Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Well... Hello July

I have been MIA from the blog. I have been absent for no real reason... just been busy. I can't believe it is already the middle of July. Tell me... how is that possible? The summer is flying by way faster than I would like. So life lately:
~ We have been spending as much time as we possibly can up at camp, and if you ask me it is still not enough time. 
~ We celebrated Trevor's middle school graduation with family, his favorite food - tacos and cake. And of course we celebrated at camp.
~ Nana and Papa also came to celebrate Trevor's milestone.
~ Nolan spent a week at UMO hockey camp. He had a good time. It was his first time away from us for a week and I would say it was a success. He did not call us once and his texts were few and far between.
~ We have probably eaten our weight in ice cream!

~ We saw awesome fireworks on the lake for the 4th and spent the week after the 4th at camp. {Do you see a theme - CAMP}. It was a great relaxing week.

~ I am starting to really feel the stress of sending a kid away to school. Trevor has less than a month at home and that makes me really sad!  We have a lot to get before he heads off to school. It will be a busy month for sure.
~ Our sweet duck family is smaller once again. Our favorite littlest duck is no more. So sad.

~ Griffin finally became brave enough to jump of the boat and now we can't get him to stop. He loves it!
~ Nolan got Boozled Jelly Beans Challenge and grossed us all out. All I can say is yuck. I did it twice and twice I got something nasty like barf or cat food or lawn clippings.
~ Trevor {thanks to Sean} learned how to drive the boat.
~ And then Trevor learned how to show off by driving the boat at full speed.
~ We did the Great Pond mail route tour. It was so much fun. One of five boat mail delivery services left in the US. It was a great way to see the nearby lake and to see it like I like... really close to the houses. I love to check out the homes.
~ We had a summer favorite - Lobster!
~ Griffin has become quite the fish this summer. His lips will turn blue but he will not get out of the water. He loves to jump in, swim and play football in the water.
~ I have loved spending time with these three. They make me so happy 99% of the time!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another Camp Weekend

We had another few great days at camp.
It is really beginning to feel like summer!
Much more activity is happening around the lake which is good and bad. I love to see the boats and the events that happen around the lake. At times it gets really busy and that is kind of a bummer.

Griffin jumped in the water many, many times on Saturday.

He wanted me to document every single jump with a picture.
Then after jumping, it was time for some football. And after all the water activity, Griffin passed out with the ipad in his hands while watching a movie. Sweet boy!
We took the first of many boat trips

to Lakeside Scoops.
Ice cream lakeside may be one of these boys favorite things!

And one of my favorite thing is bribing Nolan with ice cream so I can take a picture of him. He used to love to have his picture taken. Now he runs the other direction when he sees my camera.
And Trevor. So grown up. Less than two months until he heads off to boarding high school. Love him so very much and I am pretty sure I am not going to be able to handle not having him around daily.
And this pretty much sums up my feelings about the lake. Lake, family, friends, wine! No doubt, life is better at the lake!
The duck saga continues. We had to protect the sweet little ducks from the loon. And since then, we have not seen the ducks for 2 days. They have never gone this long without visiting. I of course think the worst, but I hope they just found a new camp to hang at.
I love these splashing feet!

We had another lovely weekend up at camp.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dad's Day and Ducks

We celebrated Father's Day at our favorite place on earth
camp! Saturday the sun was shinning so we enjoyed the sun, swam and did some chores around camp. Saturday night we enjoyed dinner (Rob's choice) and he opened his presents.
We also had a very interesting stand off with our little duck family that we have adopted. Saturday morning our ducks came for a visit. I was sitting on the edge of the dock and the ducks came very close so I decided I would run into the house and grab my camera. While my getting up was very upsetting to mama duck and she jumped up on the deck and quacked at us while the babies ran up on dry land. After the stare down with mama duck and me jumping up on top of the chaise because I was afraid she was going to attack, mama and the babies made themselves at home on our dock and took a little nap on it, all while we were sitting on it.
A little later in the day, mama and babies were back but now they were distressed as a bigger duck was after them. He (we assume the duck was a he because he was big) was after the babies. Mama did a good job of giving this intruder the evil eye that I had received earlier but she was having a hard time keeping him away from all the babies. After watching him attack one of the babies, we stepped in. We got our water shooters and squirted the big duck away, meanwhile the duck family made themselves at home on the dock again. I think they felt safer on the dock. The big duck tried to come back but we continued to squirt him and may have even threw a couple rocks at him. He finally left.
We all woke up very worried about our ducks this morning, but I am happy to report that we saw mama and all four babies this afternoon. I think they have officially made themselves at home with us.
We never intended to adopt or even feed the ducks. We love them on our lake but we like them from afar. We have been feeding this family though. They are just so cute and we felt bad after one of the babies disappeared. One of the babies has a lame foot and is much smaller than the others. We went from not feeding the ducks to going out this week to buy duck food for our little family (just until they are grown).
Sunday started out as a rainy day so we all went to see Inside Out. The movie was so cute and we all loved it, well, Trevor did not think much of the movie. I can't wait to see it again.
The weekend was great. I think my kids have the greatest dad ever and I am very lucky to be able to raise our boys with him by my side!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Last day of 6th grade and 1st grade

Nolan finished his 6th grade year, his first year at middle school.
Last day of 6th grade
And I would say it was a huge success. He had a great time with his friends and thrived socially. He even made time for his studies and did well in school.
August 2014 ~ First day of 6th grade
It is amazing what a difference one school year makes. Here he is on the first day of 6th grade. He is excited and ready for another great year of school, but first bring on summer!

Griffin did not miss a beat at his first year in the public schools, in first grade.
Last day of 1st grade
He has learned so much thanks to a wonderful teacher. He is the top of his class in math and quite the little mathematician. He is doing well in reading and writing,too. He made many new friends and learned quickly how to navigate this much bigger school.
August 2014 ~ First day of 1st grade
And here is my sweet boy on the first day of 1st grade! He has a wonderful teacher for 2nd grade and I know he will continue to excel.

I am so thankful for my boys wonderful, caring teachers this year. It was a great year full of growing, learning and maturing!

Nolan and Griffin, I am so proud of you both!

And see Trevor's graduation post below.

Class of 2019 ~ Eighth Grade Graduation

Trevor is officially a high school student.
We celebrated the class of 2019 with a little "graduation" celebration.
It is so hard to believe that this sweet baby
is now this high school student.
He started middle school as a young, smart, inquisitive boy
and he is leaving middle school a smart, mature, kind young man.
After graduation, the class had a little party to celebrate them! Trevor came home pretty sad. I think it is finally hitting him that he is not going to be with the classmates he has been with for 9 years now. It truly is bitter-sweet.
His honors geometry teacher said "Absolutely no worries about this kid! He's got it all under control!"
But alas, all good things come to an end and change is part of life. He is ready to take on the world from Limestone and I know he is going to rock it!
They may not believe it now, but these boys sure are going to miss Trevor!
Trevor, we love you and could not be more proud of who you are and where you are going!