Bean Play, A Baby Belly!, and our garden harvest

Weston loves bean play.  This particular day he decided to fill his sock with beans.  He said, “Hey, look!”  And for some reason it struck us all very funny and we cracked up.  IMG_3841 IMG_3842 Here is Lindsey just a few weeks before Ava was born.  I was still thinking boy at this point!IMG_3843 We enjoyed lots of sugar snap peas, snow peas, and cukes this summer from our garden.IMG_3844 And this was just the beginning of many zinnias we enjoyed.  We had an endless vase of these all summer.  I just loved them!IMG_3845

Our Moms

Tuesday, July 15th, my Mom stopped by for a quick visit.IMG_3837 And our Grammy and Pappy visit would not be complete without a game of UNO with Grammy.  ;)IMG_3838 Then just before bed, we played a game of Spot It with Grammy.IMG_3839We had a great week with Grammy and Pappy.  It is always hard to see them go, but thankfully we have lots of pictures and great memories to look back on!

July 14, 2014

This is the day our oldest turned 13!  13!  Sam and Brandt took the day off of work and we met down in the borough for a little bit.  Some went out in the canoe and some fished off the fishing pier.  It’s kinda stinky down there.IMG_3792 As you can see he is missing a flip flop which flip flopped its way into the water.  But have no fear, Sam and Ethan got in the canoe and came around to get it.IMG_3794 He suddenly got a huge tug on his line which almost pulled him right into the water, so I grabbed the pole and apparently Grace grabbed the camera.  Thanks, Grace.  IMG_3796 Here are the flip flop savers.  While he was out there, he also pulled up Weston’s line and there was a huge blue crab on it!  But as soon as we got it above the water, it got loose and jumped back in!  Didn’t even have time to snap a picture of it!IMG_3798 Grace is learning to cast.  Stand back, people.  Stand back.  They are both biting their bottom lip in this picture.  ;)IMG_3803 IMG_3804 Then we headed over to the playground…….IMG_3807 IMG_3811 IMG_3816 IMG_3815 IMG_3817 Sibling rivalry with an audience.  ;)  They were seeing who could stay on the longest.  I think Sam won that one.IMG_3818 IMG_3819 IMG_3820 IMG_3824 IMG_3826 Us girls took a stroll down Water Street.  Mostly just window shopped.  But it was fun.  Pappy, Sam and our kids met up with us eventually.  And Brandt took Ellie and Will home for naps.  After we left the borough, we headed to Mystic to walk down there.  But the sky opened up, so we headed home.IMG_3828 That night, we had frozen peanut butter pie to celebrate Ethan’s birthday day.IMG_3829It was a fun and relaxing day.

15 Years

Fifteen years ago today, I married the love of my life.  IMG_1624I could not, for the life of me get our wedding picture on here.  So this was the first picture I found of the two of us.  This was us celebrating our anniversary with Brooke and Brian two years ago in NYC.

I am so thankful for Sam.  I am thankful for the husband and father that he is.  He lives by his convictions and leads our family by them.  He is a hard worker and provides for us in every way.  I feel secure with him by my side.  I love him so much.

Sam, fifteen years ago today was one of the best days of my life.  Each year our love grows deeper and I am so thankful for that.  I love you with all my heart!

The Lake and Back to the Fair…..

Saturday morning, Pappy joined the kids for chores and milking.IMG_3763 Then the guys took the boat out on the lake in town.IMG_3764 Grammy, the younger kids and myself met up with them at the boat launch with lunch.IMG_3765 IMG_3767 Sam took the three youngers out for a little bit and the rest of us headed back home.IMG_3769 Saturday evening, we had hamburger casserole, compliments of Grammy, before we headed back down to the fair to watch the ox pull and truck pull.  It was such a nice evening we ate out on the porch.IMG_3770 IMG_3771 The ox pull!IMG_3772 IMG_3773 Here is Ted Lewis below.  My Aunt Liz went to school with him.  Their family has the biggest dairy farm in town and has been here for years.  He pulls his team here every year.IMG_3775 IMG_3776 IMG_3777 The kids liked this chicken with the feathery feet/claws.IMG_3779 IMG_3781 Truck pull!IMG_3783 IMG_3784Nothing says July like the town fair~the tractor pull, the ox pull, the truck pull and the horse pull!

Ethan’s 13th Birthday Party!!!!

Friday night, July 11th, we celebrated Ethan’s 13th birthday!  This was his last big family birthday party!  Here is the birthday boy with his grill master Dad!  He wanted Bubba burgers and hot dogs and tator tots.IMG_3729 IMG_3731 IMG_3732 IMG_3735 So cute!IMG_3736 The outdoor meeting of the minds…….IMG_3737The indoor meeting of the minds……..IMG_3738 Present time!IMG_3739 IMG_3740 IMG_3741 IMG_3743 IMG_3744 IMG_3746 IMG_3748 Love this picture!  They were all so excited about the Hobbit lego set!IMG_3749 IMG_3751 Lyvie wasn’t excited about the cake or anything.  ;)IMG_3754 IMG_3755 AwwIMG_3756 Four generations!!IMG_3758 Ethan with his Grandpa and his Pappy!!IMG_3759 Love, love, love!!IMG_3760 So sweet!  Ethan is so good with Quinn.IMG_3761 I think this is a great picture.  I am so thankful Pappy and Grammy could be here to celebrate Ethan with us.  It was so special to have them here!  Thank you so much for coming and making Ethan’s 13th birthday extra special!IMG_3762

Friday, July 11th

Friday morning, July 11th, Sam took the day off work and he and Pappy and Ethan took the boat out.  We met up with them a little later to bring them lunch.  IMG_3690 Judy did paracord with the girls.IMG_3691 And Grammy was whipping some super yummy apricot muffins.IMG_3692 Here is the gang!IMG_3693 We thought we were just bringing them lunch and then heading back home because I had plenty to do to get ready for Ethan’s birthday party that night.  But somehow we found our way into the boat heading down the river!  Here is Grammy getting all strapped up!  :)IMG_3694 And we’re off!IMG_3696 IMG_3697 It was such a beautiful day, I was glad we took the time to do it.IMG_3700 Sam and I love this house.  There are adirondack chairs out in the lawn and the whole setting is just so picturesque.IMG_3701 IMG_3704 Pappy and his eldest grandson!IMG_3721 Three generations.IMG_3722 Love these two!IMG_3723 Judy and the kids arrived after nap time and Sam took them out too.  But I needed to head back and get my brain in gear for Ethan’s party.IMG_3727Next up~Ethan’s 13th birthday party!

The Fair!!

Thursday morning, July 10th, Judy and the kids came over to visit.IMG_3606 I could not get Will to smile….but he’s still pretty cute!  ;)IMG_3611 IMG_3612 We keep a “patch it up” pile for Grammy when she comes to visit.  She sews up holes in our pillows and stuffed animals.  A few weeks before Grammy arrived, one of Weston’s stuffed animals got a rip and as he was showing me the rip, he said, “That’s ok.  Grammy’s coming and she can fix it.”  :)  I love that he knows that when she comes, she will be happy to fix it for him.  So special.  Our kids are blessed with such a wonderful and godly Grammy.  We are so thankful for her.IMG_3613 Thursday evening, we headed down to the fair.IMG_3616 IMG_3617 This big momma produces 6 gallons of milk in one milking!  Woah!IMG_3618 IMG_3619 I loved the markings on this cow.  There was a silver line around the black marks.IMG_3621 Our favorite…..Lucky BobIMG_3622 Obviously, you can’t see them, but Sam, Ethan, Grace and Lyvia are on this ride.IMG_3624 IMG_3625 Weston was too short for Pharoah’s Fury, so he went on the big slide.  I was nervous for him going up there all by himself but he did great!IMG_3628 And I’m pretty sure he loved it!IMG_3629 So much so that he wanted to go again!  Here he is leading the way up the stairs!IMG_3630 IMG_3631 Love that smile!IMG_3632 I think everyone but Grammy and I did the ferris wheel.IMG_3642 You can see Sam peeking out of the blue seat and the back of Pappy’s head in the yellow one.IMG_3644 IMG_3645 There was a new petting zoo this time with lots more animals than normal.IMG_3646 And look who we ran into!  Love them!!IMG_3650 IMG_3651 IMG_3653 Oh, I just love these girls!IMG_3654 HugsIMG_3660 The kids were fascinated by this elephant.IMG_3662 He or she was eating here.  It was fun to watch.  It did the same thing with the hay every time.  Swung it around and stuffed it in.IMG_3664We found baby birds that had just been hatched in that hole in the grange building.  They were poking their little heads out and chirping real loud!
IMG_3668 Sitting at the tractor pull and eating dough boys!  Can it get any better??  ;)  Look at Lindsey eyeing that dough boy!  Haha!IMG_3671 IMG_3673 The sky was so pretty that night.IMG_3676 IMG_3681 Everyone had left except me and my kiddos.  Weston finally gave in.IMG_3685 We were heading out but stopped to watch a couple more pull.  Ethan only had one hand to plug his ears because he was holding Weston, so Weston helped him out.  :)IMG_3689We had a great night!

Grammy and Pappy Visit!

On July 9th, Grammy and Pappy arrived for a visit.  They came to celebrate their oldest grandson turning 13!  Grammy and her girls.IMG_3599 Weston was very excited to see Pappy!IMG_3600 Lyvie put Grammy right to work!  ;)IMG_3602 Ethan was excited to show Pappy his deer skin.IMG_3605We had a fun week together~lots more pictures to come.