resort grama.


This post officially ends all documentation of the month of July. The month when I took more pictures than I can remember ever having taken in a single month before. I would feel proud of myself if it weren’t for the measly 20 pictures currently languishing, lonely in the August folder. Peaks and valleys, my friends, peaks and valleys.

At any rate, we spent the last weekend of July at my mom and stepdad’s house celebrating nothing but the chance to be together. Every year my mom plans two family gatherings – one at the end of the summer and one around Christmas-ish. Every detail is planned from the minute we arrive until the minute we leave and it’s oh so lovely. Brent was so impressed this year that he took to calling my mom “Resort Grama”. I guess that’s kind of like Resort Barbie except with proper proportions, an iPad, and lots of good food.

And in lieu of a Barbie Jeep, Resort Grama rolls with a lawnmower…

 Some of the activities on tap for the weekend included bug catching,

But that ended badly.

(Doesn’t it always?)

The girls set up a store to sell various odds and ends they’d found around Grama’s house.

It’s not difficult to find such things at her house.

Although I was rather surprised when the girls unearthed and sold me a pair of earrings that I actually really liked. They made me pay real money.

Which was a real bummer since three days later one of those beauties fell off into the garbage disposal as the bad boy was running.

One of the many treasures of weekends like this is the chance for mommies and daddies to sleep in while kiddos pad bright and early into the kitchen hoping for…


And as an added bonus of sleeping in, waffles are ready when we wake.


Saturday morning after breakfast we all crowded around the kitchen window to watch Grandad unveil a surprise he had picked up for the children the night before.


Resort Grama, the bar has been raised. Grandad’s giving you a run for your money.

He even threw in some breakfast action of his own with a delicious spread of homemade frittatas.

It seems Resort Grandad is officially in the house.

Once the kiddos had thoroughly melted themselves inside the steaming bouncehouse aided by the July heat, they decided to cool off with a dip in the pool.

Or something.

Followed by some swinging…

Tailgate tossing….


And birthday celebrating…

We ended the weekend with Grandad’s official measuring of the grandchildren…

And while my children have grown a couple pounds and inches since last year they’re still just weighing in at a whopping 29 and 39 pounds.

But that’s okay, I’ll keep ’em. They cost less to feed when they’re skinny. 😉

And there you have it – my complete account of our weekend at Resort Grama and Resort Grandad’s house.

Who needs a “real” resort anyhow?

Grama aka Resort GramaAugust 31, 2011 - 11:05 am

Can we do it again next year??? I love having you all here! Such fun for all of us but especially for Resort Grama and Grandad! You do such a great job of recording with word and picture our time together. Thank you Deed!!

Jessica WAugust 31, 2011 - 12:32 pm

I hope they get a ‘resort cleaning service’ for after everyone leaves! lol Looks like a wonderful time with lots of great memories!

heather mayberryAugust 31, 2011 - 12:36 pm

and that is how memories are made. love it.

JenniferAugust 31, 2011 - 1:56 pm

That is an idyllic summer. The sun over the crest in Sarah’s meltdown photo was just lovely. Such fab grandparents and wonderful photos.

(If it makes you feel any better, I have been putting off and putting off and putting off posting about our road trip from Texas to Idaho last summer, as in 2010. 1,342 photos to sort. I just. Can’t. Do it.

Aunt LuAugust 31, 2011 - 3:01 pm

Now that’s my kinda of resort …and that’s the biggest bounce house I have ever seen.

donyaSeptember 1, 2011 - 4:48 am

Wow, I’ve never really noticed it until now, but the resemblance between you, your mom, your sister, and Sarah is amazing!

KelliSeptember 1, 2011 - 8:00 am

I’d take that resort over a ‘real’ one any day!

JenniferSeptember 1, 2011 - 9:30 am

Do you think they’d be willing to adopt a woman only slightly younger than themselves? 😉

Lorena MoraSeptember 2, 2011 - 6:31 am

So next summer I’m tagging along with you and your family.

How fun that you get to spend time with your family and it’s such fun memories for the kids. Love the bounce house!

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