Saturday, May 8, 2010


We spent a lovely day with a friend from where we used to live in Canonsburg, PA. The children haven't seen her in two years, but the older ones certainly remember. We had made a plan to go out to lunch, but thought we'd let the children stretch their legs after the drive and before having to sit again in a restaurant. It was a beautiful day and she has a marvelous yard.

Our neighbor had given me some kites for the kids to try and I brought them along to give them something to do.

Everyone's trying out their kites!

Cecily is just watching and occasionally causing trouble as she wants to do it too.

2 kites up. Ben and Amelia. They pretty much ran with them the whole time.

Calvin loved it. He ran and ran and ran. He had the least trouble of anyone with tangled string and snagging trees.

Perhaps he did so well because he was content to look where he was running instead of constantly looking back to see his kite flying. When you try to do both, accidents happen.

William quickly got his string caught on a limb of this tree. Mrs. Roupe helped him until he finally got it free.

Hurray for Calvin! Go Batman!

We briefly went inside Mrs. Roupe's house to circuit everyone through the restroom. Meanwhile, we got to enjoy a few of the many curiosities that she has in her basement. The piece of furniture that is below the fish is actually a phonograph. Mrs. Roupe played us an old record on it and everyone was delighted. Then the kids asked about the singing fish because they had seen it somewhere else before. It looks right at you and sings "Don't Worry. Be Happy." Pretty funny. Amelia wasn't sure what to think.

Eating at Eat 'n Park. Aren't we a spectacle? We sure felt like a novelty there. But we enjoyed it. I hope Mrs. Roupe did too. :) Isn't she brave to be seen in public with us?! (Someone came over and offered to take our picture. Wasn't that nice?)

And we must photograph the highlight of every Eat 'n Park meal: the Smiley Cookie. A big, smiling cookie is such a delight to children. That's a great thing they do.


Jennie and Julie said...

Very nice visit! It was good to see her face again, and she's looking very good : ) The kids look like they had a great time. What a good idea to bring kites! Fun to see you doing this. Mom

Luma said...

Julie, the kids are really growing up. It's just wonderful to see. Please give them my love.

Scott and Jaime Miller said...

Those pictures with Marian were really nice! Loved it