Well, it was another wild Cave experience this weekend (imagine that)…The Wolff clan from Indiana got here about 4PM Friday nite, and our house went from spotless (that may be a stretch) and having some semblance of order, to sticky, sandy and looking like it was stirred with a stick…BUT, WHAT FUN WE HAD!!
This blog will consist of many collages, due to the frenzy of my 100 photos I snapped of the family…Hey, I believe in capturing as many memories as possible!! Terrie and her youngest showed up (the other 2 kids and Tim had other commitments, and didn’t come until Saturday, and Kelly had duty at OFD..)
Somehow we always end up outside, creating havoc in the backyard and testing our neighbor’s “neighborliness”….
Saturday morning I made a nourishing, healthy breakfast…
…and we all got ready to head up to our niece and nephew’s house to swim…Basically, the Cave Clan invaded the Bernhardt pool….
Everyone brought a few snacks….My contribution was hot wings and dip….
…and NO, that I was not drinking my Rum and Coke out of that “sippy cup” you see there…that happened later .. I took this get together opportunity to get some great close ups showing you some of the faces that make up this family..Here are a few..
Our son, Kelly, who is by no means a small man (6’2” and 260) became the launch pad for our grandson, Peyton…He shot up like a rocket with Uncle Kelly’s help!
Terrie’s hubby, Tim (the detective), had to leave by 2:30 PM..He and some of his fellow cops had to be on duty as uniformed police officers at the debut of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the theater in Glenview..Soooo unfortunate we have to feel terrorized by going to a theater…
After the Cave invasion the North side of town, we moved the party back to W. Center Street to further test our neighbor’s sense of humor. I had made pulled pork, potato salad, slaw…AND our good friend, Jim Fritsch (the farmer Den helps every Fall) had given us some of his fabulous sweet corn…
YIKES!! McGyver got a little sun at the pool, eh??
That corn was soaked about 2 hrs in a bucket of water before grilling…That’s the easiest way to fix corn, in my opinion….get’s me off the hook!
The only drawback to this method is if you let kids husk their own ears inside the house. You end up wading through husks all over the kitchen…and I do mean ALL OVER!! It looked like a tortilla factory!
Our son, Kelly, became the key entertainment in our back yard…He is a frustrated quarterback, and cannot wait until football season begins (GO BEARS!)….He had the kids (AND the adults) go out long for passes… and he was shouting orders to them before winging the football…I laughed my butt off..(Where the Heck does he get this crazy side???…HMMMMMMM…)
…Just when I thought it could NOT get any better….
….What can I say??? The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Saturday evening, the 5 grandkids and our neighbor girl spent the night..along with Chris and John…making 6 kids and 4 adults …The “Cave” was full-up…This morning, I awoke at 6AM (ya gotta love these trains) to kids all over my floor downstairs, and 2 upstairs. The 2 youngest grandsons slept in the upstairs bedroom , with their mom and dad in the next one… They needed to be confined to crib and a blow up mattress, and not watching TV most of the night with an 8, 2- 12year olds, and a 13 year old..who were awake until 1AM!
..As you can tell, it was a really great weekend…Lots of insanity, fun, frolic, sticky floors, half eaten popsicles, corn husks, diapers, (for some of us), DVDs, Power Rangers, Nick at Night and, sunburns…and most of all …another FABULOUS CAVAPALOOZA!!!!! I’m quite sure most of you are getting tired of the family pics, but I have just one more collage… to make sure I push the envelope of your wonderful patience yet ONE MORE TIME!!!!
It’s 3:45 PM in the Cave… I am in MUCH need of a shower…and… I should NOT need a cocktail hour, but I do believe I will have one anyway…Thanks for joining the fun!