Saturday was Dad McGuire’s birthday. He wanted to get his chimney fixed for his present, so Allan and one of hisÂ brothers went to help Dad. Â Then everyone who lived close enough, came by for a surprise party.
Dinner was goodÂ andÂ the cake was excellent–we have some great bakers in the family! Â But the best time was watching everyone interact.
The cousins, no matter the age, played a game of baseball following rules theÂ girlsÂ made up to make it a more even game. Â Nothing could make it really even; the three boys were mostly older than the four girls on the other team and the babies kept switching teams or being “ghost” players or base holders. Â So, the rules got sillier as the game went along.Â The adults enjoyed the game, but mostly sat around talking about whatever.
Happy Birthday Opa!
The kids earned free tickets to the fair during this year’s summer reading program. We decided to go during the rodeo.
Allan got off work early and we watched the afternoon rodeo before roaming. Since everyone enjoyed the first show, we went back for the later one. Both rodeos were fun, but pre-rodeo pictures told the best story.
Street photography is unposed pictures taken in a public place. Â This is my first attempt, taken at Matternâ€™s Corner Deli in Goshen.
Lilly asked if I would take some updated family pictures. They are looking forward to meeting their newest family member soon, and wanted to be sure to get some special ones.
Daddy plays french horn in the New Horizons Band. This weekend they had their traditional Christmas concert. It was fun listening to some traditional Christmas songs and hearing some new arrangements. The band did a very good job. I think it was the best concert they have done that I have been to.
Andrea has enjoyed playing soccer this fall.Â Â She plays outside defense (right fullback).Â Her job is to keep the ball away from the goalie.
It has been fun watching her improve this year.Â Andrea does not mind falling too much and is willing to run into situations where others may hold back. She has been practicing running faster and is able to overtake opponents more often. She also likes to come up to mid line from an angle and kick the ball down field.Â Her kicking is getting stronger and she can send the ball flying much better than she did at the beginning of the season.
This weekend, Andrea had her fall soccer tournament. It was a long weekend for Andrea, but she enjoyed herself. Her team did a wonderful job!Â They were undefeated for all their games (8-1, 2-1, 2-0 and 2-1) and came home with first place trophies in their division!
On Father’s Day we went to Allan’s parents house.Â For the first time in a long time, the entire family, except for Beth who was sick, was together.Â It was a great afternoon!
Today my parents are celebrating their 50th Anniversary!Â Happy Anniversary Daddy and Momma.Â I love you!
For Thanksgiving this year, we went to Allan’s brother’s house. We enjoyed great food, then most of us went outside to play in the snow. It was a great afternoon!
My niece has seen her wedding pictures and I finally get to share!
Congratulations Esther and Alan!Â Thank you for letting us be part of your special day.