We drove down the coast to Wilmington to spend the day with our youngest son and his family yesterday. The day started out cool and was not forecasted to be the warm spring day that you would expect this time of year. Indeed the Alberta Clipper or Polar Vortex that brought snow, wind and freezing temperatures to much of the Midwest and East, made things rather nippy for us.
The plan was to watch Deaglan play a soccer game and then go down town to the Azalea Festival. The Wilmington Azalea Festival is perhaps the biggest event of the year. This year The Fox News Channel was covering the event live which would push attendance way up. Officials predicted 100,000 additional people would converge on down town Wilmington. Shouldering through a sea of humanity is not my cup-of-tea and, as luck would have it, the plan changed to a much more casual and thoroughly enjoyable day.
The coach gathers the team in prayer before the game.
Deaglan still has to grow into these shorts.
Even after a soccer game he has energy to burn! Wish I had some of that.
After the soccer game we went back to Chris and Katie's house so we could watch the feeding of their rabbits, chickens and a duck.
Then a nice leisurely lunch at a nice restaurant down toward Carolina Beach - well away from down town Wilmington.
Halyburton Park was the perfect spot to walk off our lunch and let the kids climb and swing.
The park has nice nature center featuring fish, reptiles and plants of the area.
Joanie could not resist cuddling with Chris and Katie's baby bunnies.