summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012
family

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

you are my sunshine, my only sunshine...


Miss Lydia, the baby granddaughter...at the beach.


Camille playing with Davian...he went along with us, and was pretty happy when we stopped for gas on the way up...I offered the kids cookiewiches, which are chocolate chip cookies with ice cream between them...Davian asked for a popsicle, and the only kind sold there were these huge bombpops, red white and blue, his favorites...



Emily, Mirielle, Mali, Kathryn, Evelyn, Suzanne, Sonja, Jonathan, Charlotte Claire, Camille, and Davian went. Emily grilled hot dogs over charcoal, we took turns taking Lydia in the water, and chasing her across the sand, until Mali washed her up, changed her into clean dry clothes, and put her into the playpen under the umbrella and gave her Cheerios...

We were at a beach on the east shore of Lake Ontario, and the water was calm and refreshing, the sand soft, and the sun was out. There was a nice breeze when we got there, but when it calmed down, it was almost too hot. Just sitting and talking and relaxing and drinking cold diet Coke with lime, snacking on cherries and cucumbers and melon...I can't complain.

I had the best iced coffee on the way home...

Home...ah, home...after emptying the coolers and putting things away, a few of us got into the pool...

Today is hot again, even more hot than yesterday, more humid. I have weeded the garden and watered it, taken care of the pool, cleaned up in the kitchen a bit, put a load of clothes in the washer, made a pot of coffee, fed the dogs and cats, and ah, here I am. This afternoon is the Doobie Brothers/Journey concert, and it's going to be hot working concessions there! I am not looking forward to melting.

I plan to spend as much of the day as possible in the pool with the kids before I have to leave to work.

The princesses are up, and I am done writing for now.

3 comments:

Marilyn Reid said...

It sounds like a perfect day. We used to live in Ontario and went to that lake many times. It is so big it's hard to believe it's a lake and not the ocean. Have fun at the concert..............it will be a hot one ☺️

Marilyn from Canada

Susan R said...

Well I have to say that Lydia gets more darling with each photo op!
Are you able to hear the music when you work the concession stand? I was also wondering when you mentioned cutting off alcohol, how do you determine when to do that? I hope they realize you are a faith based organization and give in cheerfully.

16 blessings'mom said...

Lake Ontario does look like the ocean, but without the sand crabs and the salty water to deal with, it's amazing. The sand is so soft and powdery. And Susan, Lydia has stolen our hearts. Yes, we hear the music! Last night was amazing! As for the alcohol thing, we aren't in charge of that, there is a group called Alcohol Compliance, they monitor sales, make sure no minors are served, no more than two drinks at a time are sold, and they decide ahead of the event what time to cut off sales, usually an hour before the event is supposed to end. Sometimes they extend it, but once we're told, we cannot serve any, or we would be in big trouble. There are glass fronted refrigerators right there in our stands filled with beer (and water and soda), and some people get so mad that it's right there and they can't buy it. Most are okay, but some are dropping the f-bomb and being quite rude. It's not too bad, by the end of the night there are only a few of us left manning the registers, and I make sure the younger ones are not in the front then, they are starting the job of cleaning the place up so we can get home before 1 a.m., ha. Last night was good, we were home before midnight.