Today is the third installation of my Project 365 catch-up! If you'd like to see what's been happening around here this summer check out any of the Project 365 posts that I've put up in August.
Sunday, July 4th
We didn't go out and see fireworks this year, but watched the National fireworks on tv via PBS. It actually made us cry to see our hometown's spectacular display and miss it. We knew right where Mark, Grandpa, Ashley and Rhett were as they watched the fireworks over the Mall. Although we were homesick, we made the best of the night. The girls collected their own "fireworks" - fireflies! Several evenings they headed out to the backyard to chase the the flickering bugs. Their top score was 30 in one jar.
Wallpaper. Do you have any memories of your grandparent's or great-grandparent's homes? I remember wood burning stoves, outhouses, wringer washing machines, clocks, quilts, gold painted rooms, but I will never forget Grandma's favorite wallpaper hanging in her kitchen. It just makes me smile because it is "Sooo Grandma!"
This is the last time we'll be at Grandma's house. We may drive by years from now, but it will be like my childhood home - just a memory. It will have another owner's stamp on it. We miss you, Grandma!
We drove to the cemetery on our way out of town. Grandma's grave will be dutifully colored with seasonal flowers thanks to my uncle. I'm looking forward to her getting her gravestone. We say good-bye, one last time.
The car is PACKED! jam. packed. Every available space is being used. Even then, our 4 foot Santa, that the girls stipulated "HAD" to come home with us, had to catch a ride in Grandma's car. At first Santa was in my passenger seat, but when we got laughs at the ice cream stand I figured I didn't need Santa riding shotgun thousands of miles across the country. Now that would've been a good picture!
"On the Road again..." Yes, my mom was listening to Willie in her car and we often serenaded each other over the walkie talkies. It's always so good to reach the hills/mountains of West Virginia. Then we know we're almost home. Love the flat corn fields too, but the mountains have my heart.
It's so good to sleep in your own bed after three weeks! I awoke to my girls and husband making animal pancakes in the kitchen. While we were gone, Mark's mom sent him a cookbook that he had used as a kid. They opened it up and provided a fun breakfast.
I spy an elephant and a duck? ostrich? We had many representations of the animal kingdom and they were all delicious!