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. Here is Lindsey just a few weeks before Ava was born. I was still thinking boy at this point! We enjoyed lots of sugar snap peas, snow peas, and cukes this summer from our garden. And this was just the beginning of many zinnias we enjoyed. We had an endless vase of these all summer. I just loved them!
Tuesday, July 15th, my Mom stopped by for a quick visit. And our Grammy and Pappy visit would not be complete without a game of UNO with Grammy. Then just before bed, we played a game of Spot It with Grammy.We 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!
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. 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. 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. 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! Grace is learning to cast. Stand back, people. Stand back. They are both biting their bottom lip in this picture. Then we headed over to the playground……. Sibling rivalry with an audience. They were seeing who could stay on the longest. I think Sam won that one. 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. That night, we had frozen peanut butter pie to celebrate Ethan’s birthday day.It was a fun and relaxing day.
Fifteen years ago today, I married the love of my life. I 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!
Saturday morning, Pappy joined the kids for chores and milking. Then the guys took the boat out on the lake in town. Grammy, the younger kids and myself met up with them at the boat launch with lunch. Sam took the three youngers out for a little bit and the rest of us headed back home. 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. The ox pull! 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. The kids liked this chicken with the feathery feet/claws. Truck pull! Nothing says July like the town fair~the tractor pull, the ox pull, the truck pull and the horse pull!
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. So cute! The outdoor meeting of the minds…….The indoor meeting of the minds…….. Present time! Love this picture! They were all so excited about the Hobbit lego set! Lyvie wasn’t excited about the cake or anything. Aww Four generations!! Ethan with his Grandpa and his Pappy!! Love, love, love!! So sweet! Ethan is so good with Quinn. 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!
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. Judy did paracord with the girls. And Grammy was whipping some super yummy apricot muffins. Here is the gang! 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! And we’re off! It was such a beautiful day, I was glad we took the time to do it. Sam and I love this house. There are adirondack chairs out in the lawn and the whole setting is just so picturesque. Pappy and his eldest grandson! Three generations. Love these two! 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.Next up~Ethan’s 13th birthday party!
Thursday morning, July 10th, Judy and the kids came over to visit. I could not get Will to smile….but he’s still pretty cute! 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. Thursday evening, we headed down to the fair. This big momma produces 6 gallons of milk in one milking! Woah! I loved the markings on this cow. There was a silver line around the black marks. Our favorite…..Lucky Bob Obviously, you can’t see them, but Sam, Ethan, Grace and Lyvia are on this ride. 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! And I’m pretty sure he loved it! So much so that he wanted to go again! Here he is leading the way up the stairs! Love that smile! I think everyone but Grammy and I did the ferris wheel. You can see Sam peeking out of the blue seat and the back of Pappy’s head in the yellow one. There was a new petting zoo this time with lots more animals than normal. And look who we ran into! Love them!! Oh, I just love these girls! Hugs The kids were fascinated by this elephant. 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.We 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!
Sitting at the tractor pull and eating dough boys! Can it get any better?? Look at Lindsey eyeing that dough boy! Haha! The sky was so pretty that night. Everyone had left except me and my kiddos. Weston finally gave in. 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. We had a great night!
On July 9th, Grammy and Pappy arrived for a visit. They came to celebrate their oldest grandson turning 13! Grammy and her girls. Weston was very excited to see Pappy! Lyvie put Grammy right to work! Ethan was excited to show Pappy his deer skin.We had a fun week together~lots more pictures to come.