Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Lotsa Luck

I took this picture of her a couple of weeks ago.  She just texted me the picture below - she found 3 more!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Target Practice

Just your typical Saturday evening entertainment here in West Paris.  All the kiddos are getting much more accurate.  Those bottles don't stand a chance!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Family Reunion

Today was our annual family reunion.  Each year we celebrate milestones with a cake.  I got to be on the cake!  Along with my husband(not pictured), aunt, cousins, and my parents.  Yay to us!

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Connection to a Pitcher

Recently, my cousin has opened her home to a Sea Dogs player, Eric Niesen.  When he is 'in-town' playing for the Sea Dogs, he stays at her house.  When he pitched an inning last night, I made my way down to the field to get a picture for her.  She was at home, making him chocolate chip cookies for a bedtime snack!  What a lucky guy!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jaguar Show

This year there was also a Jaguar Show at Paris Hill Founders Day.
 They were asking people to vote for their favorite Jag.  The kiddos picked the late-model black convertible, but this was my choice - a bright red 1970 E-Style.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Even more determined...

The Lions Club has been selling raffle tickets for this 1970 Ford Maverick for a few years now.  We purchased even more raffle tickets on Saturday.  The drawing is on August 4th at the annual Uptown Cruisahs car show at the New Balance Factory Outlet.  The kiddos are really, really hoping that one of them will win it!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Yes, it is important to me...

Every year I ask the kiddos to pose in front of my favorite vehicle - the carraige used during the filming of 'Gone with the Wind'.  I love looking back through the years and seeing how much they have changed.  It's incredible!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Paris Hill Founders' Day, again!

Every year, this is one of our favorite events.  There's always lots of amazing cars to look at, yummy food to eat, good music to listen to and crafts to browse from talented area crafters.  This year there was also a much larger crowd - all their advertising paid off.  The event raises funds for the Hamlin Library, a very worthy cause.  We're glad to help!
We're here to see the cars and enjoy the view.  The location is incredibly beautiful!
Posing in front of the only car that might be big enough for our family - the Iron Mountain House bus.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

'Please Buy Tees'

This license plate confused me, until I realized that the driver owns a local t-shirt printing company.  Now it makes sense, doesn't it?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

For me, it's all about the muscle cars...

This is our 1972 Pontiac Ventura.  My husband bought it shortly after we started seeing each other, and made the mistake of handing me the keys.  He didn't think I would like it because it's a bit rough around the edges, but I've been driving it ever since.  I love this car and we have a lot of fun with it!  It's so cool to drive around and see people wave, give you the 'thumbs-up' sign, and/or stop to talk to you about what a great old car you're driving.  It's nice that antique cars are still appreciated.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

My Tractor

She may not be pretty, and, yes, she's held together with bungee cords & duct tape, but she always starts right up. She's a workhouse and together we get the job done. Tonight we're mowing pastures...

Monday, July 15, 2013

African Violets

African Violets are my very favorite house plant.  I was so pleased when my friend brought me a whole box of them today!  She and her mother have been raising them, but have a surplus. They knew I would give them a happy home, and take good care of them, so they shared some with me.  There are so many unique varieties here, some that I have never seen before. And they're all so pretty!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

She made the All Star team!

This afternoon our oldest daughter played in the All Star Softball Tournament.  Her team didn't win, but they had fun playing!  Here she is with the other girl who was picked from their team, and their coach.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Her 1st Rock Show

This evening we drove up to Bangor to see Bad Seed Rising, Halestorm, 3 Doors Down, and Daughtry perform.  It was an amazing show and she loved it just as much as I did!
This was my 2nd time seeing Halestorm.  They are my all-time favorite band - so incredibly talented!
These guys put on a heck of a good show!  After the first few changes, we started counting - that guitarist on the left played 9 different guitars throughout their performance.  Yes. 9!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Apples to Apples

The boys and I played this word comparison game on Friday evening.  For some reason this card made us laugh until our sides hurt!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Headed Home

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end...
I do absolutely love driving Gypsy and don't I have the cutest co-pilot?  This was his first time riding 'shotgun', so he was feeling pretty special.  Many people have commented on how brave I am to drive such a big rig, but please don't give me too much credit - it's way easier than it looks!  Although, this made me a little bit nervous... 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Mountain Biking

Yes, mountain biking!  10 miles of great trails, rough terrain, & lots of water/mud!!
The scenery was just so breathtaking at each turn.  We really love the wilderness!

Chain of Ponds


Friday, July 5, 2013

Me & My Boyz

We're headed to the North Woods for some much needed 'one on one' time!  Just me & my boys. Oh, and Gypsy too.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


This afternoon I had a meeting out-of-town, so I took the Suburban home and traded her for the Ventura, which is so much more fun to drive!  But, I forgot...
She's long on style, but short on cup-holders!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Don't mess with these kiddos...

Our younger son started archery last fall and loves it so much that he has been begging me to let the girls try a lesson.  We finally were able to arrange it tonight.  They loved it too!  And can't wait to do it again!!