276: Fantabulous Family Fun

Sunday Signage. Taken at the Akron Zoo.

I had a wonderful weekend.  There is nothing like spending time with my family.  Having the whole crew here (both sons, both daughters-in-law, and both granddaughters) was fantabulous.  I am grateful to all of them for taking time out of their busy lives to get together with us here at Breezy Acres.  I am mega grateful for the gift of having them all in my life.

Fully realized magnolia

As promised, the weekend was filled with activities.  We went to the Akron Zoo yesterday morning, then it was back to Breezy Acres for the rest of the day where the guys built and installed a new barn door, and the gals played, talked, and even learned a few things.  Dinner found the table full, and not just with food.  It’s the first time in a long time we’ve had to put two leaves in the table to expand it enough for all of us.

Centered and opening

Of course I love, love, love having time with my gorgeous granddaughters.  They are delightful and fill my heart with joy.

Family of flowers (Cinquefoil, I think) found growing in the grasses

There were so many wonderful moments that it is somewhat difficult to pick out a few as favorites.  I enjoyed them all, to be honest.  But this morning was particularly lovely in that our oldest granddaughter asked us to take her fishing, which we did, and she was successful in catching two fish.  One was a small bluegill (sunfish).  The other was the Big One that not only got away, but broke the line (unfortunate because now the poor fish has a hook stuck in its mouth).  You should have seen the way the pole was bending.

Just getting started

We spent time this weekend blowing bubbles, drawing and coloring with chalk (a 54-pack with a variety of colors) on the flagstones of the patio, and this morning we put down large sheets of paper outside so the girls could paint with their feet and hands.  I now have two amazing works of art to hang somewhere in the house.  My only regret is that I didn’t have three large sheets of paper.  Feet and hand painting looks like so much fun that I wanted to join in.  I’ll make sure I can do so next time.

Joy in a bubble. (Processed in Picnik to get that sunbeam effect.)

Joy is love bubbling forth into life.

~ Wilford A. Peterson

I’ll have more photos and more stories soon.   🙂


32 Comments on “276: Fantabulous Family Fun”

  1. Hallysann says:

    Looks like you all had a wonderful weekend 🙂

  2. Kel says:

    yep, coolest grandma award definitely goes to you
    hand and feet prints – yeah!

    of course I should have known … your blog being a favourite for those foot fetish people
    this post should get them in 😉

    • Robin says:

      LOL, Kel! Well, it might do something for the stats. 😉

      I can’t take credit for the hand and foot painting idea. I’d heard that my youngest granddaughter recently did some foot painting at a summer activity and loved it so I thought we’d give it a try here. I think we should do it again. With Grandma joining in. 😀

  3. SAJ says:

    Sounds like a great weekend! Nothing like family time!

  4. tjfox says:

    Sounds like a weekend I could have easily had years ago at my own grandmother’s. It brings back such wonderful memories for me and I’m sure your girls will have loads of their own as they grow up. Just a suggestion potentially for the next time they visit… All of us kids along with the grandkids made hand print stepping stones for my parents a couple of years ago. They now have all 8 of us immortalized in concrete in my mom’s garden. It was a ton of fun and is it is really interesting to get to go back and have the kids put their hands on their prints to see how they have changed. Your finger painting project reminded me of that.

  5. Dana says:

    Sounds like an excellent time was had by all! Thank goodness for family! 🙂

  6. carlaat says:

    Chalk, bubbles and fingerpaint – my inner child wants to join in! So glad it was a wonderful time!

  7. It’s nice, hearing about nice days like this. It’s a bright spot in my day visiting your blog!

  8. penpusherpen says:

    Bubbles … I love blowing bubbles, seems that the most easy things to do are the most fun… Glad to read you had a wonderful time Robin. …Hope the suns still shining, IT IS HERE!! Wow, Wimbledon weeks and it’s sunshiny, ….Maybe I’m dreaming. 😀 xPenx

    • Robin says:

      Still sunny here too, Pen. I’m glad you’re enjoying your sunshine. Hope you have some strawberries and cream to go with it. 🙂

  9. Kala says:

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful weekend!

  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful time – I can just HEAR the excitement in your words! I remember large family gatherings when I was a child, going with my parents to my grandparents’ house, meeting up with my aunts, uncles, and cousins. It’s special in different ways for each stage of life. I love this group of photos – especially the last two! Great alliterative title! 😉

  11. Karma says:

    Adorable post. As much as I love every stage of life with my daughters, I occasionally wish for the days when they were little and into chalk and fingerpaints.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Karma. 🙂

      You’ll get to go through the chalk and fingerpaint stage again when you have grandchildren. Or you can let your inner child play and go ahead without the excuse of a small child around to do it.

  12. bearyweather says:

    Looks like a lot of creative fun. I envy your family fun … thanks for sharing it, not all of us have that blessing.

  13. ladyfi says:

    What a great way to spend a weekend!

  14. Sure does sound like you had a busy and entertaining weekend, and captured some real nice shots… and lol at “the one that got away”… Isn’t that a pre-requisite of fishing… 😉

    • Robin says:

      I was hoping someone would catch that, Brian. lol! What fishing tale would be complete without “the one that got away?” 😉

  15. Sounds like a beautiful week-end…. so nice to have the whole family together 🙂

  16. Great effect in the last shot! It looks like a fairy with a magical bubble wand :).


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