And boy oh boy did children gather for this past Labor Day weekend! We were lucky enough to have my old rowing friend turned very good mama friend Sheelagh Carleton and her family over for 2 days. They put forth the effort and make the trek over to our neck of the woods for some fun times with the SIX kiddies! Sheelagh and John have two older girls, who are 6 and 4 years old, and then two younger boys, who are almost exactly the same age as my Forrest and Talin. It has been incredible to have this close connection to an experienced super mom with boys the same age as mine. Our friendship is truly invaluable to me.
Over the course of a day and a half we cooked and ate yummy food, took a good walk, went on "Bear Hunts" on the quad with Alex, spent most of a day down at our river beach, night picked strawberries, got stung by yellow jackets, (uggh!!), had just a few toddie meltdowns, and had a glorious camp fire, and even had an hour or so there where nearly EVERYONE, including exhausted parents, took a nap :-)
We were also blessed enough to have the wonderful talents of John to capture the fun with his camera....truly made for some lasting memories and I hope we can continue to meet up year after year as our kids grow older!
Enjoy the pictures...there will be another post with some more beautiful shots from John. And please click on the pics to blow them up...they really are something special in their bigger version!
|The jungle cruisers....!|
|The blue eyed babies of the group, Talin, nearly 4 months and David nearly 6 months, already buddies|
|Forrest and his "people" as he so fondly called them....|
|Forrest, my crazy watermelon eating summer kid...|
|The "bear hunters..."|
|Beautiful David the sand eater....|
|Mama friends and their sons!|
|The youngest member, Baby Talin|
|The whole group, in one shot, quite an amazing feat :-)|
|Summer camp fire...toasting marshmallows!|