Monday, August 24, 2015

First Day 2015-16

Today was our first day of school.  I have very mixed feelings about the first day of school.  Sad because the Summer is coming to a close and I love summer with the girls and still need more time to do a few more things but I will always want to "do a few more things."  On the other hand the next photo is a perfect example of why they also need to go back to school
yes, the fighting and irritating each other is starting to really annoy me and I know they are excited for school to start again.  The lazy part of me as a Mom doesn't want to return to homework evenings.  I really don't enjoy homework and love the "free evenings" that summer brings.  The hardest part was dropping this "little girl" off at school.  Her first day of middle school.  She was nervous and I was probably more nervous.  I can't stand to see the girls so uneasy.  I know it will all be fine but I just wanted to do it for her to save her the anxiety.  I was so proud of her when I walked her into the school.  (Thank you to my Mom, I was able to bring her by myself.)

Her best friend since preschool also came with us and really seemed to help put her at ease.

I saw parents waiting outside, clearly they had been told that they couldn't walk any further with their child.  I was secretly happy that Sydney let me walk her in to her locker.  I kissed her goodbye and managed to not cry while I was in front of anyone.  As I have said before, the passage of time is so alarming to me.  I still remember the day she was born and how I blinked and it was time to bring her to middle school.  I never want to forget any of this and hope that they don't either.

I returned home and then was able to take Tess and Gabby to their school.  It was really hard to walk in without Sydney, we always go in that school as a group and now she wasn't with us.  How did this all happen so fast?  Tess and Gabby walked in confidently and happy to be back to their school
Tess was a little hesitant to kiss me in front of her friends but don't worry, I made her.  (Pride will not keep my babies from kissing their Mama.)
Gabby had no problem at all kissing me goodbye, I do love a 1st grader!  The girls all made me so proud, we are so blessed.   Then I went home to my 2 toddlers, Cece and Meako, the day flew by and we had a nice day.  Now I am very excited to hear about every one's day.

Have a great week.
Love, Gina

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brave girl goes to camp

Last week was Tess's annual trip to summer camp with her best friend Tess.  Every year Tess goes to this camp and she loves it.  This was a camp that Steve also went to as a child.  As we walked through the camp and Steve pointed out so many little things he remembered it was obvious this camp was one of his fondest childhood memories.  It was really sweet and made me really happy that our daughter could do the same camp that made Steve so happy as a child.  She had a wonderful time and we are hearing about it in bits in pieces as the days go on.  Thank you to those of you that sent her letters, she loved them.

Love, Gina

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

To Grandparents House We Went

We just came back from a fun trip to Lucan to visit Grandma and Grandpa and the cousins.  We all had a lot of fun and my parents are probably still recovering from the chaos.  We kept busy the whole time we were there.  It was fun to catch up with family and I even had a fun lunch date with a special friend.  While we were there the girls enjoyed the cousins and their pool  

tea parties at Grandma's
playing at the park
exploring town

and looking at things I will never forget

one highlight was our visit to the Plaetz farm
Tess was in heaven and even went back later during milking time
they all loved the baby kittens

and we so appreciate Jane & Dennis taking time with our crew

Tess loves the calves sucking on her hands

and manure doesn't bother her, she reminds me so much of me as a child
We enjoyed a tour of the Curry End O Line Depot

a fun treat from Grandma & Grandpa
and before we left town we took a tour of the Lucan train depot/museum.  The kids loved it, Cece did not.

It was such a fun trip and all went too fast.  I was so blessed to grow up in our little town and love to show the girls the things that I enjoyed as a child.  Thanks for the fun visit Mom and Dad, Joe and Lorna.

Love, Gina

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Vacation Never Gets Old

We just returned from another wonderful vacation "up north."  The weather was perfect and the girls were so good.  It is the best "no nonsense" vacation a person could ask for.  As usual I am sad it is over but we made so many fun memories while we were there.  

We stopped at our favorite junk store on the way, Treasure City!

we wasted no time and hit the beach.  
this girl fished every spare minute she could
the paddle boat was always occupied
and we frequented the Chocolate Ox as much as possible.
playing was our main game

and we enjoyed family visiting as well

evening swims were the best
and little miss cece was showered with attention as usual

our big girl still enjoys being with us

and boat rides made everyone happy

dinner out at the fancy legion makes us laugh

and s'mores never disappoint
fishing with daddy on the dock was very sweet
and gabby caught a big one!

tess and her buddy were inseparable
playing was serious business
the week was one continuous snack time
tess caught a bigger one and was so proud

sometimes we needed to strap these 2 down
a few people show up for turtle races

and i love watching the races or actually just our girls

kids activity time was a fun hour for them and a fun hour for us

adults also played and relaxed

mama forced a try at the family photo

and this girl doesn't mind mama forcing the camera

we played
we danced
we swam
and the cousins visited

we had a little potluck 

fished one last time

and i snapped my favorite photo of the entire vacation (wedding slideshow material)

we had one last cabin snack together

and mama forced a few more dock photos with our 4 ladies

impossible task

you can't say i didn't try….one little lady made me stop trying
but i did enjoy one last sunset
and i keep daydreaming about returning again next year.

love, gina