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Their Summer Vacation might be over, but Summer is still in full-swing! And after a grueling first day of school, it’s time to relax Florida style!

Pool Pool

Of course, the boys can’t go in the pool without their faithful companion…actually, no one can go in the pool without making room for Charlie.

Pool

Pool

They played for hours! It’s a wonder there was any water left in the pool at all.

Pool Pool

The sun is supposed to be out tomorrow, too, so I guess we’ll be doing this all over agin. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. 😉

Pool Pool

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Well, the Summer Vacation is officially over and it’s the first day of THIRD GRADE! The boys must be getting more mature because neither one of them gave Mom a hard time about taking any pictures this morning. Very proud of them. 😉

1st Day of School 1st Day of School

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Today is the last day fo Summer vacation for the boys, so what else is there to do except have a party by the pool? A party with Mom-crafted pool snacks and drinks and ice sicles and…

Pool Snacks

LOTS OF SPLASHING!

Splashing

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This is the life…

The Raft

and Charlie couldn’t agree more!

Charlie Waterfall

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So, I won’t lie, the best thing about this little car is cruising with my little buddies. This time, grandson Carter John comes with me to get some gas…

Cruising

and whatever else comes our way! The road is calling…

Cruising

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So, Jess and the grandkids are here for a week’s vacation! This afternoon, we needed to get out of the house, so we headed to up the road to Veteran’s Park!

But first, for some reason, we have to DAB (whatever that is)…

DAP DAB

With so many kids to carry, it’s a good thing Dad was there to help out with transportation!

MG at the Park

Anyway, there are plenty of things for the kids to do…

Like SPIN…

Spin

and SWING…

Jess and Carter Swing Alex and Carter Swing

and SWING some more…

Jess and Oliver swing

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I’ve been shopping for a new car for the past couple of months. My pickup has about 250,000 miles in it now and I was looking to give it a rest. However, I’m always on the lookout for a new new project car and I found just that in a little British sports car.

MGB Delivery

This 1973 MGB was delivered today from North Carolina. This was the last year of chrome bumpers for this car because in 1974, British Leyland’s U.S. exports had to meet new crash standards, which resulted in plastic bumpers and a couple more inches of clearance. That same year, they also had to meet new emissions standards, so this was also the last year the U.S. MGs arrived without catalytic converters. And it’s so pretty.

Driveway

So, what about the new car? Well, this is a new car…for me, anyway. Seriously though, it’ll allow me to give the truck a break and I get to teach Adam and Alex about vehicle mechanics. And with the money we saved, Cindy will get to buy a new car next year! Everybody wins!

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Yesterday was the viewing and today is the funeral for Pa…

The sign

This isn’t the boys’ first experience with the death of a loved one. They lost their Nanny Vera (Cindy’s mom) a few years ago, but they were only 3-years-old and really too young to comprehend what was happening. This time around, they saw and spoke to Pa while he lay sick in his bed. Now they’ve seen him lying in his casket, and although they seem to sense the weightiness of the situation, they’re still protected by a childhood innocence. The most interesting thing was their compulsion to touch Pa…they laid their hands on his forehead. During our drive to Virginia, we talked about Pa and I explained that he was dying. Alex asked if he was going to Heaven to be with God. I said, “Yes he is.”

My cousin Mark, who is a Methodist pastor, performed the funeral. I was touched by his words. The sky had opened up about an hour before and the rain was pouring down. Mark reminded everyone that Pa was a farmer and would’ve appreciated the rain. This made me smile. After the ceremony, we moved to the gravesite. I was one of the pall-bearers and helped lift Pa’s casket into the Hearse and from the Hearse to the grave stand.

Casket

Mark said a prayer at the gravesite and we left Pa to the funeral workers to lay him next to Granny to whom he has now been reunited…

Gravestone

WELCOME HOME!

Granny and Pa

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So, we’re in Virginia and visiting family. I wish our trip was under better circumstances, as my 99-year-old grandfather (“Pa”) is very ill and not expected to make it through the weekend. Right now he’s home and being attended to by family and Hospice. We drove up yesterday and headed straight to his house. Most of the family were there, so it was pretty crowded. Everyone who came to the house came in to say “hello” to Pa and sit with him for a bit while he lay in his bed; there was singing and a lot of laughter. Although he couldn’t speak very well and he was very weak, I believe he enjoyed the visits.

Today, we spent most of the day with Pa. It was a little rough on the boys, but fortunately, their cousin Mike was there to treat them to rides on his four-wheeler…

Four-Wheeling Four-Wheeling

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It should come as no surprise that today was ANOTHER pool day…and it’s stretched into a beautiful Summer night…

Summer Night

This evening the boys got into a little pre-Fourth of July spirit…

Summer Night Summer Night

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