Wednesday, July 18, 2012

On The Road Again

I have been doing my best to live up to my desire to spend more time off line and with family. Summer and sunshine...they bring out the best of me and all the things I'd like to do. So this was tops on my list:

Making hay while the sun shines, we've been visiting our young marrieds that live out of state. Luckily, though they don't live in the same town they do live in the same state! It makes for a simple route and we are able to get in visits with two families on the same trip!

At Daniel Son's and Laura's lovely home, Pop was busy with his trusty tool box and working on a punch list. His master carpenter skills and I use that term a tad loosely, he's had many years of honey do's...kept he and Dan busy.
Hi dear, yes it's me again with my trusty camera...we all have our talents now don't we?
Laura and I had our own punch list and it was cleared at the local mall...a new mirror. Now which one???
Yes! That's the ticket! With the help of a very kind store employee we loaded it up in the back of Daniel's pick up and returned to add to Pop's punch list! Thanks,'re the best!
Laura and I and Zeus and Zoey were buys enjoying the chill of the air conditioner...
Things were starting to heat up outside! That's the fire pit Daniel Son built!
Time to load up the car and head on up the road! A few hours later and we arrived to see how much our sweet and beautiful Grace has grown! Her Mom and Dad are looking pretty much the same, but Grace is changing before our eyes! Sitting up all by Sush the razzberry! Yep, new skill set every day!

Now Grace likes to use her two fingers for comfort instead of a thumb. I will admit I did that as well when I was young. Not the same two fingers but two were better than one! Smart girl, our Grace!
Scott and Pop were busy on projects but I was rather distracted with my sweet girl. It seems my photos at their home centered around Grace...not a project.

Instead of 'Foggy Bottom' we were visiting 'Crabby Bottom'! I know I have a plethora of photos but hey, I'm a Gramma!
Grace loves the fresh air and sunshine! Erin's a wonderful Mom and Grace's smile pretty much says it all!
I'm afraid the only sign of all of Pop's hard work at Grace's house is this photo of a worn out Pop!
Not to leave anyone thinking I wasn't doing my 'part' on this leg of our trip...Erin, Grace and I did go out shopping. We all have our talents...!!! Here's Grace waiting for us to get our act together for shopping!
So once we accomplished all that we could squeeze into our visit, we loaded up the car and headed back down the road. Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Boys of Summer

I don't want anyone getting the idea my two favorite boys are sitting in the corner idle. The next weekend after Kate was born...the afternoon of Uncle Tim's birthday party Trey and Peter went to their favorite baseball park. The Durham Bull's Athletic Park, better known as the D-BAP! It's where we went last year around the Fourth of July with my two boys of  summer! Baseball and little boys, now that's a new concept! We were invited to join them on this outing, but the impending arrival of baby Kate kept me from making commitments ahead of time!

Their Dad, knowing how much I love seeing them enjoy themselves, sent me some pictures. Trey's team had won the league championship. They were rewarded by being able to run out on the field during a break in the game with the 'real' baseball players on the Durham Bulls! I hear Trey was very busy chatting up the players! I wish I had been able to accompany them, but I'm sure glad I was sent the pictures...Enjoy!

And Peter was thrilled to be a part of the entire outing!
I love Summertime...I love my boys!
Hope your summer is sizzling in just the right way!


Saturday, July 7, 2012

Summer Time...

“When the sun gets hot and the moon gets hazy
good girls go bad... and it gets crazy!” 
 Rachel Thompson

Just checking to see if you were paying attention! Last post I left you with a promise of a day at the Park. My companions in 'summer craziness' were Lily and her other Grandmother...Beth. I will try to tell the story in pictures...

We started off with gray skies and a light morning mist. With the heat we've been experiencing it was really a blessing. Upon entering the park, Lily spied the swings and was scampering across the ground as quickly as her two little tennis shoed feet would move! I was the  photographer on the expedition, so 'Grammy Beth' was in charge of giving Lily pushes to send her spirit and giggles soaring!
The swings were good for about the attention span of a two year old...and it was off to play on the slides, climb the hill and just explore!
Determination pays off!
Run across and find the slide, Lily!

We played in the sand...
drew pictures on the sand table...

Like her Daddy, Lily was eager to ride in the boats...perhaps the operator had to ask Lily to sit down in the boat...perhaps the boat had to be stopped! Or maybe it was another child...but Lily loved her yacht!
The highlight of the entire day was hands down the Carousel! Lily rode the animals of her choice at least twice per animal! We had the pig, the horse, the cat and the rabbit! Our sweet love likes things fast and the Carousel was just the ticket(s)!

All that riding makes a gal hungry! The sun started peeking out from the clouds and it was a wonderful time to relax on the park bench and snack!
And we're off! More climbing...
Another ride on the yacht...PULL that cord Lily, make that bell ring!
And then the last ride of the day....THE TRAIN! Lily wasn't sure if she wanted to ride the train. Curious as always, but definitely some ambivalence as we pulled out of the station...

Oh, would Lily not like the train? Nah, she was smiling and laughing and enjoying the wind in her hair as fast as you can say 'I think I can, I think I can'!
Train rides come to an end as does a morning at the park. We wore our sweet little angel out...and she wore us out as well. It was time for everyone to head home and have a lovely summer afternoon ritual. A nap!

After all, the sun got hot and we girls got crazy!