Our sweet Lyvie Lou is 9 years old today! Wow! I remember her birth like it was yesterday, watching the hours click by, wanting so badly for her to be born on my Boppa’s birthday. Once we hit around 11pm, I knew it wasn’t going to happen. She just wanted her own special day! She was born at 2am on the 27th.
Lyvie, you are one of the sweetest girls we have ever known. You are always willing to give of yourself for others. You are a true servant and love to help out wherever you can. You love to help me in the kitchen and you very often help your siblings with their chores when you are done with yours. You and Gracie, as different as you are, are like two peas in a pod. You are inseparable. And I love that. I love hearing you two giggle together.
You love when we go do things together as a family. You would much rather be doing something or playing a game than sitting and watching a movie. I love this picture. Rhino is rubbing against your leg, you brought a moth you caught for me to see and you have a banana peel under your arm to go take to the goats. You help take such good care of our animals with your brothers and sister. You show them so much love and they love you too! You have a natural ability with animals and I love that because Mimi H. and Boppa C. were just like that. They would be so proud to see you today!Lyvie, we love you so much and are so thankful you are part of our family. Stay sweet. And always stay close to God.
Happy 9th Birthday, Lyvia!!
First off, we just got back from an awesome week away! We had great weather and a great time together at the beach. Tons of pics to come from last week! I wasn’t quite ready to come home, but needless to say, we are home and getting settled and gearing up for lots of school and lots of soapmaking.
Catching up still………..
On Friday, June 27th, we babysat my cousin Ben’s baby and they took Ethan with them to NYC for the day. We had so much fun with her! They dropped her off at the crack of dawn! But she was wide awake.
The girls and I were in our glory! I love this one of Madison looking up at Lyvie. Madison was cracking the girls up here because she kept grabbing her toys with her feet. Uncle (or cousin?) Sam was saying hello before he left for work. Miss Joyce and Mr. Troy were heading out that morning, but before they left the girls got a couple games in with Miss Joyce. Spot It…… And UNO………We had such a great week visiting with Troy and Joyce. So thankful for this time with them! Come back again!!!!! Laughing at Weston! Sweet Girl~ Naptime…….. Walk time……. My Irises were about to pop……. And my Coreopsis…….not sure if you can see all the little yellow buds. Madison loved being outside! We showed her the goats……. And then we had a picnic lunch out in the yard. As you can see, she was very happy about this. I think we tired her out. She was fine as she soon as she had her bottle. Then she slept for about three hours. While she slept, the girls made play-dough jewelry. Everyone got a turn feeding her. She liked swinging on the porch. Here is my cousin Ben, his wife Trisha, Madison, and the kiddos. Madison wore Weston right out!We had such a fun day with Madison! Ben and Trisha, thank you so much for letting us keep her! She is a joy!
Thursday morning, June 26th, I made a couple apple crisps. One to take to Mimi’s that night for our family dinner. This is one of my favorite kitchen tools from Pampered Chef. Then around lunch time, we met up with Troy and Joyce at the Dog Watch for lunch. While we waited for a table, we took a little boat ride around the harbor. This is basically a “shuttle” for people that come in on their boats and anchor at a mooring instead of pulling right in. Our driver was very friendly and full of information, but every time he looked away I had no clue what he was saying. But we still had fun! I loved the flag hanging off the back of the boat and loved the name of the boat. What a day to be out on the water! Love these pictures!! Only I don’t know why I didn’t make Troy join them. And we were also missing Sam. He was working. I took this one for Sam. If he could pick a boat to have. This would be it. Lunch time! Yum! Thanks, Troy and Joyce for treating us to lunch! After lunch, we just chilled for a bit. It was so nice. Everyone except Ethan and I ended up buying a Dog Watch T-shirt. And Ethan bought me one of their mugs. I use it every morning! We sat and watched the guys work at the boatyard. Can anyone spot the man dangling from the crane?? Thursday evening, after chores, we headed over to Mimi’s for a family dinner. Uncle Jerry and Aunt Marsha and their kids and grandkids were in town! Joyce and Troy joined us as well! They are practically part of the family! Ben, Alisa, Madison (my cousin Ben’s daughter), Sam, Lindsey and David (part of David!) Dad holding Quinn and Uncle Jerry Me and my Aunt Marsha! Lindsey tossing the football with Emma and Weston The kids going after Uncle Sam Ready, Set…… Throw!My cousin Chris and Gracie were cracking me up. They had their own little game of tag going on. Out of all 19 of us grandchildren, David, Chris and myself are the only dark-haired and brown eyed kids. And out of the 25 great-grandchildren, Gracie is the only dark-haired kid! I think she is the only brown-eyed one too, but can’t say for certain. (Ethan has brown hair, but it’s not dark and he’s got blue eyes.)
Lots going on here! Then Gracie wanted to play for Miss Joyce. Oh, how we miss our piano teacher. The audience. Mimi was tickled about something!Alisa and Troy.
Uncle Sam photo bombed the girls! Had to get them with their matching shirts. What a fun night with family and friends! (Sam was working late, we missed him)
It’s official. My son has passed me up in height. You can see how happy he is about this. Even if it is just a quarter of an inch. And, honestly? I kinda like it. I thought I would be sad, but now that I’m over the whole “I would like to have another baby” thing, I am really beginning to enjoy these new phases of life that our growing children are bringing. It really is great. They are great kids and I love spending my days with them. I told him last night that even though he is taller than me, I still get to kiss him goodnight.
On a side note: maybe you noticed his glasses and maybe you noticed Gracie peaking out from in between Ethan and I with her glasses too. Yes, we just took everyone to the eye doctor and three out of our four children are near-sighted just like their father. So, all three of them needed glasses. Lyvie is still waiting on hers to come in. And Weston is well on his way to being near-sighted also, so in a few years, I’m sure he will be wearing glasses too. None of them got my 20/20 vision!!!!! Can you believe that?! We are just thankful they can get glasses to correct their vision and help them see things more clearly!
And, so, yes, it’s official, Ethan is taller than his Momma! And I’m ok with that.