go! Great, fresh seafood. Loved it!!

Salmon Burger with Wasabi Sauce and side salad with blue cheese dressing.

Salmon Burger with Wasabi Sauce and side salad with blue cheese dressing.

Plate of steamed shrimp, oysters and clams. Dylan was in heaven!

Plate of steamed shrimp, oysters and clams. Dylan was in heaven!

A stop at Authentic Guitars to check on the status of Dylan’s guitar, a few drinks at Starbucks and race home to beat the thunderstorms ended our very fun day! We do love Williamsburg and the surrounding area. I’m glad we are able to see so much in this short amount of time. And whatever we don’t see will have to wait for the next time we visit!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

December 03, 2014

2 Years and Counting

Happy 2 years-traveling-learning-and-growing-together-aversary to us!

So hard to believe we have been traveling this long. It seems that not too long ago, we were traveling across the country to pick up our RV in Canyonville, OR.

December 2012--Oregon

December 2012–Oregon

We have driven across the country 3 times now and visited 27 states. So many amazing sites that we have seen that we would not have, if we had not taken this leap of faith. Grateful for every moment….even the challenging ones have been welcome. They show us that we are always learning and growing…would not trade the experience of learning alongside my family for anything.

Ventura Beach, CA December 2012

Ventura Beach, CA December 2012

Being interviewed for a news segment Los Angeles, CA

Being interviewed for a news segment Los Angeles, CA

Grand Canyon, AZ December 2012

Grand Canyon, AZ December 2012

Winslow, AZ December 2012

Winslow, AZ December 2012

North Little Rock, AZ December 2012

North Little Rock, AZ December 2012

Pennsylvania December 2012

Pennsylvania December 2012

North Carolina December 2012

North Carolina December 2012

Disney World, Florida January 2013

Disney World, Florida January 2013

Gainesville, Florida February 2013

Gainesville, Florida February 2013

Legoland, Florida February 2013

Legoland, Florida February 2013

St. Augustine, Florida March 2013

St. Augustine, Florida March 2013

Bristol, TN May, 2013

Bristol, TN May, 2013

Blountville, TN July 2013

Blountville, TN July 2013

Dollywood, TN November  2013

Dollywood, TN August 2013

Butterfly House in Huntsville, AL November 2013

Butterfly House in Huntsville, AL August 2013

New Braunfels, TX December 2013

New Braunfels, TX September 2013

Space Center Huntsville, AL September 2013

Space Center Huntsville, AL September 2013

North Carolina October 2013

North Carolina October 2013

Pennsylvania October 2013

Pennsylvania October 2013

San Antonio, TX December 2013

San Antonio, TX December 2013

Blue Bell Factory, Brenham, TX January 2014

Blue Bell Factory, Brenham, TX January 2014

Potluck at Lake Conroe, TX February 2014

Potluck at Lake Conroe, TX February 2014

Wolf Santuary in Montgomery, TX March 2014

Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, TX March 2014

The entrance to Monahans Sandhills State Park, TX March 2014

The entrance to Monahans Sandhills State Park, TX March 2014

Balmorhea State Park, TX March 2014

Balmorhea State Park, TX March 2014

Hueco Tanks State Park, TX March 2014

Hueco Tanks State Park, TX March 2014

City of Rocks, New Mexico, March 2014

City of Rocks, New Mexico, March 2014

Tucson, AZ April 2014

Tucson, AZ April 2014

Sedona, AZ May 2014

Sedona, AZ May 2014

Coronado, CA May 2014

Coronado, CA May 2014

Las Vegas, NV June 2014

Las Vegas, NV June 2014

Utah June 2014

Utah June 2014

Fireworks over Boone, NC July 2014

Fireworks over Boone, NC July 2014

Watauga Lake, TN September 2014

Watauga Lake, TN September 2014

Nashville, TN October 2014

Nashville, TN October 2014

Nashville Zoo, TN October 2014

Nashville Zoo, TN October 2014

Darth Vader and Cat Woman, TN October 2014

Darth Vader and Cat Woman, TN October 2014

Drama Perfomance in Abingdon, VA , November 2014

Drama Perfomance in Abingdon, VA , November 2014

Thanksgiving, Boone, NC November 2014

Thanksgiving, Boone, NC November 2014

Well, that is our first 2 years, in a nutshell….a very large nutshell, but there it is! We are looking forward to seeing what the next year brings, the new friends we will meet and the old friends we will see again.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

November 17, 2014

Drama Time!

When we returned to the Bristol/Abingdon area, Hannah let us know what was on her list of things to do and acting class was one of her top picks! Unfortunately, there were not any classes available at first but about a month ago, a class became available at Barter Youth Academy in Abingdon, VA. When I asked her if she wanted to attend it, there was an immediate YES! She was so excited.

The class was for 1st and 2nd grade kiddos and the play that was chosen for them was Tortoise and the Hare. The play ended up being re-written by the kids, which was so awesome. I think they all felt like the play was theirs and really had some ownership in how it was presented. W eek after week, Hannah looked forward to going to her class and seeing her classmates. She loved being asked for her ideas and having them being used in the play. She instantly memorized her lines and delivered them beautifully. She has a definite love of theatre.

Pre-performance at Bob's at Barter

Pre-performance at Bob’s at Barter

Hannah loves my hugs!

Hannah loves my hugs! Too funny…

Another before pic with her Barter T-Shirt on...she loves that shirt!!

Another before pic with her Barter T-Shirt on…she loves that shirt!!

During the performance of Tortoise and the Hare as Fox B of the Trixie Trio

During the performance of Tortoise and the Hare as Fox B of the Trixie Trio

Hannah and Allison Woods, her instructor

Hannah and Allison Woods, her instructor

Hannah receive a special star from her Nana!

Hannah received a special star from her Nana!

With some of her friends at the reception

With some of her friends at the reception

We were so sad to see this come to an end. We won’t be able to make the next round of classes in the spring because we are not planning to be in the area, but we are hoping to make it for next fall when we return.

This experience has definitely left an impression with Hannah and a continued love for theatre. We can’t wait until the next season of classes and to see how this love blossoms.

Great job, Hannah! You rocked it, love.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

November 06, 2014

Halloween 2014

Halloween this year brought us some interesting weather, but lots of fun times with friends! We have loved the warm temps and the fall colors and then the day before Halloween, it got very cold. Like, wake up to snow on the ground and freeze your bazookas off, cold. But we were prepared and stayed warm despite the freezing temps. It was so ironic because just a few days prior, we were in short sleeves and by Halloween night, we were breaking out the parkas! Crazy weather….but it usually is in this area, this time of the year.

Found a great spot for our Halloween quilt....now I just need one for every season!

Found a great spot for our Halloween quilt….now I just need one for every season!

Cleaning the pumpkin

Cleaning the pumpkin

Jack, the Happy Pumpkin

Jack, the Happy Pumpkin

The local library in Bristol, VA was having a few parties the week of Halloween and we took advantage of stories, crafts, games…and of course, lots of candy! Hannah decided to go “just as a kitty”. She made a new friend and they both had the same cat ears and were so cute together. Hannah wanted to be sure that they stayed together for the duration of the party so she could watch over her. Too cute! Ms. Michelle and the ladies at the library really did a great job putting it all together….we had a fantastic time!

Just a kitty

Just a kitty

Kitties together

Kitties together

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Hannah and Ms Michelle

Hannah and Ms Michelle

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Bobbing for apples

We met up with some friends on Halloween night, went to the local mall in Bristol and had a fun time! We’ve been looking forward to spending time with our friends for several weeks and were thrilled to see them again!!

Cat Woman

Cat Woman

Darth Vader and Cat Woman

Darth Vader and Cat Woman

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All in all, a very fun Halloween week!! Lots of activity and various fun things to keep us busy.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

October 26, 2014

Exploring Nashville, Tennessee

We had been planning a trip to Nashville for MONTHS. An opportunity to visit with some fantastic friends (and make some new ones), take some sights in, enjoy the incredible fall scenery and be able to change locations (it’s kinda hard for this nomadic family to sit still for very long!) Nashville did not disappoint. Even though, it did rain for several days while we were there, we also had many days of sunshine.

Our site at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon, TN

Our site at Cedars of Lebanon State Park in Lebanon, TN

We have stayed in this particular park three times, but this was the first time that we stayed more than a few days. We loved it, rain and all. It was so beautiful and peaceful, even when it was busier on the weekend. Cedars of Lebanon State Park is a wonderful place to stay.

The park had just begun decorating for fall and Halloween.

The park had just begun decorating for fall and Halloween.

On one of our walks after a nice rain

On one of our walks after a nice rain

Funny girl...posing with Frank

Funny girl…posing with Frank

The awesome scenery with the beautiful leaves and peaceful setting provided the perfect background for a family photo shoot. We had some fun with it 🙂

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--Sensenig Family Pic

Cedars of Lebanon Park, Lebanon, TN--Steve, Christy, Hannah

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--hannah

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--hannah, Dylan

Christy

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--Christy, Dylan

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--Steve, Dylan, Hannah

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--Steve, Dylan

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--Steve, Hannah

Cedars of Lebanon State Park, Lebanon, TN--Christy, Dylan, Hannah

The park also provided a great place to experience community with some fellow travelers in our faith journey. Hannah and I were not able to take part in every activity, but we definitely felt connected and loved. Steve and Dylan worked alongside each other recording and listening to some great speakers, but the best part was being able to get to know others in true community. Beautiful experience all around.

We are so grateful to our friends, Raborn and Erica (and their beautiful kiddos), for their amazing hospitality…the dinners, the meetups to play, storytime, zoo visit, providing a place to do laundry, late night chats…you guys are wonderful and we love you.

One of the rainy days, we were looking for an indoor activity and found the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, TN. It was a fun place, even though we had to dodge a few animals hanging on the wall (those of you who know us will know exactly what I am talking about!)

Water science

Water science

Car maintenance

Car maintenance

Murfreesboro, TN Discovery Center--Hannah, Christy

Music on the playground

Music on the playground

Murfree Spring

Murfree Spring

We also were able to experience the Nashville Zoo. Hannah really wanted to see the Meerkat exhibit. Unfortunately, one of our friends was sick and he was unable to enjoy it. But he was a trooper and perked up for the time at the zoo playground. Wow, that is one amazing playground. Worth the price of admission just to go there!

Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN

Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN--Hannah

Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN--kangaroos

Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN--Meerkats

Nashville Zoo, Nashville, TN

So, as you can see, we had a fabulous time. So much so, that we had a hard time leaving. We are already making plans to return, very soon!

Thank you, Nashville. We will definitely make space for you in our future travels.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

Fall is Here

Fall is definitely happening around here. We started the week off with some cooler temperatures and the colors of the leaves began to change as well. As I looked over the water at the lake, I started to see some yellow peeping out…then I started noticing other colors as we traveled through SW VA and Western NC. I love this time of the year. Something about the beauty of the colors but also realizing what it symbolizes is refreshing. The dying off of the old to make room for the new. It is a beautiful thing to see and experience.

The yellow leaves changing at the top of the trees

The yellow leaves changing at the top of the trees

We took at trip to Boone, NC to take care of some car maintenance and we enjoyed the added bonus of seeing my parents and picking some apples from their yard. We had a great time finding just the right apples to bring home and those apples have now been turned into applesauce!

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Chestnuts

Chestnuts

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As the week progressed, the temperatures rose again and we were able to put our shorts on and enjoy the sunshine. The weather has been absolutely beautiful and we are taking advantage of each moment. We took some time to visit Watauga Lake in Tennessee and have a little picnic together.

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I think  Hannah wanted her own kayak after seeing this guy get in his

I think Hannah wanted her own kayak after seeing this guy get in his

You can see some red colors popping out in this pic

You can see some red colors popping out in this pic

"Look at those huge sailboats!"

“Look at those huge sailboats!”

Naptime! A perfect day for it.

Naptime! A perfect day for it.

We ended the week with a great visit from our friends that live in Hampton, TN. They are our forever camping friends, I believe. We love hanging out with them and look forward to each time they can come over to the campground for a weekend.

So, the fall festivities have definitely begun and we are looking forward to embracing everything that the season brings us.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.

 

September 22, 2014

Catching Up, Again!

This post is going to be an attempt to catch up on all that we have done in the past several months since being back in Tennessee. It seems that we have had less time for writing these days, but I would love to catch up on where we are and what we are doing.

Concert in the Park in Blowing Rock, NC

Concert in the Park in Blowing Rock, NC

Musically, Steve has been quite busy! When we visited NC, he had the opportunity to play several times at Music in the Park in Blowing Rock. He played with some fantastic musicians. He also took part in the production of Ring of Fire at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA and also in a performance at the Carter Fold, which was the last venue that Johnny Cash had played before he died. It was a very special night for him. He just finished up a performance with Symphony of the Mountains in Kingsport, TN for Sax and the Symphony. It was an amazing opportunity for him!

Since being in TN, we have mostly been catching up with friends, learning together and experiencing the beauty of the area.

I have been trying to find time to make jewelry, read, explore my world, but have mostly been learning alongside my kiddos as they explore their passions, which I absolutely love because they take me down paths that I never would go on my own! And I’m fitting in work (on my multiple projects!) when I can.

Hannah celebrated her 8th birthday in August and had a great group of friends spend the day with her. It was a fantastic, My Little Pony (Equestria Girls) kind of day. She wanted to celebrate her birthday in Bristol with her closest friends and that is exactly what she did! She has also been spending lots of time swimming, enjoying play dates, visiting the library, rat sitting and is getting ready to start a drama class. Lots going on with this kiddo!

Celebrating Hannah's 8th Birthday in TN

Celebrating Hannah’s 8th Birthday in TN

Dylan has been playing his guitar, a few games of golf here and there and discovering a love caring for animals. He is totally in his element when he can spend a day with animals he has been asked to care for. This guy is 22 now….how did that happen??

Celebrating Dylan's 22nd Birthday in NC

Celebrating Dylan’s 22nd Birthday in NC

We have spent time with family: my parents, brother and sister-in-law, my grandfather, cousins, aunts, uncles and Steve’s parents ( that came to visit from PA). Lots of family time, which is so awesome! We are definitely taking advantage of seeing them while we can!

Now that Steve’s finished with his contract at Barter Theatre and the performance in Kingsport, we are looking forward to embracing the time that we have with our family and friends.

Stay tuned for more posts as we continue our time in Tri-State region in NC, TN and VA. We will try not to wait too long for the next post!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

August 07, 2014

Friends, Fun and Fireworks

During our stay in the NC High Country, we were able to spend time with some precious friends that drove from Asheville to visit with us. We chose to meet at a community park in Valle Crucis, NC and enjoy the beautiful day together and then watched the fireworks in Boone. We loved every minute and can’t wait to get together again soon!

Hannah and Jonah enjoying the sun and the grass

Hannah and Jonah enjoying the sun and the grass

Valle Crucis, NC

Valle Crucis, NC

Maryn and Hannah in the river

Maryn and Hannah in the river

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Fun Day!

Fun Day!

Sun setting in the Valle

Sun setting in the Valle

Fireworks over Boone

Fireworks over Boone

And we closed the day with some yummy cake

And we closed the day with some yummy cake

Thank you, Michael and Missy, for a fun day with your amazing family. Next time, we come to you!

Beauty and Blessing Awaits!

August 07, 2014

Refreshing Time in NC

Getting to NC was a relief. After traveling SO much in the previous weeks, we were ready to rest and enjoy time with family and friends. It was a great time of refreshment and we savored each moment.

Playing in the water!

Playing in the water!

One of the best spots on earth.

One of the best spots on earth.

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Hammock time with Aunt Monnie (or aka, Mia!)

Hammock time with Aunt Monnie (or aka, Mia!)

Me and my other mama!

Me and my other mama!

Matching day!

Matching day!

Hannah and PaJohn

Hannah and PaJohn

A watermelon afternoon

A watermelon afternoon

Me and my PaJohn--I treasure this photo

Me and my PaJohn–I treasure this photo

Happy cousin time

Happy cousin time

Me and my cousin, Jackie

Me and my cousin, Jackie

A family pic before we headed out for our campground in TN

A family pic before we headed out for our campground in TN

We had several other events take place while we were in NC, which I will write about in separate posts. Our time here was wonderful and relaxing and just what we needed. Thanks to everyone we saw and spent time with for a spectacular time in the mountains of NC. We love you all.

Beauty and Blessing Awaits.