Our family - daughter Jennifer, son-in-law Matthew, and 3 little grandsons - arrived two weeks ago tonight in the evening and we packed a lot of activity into the two weeks they were here. They flew from Alberta on a big plane to Toronto then the smaller plane to Fredericton. What a joy-full and busy time we had!
The boys enjoyed playing with our son's old toys in the dirt under the deck.
The biggest boys enjoyed riding in Grampie's JD wagon behind the lawn tractor. (No, he wasn't mowing! Safety first.) Littlest one wanted no part of it.
They helped Grampie "pick" rocks in our garden. They weren't difficult to find!!
The bigger boys enjoyed playing Missing Matchup - a favourite of Jennifer's and Mark's when they were little. And you have to put the red markers on toes and fingers while playing. :)
Good friends invited us over to go kayaking. They all went but me....I stayed on shore and took pictures. :)
We celebrated Canada Day at home. The boys wore their Canada T-shirts and proudly waved their flags. They went fishing for the first time with their Uncle Mark and Aunt Jenn but the fish weren't biting that day....I guess it was too hot. Very dear friends came for a visit in the afternoon and we sat on the lawn in the shade with a lovely breeze blowing through the yard. The water guns came out and the littles really had fun with that, along with a few of the adults. In the evening we had a great bonfire and roasted marshmallows and made s'mores.
Matthew's parents arrived on Saturday night so joined us through the days. They hadn't seen the family since last September either!
We all went to St. Andrews on July 4 and it was a gorgeous day there - sunny and hot.
The boys were 'mining' for treasure outside a shop on Water Street.
We wandered through a few shops, had a great dinner on a restaurant deck overlooking the water then went to the Block House to walk on the beach as the tide was out. The boys had fun collecting seashells in their pails.
It was a beautiful evening!!
There was swimming in friends pools; bowling one day; visiting friends; picking strawberries; playing with Lego, cars and trucks, and vintage toys; hiking at the beaver ponds; reading stories; got lots of hugs; laughed; wiped tears and dirty little faces; and made some wonderful memories!
On Friday we had a family reunion with those who could make it. My sister, Margaret, flew in late Wednesday night for a month's visit with us and Thursday was the only day she would get to see Jennifer and the family as they were leaving Friday morning for home. We had 21 here. And it rained. Not just rain, but pouring rain. And it was only 12 C. My dream of having the party on the deck and lawn under sunny warm skies didn't happen so we all stayed inside standing or sitting where we could and had a great time anyway. One other little cousin came so we had 4 little boys playing around. It was so great to see everyone!
One last bedtime story with Uncle Mark and Aunt Jenn.
I didn't get a lot of photos of me with the kids. Being behind the camera most of the time has its disadvantages!! It also makes me sad that those snapshots don't get taken but I have my memories (and I hope I don't lose them!!).
It was a great vacation time for us all. It was tiring (I slept through every night, which at my age rarely happens!) and noisy (I wouldn't trade the sound of children playing or crying for the world.) and we enjoyed it all. We saw them off at the airport Friday and when we came home it was just too quiet. How we miss them!
For the next few weeks I'll be entertaining my sister as we visit family here in New Brunswick. We'll do some sightseeing and hopefully I'll get to blog about it when I get the chance. I'll be scarce on here again.
Take care and have a wonderful July. See you soon!