During our summer visit at my parents, we squeezed in one evening of plans at friends, besides family times. There's something so relaxing and comforting about sitting around the table eating and chatting...serving and being served...savoring the meal and the fellowship.
We had a nice break, from the many facets of work that moving a household brings, just around the corner from Mom & Dad's at Luke & Melanie Todd's. Melanie & Shannon grew up in Virginia, Melanie & I taught school together, and Luke & my brother Ashley were big buds. So we had a fun time catching up on life!
|adult dining table (children ate on the patio)|
|deliciously tender grilled steak and veggies, plus baked macaroni and fruit pie|
The next gathering was at Uncle Mike's with their children and grandchildren. It was a rainy day, so the breakfast campfire was nixed for indoor eating.
|Saturday breakfast spread on the bar|
|feeding the babies grapes|
|Heather, Josie, Megan|
|line up of cousins (from just 3 sets of parents!)|
Justin & Ruth and family came up for the day from southern Ohio, and my brother Kris & boys came to Mom & Dad's for one last gathering around the meal table on Covington -Gettysburg Road. We even used Christmas themed paper plates and napkins, so it was kind of like Christmas in July!
|Joanna dressing up in Great Grandma Great's garb, found in the storage|
|J & R's littles tuckered out and tucked under|
|S & H's littles sprawled in the bedroom|
|Joshua's growing man strawhat mound|
Meg's birthday is July 23, my birthday is July 29. We used another meal brought in by Mom's friend for my celebration and another dear brought 2 of my favorites, peanut butter pie & cheesecake.
|Heather turns 36, with a daughter of the king tiara|