Monday afternoon, June 23rd, the kids and I headed over to Napatree for a walk with Troy and Joyce.  We love Napatree Point.IMG_3019 It was a beautiful afternoon.  The kids splashed around in the water as we walked.IMG_3021 IMG_3022 IMG_3023 IMG_3024 We found this skate on the beach.  I believe that’s what it was.  Very similar looking to a sting ray.IMG_3028 Troy and Joyce.  :)IMG_3033 We made it to the end of the point!IMG_3040 I don’t remember this little beach out here before.  Just beyond all those rocks is a beach. But still rocky as you can see from all the rocks near and in the water.IMG_3041 See the seagull?IMG_3044 My four big blessings.IMG_3047 IMG_3048 IMG_3053 I told Weston he found supper.  And he said, “huh?”IMG_3054 Ethan trying not to get too wet.  Oops.IMG_3056 Beautiful eveningIMG_3059 The harborIMG_3060 IMG_3062 IMG_3067 The whole gang!  We missed having Sam with us.  He was working.IMG_3068 Walking the line….IMG_3072 Looking for treasures.  There were several horseshoe crabs.IMG_3073 We made it back!IMG_3074We came back and had ham, mashed potatoes, carrots, asparagus and fruit salad.
IMG_3076Fun times!

Visitors! And our Sunday Afternoon!

Saturday evening, we had some special visitors arrive!  Joyce and Troy arrived to stay with us for a week.  Here we are Sunday morning before church.  They were having their first taste of goat milk on their cereal.IMG_2965 Sunday afternoon, we went down to the borough.  (Troy and Joyce were visiting some friends this afternoon).  Brandt and Judy keep their canoe down there, so Sam took the kids down before me and took them out.IMG_2966 Then when I got there he took me out.  I am not very fond of canoes.  They make me very uncomfortable.  But it was fun to see the fishing boats up close and personal and weave in and out of the other boats.  IMG_2968 It was a beautiful afternoon on the water.IMG_2969 IMG_2970 IMG_2971 Then we let the kids play on the playground for a bit.  Judy and the kids came down too.  Brandt was working.IMG_2994 IMG_2997 We swung down by the point on our way out.  We have been watching them gut the house we used to rent when we were building.  We lived on the second floor and my laundry was up on the third floor.  They actually turned the front entrance into a two car garage!IMG_3017

Father’s Day 2014

Here we are Sunday afternoon, June 15th, Father’s Day.  I am so seriously behind in blogging, I considered skipping ahead, but I really don’t want to leave anything out, so I am just plugging along when I can.  IMG_2925 Lindsey and I had opposite matching skirts.  Is that what you call it? I was going to say “matching”, but they really aren’t matching.  Anyway, you get the idea.  ;)IMG_2929 We had shower leftovers!IMG_2935 It really was a friendly conversation, even though Sam B. looks like he’s about ready to take out Dad.  :)IMG_2936 Darrell brought his new ducks over and Lyvia was feeding them to try and get them close to her so she could hold them.  She did eventually catch one and hold it.IMG_2940 Me and My Daddy on Father’s Day.IMG_2942 Ethan took this picture and I thought it came out so nice.  (Had to make sure I gave credit where credit was due.)IMG_2946We had a very nice and relaxing Father’s Day visiting out in the yard.  I’m so thankful for the Fathers in our lives.  My Dad, Sam’s Dad, and Sam are all wonderful Godly examples of what it truly means to be a father.  They set an example for us all to follow and give of themselves in so many ways.  We are a blessed family.

Little Miss Bailey Grace!!

Little Miss Bailey Grace made her grand appearance into the world on Monday, August 18th!

 She is just precious!  And we hear she is a very quiet, calm baby.  We can’t wait to meet her!  It’s hard to be so many miles away.

But for now I just request pictures and stare at them.  :)DSC05113Congratulations, Brian and Brooke on your precious daughter!!

And, by the way, we love the name you chose.  ;)

Lindsey’s Baby Shower!!

What a fun day we had celebrating Sam and Lindsey’s new baby!  The kids and I headed over in the morning to help set up.  Here we are hanging the little “lanterns”.IMG_2844Brooke did all the centerpieces.  She is so talented!  So simple, yet so pretty.  The ferns were right out of Mom’s yard.IMG_2847We did drinks a little different this time.  As you can see, Weston was excited about it.IMG_2853And he was just dying to dig into an ice cold juice box.  :)  I, on the other hand, couldn’t wait to try a Starbucks!IMG_2854Or an Izze!IMG_2855IMG_2856The food table.  We had Lindsey’s shower in the same location as my bridal shower which was 15 years ago.  Even the food table was set up the same.IMG_2857Goat milk soap favors!  Baby powder scented!IMG_2858I loved all the old pics.IMG_2866All the food looked so so good!IMG_2868IMG_2869Lindsey was busy greeting all those arriving.IMG_2870Shelly, Alisa and Bruna were checking out the pictures.IMG_2872Mom shared from scripture before we got started.IMG_2875Lunch time!IMG_2876IMG_2877IMG_2878IMG_2879IMG_2880IMG_2882IMG_2883Gift time!IMG_2884IMG_2885IMG_2886IMG_2887IMG_2888Here Lindsey was opening her gift from my girls.IMG_2892Amanda wrapped up a prank gift.  It was called a crib dribbler.  It was so funny!  They didn’t know it was a prank at first and there was no card so my Mom was asking whose gift it was.IMG_2894IMG_2895Pam, Lindsey’s mother in law, helped her open one of the big gifts.IMG_2896This was a cool wall hanging from Maria.IMG_2899Lyvie is showing her the familiar pages in the book Goodnight Maryland.  That was from Brooke and I.IMG_2900IMG_2901Weston and Emma found something fun to do with the wrap boxes.IMG_2903We had to throw in a little librarian touch for Lindsey, so we pulled a bookcase over to put all the books she received in.IMG_2904Sam and Lindsey with Sam’s Mom, Pam, and his sister, Susanna.
IMG_2905Sam is checking out all the books he will be reading to his baby!IMG_2906IMG_2908IMG_2912What is this?!  It was in the grass when we were cleaning up from the shower.  IMG_2918It was a great day and we were so thankful the weather held out for us and we enjoyed being outside!

Family Dinner

Friday night, June 13th, the same day we set up for the shower, we went over to Sam and Lindsey’s for pizza, salad and s’mores.IMG_2822 Terrible timing for pictures, everyone’s mouth was full!  IMG_2824 IMG_2825 Campfire/S’more Time!IMG_2827 IMG_2829 IMG_2834 Lindsey took us down to show us her garden.IMG_2839 Yummy S’more!IMG_2842It was a fun night together!

Silly Goats!

The goats love fresh green leaves and they don’t mind a little challenge either.  So, when we got home from setting up for the shower, we let the babies out to get a little nibble.  You can’t tell here,  but Romeo has his front hooves on Lou Lou.  It’s like she is just standing still for him.  What a good friend.  :) IMG_2796 It’s really amazing how long they can actually stand like this without falling.IMG_2798 Romeo was cracking us up.  He was really reaching!IMG_2800 IMG_2801 Lou Lou’s turn!IMG_2802 Then the big girls had to show what they could do too.IMG_2806 IMG_2807 Our goats make us laugh all the time and this day was no exception.  Ethan was cracking up at Sylvie using June (her Mom) to get to the leaves.IMG_2808 Then Ethan felt bad for them so he held the branches down for them.  And Lou Lou suddenly realized she was on the wrong side of the electric fence!  Haha.IMG_2809 Lou Lou was getting too big to hold.  And don’t mind June in the background.  Poor goats have no privacy.  Haha!  This picture made me laugh when I saw June. I don’t remember that when I took it so it surprised me tonight when I put it in the blog and there’s poor June relieving herself in the background.IMG_2818Silly goats!

Baby Shower Set Up!

On Friday, June 13th, we headed over to Mom and Dad’s to set up for Lindsey’s baby shower.  It was a rainy day.  We really wanted to have the shower outside for Lindsey, but the weather was questionable.  But we went for it!  Here we are setting up the tent.IMG_2782 Weston was laying out the bungees for us.IMG_2783 Lift her up!  The picture might be a little crooked because I was holding up this end of the heavy metal frame while I took the picture.  Once we got these poles in, I said to my Dad, “Aren’t we supposed to put the tarp on first, then raise it up?!”  Oh Boy.IMG_2787 So, back down she went to put the tarp on.IMG_2788 IMG_2789 And she’s up!IMG_2790 Table deliveryIMG_2792 IMG_2793 IMG_2794Once we got all the tables set up, I said to Mom, “Guess what?!”  She said, “What?”  I said, “We are having the shower outside no matter what now, because I’m not carrying all these tables back inside til after the shower!!”  :)

Pedicures and a Mimi Visit!

The week of Lindsey’s baby shower, Brooke arrived in town and we all went for pedicures one afternoon…..
IMG_2777 Then we stopped to visit Mimi who was in rehab after her knee replacement surgery.  She was doing great!  And you should see her now….she is back out in the yard with her wheelbarrow and everything!IMG_2778Love you, Mimi!!
IMG_2780After we visited with Mimi, we went out to dinner.  It was such a fun afternoon with my sisters and Mom.  I’m so thankful for each one of them.