Hi All,
Summer always seems to just fly by!  We spent last week-end with some of my extended family.  Kind of a mini-reunion although not everyone could make it. 
I don't know if you remember when I posted pics of my niece Chloe?  Well here she is, 2 years old and still as cute as ever!  Pictured with her mom, my sister Susie.

Susie has quite the brood!  Pictured here are her other 4 kids, (yes she has 5) 
Left to right, Ben, Noelle, Kristen and Justin.
They were all at the campground and ......

so was my brother Jeff and his family.  Yes, they have 5 girls!  Jeff has 3 and Becky his wife has 2 so they have a lot of estrogen running through their household.   My brother Jeff is the spitting image of my Dad at this age and sometimes it's a little unsettling to me.  I just want to yell, "hey Dad" when I see him.
He is pictured at his Coast Guard retirement party.

Earlier this week we had a baby blue-jay in our garage.  Her Mother was quite upset and spent all morning diving at our cat Lily who thought this little bird looked like a good meal.  Well Lily got the hint and she retreated but the birdie just didn't know how to find it's way out of our garage.
Finally my hubby was able to pull out the basket she was perched on and she finally made her escape!

My hydrangeas are blooming and looking pretty good!  We've had hot weather but the last few days have been in the upper 70's and just very nice.
Our forecast is for it to heat up and be in the upper 90's by Sunday!  Yikes!.....that is hot and it will be humid too.  But then I just think of the snow and our long winters and I don't dare complain one iota. 

I am still babysitting a lot and I love it but it does wear me out!
Here Lily keeps Addison amused while I hurry up and fix her breakfast!

I've done a little re-arranging and cleaning but right now my housework is calling my name!
Darn, I wish it would stop that and the cleaning fairies would just show up and take care of things.

And one more very exciting thing!  My son and daughter-in-law are having a baby girl, (my second grandchild) and is due in just 10 more days!
I am very excited and can't wait to meet her!
We will be heading to Phoenix in August to stay a week and get to know the new grandbaby!
I guess this hot weather will be a good practice for Arizona's blazing heat!
Take Care,



  1. Hi Cindy
    I enjoyed seeing all your photos. Loved them all, especially Addison looking out at Lily. You need to frame that one! It's wonderful!

  2. Loved the family pictures...and the baby bird..and your sweet watching the cat while you get her breakfast..the flowers are so so pretty..and a 2nd grand..wow that will be so wonderful. Keep on having a great Summer..love ya! ;D

  3. It's w-a-y too hot to clean. Congrats on the new baby.

  4. Great family photos.. so many girls. How wonderful!

    You have been busy lately. Nice to see you post today!


  5. What a beautiful family you have. Congrats on the new baby coming.

  6. Cindy, it was fun meeting your family! I loved the cat photo. Did Fifi do the picture on your blog? It looks like her work! She has done my Christmas cards these last couple of years.

    Congrats on the new grandbaby!

  7. Beautiful pic's. Loved seeing your sister and brother's families. At first, when I saw Cloe's picture, my first thought was "Addison's hair is soooo long!" LOL And I love the yellow bed!

  8. Great looking family - thanks for sharing the pictures. When the cleaning fairies finish at your place, would you please send them here? :D
    Enjoy your evening.

  9. Cindy~~~~

    I bet the reunion was a ball! Chloe is is just a doll. She looks so cute looking out at Lily! Your flowers are looking good, too. I didn't know we were supposed to have all this heat. I guess we will be in the house if we aren't on the water.

    Mailed your card today and sent you an email.


  10. HI!!
    WOW WHAT A FUN re-union, I love family re-unions, our family I think stopped doing them except if we come to town, they say they see each other all the time!!But when we did them it was more of a reason to plan to go..now it's like...oh ok.....maybe!!!I think your brother looks quite handsome in his uniform!!!
    LOVE ALL those pics of your nieces and nephews!!!SO cute!!!
    I am so exited for your visit!!!Tell your Son and DIL to call me when they are ready to do pics, or we can plan on doing them when you arrive.
    Have a blessed day

  11. wonderful pics! Such a blesing to have so many special family members. Congrats on the new grandbaby that's coming...and Addison in that purple outfit is just too precious. Sounds like you stay busy, busy, busy. If the cleaning fairies show up, please tell them I'd like a visit too:) Sorry I haven't written lately but I've been away from blogging for awhile. I hope to have a new post up in the next day or two.

  12. You have a great looking family. Congrats on the new "grand!" Yes it is super-hot here in AZ, so just remember to stay hydrated. You may even encounter one of our monsoons!

  13. Cindy- Your whole family is just beautiful. That is one of the things that I like best about visiting you- you love your family. The kids are all cute and that baby is just gorgeous! Congrats on Baby#2 coming along! xo Diana

  14. I saw the tiny picture and thought "oh, she has been with her sister". I guess that means we are getting to "know" each other well when I recognize the relatives:)

    I'm not keeping up with the blog as well either. I keep trying to get back to being organized, but Foodie Friday sneaks up and I haven't cooked or Tablescape Thursday arrives and I haven't set the table all week! Can't wait to see pictures of the new baby!

  15. Cindy, You have a good-looking family! Chloe is a little doll. I am so happy for you and the upcoming new baby.
    Hugs, Beth

  16. Hi Cindy,
    your grandaughter is beautiful! I know what you mean about loving them--but yep it does tire us older chickens out. I'm still praying for a part time job so i can be more hands on with mine.

    I will post pictures. The twins are getting so beautiful.

  17. Chloe is a little doll! What fun for you to see family and spend time together.
    I know you're counting the days to go see the new grandbaby.
    Enjoy your weekend!

  18. Wow....good looks must run deep in your gene pool! Holy smokes!! (But....I gotta ask....a tie at the campground??? Whoaaa...Now I know I way underdress!!) ;o) Lovely photos....Summon those fairies and herd my way!!! (Hey - it isn't TOO far!) But....I also gotta say...Arizona in August???! Are you NUTTY??!) ;o) Save travels Sweetie - hope all goes well with the "big arrival!" - and congrats! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  19. you have a beautiful family Cindy....thank you for sharing them with us.....

  20. Loved all the family photos. Congratulations on the new grandbaby on the way. I don't know how the weather is in Arizona, but here in our desert it was about 75 today and breezy. Just perfect. We haven't needed to use our a/c in several days. In fact this evening, it's downright cool. I just looked at our outside temp, and it's 66 degrees. Seriously :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. I am glad you are spreading the good genes cause you sure have a beautiful family, Cindy. We just found out yesterday that Tina is having a baby girl and we're so excited cause she has 2 boys now. My other daughter (yep, AJ is going to finally be a big sis now) but we do not know the sex or sexes yet....Christine

  22. Can't believe the baby is 2 years old now. Is that the one you gave the baby shower for?
    Hey! If those cleaning fairies show up - send them my way!!!! :)

    HUGS! Karen

  23. Wow, sweet little Addison sure is growing up so quickly! Aren't you a wonderful grandmother looking after her and keeping her amused! She must adore you.

    Hope your trip to Arizona is wonderful. Stay cool!

    Best wishes,

  24. Hi Cindy, what wonderful family pics. Congratulations on the new granddaughter - I know you are excited! And, yes, they can wear you out! I am recovering from a weekend with the 4 granddaughters - whew! Lots of fun, but I'll sleep well tonight! Linda

  25. Hi Cindy! Oh, look at little Chloe - looks just like a living doll and your sister is beautiful like you! Such a wonderful looking family you have! And there is little Addison - look at her hair! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  26. Lovely photos, Cindy! I'm glad you have had some family time! Love the photo of Lily and Addison...cute! We are having a Kitty Cat Linky Party to celebrate Baby Kitty's birthday this Friday! Bring Lily and come on over!...hugs...Debbie

  27. I hear it is blistering by you now! Water those hydrangeas, they fry in such heat.
    Great pics! My son and dil have 4 and were expecting their 5th. She was 4 mo preg and lost the baby in May. We were all heartbroken. Nothing wrong with big families if you have the love and money to take care of them!

    Prayers for a safe delivery of your gchild!

  28. Hi, Cindy,
    Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed your post so much! Cute family. Your brother is very nice looking. Glad the little bird made it. I just love the pic of the kitty and Addison!

  29. I love the hydrangea's! It is sweet you get to spend a good amount of time loving on your grand daughter, she is a cutie!

  30. Exactly what I needed! Some inspiration! Your family is just adorable.

  31. Hi Cindy! Just coming back to say that Miss Lily can come as she is! She's already wearing her best kitty attire! :-) The staff is looking forward to seeing her at the party!...hugs...Debbie

  32. Looks like a good time was had by all and you have a gorgeous family!

  33. Congratulations Cindy! How exciting to have another Grand Daughter on the way...soon...I bet you can't wait to get your hands on her when you get down to Arizona. Looks as though you had lots of family time with the reunion...great looking families! Oh how I wish our weather was as comfortable as yours...we're drying up here and the well pressure has dropped so we have to be careful with watering etc. Enjoy your 90' temps...that would even be a bit of a relief for us! Stay cool..
    Maura :)

  34. Hi Cindy!! Congratulations on your soon little grandbaby! You do have the most lovely family!
    I know you're in hog heaven.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  35. Hi Cindy....looks like everyone is having a wonderful summer...love seeing addison in the high chair with the kitty...too cute

    congratualtions on the new grandbaby...



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