August 16, 2016

July Supplemental.

July was a busy month!  It was a doozy in all the good kind of ways.

July always starts off with a bang! Fun and fireworks and celebrating Independence.  Thankful that the weather cooperated for the firework show.

Then there was a wedding!  A beautiful, wonderful wedding...all that a wedding should be: the wonderful union of two beautiful souls.  The first nephew to get married!  Truly an exciting time and we loved witnessing it.

This could really apply to May, June or July.  Nathan has been doing landscaping for his dad's work this summer.  Ideal job for a 15 year old!

 My mom's birthday -66- with her grandchildren.
Ken's mom's birthday! 71! It is always a joy to celebrate the grandparents birthdays.  And funny that the two grandmothers days are less than a week apart.

The blackberries came in and get eaten almost as fast as they are picked.

 Watermelon was enjoyed by all.  And by all I mean even the dog.  She loves the rinds!  She'll also steal yours if you aren't watching.
 There were smores by the full moon..  Peter offered to make one for mom--how could I ever say no to that?  Good think I like my marshmallows burnt.
 There's always pool time.  As much as we can squeeze in.  These three are good swimming buds.
I jumped out of my comfort zone and agreed to go tubing on the river.  I almost didn't.  I'm such a nervous nelly these days and I hadn't done anything like this since I've been married.  Ken is usually the fun guy but this day, I was fun mom.  And I loved it!  I'm so glad I went and I would love to go again.

 Raccoons in trees.  We don't really like that.  Mae hung out watching this one for days.  He finally made his escape when she lost interest.
 July makes for lots of country driving. With views like this, I don't mind a bit.  It feels good to stretch the eyes and take in all of the vivid colors.

 I was really proud of us this year.  With the help of the kids--my garden did NOT turn into a weed infested jungle during fair week.  And we were rewarded.   I only planted cucumbers, tomatos, beans, zucchini and pumpkins.  I haven't found a zucchini yet (which is weird if you know zucchini!) and the pumpkins got ran over by a four wheeler and the remaining vines were getting infested with squash bugs so I ripped them out.

BUT!  The other three things have been in abundance.  Lots and lots of pickles being made.  Yum!

 The end of July brings Lawn and Garden Tractor regionals.  It's an all-day affair and about an hour drive to get there.

 Nathan only came in 6th place which I know he was disappointed about.  However, I really love this photo of him.  If nothing else, we had a great day hanging out together and even playing a little Pokemon Go... ha!
 Last but not least.... we finally celebrated Peter's baptismal birthday.  It falls the week before fair (this year in the height of project turn in) and we just didn't squeeze it in.  Better late than never!  :)

That's a wrap!  At least, for July.

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