Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Big Announcement :)

This little man is going to be a big brother in January!  I'm so excited for my twin brother and sister (in-law)  I can't wait to have another niece or nephew to love and spoil!

 We had a great time with Jonathan, Liz and Daniel.  Daniel has changed so much since the last time I spent a good amount of time with him at Christmas.  He LOVES the dogs and is always pointing and saying OOOOOOOOO :)  Love him so much and can't wait till we get to see them all again!

Monday, July 21, 2014


Other than Darien Lake and Enchanted Forest, this is the first time the girls have spent any kind of time in a pool.  It was cold, but so nice!  Swimming in a pool is so different than swimming in a river.  You should also know that Marissa is generally my kid that will try swimming but only stick her head under the water for .02 seconds and be proud of that.  Madalyn is my dare devil who will try anything new and is not scared of anything.  (Not always a good thing)  But, wait till you see what Marissa did!  I'm so proud of her! 

Madalyn swimming :)  She needed to use a noodle when she got tired because she couldn't touch anywhere in the pool.  

Then Madalyn and I, along with the rest of the crew got too cold so we bailed on Marissa and Doug :)

Now watch Marissa go!  I'm so proud of her.  This is a HUGE accomplishment for her and her trust issues!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Play time away from home...

...wears you out!  I came in later one night than everyone else only to find the girls and Doug on Molly's bed and both dogs passed out in our bed!  LOL  

They were comfy so I guess that is all that matters!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quality time with some cousins :)

 We got the chance to head out to my old stomping grounds to spend some time with family and friends that we don't get to see very much.  Thursday we spent the day with my grandparents.  We had an AWESOME visit.  But of course, I didn't remember my camera.  We got to spend pretty much the whole day with them...lunch, lots of talks, and laughs, odd jobs, and dinner.  I really felt like we got to spend some quality time this time with them.  The kids had a blast and Marissa really took to Grandpa.  What an awesome day.  I love my grandparents and am so thankful that we got that time with them.  I know we all have to grow up and move on, but I miss being down the road from them and going to visit them whenever I want to.  
From there we went to my cousins' house, where we parked the camper.  They were so sweet and kept an eye on the dogs for us while we spent the day at Grandpa and Grandma's.  They made this trip so easy and made us feel right at home.  They also hosted a bunch of family at their house so we could see more of my Dad's side of the family than we usually have time for when we go "home".  Friday morning we went strawberry picking.  Boy did the kids ever have fun!  Ok, we all did, including the guys who ended up leaving with a few stains on their shirts from throwing rotten berries at each other.  

We detoured for a swimming trip before heading back to Mary and Isaacs, but I'll save that portion for a post of its own.  Friday night Mary and Isaac hosted a bonfire at their place for a bunch of my cousins and Aunts/Uncles.  We had so much fun!  The girls were so overwhelmed getting to meet so many cousins that they really didn't know.  Madalyn really took to my cousin's little girl Amelia.  There were best buds and where one girl was, the other wasn't far behind!

So cute!  Madalyn woke up the next morning and the first thing she said was, "Is my cousin Amelia coming back today?"  Can't wait to get them together again!

Mary was all prepared with fun stuff for the kids.  She had poppers that you throw on the ground and they pop, glow bracelets, and s'mores!  The kids were in their glory :)

What an awesome night!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Things that drive OCD people crazy...

Puppies that like to chew ;)  LOL  This is what my living room looks like 24/7 now!  At least she only chews what is hers, but still!

This is nothing LOL!  I love her to pieces and have since realized that this is normal for great dane puppies.  I'm lucky that she only chews what is hers and she doesn't eat any of the pieces she chews off.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

Big Accomplishments...at least for me :)

As we talked coming home from Buffalo area on Saturday evening/Sunday morning, we decided we were going to head right back out since Doug was working in the area of Green Lakes State park.  I only unpacked what had to be and then repacked when we got home from church.  After the kids had been told of the plan and I was halfway through packing, it dawned on me that Doug was going to be working Wednesday when we had to be off the site.  I semi panicked but realized this was the time to step up and pull the camper.  This may not be the only time this sort of thing comes up.  I decided if I was going to have to pull it home, then I wanted to pull it out as well with Doug watching me to make sure I was ok.  I'm not sure how I thought that was going to help, but it gave me some peace.  Now mind you, we don't have a monster trailer, but its big enough!  I think official outside length is 26 feet 11 inches.  So I asked a lot of questions and we headed on the road.  Must to my surprise, I think it handles better when I was behind the wheel than it feels like it does from the passenger seat!  I felt super comfortable and it pulled amazing!  When it came time to pack up, I was able to remember everything (except shutting off the water pump) and get it all hooked up and off the site on time without a problem!  I lack in the confidence area a lot of time and it felt so good to accomplish this!  I don't like that much responsibility, but I feel so much better now knowing I'm capable of it.  Now if Doug calls and says hey, I'm going to be in Ithaca for the week, we can pack up and head down!  

Yesterday I got the camper emptied and totally cleaned.  I did 3 loads of laundry, folded and put away 2 and remade the beds in the camper for the next trip.  I don't have a ton to do today so I'm hoping I'll get to the pictures and get them edited.  I can't wait to share all our fun with you!  I promise by next week I will have everything in order :)  Good thing Dad has been busy or I would be in big trouble! ;)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Finally Home!

We have been getting our use out of our camper here lately!  Last Wednesday, we headed out around 9:30 for south of Buffalo.  We got to see Grandma and Grandpa, a lot of my Dad's side of the family and the girls I used to babysit when I was 13.  We had sooo much fun.  We got home really early Sunday morning.  

Then we ended up packing back up again and heading out Sunday around 6 to head back out again till yesterday!  We have had a great time but its time to be home and get caught up on stuff!  I have pictures and a lot to talk about our time on the road.  I need a day to organize my posts, thoughts and pictures ;)
....along with doing laundry, emptying the camper, and cleaning!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


This year is the first year since I have been in this house that our rose bush has blossomed.  I'm not even sure if it has EVER blossomed.  It was planted to close to the peony bushes.  In the fall I'm going to move it somewhere so it can be a healthier plant!  I've decided I like it now that it is more than just jagged leaves and thorns! :)

Altogether I think I had 15 or 16 roses :)  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Our site

We loved Darien Lake State Park.  Now granted, if it was a holiday or a weekend and was packed, we might have felt different about it!  When we were there, it was quiet and very pretty.  The sites had shade, but you weren't in the dark.  I loved it!  It will definitely be a stop for next year for sure!

Our "whole" family ( plus a couple extras ;) )

Hanging out with Grandma...

...and Grandpa!

We had such a great time.  I'm so thankful that we have been blessed with the camper.  It is allowing us to make some awesome memories with the kids!  I can't wait till next year when we have fresh vacation time and can go camping for a week somewhere and just relax!