Monday, December 31, 2018


At some point I will be making A Place for Us private. It just seems important as the grandkids get older.If you're among the few who want access, I am happy to put you on the approved list; text/call/comment to let me know. Thanks!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

ancestry dna - update

Ancestry continues to add and update regions. Northern Italy is now a part of Europe west, so now I can reclaim the Italian heritage that didn't show up initially.

My great-great grandfather Cavaleri immigrated from Milan (less than an hour from the Swiss border), so yes, from Europe West as the regions are now classified.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Spend-the-Night Party

With Ellie at camp, I thought Mack might want to spend the night and Emma might enjoy some special time with mama and daddy. He's a fun kid but you have to stay on your toes!

We made pizzas, played hours of Legos, swam (and jumped and jumped off the diving board) at the neighbor's pool, watched Mr. Peabody, played store with the new cash register...and then we did some of that all over again! I wish I had recorded some of our talks; he covers a wide range of topics in a short amount of time!

Building Batman's lair.

Trying on his great-grandfather's glasses.

Making sure I was watching.


Pencil dive, so he says. 


Batman on the potty. 

Golf gloves, otherwise known as my
mother's kid leather gloves from the fifties. 

He insisted on setting up the sprinkler
and immediately decided it was no fun without Bo. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

SSI 2018: The Rest of the Week

The day after the Fourth, so calm. 

Ice cream at Iguana's. It should be documented that
Bo ate 3 appetizer shrimp, the 5 shrimp in his basket,
5 of my shrimp, my cole slaw, fries, and this ice cream! 

Rare unposed photo of all six grandchildren.

The Pied Piper leads all the children to the rental kiosk. 

Bo's first try.

Emma is serious while Grey observes. 

Ellie crazy riding.

Bo and Mack had the whole beach, yet...

Splish splash.

Sweet kisses.

I'm not quite brave enough to go out there... I'll just dance to the right...

...and then dance to the left. Who needs music?


Some of my people. 

My main person!


In the ocean but not in the ocean.

Grey in that chair!
Loved being with my family this week and already looking forward to next year! Will post 'official' photos when we get them from the photographer. Can't wait!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

SSI 2018: The Fourth

More gorgeous weather on the Fourth! We did have one pop-up shower but it didn't last long enough to chase us off the beach (thank goodness for tents, though). 

Our oldest grandchild watching over our youngest. 

Berryman family photo.

None of the boys were in the mood for a photo but aren't they precious?

Snacking. Again. 

Digging. Again. 

So proud. 

Bowers, Berryman, Summers, and Tift kids
(baby Hardy making his first appearance in the group photo this year!)

The big kids ready for fireworks.

Love this lineup.

Sweet Emma, the only one who would
stand still long enough for a photo. 
Every year I try to take pictures of the kids running around with rocket copters and then with the fireworks. They never turn out, but still, it's one of the best parts of the week.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SSI 2018 Part 2: Snacking, Digging, Posing

We had gorgeous weather Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and took full advantage. Monday night everyone scrubbed up for family photos, courtesy of the kids' Mothers Day gift to Serita and me. Can't wait to see the results; the photographer had her hands full with our crew. 

The daily dig. 

Snacks, of course. 

Grey needed no instruction on how to beach!

Double wide.

He loved being covered in sand.
This happened more than once during the week. 

Sunscreen is very important. 

All six of them. It's like herding cats, for sure. 

My beautiful girl.

This is the one who made me a grandmother!

Doing her best to wrangle. 

There were a lot of us. 

Getting their instructions. 

This precious child makes my heart so happy. 

Grey is not a fan of the group shot. 

Mack: pure joy. 

The three in the middle. 

New toy.

Aunt Ash and baby Hardy. 

We were at the pool all afternoon; I'd have more pictures
except I was IN the pool playing with the kids!

The mean adults would not let him go out of the
pool area and up the stairs by himself. Bless it. 

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