Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Water Boy

This Saturday was my grandfather's (Colin's Great-Grandfather's) 80th birthday. All of my dad's brothers and sisters came in town with their families. Other than the intense heat, the party went off without a hitch and I think that Pap was pleasantly surprised to have us all there for his big day. 

For entertainment, we turned to Colin. He was running around the yard like a mad man paying no mind to the sun and heat. Finally, my uncle devised a 'ghetto' sprinkler for him:

My grandparents' neighbor, Ashley, has a six-year-old daughter. She took pity on poor Colin and set up a Little Mermaid slip-and-slide. After a bit of hesitation, Colin was shooting down the slide like a pro, knocking the girls out of his way:

Here is a video of him trying to keep the girls away from him with the hose (keep a close eye on his stance, this is serious business!):

It was our last trip for the summer! We are relieved to be home and relax a bit. But it was very nice to see the entire family again! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Barker's Blackberry Hill

When I was growing up, I can remember going into the woods and picking wild blackberries in the sweltering, afternoon sun. We would drag our full pails to the neighbors' house and she would immediately whip up a blackberry pie from scratch. Delicious! Probably my favorite pie to this day. 

In an effort to MAKE similar memories with the little guy, we made a trip down to Barker's Blackberry Hill (Winery) in nearby Crittenden, Kentucky. We had a blast! We picked...

And we picked...

And Colin snuck a few...

Then he got mad because his hands were 'durdy'...

It was a lot of HARD work but in the end we gathered 13 pounds of fresh blackberries! And the pie was delicious! SUCCESS

Taking a picture with Mama, not so much

He's getting so big! Hope to make many more memories like these with him in the years to come. Love ya, Little Man!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Fourth in Fort Wayne

We decided to spend our long weekend in Fort Wayne with Chris' family. Baby Evan joined the clan in February and Colin was very interested in him this trip. He loves 'baby's. We spent the weekend around the pool and ate a LOT of really good food. All sunshine and the running around helped Evan and Colin sleep through the entire fireworks display! 

Before we left town on Monday, we made a quick trip to the Fort Wayne Zoo with Colin. He has been a few times before but this time he seemed very interested in seeing the animals. His favorite exhibit was the aquarium! He could have stood there for hours watching the crazy-looking fish swim by him. 

Back home now for a full week! It's so nice to be back to a regular schedule. We've moved Colin to a big boy bed again- keep your fingers crossed that it works this time!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Summer is Flying By...

So sorry! A LOT has been happening since I last blogged- Father's Day, a trip to North Carolina to visit some friends and now we are heading to Fort Wayne this weekend for the Fourth of July!  Here are a few pictures from the craziness:

Father's Day 2010 - Swimming at my parents' pool (Colin pooped in the pool and the next day, the pool was closed and empty. Coincidence? We hope.)

Enjoying (more) popcorn at the White House

Great smile, Dad! I really like this picture. Sorry for the short blog, I am pooped (no pun intended).