31 July 2019

Splash - July 2019

The July Splash is at Mom's new house!  Mom sold her house in Elkton (it was only on Zillow for seven hours!) and bought a smaller, but, big enough, house in Salisbury.  She's about an hour from our house in Easton and about twenty minutes from Eric and Abbey in Mardela Springs.  She's back in Salisbury Ward and so she fell in to her old group of friends.  She's rebuilding the deck, updating the appliances and plumbing.  She had most of us painting, ripping up carpet, unpacking the pods and unboxing the boxes.  She has a great big workshop in the back of her garage and three bedrooms.  She loves it and she is making it her own.

27 July 2019

Samantha is Twenty ... ?!?!!!

The first order of business for Samantha's twentieth birthday was all about Grandmom.  Her pods were delivered and she called on the family and Salisbury Ward to start the unloading at nine in the morning.  From what I hear (cause I slept late...) Salisbury Ward was there in force and the whole project was finished by nine thirty.  Whoa.  Thank you!!

The next order of business was relaxing and celebrating.  Samantha is twenty - that's two decades old.  She is smart, pretty, and kind.  She has a very strict definition of the foods and snacks she likes, but, she's always on the hunt for her next favorite.  She just got her hair dyed - something she's been wanting for a while - now she's really a blonde.  She and Rachel and Matt are living in Fruitland, paying their way, making their path, bored one minute and busy the next.  

Samantha is always up for staying in.  She's a pro with Netflix and while she does like to be out and about - she is still a simple girl - nature documentaries on Netflix and working out at home are two of her biggest ways to spend her day off.

Samantha has her learner's permit for driving, but, not her license yet.  She's a good driver and now that she's working she is saving for a car of her own.  One day she will meet a young man she can't live without.  Meanwhile, every movie, every date, every outing, I ask - are we dating this boy?  And always, it's no, Mom.  We are just friends.  I will let you know when we start dating.

You better....Happy Birthday Sam-ba-lam.

We had a bit of a crowd that afternoon, evening to hang out - here we have Abbey, Mom and Eric.
And here we have Dan (Samantha's work bud), Rachel, Charlotte, Josephine, JMichael, Gavin and Emily.  This pool, by the way, is an exercise pool.  It was 95 degrees!
We had supper - but, you gotta catch 'em if you want to eat 'em!  Matt and Jimmie were trying to steam crabs - can you blame the poor things for trying to run?  Everyone grab some tongs - they're getting away!

and AFTER!  Steph (at seven o'clock), Jimmy (at one o'clock) with Samantha (two o'clock) and James (at three o'clock).

Stephanie and Abbey - sharing a moment on the dance floor.

Samantha's birthday "cake"....

See?  A watermelon works great as a birthday cake!

I included this picture because  Ginny and Sadie, standing behind me, had never been to a Samantha's birthday bash, and were just astonished that we would use a watermelon as a birthday cake.  Welcome to Samantha's world, friends!

04 July 2019

The Fourth, 2019

 The Fourth of July is my favorite holiday - no candy, no dressing up (costumes or dresses) - just history and celebrating.  With fireworks.  That's my kind of holiday.  This year the Fourth was on a Thursday, so I had off Thursday and Friday (thank you Coon & Cole).  On Wednesday night, we drove from Easton to Chestertown to get Markel, then we went to Rehobeth Beach to meet up with Chase and watch fireworks on the beach with his family.
Josephine and Chase, July 3, 2019 
James, JMichael and me - trying to get comfortable on the sand.

Charlotte and Markel sat up on the boardwalk on a bench - Charlotte is not comfortable with the getting up and down on the sand.  We enjoyed the show - very nice.  Crowds were pretty big so we sat on the beach for a while then still sat in traffic til after midnight.  We had Thrashers.  A great evening - Happy Birthday America!

30 June 2019

Splash - June 2019

 The June splash was taken at Rachel, Samantha, and Matt's new house - in Fruitland, Maryland.  Rachel's boss owns the house and she splits the rent with Matt and Samantha.  Rachel is an independent soul and while she enjoyed living with Eric and Abbey (she was in their spare room about five months), she needed a space of her own.  The addition of Matt and Samantha make this house affordable and cozy.  They have plenty of hand-me-down furniture and it's set up just like a first house of a bunch of twenty-somethings should be - gathering areas and places to lounge.  It's small, tidy and the floors slant in every direction.  It's perfect.  This is Samantha's first home away from home.  She was always our daughter - the homebody - who said she would never move out.  Now, though, with her big sister as a roommate, she's more confident that she will be okay.  And she will.  They all will.  It's a good move and I'm proud of them for making their way in the world.  They all have jobs, plans, and confidence.  They are on their way.

In the back yard they have an oversized picnic table.  They invited us down for hot dogs and burgers on the grill and we enjoyed the beautiful June evening.  They have a great back yard.

A goofy picture to scare the neighbors.

23 June 2019

Pool hopping

 The strange part about only having three kids at home is that outings can be more frequent - sorry big ladies, but, sometimes you ARE the outing, so, it all works out.  The little ladies and JMichael are home all day every day, so on the weekends I like to take them out with me and do something fun to get out together.  Pools are a winner - our favorite so far is in Saint Michaels.  Big, clean, and not too crowded.
 One shot each of the pool beauties.  Tanning is essential - gotta be smart about it.

Charlotte's public service announcement - stay hydrated people!

21 June 2019

Josephine and the OBX

Josephine has a friend, and our next door neighbor in Kennedyville, Chelsea.  Chelsea has been on the blog before, in the company of Josephine, always.  Chelsea has two older sisters, but, they both live out on their own, so Chelsea is spending her days as an only child.  She loves to come over to our place, full of noise and activity, only to retreat back to her more clam household of three, plus a dog.  Chelsea's parents have agreed for the last two years that Josephine could go with them on their family vacation - always to OBX.  Josephine is a beach girl and she really enjoyed herself this year.  Restaurants, boogie boarding and thrift shopping - what a great vacation.  Thank you Bender Family for letting Josephine vacation with you.

The Wright Brothers Memorial - taking off!

They also went to a few Delmarva Shorebirds games in Salisbury.

11 June 2019

Josephine's Promotion

Josephine has finished the eighth grade - and they had a Promotion Ceremony.  Josephine loves school.  She has to work at some subjects - like Spanish - and not at others - like Math, English, Science.  She really is in her element in school.  I think it gives her confidence and we praise her achievement constantly.  Straight As in all STEM and AP classes!  WooHoo!  This picture is most of her closest buds from eighth grade - Bella is not in this one, but, we do have Chelsea, Aurora, Delaney and Josephine.  A great group of friends and she will carry them with her to her next adventure - high school!?!