We celebrated Mimi’s 80th birthday in style at what used to be called Jamm’s, but is now The Boathouse. Good times! Then we came back to Mom and Dad’s for dessert. Lindsey, where were you??! These days, I was a happy soccer Mom! Here is Ethan’s cheering section! Cheerios on Grace’s nose and goldfish to boot! Our soccer player! Here is how we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary! Take out from Paul’s Pasta complete with flowers, candles, and sparkling grape juice! Penny and the girls got the table ready for us. 🙂 And just in case you thought we were dining alone……Nope! Haha! Oh, yes and me in my Winnie the Pooh shirt. Those were the days. I still have that shirt by the way. That shirt goes back to my high school days. Yes. I am my father’s daughter!! Here is Ethan’s first “putting together” project! He did great! And he had a helper! This boy was a mess. One of our anniversary bouquets. These were the days when we actually had time to carve pumpkins. Our first set of kittens! Theodore and Amos. From the Apple Dumpling Gang. But nicknamed Slim and Tubby. Spent many days on the soccer field that fall…..watching this handsome boy play!And that was just a small snippet from our fall of 2010!! So great to look back on these days. Much to be thankful for.
Maia was so funny during morning chores….I was standing in the doorway of the barn and she just came up behind me and poked her head through my legs and stayed there for the longest time. Katie and her babies….Samson and Sassafras The babies love to pile up together in the corner of the barn. Sam was finishing up the chick’s new coop….our Chicken Chapel. I love the unique topper I found at our local ……hmmm, I don’t even know what to call it, but if you’re looking for treasures, he’s got it! He even sells my soap now!! Yay! Today was the dreaded day! Disbudding day. So, we got lots of pictures of our babies before they got disbudded. Here’s Lyvie holding Gandalf….. Gandalf is a handsome boy. Lyvie is such a big helper. We have this down to a science now so that is good. But still, none of us like doing it. But if we don’t do it, they will have horns and we can’t have that. I hold their hind legs and Lyvie holds their front legs while Sam shaves the spot and then disbuds (or dehorns) them. The pillows work great. Gracie has Sky Walker….. And Lillian was next…… Then Charlotte! After the traumatic experience of disbudding, I like to go out and sit with them. Buster had company! We put the chicks in with him. The siblings always stay together….. Lou….. Lou feeding her girls……she wouldn’t always stand for them to nurse, so when she did, we were so thankful. Katie’s babies snuggled under the chair and she is standing close by. Lillian had a large piece of hay sticking out of her mouth. Can you see it? She is the farthest one to the left. I guess she thinks she is a big girl now! Charlotte and Lillian snuggled in the corner. Before bible study that night, we had dinner at Mom and Dad’s celebrating Sam’s, Brian’s, and my birthday. Fun! Dunk! Ha! Brooke and Mom made the yummy desserts…..brownies and cheesecake. Two of my favorites! Not sure what happened to Weston….but for some reason he needed an ice pack. Grandie has a fun froggy ice pack. 🙂And that was our Saturday!!
The babies loved to play on the rocks…… and under our chairs……. Friday night, we went out to our favorite Mexican restaurant. SO fun! Sam was trying to get the kids to put on this hat that was hanging on the wall. Weston was the only willing participant. He wore it well, I thought! He looked so little under there!It was a great way to end our week!
It started with morning chores, of course……… One of our favorite things to do with the goat babies is carry them up the hill and watch them run down. Katie is our quick deliverer! We did morning chores, headed back in the house, then realized Katie was acting kinda funny. We watched her from the house for a few minutes and then Weston ran out to check and said, “Come quick, a hoof is coming out!” Within minutes, she had two beautiful babies laying in front of her!! A boy ~~ Samson!! And a girl ~~ Sassafras!! She had a white “S” on her forehead, so the “S” names fit well for these two. Samson is brown and Sassafras is black. I was actually really happy she delivered outside. It kept the mess outside and it was a beautiful day. Of course, we had to lock everyone else in the barn for a while to keep them out of the way. Not long after Samson was born, he was making an effort to stand. We give our does a treat of molasses in warm water after they deliver. It gives them an energy boost and they love it! It’s our way of saying, “Job well done!” Samson soon found his way to Katie’s teat and started nursing! This is always a big relief to us. Poor little Sassafras was still trying to get on her feet. Weston fed Katie her grain while she began to deliver her placenta. We thought it looked like a coyote howling on Samson’s left side of his belly. Do you see it? When Sassafras finally started walking, she came right to me, it was the funniest thing! I had sat out there with them for about 2 1/2 hours waiting for her to get moving! Samson and Sassafras were born on my Mom’s birthday, so she stopped by to say hello and happy birthday to the goat babies that she now shares a birthday with! Ethan and Grace had reports due this day. I told them even though we had deliveries today, they still had to finish them and hand them in. And they did! Weston was very proud of these sunglasses that he paid for all by himself. That afternoon, Bailey and Company came by for a visit. Brooke had a bag of muffins in her hand that had a note on it. She was trying to give us some exciting news and I totally did not see it coming!! But June noticed the bag of muffins and wanted some! Haha! We went through the whole visit and didn’t pay any attention to the note on the bag. Finally, Brooke told Grace to go look at the muffin bag. She was announcing Baby #2!! So exciting!!!! Bailey wasn’t afraid of them at all. It was so fun having Mom and Dad come and sit for a minute. Bailey kept wanting to feed the goats. It was so cute. She was feeding Lou some hay. The babies often lay in pairs with their sibling. Ethan and Charlotte. Soon after Bailey, Brian, Brooke, Mom and Dad left, the Nicole, Eric and family came for a visit!! It was so fun having everyone come by. Isaiah wasn’t sure what to think. But Abby loved them! She was a natural! Luke’s giving kisses! So cute! That smile. 🙂 Little did Luke know, but Gandalf and Walker were sneaking up behind him to nibble at his hair! 🙂 Haha! Poor Katie and babies missed out on all the visitors, but they had to stay tucked in for the night. The babies love to snuggle together. And on our laps…… Charlotte and Lillian Remember those reports that were due? Well, they had to present them orally to us that night. Sam made Lyvie and Weston get and say something too even though they didn’t have reports due. Weston got the nervous giggles.It was a long, but very fun day!
I finished blogging about Ocean City now, so I’m going back to April in hopes of still catching up.
So, here we are on Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Sky Walker and Gandalf are three days old here. We found them snuggled in the warmth of the sun that morning.
Lindsey and Ava came over that afternoon to meet the babies. I’m not sure she knew what to think with four goat babies running around her! Charlotte…. These two sisters were so funny. They look like they’re laying in bunk beds. Gandalf….
Monday morning, August 29th, the girls and I got up to watch the sunrise on the beach. I have made this tradition, to go watch the sunrise on my last morning at the beach. And I love it. It gets me up and going! There was a tide pool that morning. The seagulls were having fun in it! The sunrises are always amazing down here! So this post mostly consists of sunrise picture overload!! But I don’t apologize because I love them all. It was fun having the girls get up and go with me! The boys were invited too, but they chose to sleep. Plus Ethan had already had his sunrise morning. Remember?? He didn’t answer the phone and I went running to the beach all in a panic to find him. Ahem. Yes, I’m that Mom. Lyvie! Ha! My footprint. The girls wrote this….. I love the seagulls footprints. I was trying to catch a bird in flight in one of my pics. This was the best I could do. Good-bye 44th Street beach…… The girls jumped back in bed when we got back. haha! Yaya, thanks for letting us crash at your place for the FIRST time ever (for me!)!! We had a blast! Yaya’s deck flowers. So pretty! When we left Yaya’s, we still had a few stops to make. First stop, was the Fractured Prune for hot donuts! YUM! No, I mean it. Seriously, yum. Then one more stop at Candy Kitchen for Ethan. Then Sunsations for me to get a pair of sunglasses. My favorite pair had a big ol’ scratch and I couldn’t drive without some sunglasses. Then we finally were heading off of Coastal Highway! And made our way home! Welcome to Manhattan! We made great time right up to the CT stateline. Then it was stop and go for hours. Such a bummer. Sam met us at a local restaurant for supper. It was so good to get back to him and just sit and talk for a bit. Then we finally pulled in our driveway! We gave Sam his gift from Yaya! A chair for the garage! Thanks, Yazi! He loves it! Sam had had his dilated at the eye dr that afternoon. Hence, the sunglasses. 😉So long, Ocean City!! Till next time………
This was our last full day in Ocean City. Before we were even at the beach, the kids were asking if I was going to let them in the water. I prayed about it and decided to get down there and see how things were. Soon after we got down to the beach, the lifeguards were very active, even pulling a girl out right in front of us. And the waves were breaking way out there. I was not comfortable with any of us going in, so we stayed out. The kids were disappointed, but they understood where I was coming from, so I was thankful. We had enjoyed several days in the water and even though this was our last day, we still could enjoy relaxing on the beach and standing on the edge of the water to cool ourselves off.
Here’s the crew: The boys played tic-tac-toe. We left the beach early that afternoon to get cleaned up and ready to go down to the boardwalk. We wanted to hit up Quiet Storm, Tony’s deck for some pizza and then Thrasher’s Fries! And of course, we had to get pics at the tire! Weston loves this shark. Yaya treated us to pizza on Tony’s deck! So fun! Our view from the deck. One of the sand sculptures said to take a selfie, so I did! My boys! Can you tell the sun was oh so bright?! We like getting pics here with the boardwalk sign behind us, but they had the umbrellas up which made it difficult to get the sign in. They had an Olympics sand sculpture…. And then the evangelistic sand sculptures…… They were so neat. I also liked this farm scene. We kept watching this huge white balloon thing going up on the beach and wondered what it was and then Yaya remembered it was something to do with the laser show they have down there. Had to get my picture with Olaf! I love Olaf!! Watching these people get flung (is that a word??!) up in the air in that little ball made me shiver! I think Weston still thinks that fat lady is for real. He kept staring. On our way home, we passed a lot of excitement at this condo. We still don’t know what happened but they came out doing CPR on someone. Then I surprised the kids with getting sundaes at Dumser’s!!!! It was so fun! It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!
Saturday, everyone, but my kids and myself, were heading home. We were staying a few extra days.
Here is Bailey Grace with her puppy, “Bailey”, that Lyvia bought for her. Sweet girls! We all gathered at Yaya’s before everyone pulled out (except Sam and Linds, they had to get going) to give Yaya her birthday gift! Boo, Calvin and me. I love that he was looking up at Brooke and smiling. The kids got her a “cat” charm for her pandora bracelet. So fun! And so her! After everyone (but Mom) pulled out, we headed out to get Chic-Fil-A for lunch. Yum! Yaya had a few errands to run and then met us there. We loved getting to spend time with Yaya!! When we got back from lunch, Mom was about ready to head out. I teased Yaya that she had NO pictures in her house of just her and me, but she had everyone else! So we made sure we got some of just the two of us this trip. There’s Mom honking and waving from Coastal Highway! Weston enjoyed building this lego set that Mom had left for him. Then it was off to the beach for the afternoon…… The water was a little more rough today and I got caught in what’s called a “shore break”. It was very scary and I literallly thought I was going to die. The wave sucked me right down and then tossed me all around like I was in a washing machine. I have to plug my nose and it all happened so fast and I was being thrown all around that I couldn’t get my hand to my nose and I can’t hold my breath well. I continued to get hit with waves a couple more times and couldn’t get out of the water. But I finally did and I had taken in so much fluid that for the rest of the day, if I leaned forward, water just poured out of my nose. I had an immediate headache, was dizzy and couldn’t breathe well. And I sounded super stuffy. I was covered in sand from head to toe. It was awful. I made all the kids get out of the water. It just scared me so bad. After I rested for a bit, I went to talk to the lifeguard about it. He explained it all to me and what I can do to prevent that from happening, but basically it happens and sometimes there is nothing you can do about it. Of course, the kids were dying to get back in the water. I went for a walk with them after I was feeling better, then I reluctantly decided to let them back in. Then I decided I should get back in. You know, it’s like one of those “fall off the horse, get back on” sorts of experiences. I have grown up going to the ocean my whole life, but woah, had never, ever had that happen before and it scared me silly! But I went back in. And then just felt too out of control again, so I made everyone get out with me. We just chilled on the beach for the rest of the afternoon. Lyvie and I took some selfies. Weston’s wall……he did great and it protected us well. Eventually, everyone, except Lyvia and I were back getting showers……We never go back all at once, because there is only one shower. So, we trickle back and take turns. Works perfect. Her and I had fun just sitting together. She wrote this in the sand. 😉 When Lyvia and I got back, everyone was all showered and cozy! We watched the sunset from the deck……. Weston finished his legos and put it on the scrabble tiles and pretended they were the sand.That night was so fun and relaxing! We just hunkered down, had leftovers and watched Soul Surfer.
I made eggs and potatoes almost every morning we were there. I had brought our own chicken’s eggs and some baked potatoes to easily fry up.Yaya and I had a mid-morning snack of leftover shrimp cocktail! YUM!Then it was…….off to the beach, of course!Ethan wasted no time getting in!Weston loved trying to “ride” the boogie board at the end of the wave. Lyvie loved digging in the sand for these creatures. I can’t remember what they are?? Hermit crabs?? Yaya?? Weston was always busy. Here he is burying Yaya’s feet! Job well done! Going for the frisbee! Grace burying Hudson. This is my favorite time on the beach…..when the kids are all “watered” out and just want to sit still in the warm sand. They sat here for the longest time, just talking and playing. It was so cute! We saw the dolphins swimming by! So fun! Jackson’s burying Weston. After the beach, we took the kids to the pool for a bit before showers and dinner. We have a nice view of Yaya’s little place from the pool! After showers, we headed to the Whispering Sands condo for dinner and Take Two! We got yummy Anthony’s grinders!Another fun day at the beach!! SO thankful!!
Thursday morning, August 25th, Ethan planned to get up and go down to the beach to watch the sunrise in Ocean City. I was a bit reluctant to let him go, but he had his phone and he is responsible, so I said yes. About 15 minutes after he left, I decided to text him just to check on him. Bad idea. He had turned his phone on low and was listening to music on his ipod, so he didn’t hear the text come through. Meanwhile, I’m back at the house in a panic because he is not answering me. I even called him and he didn’t answer. I couldn’t stand it anymore, I went running down to the beach and there he was just a strolling along the beach. This is obviously not the best sunrise picture, but I took it to remind me of that morning and because that is Ethan you see walking along the beach just past the lifeguard chair. I am just getting used to Ethan being more independent, so I told him he just needs to bear with me. 🙂 And then it was just another beautiful day on the beach! They made a kiddie “pool” out of a shower curtain. Weston was always busy digging trenches and walls. And then a huge wave came and filled it right up! After the beach, Ethan, Grandie, Lindsey and Brooke did some shopping at the outlets, while the rest of us stayed back and got showers and ready for dinner.Then we ate over at one of the condos where Sam, Lindsey, Brooke and the girls were staying. Some got take-out, some had leftovers.
Oh, and Lindsey picked up some Thrasher’s fries for us! Yum! We sat out and enjoyed the deck and the view! Me and little Jakie! This was my girls’ bedroom. And where I stayed our first night here during the Yaya sleepover. Such a nice room! And I was awakened to Ava flying into my room that first morning! Lol! Brooke and Jacob! Such a sweet boy! This condo was so nice. I loved this high table and chairs. We played a lot of Take Two here! Yaya and Jacob! (and Weston!) Reading a book…..just to note: he IS potty trained. 😉 TAKE TWO TIME!!!! Then back at Yaya’s late that night, Weston was working on legos! Ethan got the floor, Weston got the love seat, and I got the murphy bed!
Such a cozy place Yaya has!