Monday, July 25, 2016

July visitors

Before we moved I had planned to have a housewarming/open house party. Oh how silly I was to think I would be ready to host that many people at once in our house! So instead we have been hosting various small groups of people which has been much more manageable and enjoyable.

Our first July visitors were Wendy and her two lovely girls. I met Wendy through this blog when she contacted me prior to our finding a house. Turns out she lives in the same area and her daughter is enrolled in the CI program as well.

Next up was an overnight sleepover with some of my mama group friends who I've known since our girls were babies. Sara and Gustav came back for a 2 night stay while Christy and Alison came for one night. The girls fell right back into an easy friendship, much as their mamas do!

We brought our kayak over so everyone could take turns exploring the lake.

After a very full day at the beach, Kate got out the 500 water balloons that she had won in bingo. I think they only managed to fill about 50 but they had a blast in the water fight that ensued while we got supper prepared.

 As night fell, we used up some of the fallen branches from our woods so we could roast marshmallows.

 Everybody conked out soon afterwards and the next morning after breakfast it was time to say goodbye to Joy, Lucy D and Ava.

The rest of us headed back to the beach for the day. Since we were the only ones there, the lifeguards spent some time teaching the girls how to properly return a volleyball.

Nap time followed shortly after lunch.
Like son, like father...
No rest for the girls who moved on to practicing their handstands.
Back at the homestead it was time to chill on the sofa with some tv before supper.
The next morning, Lina and Leo were thrilled to finally see the fawns up close.
 VERY close.
Our next visitors were Chengze (Kate's super best friend from school...she was weeping the last time we said goodbye to him) and his mom and grandmother. They are all moving back to China next month so we were fortunate that they could make a trip out here to see us before they leave. As it turns out, they live in a town that is only 3 hours by train from Lucy's orphanage so we hope to see them when we go to China in a few years.

The soporific effects of the lake were not lost on Chengze's grandmother.

Our last visitors were our old neighbors from Chicago who made the move to the 'burbs a year ahead of us. Zadie and her family came out for a day of sun and kayaking. Jen and Kate explored the lake to the north where it flows into another pond.
David got quite the arm workout throwing kids around.

After a rather fierce display of thunder and lighting during supper, we said our goodbyes during a break in the storms.

We are expecting more visitors for August. So far we have YiaYia and Pappou scheduled followed by Nana. With school starting early here (August 22), we are trying to squeeze everything we can out of summer!

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