Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun." -Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author

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!


Ashley said...

Awww looks like so much fun! I want to come visit!! Great pics!

Sheelagh said...

You beat me to it. What a nice post. i will have mine up eventually...after I sift through the man eating pile of laundry that we accumulated over 2 weeks of vacation!!!!

Alison Willis said...

so sweet to see you all together! love this!!!
what a way to wrap up summer.

Fultmeyer Clan said...

yeah, Sheelagh, I feel you! Must be a crazy time coming back to the kids starting school. Believe me, I let the dishes pile a bit and the un-canned tomatoes sit awhile out of pure selfishness just to make this post...though you notice it's my first in 2 weeks! Summer is a busy time indeed :-)
And Ashley, come visit after you're little one is here! It'll be fun and we are definitely prepared for the babies!!!

Jonna said...

I love those pictures Katie! Gorgeous. And what a fantastic time =)