We are home from Canada, fresh from some wonderful days. It has been hot these past three days, but should cool down tomorrow. A mountain of laundry is awaiting attention. And four kids are quite anxious to go swimming before the thunderstorms this afternoon. And so, this blog post is one I did before we left.
More of cousinly togetherness.
What one day with all the cousins looked like. They are busy kids! Actually, the first few pictures of the park are before lunch, when Clover and the other cousins were driving North.
At Malone Rec Park with the these boys and Elsie. This old truck was a hit.
King of the castle
Elsie and Gilbert were gravely disappointed that they couldn't climb. But I have a policy that if you are unable to reach it yourself, it probably isn't a good idea for you to be on it.
Then Levi found a spot or two where the boards have been damaged and removed. Instant secret hideout!
Walk with the kids
The wonder of the softness of thistle flowers amid all the prickles, never grows old
Love Lily in this one. And Breanna holding Elsie. And Gilbert patting Penny. And Sweet Cheyenne.
I just like these kids.
Levi and Elliott were too entranced with Legos to deign to go on a walk with the rest of us, so they are missing.
This elm tree is a bit of a Full Circle Farm landmark. It is a huge old tree. Most other elms in the area succumb to Dutch Elm Disease, so there are very few big elms around. But this one is resistant.
Breanna was quite sweet with Elsie
Lily and Andy
Girls I love
Stone wall climbing
Lincoln is very into giving bunny ears right now
Then climbing on the hay bale snake
Elsie causing a traffic jam
Lincoln knows how to wear cowboy boots with swagger
Aunt Lisa and Elsie
Picking bushels of flowers for Grandma
Then after a very quick swim (It was in the low seventies and the water was quite cold) we had an Ashley taco supper. Ashley does tacos pretty fabulously.
Lily and Abilene
Smiling at Lily
Love this baby!
Uncle Cody and some fans
A very dirty, tired girl
But not so tired that she doesn't want a wagon ride
Mud puddles again
Then, after making the whole meal, Ashley pulled out paints and paintbrushes and did an art project with all the kids. (Except Abilene who was uninterested.) She is pretty much Super Aunt!
There was a little bit of toplessness going on among the five year old boys
Hoyt was busy with his wagon meanwhile
Marilla wasted no time in dithering about what to paint. She just started in.
Lily and Rilla
Elsie used her whole canvas as a paint mixing platform
Hoyt and Grandma Wendy
Abilene and Grandpa
Levi and his masterpiece
Breanna painting her tree
Hoyt painting with Daddy. He was considering if he should put it in his mouth or not. He did.
I didn't get a great shot of all the finished canvases, but they were all lovely.