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Spring and Early Summer Happenings ~ Part 2

Part 2 ~ Grandchildren, Birthdays, and Birdhouses

Can you think of a better birthday gift than having this crew show up on my doorstep? The holiday/birthday weekend was wonderful! Aren't they growing up?!

Tom & Deb with the Georgia 5!

Happy4thSarah, Eric, and the five children drove in from Georgia; and Hannah and Christopher drove in from Michigan! Fun times!

When I was growing up, my parents worked at a company that gave their employees the week of July 4th off every year, so we celebrated my birthday all vacation week in the Smoky Mountains and Gatlingburg, TN...every year!

Little did Tom know when we got married that I was accustomed to celebrating my birthday for a whole week! LOL! He does a great job of stretching out all the fun....

Sarah was in the kitchen making a mini 6-inch birthday cake...aaah so special to have her in the kitchen again!


Just perfect having both girls working together. I miss scenes like this!

Hannah and Sarah!

 Here's the cake all finished and decorated and ready for me to blow out the candles!

birthday cake for Deb
While everyone was here visiting, Jonathan wanted to have us all over to his house for a meal. So we all loaded up and made the trek 25 minutes south of us. There's his house in the distance:

Jonathan's property/house

Here's Chef Jonathan performing his magic!

Jonathan's house!

What he fixed for us:

July 4th weekend meal at Jonathan's

Seated around his table for a nice meal!

Meal at Jonathan's with the fam

The red/white/blue S'more trifle! Oh my goodness!



Christopher and Hannah relaxing after the wonderful meal. So good to see them together:

C & H at Jonathan's

SusanBranch.comOne of the special activities Tom/Grampa planned for the kids was building a birdhouse in Grampa's Workshop (lots of pre-visit prep!). All the kids were super excited!

Here's the master woodworker with the newest member of the family looking on:

Grampa conducting the build a birdhouse workshop

Grampa had plenty of helpers directing the little ones...much needed! It was a hubbub of activity!

Helpers were essential!

Hannah watched little Miss L play with her birdhouse pieces:

Hannah and Little Miss L

The kids loved using the drill:

Drilling with Uncle Jonnie

Almost done! Her dad helping her drill:

Purple Girl!

Everyone lined up with their finished birdhouse projects, complete with their favorite color and their initial. Even the littlest munchkin got his own birdhouse! 

Thank you, Grampa, for an exciting productive Daddy will have to find spots in their yard for 5 birdhouses!!! LOL!

Project complete!

What July 4th visit would be complete without some slip and slide water fun:

Slip and Slide Time!

Or a trip to the ice cream shop for some birthday ice cream:

Smiley's Ice Cream, Bridgewater, VA

Or some fireworks:

July 4th fireworks, country style!

And sparklers:

Sparklers from Michigan!

The weekend came to an end sooo quickly!  We loved it all! Here we are saying goodbye to Sarah...until next time!

Bye sweet girl!!!! Thanks for coming!

~ Deb

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