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!img_1344 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.img_1346 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.img_1349 Lyvie!  Ha!img_1350 My footprint.img_1352 img_1354 img_1356 img_1357 img_1361 img_1365 The girls wrote this…..img_1369 img_1370 I love the seagulls footprints.img_1371 I was trying to catch a bird in flight in one of my pics.  This was the best I could do.img_1372 img_1378 img_1379 img_1380 img_1383 Good-bye 44th Street beach……img_1387 The girls jumped back in bed when we got back.  haha!img_1389 Yaya, thanks for letting us crash at your place for the FIRST time ever (for me!)!!  We had a blast!img_1390 Yaya’s deck flowers.  So pretty!img_1391 img_1392 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.img_1393 Then we finally were heading off of Coastal Highway!img_1394 And made our way home!img_1396 Welcome to Manhattan!  We made great time right up to the CT stateline.  Then it was stop and go for hours.  Such a bummer.  img_1401 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.  😉imag1147So long, Ocean City!!  Till next time………

OCEAN CITY 2016 ~~ DAY 6

~~ Sunday, August 28, 2016 ~~

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:img_1273 img_1274 The boys played tic-tac-toe.img_1276 img_1277 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!img_1278 And of course, we had to get pics at the tire!img_1279 img_1280 img_1281 img_1282 Weston loves this shark.img_1283 img_1284 Yaya treated us to pizza on Tony’s deck!  So fun!img_1285 Our view from the deck.img_1286 img_1289 One of the sand sculptures said to take a selfie, so I did!img_1295 My boys!img_1296 Can you tell the sun was oh so bright?!img_1297 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.img_1298 img_1299 img_1301 They had an Olympics sand sculpture….img_1304 And then the evangelistic sand sculptures……img_1305 They were so neat.img_1306 img_1309 img_1311 img_1312 I also liked this farm scene.img_1317 img_1322 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.img_1327 Had to get my picture with Olaf!  I love Olaf!!img_1330 img_1331 img_1329 Watching these people get flung (is that a word??!) up in the air in that little ball made me shiver!img_1334 I think Weston still thinks that fat lady is for real.  He kept staring.img_1336 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.  img_1337 Then I surprised the kids with getting sundaes at Dumser’s!!!!img_1338 It was so fun!img_1339 img_1340 img_1341 It was a perfect ending to a perfect day!img_1343

OCEAN CITY 2016 ~~ DAY 5

~~ Saturday, August 27th ~~

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.img_1223 Sweet girls!img_1224 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!img_1225 Boo, Calvin and me.  I love that he was looking up at Brooke and smiling.  img_1227 The kids got her a “cat” charm for her pandora bracelet.  So fun!  And so her!img_1228 img_1229 img_1230 img_1232 After everyone (but Mom) pulled out, we headed out to get Chic-Fil-A for lunch.  Yum!img_1233 Yaya had a few errands to run and then met us there.  img_1234 We loved getting to spend time with Yaya!!img_1235 When we got back from lunch, Mom was about ready to head out.img_1236 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.img_1237 img_1238 There’s Mom honking and waving from Coastal Highway!img_1240 Weston enjoyed building this lego set that Mom had left for him.img_1241 Then it was off to the beach for the afternoon……img_1243 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.img_1244 img_1245 Lyvie and I took some selfies.img_1247 img_1248 Weston’s wall……he did great and it protected us well.img_1249 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.img_1250 img_1251 img_1254 img_1259 Her and I had fun just sitting together.img_1260 She wrote this in the sand.  😉img_1264 When Lyvia and I got back, everyone was all showered and cozy!img_1268 We watched the sunset from the deck…….img_1269 Weston finished his legos and put it on the scrabble tiles and pretended they were the sand.img_1271That night was so fun and relaxing!  We just hunkered down, had leftovers and watched Soul Surfer.

OCEAN CITY 2016 ~~ DAY 4

~~Friday, August 26th~~

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.img_1186Yaya and I had a mid-morning snack of leftover shrimp cocktail!  YUM!img_1187Then it was…….off to the beach, of course!img_1190Ethan wasted no time getting in!img_1191img_1192Weston loved trying to “ride” the boogie board at the end of the wave.img_1193 Lyvie loved digging in the sand for these creatures.  I can’t remember what they are??  Hermit crabs??  Yaya??img_1199 Weston was always busy.  Here he is burying Yaya’s feet!img_1200 Job well done!img_1201 Going for the frisbee!img_1204 Grace burying Hudson.img_1205 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!img_1209 We saw the dolphins swimming by!  So fun!img_1211 Jackson’s burying Weston.img_1214 After the beach, we took the kids to the pool for a bit before showers and dinner.img_1216 We have a nice view of Yaya’s little place from the pool!img_1219 After showers, we headed to the Whispering Sands condo for dinner and Take Two!  We got yummy Anthony’s grinders!img_1220Another fun day at the beach!!  SO thankful!!

OCEAN CITY 2016 ~~ DAY 3

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.  🙂img_1147 And then it was just another beautiful day on the beach!img_1148 They made a kiddie “pool” out of a shower curtain.img_1150 img_1151 Weston was always busy digging trenches and walls.img_1154 img_1157 And then a huge wave came and filled it right up!img_1158 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.img_1159Then we ate over at one of the condos where Sam, Lindsey, Brooke and the girls were staying.  Some got take-out, some had leftovers.
img_1160 Oh, and Lindsey picked up some Thrasher’s fries for us!  Yum!img_1161 img_1163 We sat out and enjoyed the deck and the view!img_1165 Me and little Jakie!img_1166 img_1168 img_1169 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!img_1170 img_1171 Brooke and Jacob!  Such a sweet boy!img_1172 img_1173 This condo was so nice.img_1174 I loved this high table and chairs.  We played a lot of Take Two here!img_1175 img_1176 Yaya and Jacob!  (and Weston!)img_1177 Reading a book…..just to note: he IS potty trained.  😉img_1178 img_1179 TAKE TWO TIME!!!! img_1180 Then back at Yaya’s late that night, Weston was working on legos!img_1181 img_1182 img_1183 Ethan got the floor, Weston got the love seat, and I got the murphy bed!
img_1184 Such a cozy place Yaya has!img_1185

OCEAN CITY 2016 ~~ DAY 2

Wednesday morning, August 24th, we hit the beach!  It was a beautiful day!IMG_1098 The “pool”.  Buy a shower curtain, dig a hole and you have a “pool” at the beach!IMG_1102 Yaya hired a friend to put this tent up for us every day.  It was nice to have some shade down there.  Thanks, John!IMG_1103 IMG_1104 Hudson and Grace loved being in the water!IMG_1105 They loved diving into the waves.  I got their feet on this one below.IMG_1107 That night we had dinner over at Darrell and Shelly’s.  Shelly made Panang Curry Chicken.  Yum!

Here’s Grace and Calvin!  I haven’t even blogged on his birth yet!  For those who might not know, this is Darrell and Shelly’s youngest, born June 1st.  Calvin Thomas!IMG_1108 Boo and Bailey!IMG_1109 Weston, Emma, and LyviaIMG_1110 Lindsey, Jacob and Yaya!  I also have not blogged on Jacob’s birth either!  Jacob Ross is Sam and Lindsey’s newest addition also born this summer!  Such a sweetie!IMG_1111 Brothers!IMG_1112 Ava and Sam!IMG_1113 Dunk, Mom, and Shelly ~~ the kitchen crew.IMG_1114 Hudson, Jack, Quinn, and Emma on the deck.IMG_1116 That evening after supper, we headed back down to the beach.  It was beautiful.IMG_1117 IMG_1118 IMG_1119 IMG_1120 It was nice and calm.  Just the way I like it.IMG_1121 IMG_1122 Lyvie was having a blast digging up these little guys.IMG_1127 Sam was doing “airplane” with Ava and Bailey.  Here’s Bailey!IMG_1129 IMG_1130 Grace said she wasn’t going to get sandy, but couldn’t resist digging a hole and ended up laying on the sand.  🙂IMG_1131 Mom and Lyvie took apart the “pool”.IMG_1132 Me and mine.IMG_1134 I don’t know if you can see it, but there is a fishing boat way out in the distance and the sun is shining on it.IMG_1135 These little birds were so fun to watch.  They would run from the waves.IMG_1136 Hudson found a squid!IMG_1141 After the beach, the kids and I and Mom ran over to K-Coast Surf Shop and Candy Kitchen.IMG_1142 IMG_1143 IMG_1145 The kids LOVE Candy Kitchen!!  IMG_1146It was a very full, but fun day!

OCEAN CITY 2016 ~~ DAY 1

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, the boys and I got in the car and headed to Ocean City to meet up with the rest of the fam down there.

{{{ Yes, I’m skipping way ahead of the rest of goat babies and conference, camp and lots of other fun summer stuff.  I will go back and catch up later! }}}

Anyway, we had a great trip down.  No major issues. IMG_1083 Bridge building amazes me.IMG_1084 And this “sidewalk” for the workers going up the bridge is crazy.  I think this is the Delaware Memorial Bridge but I can’t remember for sure.IMG_1085 Can you imagine having to walk up there??!!IMG_1086 Ocean City, here we come!  Here we are going over the 90 bridge into Ocean City.IMG_1091 IMG_1093 We weren’t parked in Yaya’s driveway 2 minutes and Weston was already in the pool!IMG_1094 We arrived in the midst of the Yaya sleepover.  For those of you who don’t know, the Yaya sleepover involves Yaya and Grandie keeping all the grandkids at Yaya’s house while all the couples go on dates and have the evening kid-free.  Those still in diapers don’t get to sleep over, but get to spend the evening.  Since Brooke and I were the only ones without our husbands, we went on a date together!!  We actually ran into Darrell and Shelly at the same restaurant, so Shelly got our picture.IMG_1095 Brooke got a yummy burger and fries…..IMG_1096 …..and I got fish tacos.IMG_1097It was such a fun start to our Ocean City trip!

Tuesday Tidbits

Can you tell I’m having a hard time with blog post titles??  Haha.  Just a warning, you will be seeing a lot of goat baby pics in the near future (if you didn’t already notice that!), so I could just name every post “Goat Baby Love”.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Weston and WalkerIMG_7906 Once kidding season begins, I go out morning and night for chore time with the kids and many times in between.  Each baby has to be given medicine 2 times a day for 7 days, plus a few other things thrown in there.  So, it’s a full time job for a while.  But I love it!  The girls wanted to try and help give the medicine this morning so I let them help.  They did great! It’s important for the kids to know all aspects of caring for animals, including giving medicine.IMG_7909 Ethan and Gandalf!  He’s looking right at the camera!!  What handsome boys!  😉IMG_7912 Oh, yes, and our chicks!  We had to show them some attention too.  They, too, grow so fast!  They are now pumping out 8 eggs a day for us!  It’s great.  8 chickens = 8 eggs.IMG_7913 This picture is funny.  If it was snowing, I would think Charlotte was trying to catch snowflakes with her tongue.  Not sure what she was doing here.IMG_7914 Maia came to say hello and whisper something in my ear.  🙂IMG_7916 One of my favorite pictures of these two sweet sisters.IMG_7920 Sam was fertilizing our back yard.IMG_7922 Here’s the three mama’s left to deliver!IMG_7923 The first few days after the babies are born, we can only let them out of their pen when we are out there supervising.  So, most afternoons after school, I would just go out and sit and let them get some fresh air and let the moms have some time outside before we tucked them in for the night.  And of course, I loved to just sit and hold the babies.IMG_7926 Lillian following her mom, Lou.IMG_7927 The kids loved to run and have the goat babies run behind.  June’s boys were very strong from the start and at only two days old, Gandalf was already chasing Lyvia.IMG_7930This is my happy place.

Monday Musings

Monday, April 18th, was more goat baby love.  And that was the story of our lives for the 8 weeks that followed the births.

Here is Grace and Lillian.IMG_7875 This picture makes me laugh….the goat moms are kinda nervous when we first let them out with their babies.  Lou’s baby was right on the other side of the tree, but she didn’t know it and she’s looking around the tree the other way crying for her.  Haha!IMG_7876 Then she went off to eat some hay and Charlotte tried keeping up with her.  So cute!IMG_7877 We also let June and her babies out for the first time Monday morning, the day after they were born.  Here is June’s baby boy, Gandalf, on the left and Lou’s baby girl, Lillian on the right.  June’s boys were big!IMG_7878 Gandalf was a handsome buckling with his silver ears.  He was the first to sell.  Thankfully, to some friends and he just lives 5 minutes down the road now.  He’s doing great!IMG_7879 IMG_7880 IMG_7882 Weston took a liking to Walker.IMG_7883 IMG_7885 We loved his coloring.IMG_7887 Love!IMG_7889 I tried a new way to do a bun in Lyvie’s hair.  Came out pretty!

And of course, we were still doing school along with all the goat baby action.IMG_7893 That night we had chicken fajitas.  Yum!IMG_7904

Sunday Delivery!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday morning snuggles!!

This is Lillian and Charlotte, Lou’s babies.IMG_7782As the morning went on, we knew June would be delivering this day!IMG_7783Lou was in the baby pen with her babies munching on hay and June was trying to poke her face through and get some.  Haha.  But just like human moms in labor~~goats shouldn’t eat while in labor!  Sorry June!IMG_7786Lyvie loves the babies!IMG_7789Weston makes a great doula!!  So cute.IMG_7790IMG_7791The time had come!  See the hoof sticking out.IMG_7792First baby is out!  A boy!IMG_7799June had quite the audience.  Mom was able to make it over for the births and Hudson, Jack, Emma and Quinn came too.IMG_7801And just like that she had two baby boys!!IMG_7806IMG_7809The maternity ward was busy that day!  IMG_7813Lots of visitors!  Dunk and Shelly walked over too.  🙂IMG_7818IMG_7822Charlotte was our biggest snuggle bug of the bunch.IMG_7823During kidding season, as often as we can, our Sunday afternoons are spent out just sitting and snuggling goat babies.  And drinking coffee.  IMG_7824IMG_7825 IMG_7826 It’s so relaxing and fun to just be together.  Sitting just outside the barn, allowed us to keep an eye on June and her newborns but also give her some space to settle in with her babies.IMG_7828 IMG_7829 Charlotte found a nice spot in the sun.IMG_7835 IMG_7837 The kids like to see how far they can “walk” on the spool.  See Weston on it?IMG_7839 Charlotte loved to tuck her head in our sweatshirts.IMG_7841 Does anyone else call these contrails?  I learned that from a neighbor boy my Mom used to babysit and never forgot that.  But I never hear anyone else refer to them as that.IMG_7843 So, since we let the girls name Lou’s girls, we let the boys name June’s boys.  Ethan named the brown one “Gandalf” (from the Hobbit movie) and Weston named the black one “Sky Walker” (from the Star Wars movie).IMG_7854 We mostly called him “Walker”.  He had these neat brown markings just above his eyes.IMG_7858 IMG_7861 Betsy, the cow, came to say hello.IMG_7864 IMG_7866 Saying good night.IMG_7871 After evening chores, we had appetizer night!  And watched a movie.  Weston looks good in Grace’s glasses!IMG_7872It was a great Sunday!  So thankful for two more healthy baby goats delivered safely.