Greetings from the great state of Michigan!! We have been enjoying a wonderful week here with our family. The weather has been SO NICE and I sorta dread going back to the Nashville humidity. My in-laws live in the western part of Michigan, very close to the lakeshore. The beaches are really beautiful, and trust me when I say I am not into “lakes” as a rule. But Lake Michigan is the exception for sure. Below is a pic of Caroline at a lighthouse right down the road from David’s dad’s house. Check out the beach in the background.
Told you it was perty! We have burned the candle at both ends with mini golf, go karts, bumper boats, fireworks, cookouts, trips with the parents to the grandparents, beach trips, theme parks- and it will all culminate in my sis in laws’ wedding tomorrow night. I am still hobbling around a bit on my foot, but it is getting a little better everyday. I can’t believe I’m actually ready to put on a tennis shoe and run. I really am. I feel like a lug.
So for now, until my followup doctor’s appt. on Monday, I will just sit around here and eat more blueberry pie (best in Michigan) and ice cream. I love a good excuse.
Ya’ll have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget about our Hits project on Tuesday!!
Yes indeed they are back:) So happy to have them home. Camp was great and no one had any major injuries, which is always a bonus. Here's a few pics from camp of them and their awesome friends.
The biggest reason I know they are back though is the laundry room is full and my grocery bill has tripled. People have warned me about how their boys hit the stage of eating constantly. We are there. I don't know if camp kicked their metabolism into some new extreme, but I cannot keep them full. We will have a huge meal and about 30 minutes later they are asking for a snack. The biggest problem with that is that I tend to eat with them every 30 minutes and my metabolism HASN'T kicked into gear. It's hit a screeching halt.
The 4th of July weekend was fun. We spent time with different friends and our cousins stopped in for the night for an unexpected visit. Stu out-did himself with his firework show. The "big mama" firework did not disappoint again this year, and he added a new one called "loyal to no one". It was huge!!! I'm not sure my neighbors appreciated it, but at least they were nice and didn't call the police. We usually spend the 4th with Shelley and Leigh and the families. I have to say I have missed them. They've both been out of town. Although I do have to comment on Leigh's family survivor. I'M EXHAUSTED just reading about her vacation.
I'm back to my job as cook, chauffeur, cleaning lady, nurse, mediator, basically lumped together under the heading "Mom". But I love it:) Today we hope to crash Shelley's pool, but shhhhhhh don't tell Shelley. She is out of town. (we'll have to ask the house sitters Mimi and Boppa)
I do have to say thank you to those who have been reading the blog and for your comments. Congratulations Misty Fagan on your baby on the way. If you didn't read it, her and Gerry met on the POG chat room. Now they are married and having a baby. woooo hoooo. You know if it's a girl, you must have "Grace" in her name somewhere:) Well, off to the pool we go....... Can't wait til tomorrow; we will be going to opening day of Zookeeper. My boys are obsessed with Kevin James. Bye bye for now.
Back from vacation as well as our big 4th of July celebration... and what a time it was... THE YELLOW TEAM WON!!!! LOOK WHO WAS ON THAT TEAM... Feels so great to be a winner!!!
That’s right - the Cappillino girls, Mark, Brody and Mary Alice! We had three teams of 5 - Yellow team 1st place, Purple team 2nd place and Blue team LOOZZZER!
Yellow team won the first challenge on the beach. We had to fill our bucket up using a sponge - running back and forth to the ocean as fast as we could! We had youth, speed and determination. This is the victory stance as well as the other team participants.
(I am taking the picture). Darby was thrilled, can you tell? We got immunity and we were free from extinction at Tribal counsel. Next challenge was the ole’ scavenger hunt. Each team had to find a item in a category (ex: find something you would send or receive in the mail) but if the object from the teams were the same they canceled each other out. It was sooooooooooooooo much fun and the more creative you were the better chance you had against your opponent having that item. AGAIN - yellow team took first place!!!!
The 3rd challenge was the FOOD challenge - this was a victory hands down… BUT NOT! We lost! Even after eating Seaweed, Baby food, Horseradish, Buttermilk, Sardines, Smoked Oysters, a whole Scallion onion (this is where my sister threw in the “beach towel”) and even m&m’s - we took the lead for a very short time. Yellow and Purple were tied and the tie breaker did us in…The Purple came back and beat us in the popsicle race. You should try it… it was more difficult than I thought - brain freeze and gagging slowed us Yellow Team down. Purple Won and Yellow and Blue went to Tribal counsel. Brody lost his hat in the Tribal vote. (We voted off a “luxury” item instead of people - so brilliant… my item was my morning 5 cups of coffee. One item per Tribal counsel).
So far we are in the lead but the final day is DOUBLE points. The 4th challenge was a layered puzzle of items and fastest time wins. This was a HOOT!!!! My Aunt Wren is sooooooooooooo creative… It went like this: (the key was following directions to a T!!!).
1. Find names of celebrities with the letters - GARDEN CITY.
2. Unwrap many taped boxes to get to a ‘Toy Story” puzzle with one missing piece
3. Each team member dress up in the Hawaiian attire and say “ Aloha”.
4. Run to mail box and unwrap the last set of instructions - sing the whole song of “God Bless America” while holding the American flag - AND you had to sing with ENTHUSIASM!
Yellow came in second BUT since we got dlb. points we WON OVER ALL!!! I encourage you and your friends to give this a try.
Our family had a blast and hopefully our kids will remember this is “How You Live” that makes life so precious - LAUGHING, LAUGHING AND MORE LAUGHING.!!!
GREAT MEMORIES!! We tried our hand at catching crab with Daddy too. Take a look a what we caught!
My Sister also took us “ghost crabbing” … I don’t have a picture of that instead a video ( I don’t’ know how to do that). THAT WAS SO FUN TOO!!! My husband screamed like a girl… lol!!!
I end with, make the most of the rest of the summer with family and friends no matter what you are trying to “survive”!!!
Summer is here and you don’t want your kids sitting around in front of the TV all day every day. So here are a few of POG’s suggestions for getting them up and out of the house for some fun and inexpensive entertainment. Please share other activities that you like to do.
Outdoor Fun: There are so many different activities that you can do outside that don’t cost much to do.
Who doesn’t enjoy bubbles? Now they have colored bubbles that are so awesome and also washable so you don’t have to worry about ruining any clothes.
You can also make your own colored bubbles!
Some other great outdoor ideas are sidewalk chalk. Your kids can use their imagination and even create their own games.
Next could be homemade slip and slide out of a tarp, plastic table covers, or trash bags and liquid soap. Here are some directions you can follow or you can probably figure it pretty easy on your own.