Sunday, July 26, 2015

Visit from Gma Candy and Gpa Kirk

 Grandma Candy and Grandpa Kirk came to visit us in June! It happened to be the opening weekend of Frederik Meijer's Japanese Gardens. I thought it'd be fun to take them there since they have never been there before. Plus, I couldn't wait to see the new gardens!

Say ROAR!!
The gardens have TONS and tons of paths to walk through and around and all over the place.
The pictures just doesn't do it justice. This is just a tiny piece of them. With everything built in Japan and shipped over, they then flew over artisans from Japan to put it together exactly as it would be over there.
This is at the highest point in the gardens. I can only imagine many people just might say 'YES' on this very spot!

After the Japanese gardens, we walked around the sculpture park.

We had fun along the walk even with a little bit of rain along the way.
Hopefully we can get up there to visit them this upcoming month before Jason has to leave for the fall. I am dreading summer ending for many reasons and the fact that he'll be gone for 10 weeks just makes me all sorts of anxious. Trying to enjoy the hear and now.....

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Definition of Summer

I tend to take pics and blog later....which I imagine most people do, but I mean like 3-6 weeks later :)

But I do remember this day like it was yesterday. It was one of those days where I couldn't stop saying "wow, what a gorgeous day!".  It was one of those 'set up the slip n' slide and watch the kids play for hours' type of days.
Kids started coming out of houses all down the street. Who wouldn't pay to go back to the days of being a kid where you got to eat endless freeze pops?! My husband would say that I still do that but I wouldn't go as far as endless..... maybe just two for me. Or three.
Austin still has a snake on his face from the Festival of the Arts downtown GR. It was literally the perfect day.
I can't tone down the vibrancy of these photos any. This is how summer is. bright, beautiful, and green.
The kids had fun showing off their 'skills' as they hit the end!

I told them to get together real quick for a picture.
It will definitely be one of my top 10 favorite photos of the summer. It defines summer. These kids grow too fast.  It's one of those photos you'd print and tape in scrap book if I actually did that. But this is my scrap book for now. Austin and Kasen are inseparable. Kora has a missing tooth. Natalie and Michelle play for countless hours on end. They all live on the same street for now. And they are all friends no matter their differences. Being young is easy and fun. And it was fun to sit back and watch and soak it all in.
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