Friday, November 22, 2013

All Over The Place

Greetings and Salutations…
Oh my we've had ourselves a busy time! I'm afraid I'm going to just do the ole' photo dump again to hopefully bring this poor blog up to some kind of current state.

We did have other things happening at the annual beach trip to Holden Beach other than that wonderful proposal.

The house we stayed in this year…we keep going up in size as the family keeps growing... was really delightful. Everyone enjoyed the pool and the ocean views!

We have some comparison photos from last summer to this one…Daniel and Laura's world changed the most…from relaxing sans bebes to never a dull moment with bebes!

Grace and Kate have gone from leaning on each other for support…to sitting upright independently but still loving one anothers company!

The girls are growing up…pretty soon we won't be using high chairs for these two…of course Ms Lily has long been sans a high chair!

Always looking for fun things to do when it's too hot to be on the beach we made beach pudding cups with paper umbrellas and teddy graham bears, gummy life savers, twirlers for noodles and other treats!

If you squint really hard you might be able to see Daniel and Laura enjoying some solo time on the beach. The two shaded spots right by the water…parents on the lam! Abigail and George do keep them hopping. 

Pop and Sush were happy to keep an eye on our sweet babies while Mom and Dad relaxed!

Grace and her Daddy, Scott, had fun in the water!

Pop was always ready to spend some time at the water's edge with his wee ones! Grace and Pop were loving the beach!

(Speaking of Grace and her Mom and Dad…we are thrilled to be able to announce some exciting news for their family…I'll let Grace explain…
Slight change on the due date…we are now awaiting the newest grand baby, scheduled to arrive in February! We just keep expanding our circle of love in this family! We do know that Grace is having a sister, so the girls are still in the lead! I am so thrilled! It was verrry hard to keep that a secret.)

Soon it was time for a group picture of those still remaining at the end of our beach vacation. Always times flies the fastest when we are all together and having fun!

Peter and Trey weren't able to join us at the beach this year as they had already started school. However they were busy water bugs!  Trey joined the neighborhood swim team this year and loved it!

Peter was able to get to the beach with his family earlier…and like his Sush, loves his toes in the water and well…you know the rest of the song…
Trey and Peter's Dad, our oldest son, Steve, was busy this summer training for his first marathon! He did very well, coming in third in his class! His fortĂ© was swimming. He's decided if he makes this a real sport he may graduate to a more serious bike. He said he was on the receiving end of some pretty funny looks as he cycled passed the spectators ringing his little bell!
Way to go champ! We are so proud of you!

Shortly after the beach trip we headed up to visit Daniel, Laura and the babies. It was time for Abigail and George to have their baptism. What a very special day and a wonderful memory for us all. Abigail wore the heirloom gown my grandmother made for my Dad. You will remember Trey and Peter and Lily wore it for their baptism. George wore an heirloom gown from Laura's grandfather. It was certainly a very special way to honor the generations before

We've had some sleepovers with Trey and Peter…

Lily has had her turn at a sleepover as well…always loving the dress up bin…and this time it was close enough to Halloween she could play dress up with some of the decorations!

And Kate and Lily modeled the Halloween shirts I found for them! Aren't they growing?

Speaking of Halloween…I was invited to join Kate and Grace and their moms, Lisa and Erin at the local library Halloween festival! Cutest cupcake ever our Gracie was, and Kate made for one precious bumble bee!

Abby and George were sporting some costumes of their own…Laura and Dan were dressed as themselves!

We've had other visits…and more red letter days to share. But I will have to digress to those another day! For now I will leave you with the most recent visit of Abigail and George. Momma Laura went for a much deserved girl's weekend with her best friend and Daddy Daniel came to visit us with the two in tow! We had soooo much fun and are looking forward to having the whole clan together for Thanksgiving!

The photos aren't in any particular order and are fairly self explanatory. The last two of Abby and George were sent by Dan and Laura. The twins are wearing some onesies I couldn't pass up…Osh Kosh b'Gosh makes the cutest baby clothes!
Until I decide to stay up late to post another…


Bossy Betty said...

What happy, wonderful times! Thanks for sharing them!

Janie Junebug said...

What fun! I wish I could all of you together in person. The heirloom baptism gowns are so special.


Claudia Moser said...

It is always so special to go through your pictures, they speak volumes! Lovely

Shady Del Knight said...

My goodness, Sush, what a baby blitz you've got going on in your family! It truly is, as you put it, a "circle of love." The children all seem to be fond of the water like I was at their age, and I am astonished by the changes I've seen in them in the years since I first began following you. God bless them all!

February will be here before you know it and I'm looking forward to seeing a picture of the newest arrival. Hooray for the girl team!

Thank you, dear Sush, for brightening what has otherwise been a very dark and depressing day.

Shelly said...

Beautiful, loving, happy family- you are a rich woman, indeed! Loved all the pictures and how much the young 'uns are growing. Gorgeous little babies! And on this day where it's so cold here, your beach pics made me long for the sunny ocean.

thisisme said...

Well, Miss Sush, what an absolute treat this post was! Goodness me, what a dynasty you've got going on there. Absolutely amazing how all these babies keep coming along. (Alright then, yes, I'm very jealous dear friend!! Such loves~loves~loves you have going on in your family. Loved the last two photos of Abby and George. My, how they've grown. Such beauties. Loved the old photo and the new photo of Grace and Kate. All the photos were so lovely to see. Looks as if you will need a bigger house again for next year's beach holiday!! What an exciting year you have had in 2013, and 2014 looks as if it is going to be just the same, with another new bebe, AND a wedding to arrange. I honestly couldn't be happier for you dear Sush. Hugs.

Bouncin Barb said...

Fabulous post Sush. Lots of love and such cute little ones (big ones too). Congratulations on another on the way in February. You're going to need a bigger house yourself soon! lol. Love the sunshine always shining around your precious family! Hugs XX

Kathi said...

Lovely, beautiful pictures… times to cherish…. Blessings and memories to hold close… Hugs to you!

yaya said...

Oh how I loved looking at the beach pics! I wish I were there now! I need warm and sun! Your Grandkiddos are so adorable. What great looking kids and you are the best Grandma and Grandpa! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all the family and all the fun!

Sush said...

>Betty…Thanks for stopping in! Hope you are planning a wonderful turkey day!

>Janie…it would be so lovely to meet all our bloggie friends in person! That dress was worn by my Dad and all my children. It is now 93 yrs old!

>Claudia…I hope you are taking good care of yourself! You are the most traveled lady I know! Big hugs~

>Tom…It always brightens MY day when I get to share a piece of it with you. I do hope it was only the weather that was depressing and dismal. I can't bare the thought of you having anything but sunshine in your heart. Big Hugs~

>Shelly…It's been awfully cold here lately as well and getting colder. Beach weather would be very welcome! Happy retirement dear friend!

>Diane…I always get a smile when you drop in! And yes the twins are growing by leaps and bounds! My love to you dear friend and hugs to YOUR lovely family as well!

>Barb…you know you are right about us needing a bigger house when they are all here, but then they all go and we rattle around the one we have. Sooner or later we are going to downsize our dwelling! Just not at least until after the wedding!

>Kathi…one thing I do know is how blessed we are and to cherish each moment. We have our share of ups and downs but we always hold on to each other in the storms.

>Cathy…Well we do have lovely grandkiddos in common now don't we? I am sure you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all your crew! Big hugs to you and yours!

Jennifer Hoppins said...

Your family is growing exponentially! How full and sweet life is with so many babies to love. Your beach trip looks fabulous!

Sush said...

>Jenny…Thanks, and yes we are exploding with babies around here, but you won't hear any complaints from this Gramma! Big hugs Jenny and Happy Thanksgiving!