June 19, 2017

Father's day without my dad

Yesterday after church, my mom and sisters and their kids came over...although it's been over 2 years since dad passed away, it seems like he is here, because I think he is, in spirit.  He would be there with my husband and brothers-in-law, looking at the old sailboat...
We ate smoked salmon, fresh veggies, we made shrimp skewers and vegetable focaccia and my sister brought rainbow trout with lemon slices on top. 
My niece below with flowers she picked... the passion flower is so pretty and exotic looking.
Sand play. Painting. Jumping.
My Godson, who is 5 years old, and me, and below is my 11 year old niece, who is also my Goddaughter.  She picked about 2 pounds of blackberries yesterday. 
All in all, we have a pretty cool family.  I wish my father was really here, but we remember him so often and feel like he is with us in a different way... ♥

June 15, 2017


Paul has started to give real kisses...

June 12, 2017

Pineapple in the pool

Two weeks ago, we gave Olivia an inflatable pineapple for her birthday...over the weekend she got to use it for the first time at the pool!
And we spent time with family...the cousins having fun together.  Next weekend, more cousins arrive from Oregon and we're going to celebrate another birthday!!!

June 9, 2017

Ice cream for dinner

Thank you to Uncle Andrey, who treated us for ice cream tonight!  It turned out to be a sunny and hot day.  So sunny, everyone is squinting in this photo...
Elizabeth got blue flavor burst soft serve from Dipper...matching the bench.  Her papa, Andrey, said "You don't want blue, it's full of chemicals," but she did get it, in the smallest size possible...and loved every bit.
 Hope you have a sweet weekend!
Keeping cool....supposed to get hotter here, 90 on Monday!

May 28, 2017

94 years

 We visited my grandfather who is 94 years old.
 He is Paul's great grandfather.  Olivia knew 3 more great grandparents, who have passed away since, and Hannah also met my grandma, who passed away when Hannah was just 9 months.
My grandfather collects canes.  He started collecting them before he ever needed one.  I should've asked him, but I think his father may have started this collection.

He will turn 95 later this year.  He was father to my father, who passed away 2 years ago.  It was very hard for him to hear of his son predeceasing him.  His daughter, my father's sister, also predeceased him.  Her name was Martha and she passed away in a car accident, the year before I was born, so that's how I got my name.  I wish I had met her. 
 We all went to my father's grave.
Our time at Otsego Lake was nice.  Rob sailed his NEW 1969 Potter for the first time.  I finished reading Echo and highly recommend it.
The day we can see the lake in the background!

May 24, 2017

2 years

Two years ago my father passed away.
My daughter took the photo with the dandelion garland (that she made just before the memorial service).  She posted it on her instagram account:
And the photo of my mom and two of her grandchildren taken by my sister, posted to her instagram account:
Our favorite nearby cafe, in Cooperstown, younger daughter got a beautiful red raspberry smoothie.
Such a pretty book, by Dinara Mirtalipova!  I'm currently reading a book called Echo (written by Pam Munoz Ryan) that Dinara illustrated...aimed at a juvenile audience, but historical fiction around the second world war, a harmonica, and children.

May 15, 2017


Over the weekend, we went to see my in-laws. We brought a bouquet of peonies from our yard for Rob's mom.  And Rob made pulled pork, we also brought salad and mango sorbet, I chopped up a pineapple and my mother-in-law had pound cake and strawberries.  We had a nice picnic.
My mom came over here Sunday afternoon and we got ice cream sundaes together.  It was another great day....the weather just perfect!  We have had so much rain that these sunny days are very welcome.
We participated in a lovely May pole tradition.  And there was a beautiful buckeye tree there in full bloom.
One more photo a friend sent from last week, after the dinner at the Peterloon estate.