A couple of weeks ago we visited NB. It’s always nice to go home but Ali and Aaliyah were visiting at the same time, so it was a full house (blue and otherwise) of kids and fun and food and … summer!
I think papa’s in heaven – all five grandkids in the same place and kicking balls in the back yard. I love this shot because Eleanor is having fun, because of the view in the background (the view I always had as a kid), and because grammie and grampie’s old homestead is in the background. On Saturday, we spent a beautiful day at the blue house. There were lots of wheeler rides, hot dogs and s’mores over an open fire, and (my favorite) we even fit in a little fishing time (which may or may not have resulted in some fish!). It was a hot afternoon so we even took a dip in the ‘hawk, which was nowhere near as warm as it looked! Everyone got in though, even if it was just for a quick dip! The boys especially thought it was neat! On Sunday morning, we went to the park and splash pad, partly because everyone else was busy at church and partly because I thought it would be fun to take the kids back to a park they would remember. Happiness is … the swings! This might be my favorite park in the world…
Eleanor didn’t care much for the sprinklers, but she did have fun on the playground! (Oh… that face!) On Sunday afternoon, we had family over for a potluck and spent the afternoon in the backyard. It was mostly just a get together to see family, but we took the chance to celebrate papa’s 60th birthday, which was a few weeks ago.
The kids had an awesome time in/on this big blow-up ball (which I think papa had a harder time getting out of than getting in).
Campfire? Always. Awww. Eleanor certainly loves her papa (although I’m 100% certain that the feeling is mutual). And then… there was the slip and slide. I think this turned out better than nana had even hoped. Aaliyah, the boys, and all the cousins had a ball on this thing. It was the perfect day for it.
This one makes me laugh every time I look at it! Eleanor, for the most part, stayed out of the way and sneaked drinks.
It was a really great time – great weather and great fun for the kids – it was the perfect weekend, but I wish I had more pictures of the cousins together and I wish I had a picture or two of Ali and I together. Everyone spent the following weekend with us, which was another good time in spite of the rain, and now everyone is in their own corners of the world and the house seems kind of quiet. We are already looking forward to the next visit!