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Family Beach Weekend

Our 3 children and 6 of our 7 grandchildren were together this past weekend at the beach.  Henry, age 9, is at sleep-away camp for the first time this summer and missed it.  We have great trouble getting a photo of all of them, but here is the best.


I still try to paint a page in my sketchbook while we are together - although it gets harder each year with so much activity all around. 

There was lots of swimming - and I sat on the patio and sketched the outdoor shower while they were all off for ice cream.


My daughter loves hydrangeas and all of the plants were in full bloom.  I can never remember the name of this variant - just one of the many types and colors around the house.


Yesterday there was an 8k race in town and our two sons and our son-in-law ran it.  But guess who else ran it and received a first place ribbon for the 9 and under group?


Trips to the beach, water balloons, and the ribbon - just a few more things to remember about our wonderful weekend.




I LOVE the pictures Grandma. You have such amazing drawings. You're the best grandma in the world. Thanks for believing in me for the race. I love you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! Sydney Rodin

What a beautiful bunch they are. You are so blessed.

Love the photos - and what a wonderful testimonial from Sydney!

What lovely photos and especially a big congratulations to the winner of the 9 years old race!
Great sketches too. How did you ever find the time?

What a beautiful bunch of kids!
I think they might be called Lacewing Hydrangeas. Just a guess.
I really like the shower stall sketch.

This post was delightful. The children are so precious. A race winner! Congrats.

Your hydrangea is called a Lacecap, i.e., Hydrangea macrophylla, and the many varieties are gorgeous.

What beautiful, beautiful children! Your sketches are a lovely momento of the day.

What a sweet post! I love the inclusion of your family stories, and massive congrats to the gold medalist of the running race. Impressive!
You must be very dedicated to make time to do some sketching amid all that activity! Great stuff.

You have a beautiful family, well done to Sydney! I love the sketch with the towel & swimming costume, wonderful memory to keep.

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