Today is July the last; Summer vacation is nearly half over. It's been filled with biking, baseball , sunflowers, baby chicks, swinging, more baseball (J even dislocated a pinkie diving for a catch) and touching base with Colorado cousins. Tuesday evening ten of us met and sat together overlooking third base at the Syracuse Chiefs game (vs. the Scranton Yankees).A perfect night weather wise and for the family, too. Even D's Mom joined in the fun and enjoyed watching people as much as the game (a favorite pastime of mine as well).
Yesterday, J and I spent a leisurely day at the local State park, walking around part of Chenango Lake, wading in the water, grilling hot dogs and hamburgers, and catching a grasshopper and chasing after T's baby sister, who is exploring the world every moment. When we got home my cousins, E&K, surprised us with a quick but wonderful visit, long enough to reconnect and keep the family ties strong. They met J for the first time and we got their current Colorado addresses. So glad I saw them- it's always a treat. I have a photo somewhere of K holding R as a baby- 17 or 18 years ago,during one of their driveby visits between Albany and PA; now R is taller then all of us and leaving for college soon.
Today Mom and Dad stopped by for their weekly diner visit. The new baby chicks captured Mom's attention and she enjoyed swinging on the swing. I'm sure both activities triggered childhood memories. She commented that her father often sat for a long while, mesmerized by a new batch of baby chicks.