Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Monday and Tuesday - Fun and Relaxing Days!

We were up by 6:30, watched the news, made breakfast, and then left to meet Cindy and John at the pickleball courts at 8:30.  It was a perfect day for playing with temperatures in the upper 60's when we started, cloudy, and no wind!  

We had a great time playing and had some excellent points.  Cindy was a very good tennis player and it comes through in her pickleball.  She has so many good shots - impressive!  We played for 3 hours and we really didn't want to stop.  While we were there, Cindy's son and his wife gave birth to their son, Westin.  They were scheduled for a C-Section at 8 this morning.  Westin weighed 11 lbs. 3 oz. - quite a big boy!  Ken wondered if he walked from the operating table to his bassinet!  We left the courts at 11:30 so Cindy and John could go to the hospital and meet their new grandson!

Ken and I stopped at a local roadside produce stand for lots of fruits and veggies.  Our refrigerator was rather bare after returning from vacation!  It was lunchtime when we got home and then I put on my SAS and we went for a walk around town.  Upon our return I played some Pop Words and then started making some cards at my desk.  I also had a very nice chat with my good friend, Jackie.  

Ken left at 6 for Celebrate Recovery and I spent the evening creating more cards.  Unfortunately my creativity was not flowing!  He was home by 9:15 and we watched America Ninja Warrior.  Bed by 10:15.

Today, Tuesday, we had planned to meet John and Cindy for pickleball at 8:30, but it was very cloudy and looked threatening.  So I chatted with Cindy and we decided to wait till 9 to give the court time to dry from the overnight rain.  Ken and I left at 8:45 and it was lightly raining.  Another chat with Cindy and we said we would try to get together a little later.  (They weren't predicting any rain this morning).  Ken and I drove to Wal-Mart, passing near the pickleball courts, but there was no reason to go by them, for it was really raining!  Called Cindy and we decided we would get together tomorrow to play.  It amazes me how Accuweather says there will be no rain for 120 minutes while it is raining.  I guess you just have to look out your window!

When we returned home, we both spent time at our desks.  After lunch we took our walk stopping at a shop in downtown Lititz where I had seen some unique outdoor metal sculptures.  Ken and I spent time looking at all of them and after narrowing it down to about 4, I got to choose my favorite for my birthday tomorrow.  We brought it home and placed in the flowerbed near our front door. I look forward to taking it with us when we go camping.

This is called, "Love Birds".  It's hard to see, but it is Mommy
and Daddy birds with their 2 baby birds in the nest.

It is just balanced in the center so it swings and goes up and
down with the wind!  I love it!

We spent more time at our desks, Ken working on his step study homework and I made a few more cards.  We worked together to make salads for dinner and cleaning up the kitchen.  I worked on this blog and by 6:30 we had dinner - hamburger, fish sandwich for Ken, salads, and fresh corn on the cob.  We decided to try playing hand and foot, getting the directions and score sheet from Google.  We didn't play a whole game, but Ken was ahead when we stopped to watch America's Got Talent!  

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Saturday - The Huge Craft Show in Downtown Lititz!

Ken was up rather early this morning.  I think the Java at Ruby Tuesday last evening was not a wise choice!  He worked on his homework for today's Step Study.  I had a book on my tablet from the library that was going to expire today and only had 3 chapters to read, so I stayed in bed until I finished it - 7:45.

I put in a load of wash and got ready.  We had a light breakfast and then I did a 2nd load of wash before putting on my SAS and the 2 of us walked to the Lititz Annual Craft Show. Stands are set-up in the park and along the streets going for several blocks in many directions. There were hundreds of vendors and probably thousands of buyers.  This show has been going on for many, many years and draws people from everywhere.  It is a bit overwhelming. 

Some of the vendors along the main street!

People, people everywhere.  Where
do they all come from?

This shows just a very small portion of the vendors in the

Looking down Broad Street!  Hope
there isn't an emergency!!!

Ken and I enjoyed walking around and seeing all the creativity, but we didn't buy anything except a funnel cake and Peachy Paterno ice cream from the creamery at Penn State.  So much for beginning our healthier diets today - maybe tomorrow.

We were back home around 12:45 both tired and hot.  They were predicting some rain this afternoon, but it held off until after 4 when the craft show ended.  
I worked on this blog, we both showered, and Ken left a 2:40 for his Step Study.

We left at 5:15 to meet our couples card club at Charcoals in Lancaster for dinner.  We thought the food was very good but you have to enjoy a smoky flavor. Back to Kreiders for card playing.  What a fun evening.  We did miss that Jackie couldn't join us.  She wasn't feeling 100%.

We were home around 11 and went right to bed.

Today, Sunday, was a gorgeous day with low humidity, plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the mid 80's.  We sat with Jamie's family at church and then Ken and I went out for breakfast at Old Hickory Grill - delicious quesidillas.  

We were back home around noon and I stopped in to visit our neighbor, Ginny, and then had long phone conversations with Cindy and my mother.  At 2:30 I put on my SAS and we walked to the Lititz Park to see the musical group Servant Stage perform the show, Sing, Sing, Swing!  It was very well done and extremely entertaining.  After the show we continued our walk.

A cast member dancing with a gentleman from the
audience before the show!

What an enthusiastic group of performers!

The Bugle Boy of Company B

The Finale - Swing, Swing Swing!

I made salads for dinner, worked on this blog and downloaded photos.  Ken spent time doing homework for his Step Study.  He grilled chicken and salmon and after dinner, I did more work on the blog and then we played Hand and Foot which we played with Jamie and Dane at the beach.  Cindy and John play 2 handed a lot, so we will have to talk to them about how many decks etc. you use when there are only 2 players.  We did have fun and Ken was the winner.

To bed around 9:15 to do some reading.  Looking forward to playing pickleball with John and Cindy tomorrow morning!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Our Last Family Vacation Day for 2017!

After looking at the weather forecast yesterday, we all decided that we would leave to go home late today instead of waiting until Saturday morning.  Heavy rain was expected in the early morning hours Saturday and none of us were excited to load or drive in heavy rain because we could still make today a fun one!

All the ladies did quite a bit of packing before we all had breakfast.  The little ones, with adult supervision, headed outside to do some long boarding.  They have gotten fairly good at it this week and love it!  I think Samantha and Katelyn will be asking Santa for them for Christmas!  Each member of Jamie's family already have one!  Ken spent time playing pickleball with Bria who is becoming quite a good player. 

Cali does well on the long board, but
she had done it before!

Samantha was determined to do it by
herself and by the end of the week was
doing amazingly well!

The ducks came by for another friendly visit and mama duck was very happy to allow her babies get up close and personally with Cali, Samantha, and Katelyn. They would take the bread out of their hands.  They came back a little later to the back of the condo for more treats!

The girls loved feeding the ducks!

Mama duck felt comfortable letting her babies get close to
the girls!
She brought them back a 2nd time today!

Jamie's family went to play miniature golf, Ken and I took a walk, and Lanie continued to play outdoors with her girls.  Later some of us, including the little ones, played Uno.

After an early lunch, we all went to the beach for our last day of swimming and diving with the waves.  Jamie and I were the only ones who chose not to get in. We both felt it was a bit chilly with the breeze and just weren't brave enough to make the plunge.  Lanie spent a lot of the 2 1/2 hours in the water with the girls.  PawPaw and Dane did their fair too of being in the water, but Lanie definitely won the prize!  The girls had so much fun and were disappointed when it was time to leave.  By 2:30 the waves were continuous and rather strong, so the ocean determined our departing time.

Drying off to get ready to leave after a fun time in the
surf.  Hope to be back here again next year!

Back to shower, finish packing, and then loading the cars.  Everyone left before 4 after a tremendous week of family time and many lasting memories.  Ken and I returned the key and stopped for gas and then ate at Ruby Tuesday's delicious salad bar.  We were home around 8 and in bed by 9:15 after totally unloading and unpacking.

It was a tiring, fun-filled, busy week but we loved every minute of it!  Creating family memories is so special!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Another Gorgeous, Sunny Day at Bethany Beach!

All the girls had a good night's sleep and slept in a bit longer than some of the days.  PawPaw went to the grocery store to get donuts for breakfast.  It was time for a special treat!

It was so quiet when I headed to the kitchen.  Jamie was doing devotions and the 4 little ones were watching TV.  After breakfast we had planned to take a family bike ride, but some of the girls had no interest.  So Bria hit pickleballs in the driveway with PawPaw (did very well), Sam and Katelyn worked on long boarding, and I put on my SAS and Jamie and I went for a 40 minute walk.  So nice to have some alone time with her.  We had some very good discussions and sharing time.

When we returned, some of the group were playing Uno and I joined in.  Jamie starting making lunches and eventually we all got in on the "fun"!  After cleaning up (Ken did most of it) the family got ready to go to the beach.  Lanie had to do some talking with Samantha, because after her tumble with a wave yesterday, she was very tentative about going in the water.  

We were on the beach around noon and it took some time before Sam would get on Lanie's back and go further into the ocean.  Once she did, she had a great time and started diving under the waves. We all had fun in the surf. Everyone came in for a short rest and the girls starting digging a hole in the sand.  Bria and I went to look for shells to decorate around the hole.  I spent some time again in the sand with Katelyn and we did some special sand sculptures around it too!

I was the photographer for these photos, but I did get in and
join the fun!

The girls were busy digging a hole and a "trough" to get the
water to flow into it!

Some of us just enjoyed watching the action!

Bria and Cali are thrilled to ride and dive through the waves!

Little Katelyn isn't the least bit fearful!

Bria is growing up way too quickly!

Lanie and Ken went back in the water with the 4 little ones and Lanie is definitely going to have sore shoulders from lifting Katelyn over the waves.  But, Katelyn did enjoy being on her own near Lanie jumping and trying to swim with the waves.  It is so much fun to see their smiling faces when they are in the ocean.  Lanie probably spent about 2+ hours in the water today!  She is going to be exhausted tonight and may have to go to bed early with the girls!

The girls love when Mommy/Aunt Lanie are in the water
with them.  Lanie is such a trooper!

We were back to the Condo by 3:30, showered, changed, and got ready to go to dinner at the Boathouse right outside of Bethany Beach.  It is a great outdoor place for kids as well as adults!

You have to admit!  This is one good looking family!  We
are blessed!

Ken and I loved our pulled pork sandwich and the seasoned waffle fries.  Not a great choice, but after all, it is our last night eating out on this family vacation - treat time (or was that all week!)

We all drove to the boardwalk at Bethany Beach and Jamie and Lanie attempted to fly kites on the beach without a great deal of success - not enough wind. But, they gave it their all running down the beach with the girls following them.

The girls are running after their mommies and aunts who are
trying to get the kites in the air.  They got them up, but not
for very long!

Jamie and Bria!

Then it was time for to make some memories with family photos, but not before Jamie and her girls had a handstand competition.  It was tough to name a winner, but I believe it was mommy!!!

Looks like a tie to me!!!


These are 4 special young ladies!

Ken and I were so thrilled to spend an entire week with
our special granddaughters!

Jamie, Dane, Cali and Bria!

Lanie, Samantha and Katelyn! 
Jamie always like to be in on the action!

After our time on the beach, we had our dessert - ice cream!  By 8 we were back to the condo and by 8:30 the girls were in bed.  They were exhausted from their 3 1/2 hours at the beach today and most of the time spent in the water. The adults played 5 Crowns (I won!) and then an abbreviated game of Uno.  We were all tired and were in bed around 10.

Another great day!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wednesday Already!

Cali and Jamie were up by 5:45 and went for a bike ride after Jamie put in a load of wash!  It was way too early to be so productive!!!!  After doing some work on my blog and getting ready for the morning, Katelyn came to our room to spend time teasing and playing with PawPaw.

We all ate breakfast and then left at 8:30 to go to the center of Bethany Beach for the girls to participate in a America Ninja Warrior course for kids.  It was on the beach and 45 kids participated.  They had a great time for that hour.

A serene early morning beach photo!

45 kids participating in the Ninja Warrior Beach competition!

I don't believe Samantha is overly enthusiastic!

And the fun begins!

The kids were kept very active for an hour!

What a setting for the course!

Next to last event was a tug of war!

Go, Sam!

Go, Bria!

Go, Cali!

Getting set for the final challenge - the run!  You had to start
with your chest on the sand!

Success at a wonderful event for kids!

Mommy was proud!

Their support group!

Dane recognized Mangold, a football player for the NY Jets!

Definitely a big dude!

I spent time at the water's edge with Katelyn and then we took a walk looking for shells.  I had worn my SAS so I got my walk in for today.  Katelyn didn't participate in the Warrior course because some how she got a sore neck when she and PawPaw were playing, which made him feel badly.  But it got better as the day progressed!

It was fun to have some alone time with Katelyn!

We all came back to the Condo and got ready to head to the beach.  We decided to have an early lunch so we didn't have to drag soooo much stuff with us.  We were on the beach at Indian River Inlet around 12:15 and we had such a great time.  The water was relatively calm, the sun and temperature perfect, and the little ones (except for Katelyn) could be in the water by themselves jumping and swimming with the waves.  Sam got tossed about with the waves several times because she didn't want to dive with them and go under the water.  The last 2 years she has had some ear infections and she was afraid that would happen. The last time one "got her" she really got tumbled around and now she appears to be a bit scared.  Hopefully she will feel better about it tomorrow when we return to the beach.  We told her she might as well swim under them, because she ends up being in the water anyway!  

The "troops" are heading to their spot at the beach!

The girls love swimming with, jumping, and diving through
the waves!

Katelyn loves it too but needs Mommy or
an adult to be close by!

Lots of smiling faces and laughter!

PawPaw is such a "sport" and loves being with his girls!

Around 2:30 we went up to the boardwalk area and the girls got some snacks and we played some corn hole.  Back to the beach for more wave jumping and sand playing.

Corn Hole fun at the State Park!

Even Grandma got in on the action!

Dane and Jamie's friend, Adam Leed, and his wife and son
joined us at the beach for the afternoon!

Oh no!  Someone got a mouth full of salt water!

Lanie, Katelyn and Samantha!

Jamie and her girls!

Katelyn loves it too, but she is only 6 and needs an adult to be with her, so I spent time playing with her in the sand and so did her mommy.

Katelyn enjoyed playing in the sand, but
would have loved if her cousins would
have been with her.  They were too
busy enjoying the water!

At 5 we went to the bathhouse to rinse off and change clothes before having dinner at the upper deck restaurant, the Big Chill.  It is a perfect location and the timing was great for us, but the food was only okay!

Enjoying the view from the restaurant!

Our happy family!

As soon as we got back to the Condo we all showered and put on our PJ's.  All of us had an ice cream treat and the girls watched part of a movie before going to bed early.  They were exhausted from their Ninja Warrior training and all of their time in the ocean waves.  They probably spent 4 hours playing in the surf! Bedtime was a bit chaotic mainly because all of the girls were "beyond" tired. There was quite a bit of drama before they all settled down and fell asleep. Hopefully they will have a great night's sleep.

The adults played a game of 5 Crowns with both men having the low scores and then part of a game of Uno before calling it a day around 10:30.  We were all exhausted too!