Welcome to another month of highlights!
We had a family reunion, I have a big family. This is my Dad’s side of the family, really maybe not quite half of them:). And, only my Dad & his sibs and their kids & grandkids — no great aunts & uncles and extended stuff, they are all direct descendants of my Grandpa (or married into). My Mom’s side of the family is even bigger;)
My lovely niece Ashley was there — and she sometimes reads my blog:)
The “after party” back at the family farm
We then had 6 days without kids! WHAT! Marian was at Camp and the boys were with my sister. Kelly still had to work, so I had some alone time. I spent some time with God and His amazingly beautiful creation.
Do you ever realize His love for us in the way He gave us such beauty!
I played a round of golf with Debbie:)
Kelly took a day off and we went kayaking and exploring
We happened upon a park with a butterfly garden and this is why I HATE not having my real camera with me, blurry, grainy pictures!
Then we headed towards the kids and did a little golfing on the way there
And . . . came back with 5 kids! Alyssa & Kashton got to hang out with us for the week. We had VBS, we had a Bible marketplace – it was so much fun!
We went to our favorite village, and because I thought 5 wasn’t enough, we invited Emma & JC to come too. My MIL Sandy was kind enough to come too
We spent some time at the pool
A rare capturing of Kashton on camera!
And, the zoo
It was really hot! They decided to set up some shade and then Tobin said they needed cold water and I came out to this;)
Trying to use the post hole digger didn’t work for them
Brady gave a concert, he was great!
Mari had junior high orientation! Mary, if you are reading this — still didn’t cry. She is so excited to go!
We spent more time at the pool
And, we headed to America’s Roller Coast for the day
Ez & Mari are up there
In order to combat the wretched headache I got last year, I prepped by over hydrating the day before, getting a drink band so I could rehydrate all day long (mostly water but some lemonade & gatorade too). And, took 2 rounds of preventive ibuprofen. I know, a normal person just might give it up, but this girl loves her roller coasters!. The day was fab, Tobin & Kelly both actually rode roller coasters, the Gatekeeper was Tobin’s favorite and really no lines. Apparently, I’m now too old to go as hard as I used to, but that’s probably better for my family anyway. They were laughing at me all day when I shared one of my old rules of Cedar Point with them (#1 Must get there before park opens and stay until they kick you out, #2 No kiddie rides, they take time away from coaster riding).
It was a great way to wrap up summer!