Monday, August 17, 2009

Are You Feeling It?

I'm feeling it. Summer's ending. If I were a student, I think it would affect me more. But I always wonder if I spent this season well. Here are some of our latest adventures. A major event for us was seeing (briefly) the Wagstaffs. They're some of our favorite people. Here they are at Gettysburg (more pictures later in this post).

The after-church cuteness I missed while at work yesterday.

Don't ask me what Isaac's doing on the counter.

Last weekend we took advantage of the free paddle boat pass that Jared won in May.
I haven't shown a lot of the house yet, but here's a favored spot. We call it the play closet, complete with toys, puzzles, books, animals and dress-up options. The best part is shutting the door, whether it's messy or clean, empty or occupied. Space is nice.

The swimming hole, not far from where we live, is a great place for picnics and, of course, cooling off.

Isaac did a lot of running and splashing (and begging to go in the deep end so he could jump off the rocks with the big kids--dream on, little guy); Noah did a lot of watching and smiling and even walked in the water some.
Isaac hanging out with his Dad.

We're really close to New Freedom, PA where there's this great little railroad museum right on the NCR trail.

We went blueberry picking twice. I love "pick your own" farms! We made blueberry muffins, pancakes, syrup, cobbler and had blueberries in nearly every meal somehow.

Isaac bonded with Trevoroni over a cannon at Gettysburg. We saw them again in Washington, D.C.

Trevor nearly got himself into trouble at the white house; it's a good thing we all convinced him to wait until we found a restroom. How we shall miss these Wagstaffers! What they don't know is that, after this picture was snapped and we went our separate ways, we saw them again as they got on the subway from the opposite side. We made perfect fools of ourselves, yelling goodbyes and waving at people who didn't see us...but it felt good.

I really can't say enough to describe the goodness of our landlord/lady. Becky always brings us flowers/herbs/vegetables from her amazing garden, and I finally got a picture of some of it.

On a walk to the pond.

Seeing the pond and admiring the caterpillar on the reed.

Artfully edging nearer to the pond.
It always helps to have a brother to play with. I've discovered the secret to parenting!

Hanging out with the sheepies. We got to be "in charge" of the farm while the neighbors were away and it was a lot of fun. The boys spent every chance they got on the tractors in the [immaculate!] barn.

On one of the trails around our house. Luckily, our double stroller has been fixed (somebody slashed the tires!)


The Hulls said...

You're so fortunate in your house and landlady!! Situated in the perfect place to raise little boys, with space inside and out! If I'm ever out there I'll have to visit. ;)

Trace Gibson said...

Sweet set-up indeed! Very very nice. I can't understand why, but Noah's face seems so much more grown-up than cute Isaac's (I'm so happy to see that Isaac hasn't grown out of his uber-cuteness!). He's like a little man with that face! Gorgeous boys!

Carina said...

Every time I see pictures of your adventures, something inside me wants to live in a place just like that...looking for a roommate (or three--I couldn't leave Cody and Joshua!)? =P

What a fun place, and I agree--it's a great area to raise little boys in. We'll have to come visit so Joshua can get a taste of the country =)

Misty said...

I love how you are always doing something fun! Looks like you had one eventful summer!

Bob And Tiffany said...

Makes me jealous!

Laurel said...

Wow. Your place looks amazing! And your boys couldn't be cuter. I can't believe how grown up they look. Cute header pic of the fam, too. :)