Thursday, August 16, 2018

Junior Year

The triplets are back in school already.  It seems like summer vacation just started. However that is the prospective of an old lady, whose days go by like a wink and weeks are like our days used to be. However, I remember being in school and seeing the summer months rush by too quickly.

The triplets did have a full summer. They covered the map pretty well  from Tennessee to Ohio, to Illinois and back to Tennessee before a trip to Florida. Aussie transcended that schedule by crowding in a trip to Utah. Yes, they've had a busy summer.

Now it is time to hit the books and I think they will be hitting them hard. It is junior year. Just  two more years to prepare for college. They are ready to tackle those books, make those reports and handle all the projects that come their way.

Your  gramma and grampa in Ohio are cheering you on to victory. Go for the gold!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Family Bowling

Back in early June before the family got together here in Ohio, John and family went bowling. School was out and it was something they hadn't done for some time. It was definitely a first for two year old Julia. Little things like this are good opportunities to make lasting memories, especially when there are pictures to help that memory.

This is the most photographed people ever and I can't imagine it getting worse...oh yes  I can. When there are active cameras everywhere and Big Brother is watching EVERYTHING. But I hope that does not happens. 

In some ways having so many pictures is good and in others it is a little much. I know as a grandmother living far from the kiddos, it is a wonderful blessing to see lots of pictures.  But some are taking too many, me for example. I accidentally snap pictures now and then...usually of the floor.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Days and Nights Mixed Up

The triplets turned 16 on the 27th of July.  This picture was taken on July 2nd.  Aussie is not here, but he was in bed  sound asleep when I took the shot. I wasn't much help.  The best time  for us to play our favorite tile game, Rummy-O  is around midnight.

About a week and 1/2 ago, school started and hopefully they have gotten back in the habit of getting up in the morning and sleeping at least for the most part.

Of course, I, the Gramma am still on a 'free' schedule... Free of the obligation to arise early and shine through the day. Tonight for example, I will be up until 1:00 AM.  We had guests during the Tucker Carlson show at 8:00, so I missed it. Luckily, his program runs again at midnight; so since it is my favorite show,  I am staying up to see it. I did the same last night.  And yes, that means that this afternoon  I took a nap and I hope  to do the same thing  tomorrow.  No, I'm not a good example.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Slide Fun

Ava and Oliver had a good time on the slide and as you can see, Beth captured some great pictures.

This is a summer to remember. I'm hoping we will be able to get the family together more often now.
I admit it is quite a struggle when we are so scattered and  vacation days are so precious. There are just way too many places and things to see.

I'm praying for God's protection over this family over the days and years to come..

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Rubik's Cube Solve

While the family was here in early July, Caleb's older cousin introduced him and his dad to the Rubik's Cube. John, with a little instruction and some reading learned  to  work the puzzle  recently. 
Caleb joined in the quest and learned himself. Tonight while his grampa and I watched on Face Time, he solved it three times. He's pretty fast at it as well.  

Caleb  has varied abilities. He will start football practice  for this year soon. And if  I remember correctly, he has one more week of vacation, then school will resume.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Big Brother...the Good Kind

Yesterday's post showed our Julia swinging. Today, Caleb is in the swing beside her. He is her big brother and as such he is there to protect her whenever she may need it. However, she is a strong little girl and for the most part can do very well on her own. 

Knowing  her other brother Oliver is very responsible, I imagine anyone with the intention of bothering Julia would have their hands full of trouble. They are  both exceptionally good brothers.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Swing Sweet Julia

On the day we celebrated the life of our son Mark, we had a family picnic at the boat club  diagonally across the street from us.  It turned out to be a good location.  There is a large pavilion with plenty of tables and a good kitchen. April and Kim headed it up and did a great job.

The little kids had plenty of room to run and play. They enjoyed the swings and the slide and were able to run off their energy.  I love these pictures of Julia, who had not changed from the military funeral service. That skirt is just fun to see on a swing and on a slide.