Friday, September 19, 2014

Movers and Shakers

Last weekend was a busy one, and I'm finally getting around to a little recap. On Friday, Adam closed on his house! It's so exciting that he is no longer homeless. Ha! When he got back to the his house after the closing, we were there in the driveway ready to unload the first wave of 'stuff' one needs to set up a home. (My grandma alway said, "when they went to housekeeping.") We borrowed a nice truck from Don Meyer Ford (thanks Jon!), and Jon and Andrew helped Jim with the loading on this end, while Adam and David were there to unload at the new homestead. Teamwork!
Of course, he is still missing some key pieces of furniture, so the floor had to suffice for a little rest when the work was done. Is Jim snoring?
We were back the next morning to pick up the tailgating crew and head to downtown Indy for the Purdue/Notre Dame game. Our van, the silver bullet' has been earning her keep for over 15 years on occasions just like this one, and has covered over 250,000 miles. We're not sure of the exact number since the odometer quit working. Thankfully, the rest of her is going strong!
It was a beautiful day in the tailgate neighborhood, with a great view of Lucas Oil Stadium. It did take a bit of maneuvering to get satisfactorily situated in Tailgate Town, but we were soon up and running. There was food to eat, music to enjoy, prizes to win, plates to buy, and all sorts of activities around the town. And the weather was perfect!
Our new flagpole is awesome! Happy Birthday, Jim! :)
Time for some cornhole!
Spirit tattoos for the ladies.
Megan and Jim share some dessert.
 Shaking up some team spirit. Go Boilers!
It was great to have Adam's high school friends Jay, George, and Cory join us for the festivities.
Chellsey, Megan, and Courtney.
Cory, Jay, George, and Adam. Together again.
And just for fun, here are a couple of photos of the same group from spring break in Grand Cayman their senior year of high school.
 Waaaayyyy back in 2009. :)

Back to the present… Shylah and David enjoying Tailgate Town.
It was tricky, but we even managed to get Jonathan in and parked after he finished working.
He also ran into some 'old' friends, Ciara and Tim. They're married now, and Jon claims just a little credit for the matchmaking. #lookinfor#12
Here's the whole group.
And another of the real whole group taken by a neighboring tailgater so I could get in it. Yay.
Big Purdue Pete standing behind Adam, Shylah, and David. Hammer Down!
After a loooonnnngg walk up the ramps in Lucas Oil Stadium, we were finally in our seats. And here come the Boilers!!
 The roof is open!
 David and Matthew ready for the game.
 Granny, David, and Matthew.
The Boilers played well (which was a nice surprise), but still came up short in the end. We won't have to play those pesky Irish again until September 19, 2020. For now, we'll just keep backin' our Boilers!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Make Me Smile #TBTStories

We're having family photos taken this weekend, so I thought I would pull some old ones out of the archives for inspiration. I did a quick google search of 'awkward family photos', and I didn't find us there, but it may be only a matter of time….

This one was taken when Jim's family all gathered for an overnight in Cincinnati back in 1991. All 15 cousins were together for the first time ever, and we enjoyed playing in the Holidome and watching old home movies. The next morning, we went to a nearby park to take some photos. What you can't tell from the picture is that it was COLD! Poor little one-year-old Adam, still sporting his bald head, was undoubtedly freezing! Thankfully, the photographer worked quickly, and we got pictures of the whole group, Jim's parents with the kids, and grandkids, as well as some individual family shots.

The second one was taken at my parents' house. Oh, the denim. :) I think it was the year 2000 or thereabouts, and it was similar in format to the photo above. We took large group shots of my parents, children, and grandchildren, then took a few of the individual families.
This weekend, we will be repeating the pattern with our kids and grandkids. I'm just wondering if we should try to recreate of of these poses for old times' sake. I'll bring the denim! :)
#TBTStories

Friday, September 5, 2014

So Long Summer

Labor Day is always a bit sad for me because it signifies the end of summer. Sure, there are bound to be some nice days still to come, but with football games starting (yay!) it's usually the last real lake weekend. This summer's unusually cool weather made it go by more quickly than ever. I know there are folks who loved and appreciated the cool days we had, but I miss those humid, sun-soaked days when floating in the lake or enjoying a beverage by the pool is the very best way to beat the heat. It also warms my heart to have the family gathered on the dock, sharing a meal on the deck, and waking up under one jam-packed roof to the smell of bacon and Grandpa's pancakes. Love overflowing.

Jim and I began our Labor Day weekend last Friday when we enjoyed a late lunch at our favorite Nashville brewery, Big Woods. We shared their famous appetizer, pulled pork nachos. A perfect lunch!
Our kids and guests arrived in stages, and we enjoyed everyone coming and going as schedules allowed. Adam and Courtney invited her cousin James, and his friend Grant to join us, and they had some fun on the rope swing.

There goes Grant!
And there goes James!
Some were rope-swinging, and some were watching.
Noah just likes to explore.
One-year-olds aren't still for a minute!
Grant did some sliding...
and James did some jumping.
Grant's turn to jump.
And there he goes!
Then it was Courtney's turn. It's realllyyy high, Courtney! I know this because I've done it. Once. You can read about it here.
She did it!
Shylah and Noah.
Noah enjoying the dock. I know he may look a bit funny wearing a life jacket in a kiddy pool with no water in it, but the rule is that if you're a kid on the dock, you wear a life jacket.
There was some chicken playing on the water mat.
Everybody down.
James and Grant heading out for some tubing.
Kyle and Adam tried out the Big Mable.
Catching some air on the tube.
The boys, safely back in the boat. I didn't go along, of course. Tubing makes me too nervous. Even from the boat.

Here's Coco, who came with Kyle and Kristin and her 'sister' Moda, making it a 7 dog weekend. It's always fun to have our furry friends join us! Isn't she cute in her little life jacket?
Shylah received a belated birthday gift from some friends, which was delivered by Kyle and Kristin. Everyone needs a duck hat, right?
This friend isn't furry, but he was lurking around the dock on Sunday afternoon. Cleared everyone out of the water for a bit. :)
Adam, Grant, James, and Courtney before they left on Sunday.
Shylah making her buffalo chicken dip. Yum!
Cute little Noah on the dock.
The buffalo chicken dip was served on the water mat, and passed around for all to share. Except Emma.


We took an evening boat ride, and Shylah's brother Joe, and his girlfriend Kelly, entertained Noah with some songs and nursery rhymes. Kelly works at a day care.
Kelly and Joe.
Noah, Jennifer, and Bryan.
Emma and Jim.
And by the time we got back to the house, this little guy was fast asleep. Night night, Noah.

Kyle and Kristin and the pups headed out on Monday.
As did David, Shylah, Sammi, and Tyler.

And there's Jim, way down there on the dock, lounging on a chair as everyone is packing up to go home.

Noah stayed to help us clean up, and we did a little rocking on the deck.
A little walking around the chairs...
a little smiling at Granny...
and a little attempt at climbing.
The end of the day…
the end of the weekend…
the end of the summer.
God is good, all the time. 
Amen.