A Warm, Sunny Day in August …


… with three little girls we adore. 

When DD’s three daughters spent the first week in August with us, we had a great time.  And the weather was perfect, which allowed us to spend alot of time outdoors.

It is especially fun to see the girls enjoy activities that have been around for generations …

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… like running through the sprinkler (an activity I remember enjoying when I was a child!)

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P1030207(1)   Mimi (5)

P1030295(1) P1030281(1)(1)   Coco (11)

P1030306(1)(1) P1030319(1)(1)   Lulu (9)





When they had had enough of running through the sprinkler, they spent some “recovery time” on the deck.



P1030371(1)   But, you know children, their recovery time was quick!   So, Lulu and Mimi decided to give their big sister, Coco, a massage.

P1030400(1)    I showed Mimi how to do the chopping thing on Coco’s back, and she liked that so she did it with alot of enthusiasm!

 P1030403(1)   When they were all finished giving each other massages, Coco and Lulu asked Papa to take them out to the middle of the lake to swim.

  P1030406    If they swim at the edge, their feet get “mucky” so he takes them out where they don’t have to worry about touching the bottom/muck.





P1030404(1)   Mimi understands that she’s too little to swim out in the really deep water, even with a life jacket, but I’m guessing here she’s imagining a day when she will be a a “big kid” and be able to swim out there.

P1030420(1)   After a while, she asked if we could go down and sit by the water.  So, we did and she made a game of sorting rocks. 

P1030452(1)  She put all the ones that had pink in them in one pile.

P1030444(1)    And I forget what her criteria were for the rocks that went into this pile.  But, she was very serious about examining each rock and deciding on where it went.

P1030447(1)   I told her I thought the black and white one in the middle of this group looked like an oreo cookie!

P1030453(1)   And we decided this one looked like a house slipper!

How long has it been since you have really looked at rocks?  It had been a while for me, and I really enjoyed seeing their beauty through her eyes.

When the rest came back from swimming we went in the house for a snack.

P1030458(1)   A fun August afternoon in the sun.

15 Responses to A Warm, Sunny Day in August …

  1. C says:

    What pure fun! I can tell these girls are doted on, and that is just as it should be! These are precious memories for all of you. C

  2. Linda says:

    Seeing these pictures helped make up for my inability to get over there and see them in person while they were here. It really does look as if everyone was having a wonderful time. Great pictures. They really capture the action.

  3. Sandra says:

    C — We DO adore them. And, I am very thankful for this blog that will contain some of the memories we share — that maybe they will then share with THEIR grandchildren!

    Linda — I’m glad you enjoyed them. It took me a reallllly long time to edit and organize these pictures and figure out the storyline. Jen lied when she said blogging would be easy! 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    My high school friend, Babs, the cheerleader in waiting, remember? Anyway, Babs has started reading my blog, and if she wants to say something about a post, she e-mails me! But, she is a hilarious person, so I HAVE to share what she says with you.

    An e-mail from TSTCB (too shy to comment Babs):

    Loved today’s blog and the pics. Are Mimi and Coco on house arrest for some reason? Noticed their ankle bracelets.

    An e-mailed answer from AHAF (Add Humor and Faith):

    I hadn’t thought of that — I assumed they were just decorative! But, that WOULD explain the plainclothes police officers who hung around across the street the whole time they were here! 🙂

  5. C. Beth says:

    That day sounds just about perfect for you AND for them. Tell Mimi and Lulu they can come give me a massage any day!

  6. Sandra says:

    Beth — Mimi would be especially helpful if you had congestion. She really got that chopping technique down pat! 🙂

  7. Amy O says:

    Is see so much of DD in Coco, even in her running movements. You have beautiful Grandchildren.

  8. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Amy. Coco and Mimi both have certain looks and mannerisms that remind me of DD. And even Lulu sometimes sounds like DD. They are definitely HER children! 🙂

  9. Margo says:

    Your granddaughters are so lucky to be able to create such positive memories with you. How wonderful that they can swim, run through sprinklers or sort rocks. Most importantly, isn’t it wonderful to know they will store those fun August days away in their memories to pull out later? What a blessing for all of you.

  10. Sandra says:

    Amen, Margo. That is certainly my hope.

  11. Hilary says:

    Those girls are wonderful as are their Grandma’s photos. I love the one of the three of them leaning their heads into the sprinkler. It’s perfect. And Lulu is such the acrobat. Thanks for inviting us to join in on your fun. Got a towel?

  12. Sandra says:

    Hilary — I’m glad you enjoyed these. I was really pleased when I realized that I had managed to get a feel of the action with them.

  13. Sandra says:

    btw, Hilary. Lulu really is quite the acrobat. She had started being a member of a team, but there was just too much practice and travel for a nine year old, so she opted out. But, she does love doing flips (sometimes without putting her hands down!) out in the yard. Hubby has always said she has springs for muscles.

    Both of their parents were/are very good athletes, so I guess it’s not surprising that the girls are showing some of that too.

  14. Hilary says:

    I’m not at all surprised. She has a lovely, lean, athletic shape. They’re beauties – one and all. 🙂

  15. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Hilary. Of course, I agree! 🙂

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