Thursday, April 28, 2016

Once In A Lifetime Part 2

Older Boys-Sam and Will Ages 16 and 15
Julie had a broken dishwasher, so they removed it. Now Sam and Will take turns doing evening dishes, and sometimes they do them together. They have fun while they work and everyone appreciates their efforts.

Samuel has been cheerfully doing dishes for a long time. When Will got bigger they both used to climb up on stools with dishtowels wrapped around their waists and learn to do dishes.
Sam has always liked babies, and doesn't mind helping out the little ones.
The oldest four boys all take piano lessons. While we were there, they were busy practicing for an upcoming Spring Piano Recital.
Sam and Will each played their own song, and then did a duet together which was a big hit with the audience.
I love it that these 'old' grandsons still like their Grammy, and don't mind spending some time with me. Sam went fishing, caught a trout and fixed it up for dinner for me one night. What a treat! Will and I have lots to talk about, including good books we've been reading.
I think William beat us all bowling, as he is really competitive and a good bowler.
These two guys are close in age, and do most things together, including eating like teen-age boys do!
While us girls were having fun, Papa and Peter were busy tearing out the bathtub, flooring and some of the wall in the bathroom. I didn't get a photo of the boys, but they spent several days working hard alongside the men and getting things done. 
Benjamin- Age 13
 Benjamin's birthday is 2 days after Millie's, on April 10th. Due to the stomach flu making the rounds through the family, Ben's birthday was split up into three parts. He weathered this with good humor. Every year he asks for banana pudding for his birthday dessert, and this year was no exception. And no, he didn't get to eat that whole thing by himself. Although, I think he could have!
We celebrated Ben's 13th by taking the older kids and going bowling. We all had a great time, especially Ben.
Ben likes to eat, and I think he may be the budding chef in the family.
Calvin- Age 11

Calvin had a good time bowling, and showed off some skills.
We all enjoyed Fat Pattie's and the French fries were as good as the burgers.
On our way on one of our many trips....
Calvin gets along just as well with Ben the next older, and Millie the next younger.
Elijah- Age 5

We were only going to take the older children bowling, but Elijah wanted to go so bad that we took him too. He really enjoyed it, and his ball was nearly as big as he is.
This is Elijah all dressed up for church. His bow tie was one my brother wore at his age, and I passed it on to Julie. It has gone down the ranks, and is perfect for Elijah now. Next will be baby James.
Elijah has many big brothers to look after him, help him and model good behavior for him.
He had a mishap in the water swimming, and is taking time to catch his breath and warm up.
Jameson- Age 1
I think Julie is really enjoying this sweet little guy and still having a baby in the house.

 Those curls in back are so cute! Everyone loves playing with and holding James.
and he gives out kisses too!
He's usually on the lookout for someone to pick him up for a while.
When Millie went up to the attic, James thought he'd like to try that too.  
Grammy got in her time too, although he's not much of a snuggler usually.
And once in a while, Papa and Grammy had to take a little break and rest : )
The whole bowling teams...and we all had such a wonderful visit!
Tomorrow we'll conclude this with a bit of our trip home and some family history investigating we did on our way.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Once In a Lifetime


The insurance man and I decided to take most of the month of April and travel across our country to visit Julie and her family. The first thing we did was to go car shopping for a comfortable car, and we ended up with a 2015 Nissan Murano. It stood us a good stead for the trip.
Just before we left, Dad suffered a stroke and was hospitalized. We were able to hurry around and leave a day early to stop and see him. We were relieved to find him still smiling and in good hands while we would be away.
We had breakfast with Mom and other family at McDonald's before being on our way on our big adventure. We followed Interstate freeways, and went through 10 states on our way to West Virginia.
We took 4 1/2 days to reach our destination, and were determined to be there for granddaughter Amelia's 9th birthday. Our toughest and longest day was when we drove through Kansas City, St Louis and Louisville in one day. But the reward was seeing everyone the next day. Julie and family drove to meet us in the State Capital of West Virginia, which is Charleston. We met up at a restaurant called 'Fat Patty's' for lunch, and it turned out to be a very good and cheap hamburger joint.
Overall we had a great visit and special time together for 8 days. I will take each grandchild and show a few of the best photos.
Amelia (Since she was the birthday girl)
We had surprise snow storm on her birthday, which was April 8.
One of our favorite things to do when I visit is to have tea. One afternoon we had  impromptu cups of tea with some homemade sugar cookies Millie had made.
Another day we had a dress up tea party which was lots of fun.
 We celebrated Amelia's birthday one night with Reuben sandwiches for dinner, by her request...
and here is her birthday cake for our new 9 year old.
We love to do things together, so
 we decided to do a sewing project together. We needed her mothers fabric box from the attic, so she climbed up to get it. We picked some pretty blue fabric and then
 worked hard to make a curtain for the kitchen.
Towards the end of the week we took the older kids bowling for Ben's birthday. Millie got to come too, and had a good time improving her skills.
Taking a bowling break...
Cecily- Age 7 
Cecily is helping her mom make Ben's birthday dessert.
Cecily's dress up clothes for our fancy tea!

Cecily had a pack of cards, and talked Millie into playing with her.
Entertaining the baby!
Papa is GREAT!
Julie bought a kit and Cecily and I spent some time learning how to latch hook. Her picture is of a horse, and Cecily loves horses!
Bronwyn- Age 3
 Watching Grammy frost Millie's birthday cake.
 Getting a little Grammy comfort... We went swimming one day and Bronwyn slipped and hit her mouth on the concrete. She had a big fat lip for a day, but no teeth damage thank goodness. 
 Sitting with Dad after her bath,
 and sitting with Papa is always a good place to be.
These two fight and get along famously all at the same time. Right here they are hugging but making scary faces?
 This is Bronwyn at our fancy tea. Pink looks good on this girl!
That's enough for one post. Tomorrow we'll show the boys.