Supper With Jere & Kristen

Friday, August 15

1 (1)We were just beginning to hear about the cardboard boat races that were coming up for a Sunday school class picnic and got to see the early stages of Ian and Jesse’s boat that Josh was building for them.

1 (2)Flowers on the table.

1 (3)One of the reasons we were invited for supper was that Kristen made a corn pie, which was very large.

1 (4)It was incredibly delicious.

1 (5)Love fresh tomatoes.

1 (6)Blueberry cobbler

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1 (8)There was also warm peach cobbler.

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1 (12)After supper we went outside to see the chicks.

1 (10)They love their little barn and yard.

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1 (13)Roy and Deb had to leave early, so the boys taught us to play a game they had just gotten.

1 (17)Toasted Roasted

1 (14)What fun trying to light fires and roast marshmallows ~ and put out other people’s fires and burn their marshmallows.

1 (15)Since we were in the garage, Jake kept watch – letting us know he wanted to be included.

1 (16)After a game of Roasted Toasted, some of us tried another new game.

1 (18)If I remember correctly, they got both games at an Amish store.

1 (19)It was a combination of Parcheesi and Sorry.

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1 (21)…and the winner of the Marble game was Jesse.

Shopping With Granddaughters

August 12 & 13

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Our oldest granddaughter, Elizabeth, came to spend a week with us ~ the evening before Reuben and Judi went back to Wisconsin.

A few days later I asked if she wanted to go along to AC Moore to get some supplies for Cousin’s Week. We had a delicious lunch at Coffee Co. which is just across the parking lot.

The next morning I heard Elizabeth and Abby talking about going shopping, and as I thought, “It would be fun to go along,” I derived a plan, and told them that I would drive if they invited me to go along.

These sisters are smart girls, and took me up on the offer. :)

8-13-14 (1)Elizabeth buckling in Anthony (Nathaniel and Abby’s baby – our great-grandson) before we went shopping.

8-13-14 (2)Our first stop was a roadside vegetable stand where Abby bought a basket of peaches, and I bought a tomato. I love garden-fresh tomatoes and ours weren’t  ripe yet.

8-13-14 (3)We bought a lot more at Sharp Shopper. I got some good food bargains for Cousin’s Week.

8-13-14 (4)Abby bought another basket of peaches at Glenwood Farms and I found a few more things for Cousin’s Week.

8-13-14 (6)By the time we got to Wal-Mart, Anthony needed lunch, so Abby stayed in the van to feed him while Elizabeth checked on a special tea that Abby wanted (they didn’t have it) and I bought Subway sandwiches. (Our Wal-Mart has a Subway inside.)

8-13-14 (5)We opened the van windows and enjoyed a delightful picnic.

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Since Anthony was full and happy again, Abby asked if we could stop at Madelyn’s Closet in Ephrata (a thrift store). It was half-price day, and she was looking for little boy clothing for Anthony.

I found a light, dressy Chico jacket that was a perfect fit for me. As I was examining it for flaws, I noticed that it was new – with an original price tag of $88.00 ~ then marked down to $52.99. The thrift store price was $9.85 ~ and since everything was half-price, I paid $4.93. :)

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Our last stop was Good’s Store where I bought two air mattresses for Cousin’s Week as Cerwin was taking two of ours along on a chapel maintenance trip to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts ~ during Cousin’s Week.

Cerwin and Glenn Fahnestock were replacing a chapel door and making several other repairs ~ that would take more than one day, so they were going to sleep on the chapel one night.

Elizabeth 2014Elizabeth spent the next week ~ August 17 -26 ~ in New Windsor, Maryland, with other members of her team as they trained for a one-year term of volunteer service in Lewiston, Maine, with Brethren Volunteer Service/Brethren Revival Fellowship.

Bryson’s Birthday Cake

Saturday, August 9

1The “Cat in the Hat” leads the singing of the birthday song.

1b (1)Are they singing that song for me?

1b (2)I wonder why Daddy removed my shirt?

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1b (3)Oh, wow! I do understand food and I see a pretty cupcake.

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1cOh, I see the Cat is still here. I hope he doesn’t want my cake.

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2 (16)Stop that kissing stuff, Mom and Dad. I just want to eat my cake.

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2 (18)This is so good.

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2 (28)“Grandma, do you think there is another cupcake?”

“No, Bryson. The party is over. It’s time for you and the Cat to go home.”

2 (30)Thanks for inviting us, Bryan and Leslie. It was a great party.

Bryson’s First Birthday

Saturday Afternoon, August 9

1 (1)Bryson is our great nephew, the son of our nephew Bryan and his wife, Leslie, and the grandson of Cerwin’s brother, Elvin, and his wife Pat.

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1 (3)Arriving: Cerwin’s mother with her granddaughter Crystal – aunt of Bryson.

1 (4)The birthday boy

1 (5)Bryson’s cousin Bailey

1 (6)Grandma Pat with three of her grandchildren, Peyton, Bailey, and Bryson

1 (8)Mother and Jakey (Bryson’s uncle)

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1 (10)Roy & Deb arriving

1 (16)Notice the poster on the pavilion corner pole. Leslie made these for each month of his first year and had them posted around the pavilion.

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1 (11)Playing with birthday favors.

1 (12)Bryson on his mother’s (Leslie) lap – with great-grandma.

1 (13)With his grandma (Leslie’s mother)

1 (14)With his grandma (Bryan’s mother)

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1 (19)We were asked to not bring gifts, but to bring diapers to benefit a community service for needy families.

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1 (20)We were promised a surprise, and we were surprised when a very professional Cat in the Hat arrived.

1 (21)Bryson was fascinated…

1 (23)…as were the other children and adults.

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1 (31)Posing with the children and a few parents after his great stories.

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1 (30)These two enjoyed the balls.

1 (32)With Bryson

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1 (36)Taking some of his things to his “Cat in the Hat” vehicle.

1 (37)Coming back to the party.

1 (38)Taking a selfie.

1 (39)Getting ready for the birthday cake.

Pictures of that tomorrow night.