week-end scenes…part two

At the Track…

Thanks to my buds at the track, I got Sunday off to make enjoy the kids, my cousins, my sister & bro-in-law, and the dollar beer…but the best…look who showed up!!

Yes, Folks, Cousin Ronna is the life of the party and always a winner…here she is in the Winner’s Circle with John McKee…

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We’re leaving this morning to drive the NewYorkers  to Indy where they’ll visit with Eric’s family before flying into LGA on Thursday.   I have enjoyed every minute…

week-end scenes part one…

The Picnic Supper

 

Fireworks and Sparklers…

 

A hayride…

 

Sleepover in the camper…

 

That was Saturday evening after I got home from working at Ellis.  Ali, her boys and their friend joined us… when we woke up Sunday we headed out for breakfast at Denny’s, then over to the track…but that’s Part Two…Later.

(Can you tell I’m exhausted? but in that Good Way…)

 

Harmony in New Harmony

We had a beautiful day to visit New Harmony yesterday, rounding out the NYC girls’ Southern Indiana experience nicely.  We told them a little about the Utopian Communities that had settled there, complete with subtle political messages that were over their head, and strolled through the labyrinth and the garden/cabins near the restaurant where we dined.

Storming the East Gate of the Roofless Church…

 

Ring around the Altar…

 

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At the Labyrinth…

 

They were getting a little restless when the littlest one decided the double cabin was a good place to play “restaurant” and saved the day…

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I have to work at the track today, but we’re going to go over there early to see if the llamas and camels have arrived;  if I hurry and finish this post, Emma and I may get down to the Farmers Market for some fresh green beans and new potatoes…

 

poolside

The E’s reunited with Briley, Berkely (and Alex, too) and were joined by the boy-cousins: Ben, Noah, and Sam for some fun in the water..

 

 

This is a wonderful group of kids, and I’m not biased by my love for them…am I?

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A, B. B, and the E’s…

My grand-nieces, whom I love dearly and do not see enough, visited yesterday.  I was thrilled that we were graced with the presence of a Teenager, actually 2 of them…(but I only got a picture of 1)…  Alex came by to grill Melissa about NYC and her boyfriend picked her up later.

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But the younger girls, Berkeley and Briley, played with Emma and read to Eliza…

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Emma said that my blog posts do not contain enough words, but I can’t quite help it right now…a picture is worth a thousand words (and a gallery must be worth about a million):

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magic

I couldn’t chronicle the magic act as well as I would like—one child would put the blanket over the other, say the magic words, and oila! when she’d pull it off the child was no longer under the blanket (but could be seen running into the next room giggling).

 

I was pretty pouty, what with having to work the week-end at Ellis and all, but Grandpa Saved the Day and the kids had a magical time at the zoo on Saturday and building a fort on Sunday.  There was a big thunderstorm last night and we all stood out on the porch to fully experience it.  We watched “Summer Magic”  before bedtime (appreciated mostly by Melissa and me);  Free sweet corn and watermelons from the track have kept us well-fed… I think they’re having fun…