Monday, August 21, 2023

Summer Fun -- Very Photo Heavy

 It was such an awesome summer for our little family.  School officially starts tomorrow.  Owen will be in 10th grade.  Here's some of the things we did this summer.  

We kicked the summer off at the local Memorial Day parade with Aunt Jo.  A Block Lotto quilt was there.

We had a great Challenger baseball season.  One of our coaches had a serious medical condition after losing his young wife last year.  He's on his way to recovery now.  The team played on.

Our son was also the manager for his high school team.  Challenger baseball was only once a week, so it was a nice, relaxing way to play baseball in the summer.

I got my first kayak for Mother's Day.  Here it is ready for the maiden voyage.  I LOVE IT!

I love to kayak and our son loves to magnet fish on the shore.  He plans the place, has to figure out the map on how to get there, and has to plan and pack the picnic lunch.  Happy happy family time.  My husband is usually at work, but we love our adventures.  Last summer was full of medical issues for all three of us.  This summer we got off the couch and enjoyed the outdoors.  I know his lunch doesn't look that healthy... but last year he lost so much weight because he couldn't eat due to a tonsil issue that lasted from May to September.  When we have very active days, I let the little things go.  We'll eat healthy when we are home.  My lunch is in that Keto Chow container.  I LOVE Keto Chow!

Of course we also did a miniature golf tour of all our favorite courses this summer.

More kayak time for me.  In the photo below I'm out in the middle of a larger area lake.  I can't believe how my skills improved so much so early in my kayaking journey.  I can still see our son on the shore and have creatively learned to operate my smart watch with my nose so that we can communicate.  LOL.  I suppose I could use Siri, but then it wouldn't be that creative.  It's just easier with my nose.

There was a lot of swimming in our above-ground pool at home.  Some days we didn't have the chemicals just right, one week we needed a part for the pump/filter.  Green or not, we had fun.

He started his first JOB!  He worked a five-week program in one of our local stores.  He loved all of the jobs that he got to do.  He was so dedicated and excited to set his alarm so that he could go to bed and then set his alarm so that he could get up.  He was very responsible with his paychecks.  He got a debit card.  It was an awesome experience.

Here's his team on the summer bowling league.  Nick's mom, Owen, and Nick (his classmate) are in the photo below.  Hopefully Nick will try out for the high school bowling team this winter.

Owen and Star have been best friends since they were about 18 months old.  They play baseball together, go to dances, and hang out with area youth groups.  Such a pair!

I surprised Owen for his birthday and took his to see his favorite YouTube personality, Stephen Shearer.  This was in June.  He's still taking about it.  What a great kid-friendly, appropriate entertainer!

He didn't get to meet him in person, but this was cool too.  The hand sign Owen is making is sign language for love.  "Share the Love" (the YouTuber's last name is Shearer -- pronounced Share) is very appropriate for his YouTube subscribers.  I don't mind listening to his music and seeing his videos.  It's a much better choice considering all the other things out there on the internet.

Then I joined a kayak group of women that plan lots of events.  There's no cost.  Just show up to an event.

It makes me feel safe to do some bigger places.  Owen gets to spend garage time with dad.  I get out a bit.  It's a win for all of us.  The girl in the hat started our group.  She wanted to find about 50 for so other women to kayak with in Ohio.  As of right now there are 6400 members!   I like to go and connect with one or two people.  Now I have more people I can contact if I want to just go paddle.

There was an FCA (Federation of Christian Athletes) all abilities camp.  Here's Owen with one of his baseball friends.  We have done this every year for the last few years.  See Owen's hair in the photo?  Yes, I left his battery operated shaver on the shelf so that he could start shaving by himself.  Well... one day when I was at school, he wanted to be like his "cool" YouTuber (above) and have a cool hair style.  He did this himself.  If that is the worst thing that happened while I left him be independent for a few hours while I was at school, that's not that bad.  He has matured so much this summer.  It grew back.


Yep, more Kayaking.

Then the family was off on vacation.  My husband took off the whole month of July.  Owen finished his summer job after the first week of July. 

Me & my Sweetie!  I love this photo!

Magnet fishing in Newport, North Carolina.  (He didn't find anything good.)

Beautiful sky but very hot and humid in North Carolina.

Family time.  Owen's first visit to the Atlantic Ocean.

Road tripping adventure in North Carolina.  

We hiked at a marsh -- and yes it was very hot and humid...

Mini golf was definitely on the schedule.

I picked this specific RV park because it was close to Emerald Isle.  It also had a great slide that went to the really nice pool.  We were in the pool at least five times that week.  Well worth it.

There's another putt putt adventure.  It seems the courses in this tourist area are more for looks and not for a challenge.  Lots of photo opportunities, but the holes were easy to play with lots of straight putts and few bumps/hazzards.  It was fun none-the-less.

The we found Owen's favorite place in the area -- Mack Daddy's.  It had mini golf, a driving range, go carts, an arcade, a bowling alley, and an ariel obstacle course.

While on vacation we found another "favorite activity".  Ariel obstacle courses (trails).  Basically you get strapped into a harness and maneuver obstacles up high.  Only Owen did it this time.

Sunset photo taken from our rv spot.

When we got home the "big boy" got to play with some of his digging equipment.  Here he an old cold storage cellar that had caved it.  It was built by his grandparents many years ago.  

Aunt Jo took him on another magnet fishing trip at her friend's private lake.  Aunt Jo reminisced about playing ice hockey and fishing parties when she was younger at this neighborhood lake.

More kayaking for me, of course. Owen magnet fished from the docks and ramps.  This is his favorite local place to magnet fish.  He calls it his "honey hole".  We find lots of hooks, weights, and lures here.  My other new hobby is paddling around the edge and finding lures stuck in trees and bobbers floating where the fishermen can't get to them from land.

The Canton, Ohio Hall of Fame Balloon Festival Crew.

I'm super excited that I can now fit into this dress that I bought a year or two ago for $1.49 per pound at our "last chance" Goodwill outlet.  I can wear dresses to church and school now!  I'm super excited!  I love my new healthy, active lifestyle-it's definitely paying off.

More digging.  This time it's a teaching moment.

Owen is a better student than me.  I just take the keys when my husband is at work and practice on my own.  Sometimes it works and I get a nice scoop of dirt for a new flowerbed.  Sometimes a big hole in the field needs to be "fixed" when he gets home from work.  I try to practice safety as much as possible.  But OH THE LOVING PATICENCE of this MAN!!!  I am so lucky that God has chose him to be by my side.

Next I discovering kyaking at night.  We call it a Glow Paddle event.

This is the group of women that went to see the purple martins.  It was a very cool event.  It's dark when we are done.  

We met up with another friend that we met last winter for some putt putt and bowling near his house.  

So now most of you can tell why I haven't been quilting as much as I used to.  With all of the medical stuff that happened to our family in 2022, I have learned that I just need to enjoy and PARTICIPATE in life instead of watching it from the sidelines.  Thank you to my regular followers (those who follow me and make sweet comments) (and even those few from my family or ex-family that follow me to be nosy and make fun of us.)  As a special note to the second group that is reading this to know that they have not stolen my joy.  I forgive you for what you did and have moved on with life.  I am not going to refrain from posting things from my other friends that I cherish so much.  Have a great school year.  


Gretchen Weaver said...

You have had an awesome busy summer! Your July vacation was so interesting! Owen will remember this summer the rest of his life. Way to go with the new healthy lifestyle, it's not easy but so worth it! Blessings!

patty a. said...

What a fun filled summer you have had so far! I am so glad all the medical issues are behind, and it is full steam ahead! The family has been on some wonderful trips and adventures. I had no idea kayaking was so popular. I have never been in a kayak, but I might have to give it a try. Good for you to be able to get into that dress! Losing weight is hard work and can be totally frustrating. I have made some headway myself, but still have quite a ways to go according to my doctor. Working your Apple watch with your nose? Now that is a real trick!
I can barely work it with my fingers! LOL!! Take care!

Linda Swanekamp said...

So thrilled with all the memories you made and things you have tried and completed. Own is growing so fast and he seems like he just loves life. I have always wanted to kayak, but Lake Erie is too big for my taste. When we go for our week to the Adirondacks, I like to kayak, but this year, there was only time and money for the grandkids to go with my husband. Thank you for sharing your life and times. I think of you every time I use my pins!

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Kathy , it looks like you and your family had a fun filled , active summer. What warm memories that ya'll made with one another. I wish Owen a fabulous school year.

Chris said...

I’m tired just looking at your pictures. What an awesome summer!

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