Sunday, August 12, 2012


and that is sad
for me
If you read my last post, you know
 I had my daughter and her two girls
and DIL and her little gal and son
visit me for TWO WEEKS

Can you scream wheeee with me and jump up and down

I thought I'd try and gather some of the Best of the Country Best
to show you
of all the FUN things we did

I had been working on the little cabin for over a month
and it worked out Great

But it has no "facilities"
so normally I'd say, "hey, do the country squat"
but Mr. Gorgeous also decided
would be helpful

that practically turned my lodgings into a FIVE STAR get away
(it was out back behind the cabin)

we called it Cowgirl/boy Test
as I had a whole list of things the kids had to do to Earn their
country status
Kinda like Merit Badges in Scouts....only COOLER
they loved being able to put a star
by each of the things they accomplished.

My DIL however is a little city-fied
she said she'd love to be a cowgirl...
if it was more like the TV show Dallas
(made me giggle)

Mr.Gorgeous's mom was visiting with us the first day
so here she is ...with what has become her 4 Great Grandchildren

how do you like my 4 country bumpkins

We went to a Local Rodeo.....seriously

It was fun to watch their faces
The oldest loved the "cow penning" the best..........go figure

we were sitting right up by the fence
Great initiation for these potential country kids to get a little dirt
in their face
and feel the horses hooves pound right beside them

This is one of my favorite photos

A walk in the fields is always fun

Me and my daughter and DIL tried to make it PRETEND
saying that, once we got to the trees
 is was where the fairy's live
and you could make a wish

But this little Annie Oakley
was a little miffed

she said, "I wish for this stick to turn into a horse"
(um, it didn't....dang fairies)
She said YOU LIED !!!
she is sooooo literal
gotta love the straw in her mouth

She loves our horses

She wanted to be with them every day
and when grandpa (Mr. G) would lead her around on them
 she was thrilled

We even talked little Roy Rogers in training
to get on the horse

(his sister, the one with the pink fly swatter
she never did....I think she, like her mom
prefers the Dallas version as well)

But her MOM DID
and she and my daughter went riding with my hubby

We went swimming at the Creek

that way you can get mud between your toes
and wherever else

oops, not happy

They all loved the tubing

(hmmmm, the facial expression doesn't really express that)

Even Mr. Gorgeous and Lucy had a good time

We did a Treasure Hunt in the area around our pond
It turned out really FUN

They had to follow all the clues


Frogs discovered

(Sue Ellen Ewing would be Proud)

(DIL and son)

and NEW Discoveries
(my daughter...and her daughter)

and at the end of each day
as we crawled our tired bodies into bed
instead of dreaming of Sugar Plums

I dreamt of stupid fairies who don't turn sticks into horses.

(next post, part two)
sorry YES YES YES, this was only part one
Next time you visit here, make sure you have a soda and snack while you sit and read this


Garden of Egan said...

It looked like you were having so much fun. I followed all your ventures on facebook.

Those pictures are all so gorgeous!!! Your daughter and DIL are so gorgeous!
Such cute grandkids.

You are a lucky granny.

The "facilities" are absolutely upper class! Mr Gorgeous is brilliant!

Love yer guts!

dbs said...

Beauty of a visit for sure. Happy for you. (And sticks don't transform into horses? Since when?)

AS Amber said...

Yay! I can't wait for part two! So glad you got to see all those cuties! Including your daughters!

joanne said...

Oh my gosh, that was fantastic! Your family is just gorgeous and you are the best grandma, how much fun for you babies to have all those country experiences. Love, love, love the photos...said another grandma! Lookin' forward to part deux.

The Gathering Place said...

What a fun tie with your cute family. Love the rodeo pictures. Your cabin looks great. Good memories.

Georgia said...

I love all the photos. Between the pictures and the words, you tell a beautiful story about this precious time!

Valerie said...

What fun!
I think you must be the best grandma ever!!!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Looks like a great time was had by all! I love all the photos but especially the sepia ones. Look forward to Part 2! Cathy

Becky said...

I can only imagine what a fun grandma you must be! What special memories! Look forward to part 2 :)!

A Vintage Chic said...

Fabulous post, Wendy! I loved every single bit of it--what gorgeous grandbabies you have! And what wonderful memories you've given them--they'll never forget this!

Sorry I've not been around for so long--been a crazy--but good--summer!

Can't wait for part 2!


" Hit It......." said...

Don't be sorry about posting the pictures. They are lovely. I can't tell you how I laughed at your DIL and the Dallas reference. Is she a HMO? Too funny.

Your pictures of the grandkids are precious. It looks like you had a wonderful time. So much so that you should plan a trip out here. Ha ha. Cheer will see them soon.

Barbaloot said...

Looks like it was so much fun---you have darling grandkids:)

Hope you're able to recover now that they're gone:)

Doran & Jody said...

DUMB fairies!!

Looks like you had a great time and you got some great shots!

mCat said...

It all looks like grand fun and I can't wait for part two.

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust said...

Oh my goodness, what wonderful pictures! Each one tells such a great story! Those grandchildren are absolutely GORGEOUS! I'm loving the matching pink hat/fly swatter. My wonderful MIL used to recite the cutest poem: "I love the lights of Paris, I've seen the lights of Rome, But best of all the taillights of the grandkids going home!" However, I know she relished every moment with them. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Warmly, Michelle

Saimi said...

Wow!!! You had me completely captivated by your lovely photos!! Boy oh boy would it be fun to hang out with you and all of your country living!

Super Post!

Deserae said...

What cute little grands you have!!! Everyone looks like they had a fabulous time too :o)

Shelia said...

Hi Wendy! Oh, you must be the most wonderful grandma ever! Love all the things you put together for all your grands to enjoy and I love seeing all the snaps! I know you had so much fun but I'll bet you're tired out! I know I would be.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jeanne, backyard neighbor said...

Oh Wendy, this post is so darling I just keep looking at everything over and over. Your darling grands will never forget the fun times visiting you. The pink hat and the fly swatter photo is a photo you should send to Country Living Magazine. Do you ever read it?

The facilities made me laugh so hard. We would go camping with our big family and it would be rural with no facilities. My dad always built one. He dug a hole fixed a tent and had a toilet seat installed on something he would make out of wood. More like an outhouse. Then when we left he would fill in the hole with dirt. We had such fun camping together. We had a Volkswagen Camper Van with a tent that attached. We slept 7 in that van. Our children were small. Tell Mr. Gorgeous his idea was a whole lot nicer. HA!

The Rodeo and the horses, the swimming and the mud was so much fun. I love the expression on the "don't splash me" photo.

Thank you for sharing your grands, daughter and DIL with us. I am looking forward to part two.

I couldn't tell where your hubby's arm was even injured. Is he doing alright? He and Lucy playing was so cute.

Bring on the next part girl. You can never have too many pics and I love your sense of humor when you are writing.

I love you too.
Jeanne xoxoxo

tammy said...

You have to be one of the funnest Grammas ever. And your grand daughters definitely have some of your sass going on, I can tell!

corrie said...

How fun! Such great pictures and such GREAT company to keep!! Glad they got to visit.
love ya

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

What a wonderful time for all of always seem to go by so fast!

Anonymous said...

sweet read - I get the biggest kick reading your post and enjoy the photos too.. looking forward to part two.. and by the way how is Mr. Gorgeous arm..

koralee said...

What are blessed my friend. xoxoxoo

C'est moi Claudette said...

I saw this the day you posted it, but I couldn't for the life of me type on my iPad for some reason. I really ADORE all the pics Wendy, but Barry sure gave me a great idea for the potty chair. That is so stinkin' cute.. no pun intended.. well actually yes pun intended, lol.
I know you miss them all already, but now you can sleep in and catch up on your Pinterest board, lol.
I should be packing for tomorrow's adventure, but I think I'll go in the pool instead. It's been very rainy this last week. Yesterday Colt and I were in Ottawa, and the day before at Costco, so it's time to go float around. No Randy or Colt today to float my boat though. They are both downtown at work. Just me and the dogs. I just called Lucy Delfino in NY. She's awaiting our visit. I told her I would pick her up some maple syrup from here and some curd cheese.
You always tell such a great story with your pics Wendy, and I sure miss our time together from last year. I have a feeling I'm going to go into a funk when the doc gives me my date for my surgery. Anxiety is already hitting me some nights.
But the good news is a straight back with hopefully less pain in the ass, lol...
Oh crap, can't forget our passports. K gotta go BGF. Randy and I will probably go to Forrest Gump's again to eat in Time Square.
I'm not spell checking.
Loved this post but won't see the next one till I get back next Monday.
Love you and MISS YOU xoxoxoxoxo

Pedaling said...

life in the country looks grand.
enjoy these months before your winter !

Ann Marie said...

I love all of the photos!
~ Especially the sepia ones. ♥

Those girls are going to be begging their Mama's to go to Grandma's house in Canada all. the. time!!

Love you. Thanks for being a friend through all of the dark times and sadness.

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh my.....your photos of your family are are a lucky woman!!! I see some real cowgirls in the making.



Julie Harward said...

WOW, you got some great pictures Wendy! Looks like you all had so much fun together, bet those kids will never forget it! I am still laughing about the potty! ;)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


YOU HAVE escorted me into a magical place that I long to be in dearest.....oh my goodness,your little FIVE STAR GETAWAY is number ONE for me! I just love how you had this magical (and well-structured) time for these fantastically cute kids! What super fun. This is a summer that they will never forget, and you know what you did? YOU GAVE THEM NEW EYES MY DEAR!!! You, I just KNOW, have opened their eyes and your DIL's eyes to new and fascinating things. I love every moment of INITIATION into the country that you had for them, and to also give them a sense of accomplishment. That was super.

It sure is good to see you my friend. Thank you for coming to visit with me. I have had a crazy busy summer, but what a beautiful time I spent with visiting friends and family.

Do you know that I always wanted a horse? When I was very little, I at least wanted a wooden hobby horse. NOPE, never got it. Then I wanted one of those horse heads on a stick with the little wheel on the end....never, ever got it. So I just used a broom!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Minnesota State Fair is a-happenin' next week and I told my husband he best take me because I want to rub every velvet nose in sight. I got a blue ribbon a couple of years back for milking a goat! AND I AM 100% CITIFIED!!!!!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

teeeheee....I tell ya, I have a love jones for the equine sort. I just want to get on a horse and go....and listen to the silence. I so wish I could fly all over the world and see all of you dear blogger friends to experience several hours in your lives...hmmmm...sounds like a blog post!


~CC Catherine said... could it get any better till I seen THESE PICS! WOWWWWWWWWWW Wendy, you have a calling as a, loved them all! Seriously...just loved them! Again, you really were blessed with your time with your kiddies and Daughter/Daughter in love! :) xoxo Love you Sista!