Sunday, July 17, 2022

A Summer Staycation with the Grandchildren

I know I say this every year, but I can't believe the summer is half over already, can you?  Why does summer always go by so fast?  

Like most people, we aren't traveling much this summer.  My daughter and her family came up for a week's visit in June so I thought I'd do a lifestyle post on it since I don't have any travel posts to share.  It was a fun week full of lots of activity.  Here are the highlights!

On their first night at our house we treated everyone to pizza at The Stone Barn.  You may remember me sharing this unique restaurant in last year's post when we took my son there to celebrate his 30th birthday. 

We got three pizzas and devoured them all!  It is delicious pizza made in a stone pizza oven.

The weather was absolutely perfect for an outside restaurant.

After dinner, grandpa and I took the kids to see the goats!

These city kids got a kick out of these goats, but were a little apprehensive about them.

When we returned home, we had their birthday party (see this post here) then grandpa started a fire in his brand new fire pit that he built himself.

The next day we took the kids to church, then had a picnic lunch at River Prairie Park.  This is an interesting  park because they have a man-made play river for kids to wade in.

Atticus loved climbing on all the rocks and logs.

Of course the second his clothes got wet, he took them off.  Such modesty.😀

I was fascinated with this birdhouse collection at the park.  I thought it was so pretty and original  and I was surprised that so many birds were willing to live so close together.  Usually they are more territorial and prefer houses away from other birds.

We went to two different beaches while the kids were here.  They don't have lakes and beaches in Indiana like they do in Wisconsin and Minnesota so the kids are always super excited about going to the beach when they are visiting.  This is the Alma beach.

This was Elisha's first time at a beach.  He loved the sand and water.  He was tickled pink with it.  But of course the first thing he did was put the sand in his mouth. Yuck!  Why do babies always want to do that?

We spent one day hiking at Frontenac State Park.  You may remember me going there with my son last fall  (see this post HERE).  They have a nice paved trail there perfect for young families.  It has great views of the Mississippi!

The grand babies all took turns in the stroller so no one got too tired.

Of course Elisha slept through most of the hike.

There was a cute natural play area for the children along the trail that I did not even notice the first time I was there.  

After our hike we went to another beach, this one is in Lake City.  It was absolutely beautiful.  The water was so warm.

There is a pretty marina there too.

Atticus was much more interested in climbing all the boulders than he was in the water at this beach.

Unless of course he found a large walk in the water!

There were a couple of rainy days and super hot days during the week where we just had to stay home, but I always had plenty of activities to occupy the kids.  Their favorite place to be in my house is my craft room.  There are so many fun things for kids to do in Mamy's Craft Room.

 I plan to see my babies again in August when we drive to their house to see Alethea in her very first ballet.  I can't wait!

I hope you enjoyed this lifestyle post.

Have A Great Day!  Amy

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  1. Such fun summer activities with the grand babies doing all the things they love! The beaches look like so much fun! And how cute and focused they look in your craft room! Love it!
    We just got back from our second Black Hills trip. And we managed to hike up to Black Elk peak :) You inspired me to give it a try!!

    1. Thanks Ellie. I just love the craft room photo because of their expressions. I'm so proud of you for going up to Black Elk. That is quite the hike! I want to go back to Custer too, I just saw a really cool hike that I missed there: the Sunday Gulch Trail.

  2. That sounds like a wonderful staycation!

  3. Looks like the perfect staycation. So very nice.

  4. Oh look at those cuties! Looks like you had a wonderful staycation.

    1. They are cute! Thank you. Yes, it was a great staycation.

  5. This was so fun to join along with Amy. I just adore your posts with your grandkids, and love seeing them grow.

  6. Amy, I'm with you. These days with our grandchildren are priceless indeed. Our days together refresh me and give me great joy!

    1. They sure are! I'm glad you enjoy spending time with your grandchildren so much.

  7. What A Delightful Post - Really Enjoyed All The Photos - Thanx For Sharing The Family Time

    Sending Positive Vibes,

  8. Wonderful family time :) It's very important for grandparents and childrens :)

  9. What a wonderful time with family! All the nature looks so beautiful and relaxing!


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