Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Here's the whole group (minus Brooks, he was supervising from the boat)
Leyton, Saylor, Ashlyn, Megan, Lydia, Daisy, Julia, Aidyn, Eli, Nolan and Mason (behind Nolan)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Here are our campers after we got the tent set up. Watching us was so exhausting that the kids just had to have a root beer and relax.
After dinner we went for a walk on the boardwalk. The kids collected cat tails and watched frogs jumping through the water. There are holes in the boardwalk so they had to stop and investigate.
When we got back to the campsite we got the campfire going and started making s'mores. The kids were in heaven and would have eaten them all night. (I can totally understand!)
We had a pretty good nights sleep in the tent. It did start thundering & lightening around 6:00am and then rained for about 1/2 hour. Nolan laughed and thought it was fun. Aidyn was a bit hysterical. She and I ended up in the car for awhile because she was so scared.
Aidyn read him a few books. I think he was more interested in eating the books, but he seemed to enjoy the stories too. It was lots of fun seeing him and getting to play a little bit.
Justin giving Nolan & McKayla a ride around the yard. Even Bailey got to ride a couple times. (In between her rabbit hunting excursions.)
Nolan & G'pa also got to play a lot of baseball while we were there. I think Nolan would have had him out there playing 24/7 if possible!
It was a very fun week, the kids always have a blast while we're there. They got to go the park a couple times and Uncle Ty took them out for ice cream one night too. Oh to be a kid!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Kaitlyn did Nolan's hair for him. She is so talented.
We also went to check out the church where Jeff & I got married. When we got married 10 years ago, Kaitlyn & Sean were our flower girl & ring bearer. They were the same age that my kids are right now, so it was fun to see my kids at that church.
Aidyn took this last picture. She did a pretty darn good job!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Aidyn & Kaitlyn on the ferris wheel.
Troy, who doesn't like ferris wheels, got to ride with wiggly Nolan.
Now, this is not the best picture of Sean & I together, but I had to include it simply because of the ferris wheel operator off to the bottom right. He just cracked me up in this picture!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Aidyn said "I love garlic bread, I could eat that whole thing!"
Mom told her "You wouldn't want to do that. That would make you fat."
Very seriously and very innocently Aidyn asked "Was that what Grandpa was eating when he got fat?"
Mom and I about split a gut laughing! And of course we had to tell dad about it (several times!) He just laughed too.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Aidyn's team had a few of her friends on it. Here she is with Lydia, Daisy & Julia.
The little brothers sat by 'patiently' and watched their sisters play. Next summer it will be their turn. Brooks, Mason & Nolan
Monday, July 07, 2008
See that lilac bush in front of our house? (the bush to the right of the door) I've been contemplating taking it out for 3 years. Every year it grows around 2-3 feet and every fall I cut it back 2-3 feet. Last fall I cut A LOT off and then this spring, yep, you guessed it, it grew back like crazy!
This spring it was pushed up against the wall to the right, hanging WAY over the sidewalk to the left, hanging onto the porch in the back and up to the gutters above it. It completely blocked the view of our front door, you could only see the far left of the door. Well, I'd had it with that bush. So I grabbed the clippers and the ax and cut it down. Here is what remained.
(Now this doesn't do it justice because if you look back to that first picture, you will see that it was filled in with rocks underneath. Jeff and I worked for 2 nights digging and hauling all those darn rocks out.)
So after we got all the rocks out, we had to dig the stump out. Saturday morning we dug & chopped & cut & pulled and VIOLA! Out came the stump!
Here it is before (minus the gigantic spring growth).
Here it is after!
It's almost like it never existed. I'm going to plant some perennials in that spot this fall and add some color to the front of our house. And now you can see our front door!
After the game, we got to go down on the field and the kids ran the bases. I don't have any great action shots of it because they ran too fast! They said they enjoyed the base running and the cotton candy the most, imagine that!