Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Blueberries Galore

While in Highlands, we visited our old family friend Lila on her nearby farm.  We fed horses, ate dirt, dug up new potatoes, played by a creek, and PICKED BLUEBERRIES.  Lila has enough blueberries to feed the birds, the bears, and all of our babies.  The bushes were just dripping with ripe berries with plenty of green and pink ones getting ready to ripen.  All 5 Wamsted and Faulkner children stuffed and stuffed their mouths with blueberries (Alice exclaimed, "They taste like candy!"), and we still came home with bags full of berries.  Amazing!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dry Falls

Last week the Wamsteds and the Faulkners (aka "the Scruffs") went to Highlands, NC together.  We had an amazing time and loved getting so much time with our friends.  One morning we all went on a little field trip to Dry Falls, which has a great little trail that goes behind the waterfall.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Was Wrong

So here is Kira (and her doll Mimi) posing with our alleged watermelon.  Turns out it's a bright orange 9.5 lb pumpkin.  Boy, I got that one wrong... and I put it in writing... on the internet... oops.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Water Play

One afternoon last week we set up the sprinkler, the baby pool, and the water table in the back yard.  Clearly, fun ensued.  I just love the look on John's face in the picture below right before he throws that cup of water.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July 4th Weekend

We'll let these 10 pictures tell the tale of a lovely July 4th weekend - blue skies, fishing rods, sing-alongs, and lots of family togetherness.  It was a good enough July 4th to make us forget the flooding of 2013!  In no particular order and with little commentary...
Please note that this last picture just represents my parents and their crew.  We also had all 3 of my mother's siblings and their families.  Big family.  Big fun.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kicking Off the 4th

We're up at Yaya and Pop Pop's lake house and having a great time!  The kids are loving spending time with their Casey cousins, and they're all loving the water.  About 20 more people are on their way up as I type so the fun is just beginning...
Cute cousin Jackson can't quite hang with the "big" kids yet, but just so you know he's here and having fun...

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Kira the Author

This is Jay.

For several months now, Kira has been writing and illustrating her own books. It's an amazing thing, because it can take her several hours to get a ten-page book finished, and she is locked in on the process for the entire time she's working. Recently, she convinced Millie to let her type her story, which doesn't really buy us any more time but does increase the cute factor. 

In case you care, she is dressed for a Princess Birthday Party later on this day. 
Also, in case you were wondering, a screen shot of her story. The illustrations ended up being exactly as cute as you could imagine.