Thursday, July 17, 2014

sandcastles, sunshine, cousins, grandparents, and all

(pictures 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12 mine;  the rest - others of us, including kids!)

Mom's side reunion:  Illinois, summer 2014.  Mega (and sometimes midnight) group mario cart racing, keeping kids out of (or throwing them into) the water, chatting-cooking-serving-cleaning, getting everyone into wiffle ball and sandcastle building.  Lightening bugs, fireworks, glow sticks, fishing (a first for Gret:  the girl from 10,000 lakes taught by her same age Illinois cousin), and no injuries or tears (no more than usual).

Starting with awkward looks among cousins-once-removed on Thursday evening, Saturday night brought "do we have to go already?!" 's, which was good.

Kaatje was right back out on the road two days later to Heidelberg Camp, but this time with friends instead of family, a break for her!

Lovely, busy, summer.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

(everyone's walls don't look like this?)


~ the first year we've enjoyed a whole (very late) strawberry crop
~ I instigate a chalk solar system on the driveway, Kaatje decorates
~ friends over for a stormy Saturday afternoon
~ Jeff in the stifling attic, me with my arm in the walls, but we got seven wires run from the attic to the basement that same Saturday, thanks to those friends
~ last-minute new haircut
~ (red geraniums remind me of Germany; love, love.)