Saturday, August 21, 2010

Finn's Picnic

Finn's Picnic (now, I think it will be an annual affair!) was wonderful! This is a photo of Finn at one month old. Look at him now!

Picnic fare!

Dances with cousins!

Lunch in the grass!

Inside and outside, inside and outside! Brad playing Barbies with the girls!

Grampy holding two little princesses!

Fun with Uncle Jeff!

Samantha Rose sticking out her tongue again!

Miss Bug - fun with pudding!

Aria, orange and full of baby joy!

Our friend Deo from Uganda enjoyed all the family craziness. He's on his way back to Africa on Wednesday.


April brought me a special cupcake. Thanks, A!

When everyone left for naps at home and Bill, Jeff and Deo went to another afternoon get together, Jenny put Sam down here and then she and I took a nap on my (oh, and Bill's, too!) bed. It was so nice to take a cozy nap with MY baby.

The sunflower scenery provided the sunniest background for all our fun.

And now the picnic quilts are on the washing line.

What a perfect day. I feel peaceful and thankful.

Now, about Monday (aka THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL) I painted a big picture on the wall, the desks are arranged in groups of nine so I'm calling the groups The Front Nine, The Back Nine, The Driving Range, and the Putting Green. It will make it easy to tell the kids where to sit. I'm going to make flags to hang from the ceiling and paper bunting, too. It will smell of strawberries and they'll write right away and I'll bring a bag of papers home and begin to get to know them and discover how they think. It's still August and August is very, very good and full of LOVE.


Firefly said...

Oh what a wonderful day for you all! You have a beautiful family -- of course -- just like you.
And your plans for the first day of school sound so fun -- those lucky kids to have such a cool (and I mean that in a good way ;-) teacher!

wayside wanderer said...

Finn's fabulous foray! What a busy little crowd of happy people you hosted today. I love that you all napped. ~Leslie

Patricia Torres said...

ha ha ha.. I like the 'groups of nine'.. thats awesome!!

Family picnics are so much fun... Its great to get together.. just about anywhere.. doing anything..

Dont these kids grow too fast... dont they???

all things bright and beautiful said...

It all looks so lovely Pom Pom and Monday makes me wish teachers had been like you when we were both at school :)
God bless.

magsmcc said...

"It will smell of strawberries and they'll write..." Family traditions are the invaluable factor in growing up, and that's what gets passed on- discuss! We're going on Ctaherine and Fred's 25th Anniversary Picnic today- you can see a photo of them on my blog tomorrow. Invaluable factors!

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

Your family events always look so relaxed and spontaneous. xxx

SusanB-knits said...

Lovely picnic pictures with beautiful children and yummy food! Looks like a good day and lots of fun had by all.
Good luck tomorrow on your first day of school. I like the way you've arrange the desks! cute!

Gumbo Lily said...

What a picnic! Isn't it fun (and exhausting) when the whole family comes? I love it, but the nap time sounds like the perfect break in the busy day. Did I see the butterfly wing shawl behind Jenny?

I adore your idea of making a golf theme with your classroom. So many possibilities there. Can they earn grades of Hole in One, Eagle, Birdie, Par or Boggie?

Have a fabulous first week with those kids.


Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh, your family and friends are just beautiful!
This post is what it is all about~
Thank you for sharing!

The dB family said...

Sounds like a wonderful day! I would like to be in your class on the first day of school.


Andrea said...

Oh, I love all the pics! Your family is very beautiful! Yes, you are one blessed, lovely lady!


Anonymous said...

What sweet fun! So good to visit with you!

Have a wonderful day at school tomorrow ~ filled with blessings!


Sharon Colaco D'Souza said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your post. Close knit families are such fun, especially for the kiddies and granparents:)


Kerri said...

What a wonderful day! Finn was the most adorable baby! I love his lips! How lovely that you could all get together and celebrate him. I'll be sending you good vibes for Monday!

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Love all the pix of your family, especially those adorable grandbabies! Have a most fantabulous day today, Pom Pom! The first day of school. Yay to having them write right away! Yay to a classroom that smells like strawberries! I will be thinking of you today. Hope all goes well!


Green thumb said...

Hi PomPom!!!!!
1 - thank you so much for your messages..I've not been posting for ages and now there will be a photo overdose (also of the farmhouse, of course!)
2 - such happy moments and cheerful colours in this post!
3 - I bet your pupils will be delighted to meet such a wonderful teacher!
Have a great week!

Andrea said...

Pom Pom, I have been looking for you on fb. Want to add you as a friend. Let me know if it's ok.



libbyquilter said...

that did indeed look like a party fit for a prince~! i think someday he will believe that his very best gift is a loving and happy family~!!~

your picnic quilt is beautiful. did you make it? the freshness of blue and yellow together always reminds me of blue skys and sunshine.

so today was day #1 for classes . . . flags, bunting and creative seating. it must have been very exciting for all.


p.s. i think i want some pudding now . . .

Bradley Maston said...

What a fun day! It was such a joy to be with the family altogether! What a joy and a blessing! xoxoxo brad